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Programs for military dependent children are important for the emotional health and well being while coping with the stresses of having a parent in the military. The North Carolina National Guard and community organizations strive to provide families with events that bring military dependent children together and give those children an opportunity to create a solid support network with others addressing hardships similar to theirs.
 

  Free Golf Lessons

 
Since 1997 the program First Tee has taught children important values and life skills through the game of golf. Life skills programs that incorporate The First Tee Nine Core Values are delivered through a network of community-based chapters and elementary schools. The First Tee is pleased to build upon this tradition by partnering with the Department of Defense to offer programs free of charge to children of those serving in our Armed Forces around the world.  Now through the Department of Defense military dependents have the opportunity to attend the First Tee program  for free. To find a Chapter in your area visit the First Tee website at www.thefirsttee.org. Select the Become a participant tab at the top and select the link provided to find a Chapter nearest you.
 

 4-H

 

In addition to Kids on Guard and Kiddies on Guard 4-H offers Operation Military Kids. This program is provides 4-H clubs, camps and other Activities in support of military children. For More information visit the North Carolina 4-H website at www.nc4h.org or visit www.operationmilitarykids.org.

 

YMCA

To further foster the social needs of your family the YMCA offers memberships to eligible military families for youth development and family strengthening activities. If you are interested in a membership visit www.ymca.net or www.militaryonesource.com to determine if your family is eligible.

 

 Camp Purple

 

​Another camp for military dependents is the Operation Purple Camp. The National Military Family Association offers free camps to eligible military dependents throughout the state of North Carolina. 2010 Camps are starting June 06 and will be happening throughout the summer until August 7. Camps will be held in several locations in North Carolina: Columbia, Halifax, Hendersonville, Parkton and Swannanoa. If you are interested in the camp for your child visit the National Military Family Association Website at www.nmfa.org to find the camp dates for your child’s age group.

 

Boys and Girls Club of America

Another program offered to military families is the Boys and Girls Club of America after school care and summer programs. Free programs and services can be found at the Boys and Girls Club of America website www.bgca.org/partners/military/mission.