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Free summer camp for children of military parents

By Theresa Harrington
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 1:24 pm in Education.

Children whose parents are in the military are invited to attend a free summer camp provided through the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco.

Children are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and free transportation will be provided between San Francisco and the summer camp.

Here is more information, from a news release:

“Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco Offers Project Noyo:
Free Summer Camp for Military Youth

Who: Children of active duty military personnel, ages 8-18

What: This year, Camp Mendocino, owned and operated by Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, is offering Project Noyo – a 10-day session open exclusively to children of active duty military personnel. The Project Noyo session (June 18-27) was developed in response to the need for increased support for military children and will provide a safe, fun and therapeutic experience where youth can maintain healthy and connected relationships with other military youth and build new communities.

Members will participate in activities specifically designed for military youth, as well as outdoors education, swimming & boating, archery, ropes course and so much more. To learn more or download the Project Noyo Application, visit www.campmendocino.org

Where: Camp Mendocino, located in a 2,000-acre beautiful redwood forest three and half hours north of San Francisco.

When: June 18 – June 27, 2012

Why: Within the past 10 years, the recent military activities in Afghanistan and Iraq have impacted millions of families around the United States. Since 2001, over 2 million military personnel have been called to action, and almost 40 percent have been deployed more than once. The unpredictable active military lifestyle strongly impacts the family unit, causing discomfort, stress, and even severe trauma. Research shows that young children are the most susceptible to stress, especially during and after the deployment of a family member, and often times develop behavioral health issues. Anxiety is a common issue among military youth, and often children have a hard time relating their anxiety amongst their peers.

Thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s dedication to serving military families, Project Noyo has been designed to offset some of those challengesmilitary youth face, and will provide them with a safe space to relieve stress, build friendships, and have fun with other youth of similar military background.”

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