Summer Camp Opportunities for Military Youth Back »

Do you like attending summer camp? Do you have family members who are currently serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces? Operation Military Kids and the Army National Guard invite you to join them in Rapid City, South Dakota, as they present the 2014 Military Youth Leadership Camps, Star Search! and Explore! Transportation from eastern South Dakota along I-90 will be available for both camps, on a first-come first-served basis. These Department of Defense Deployment Support Camps are funded through a partnership of the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Community & Family Policy, Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth; the U. S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture and South Dakota State University 4-H/Extension.

  • Star Search! will be held July 21-25 at Storm Mountain Center for ages 9-11 years old. This camp emphasizes helping campers discern who they are in relation with the galaxy. Campers will spend the week learning about space and stars while participating in activities specifically designed to enhance their leadership and communication skills.
  • Explore! will be held August 11-15 at Cedar Canyon Camp for kids ages 12-14. Explore! is broken into four exploration tracks for campers to choose from. The 2014 tracks include survival, criminal justice, aerospace, and medical. Each track is designed to provide campers the unique opportunity to explore military and civilian careers, hone their leadership abilities, and try something new.

Star Search! and Explore! campers will make new friends while participating in a visit to the Veteran’s Home in Hot Springs, SD, touring Mount Rushmore, challenging their skills in a ropes course, hanging out with their teams during team time, attending an evening talent show, and dancing the last night away!


The cost of camp is $50, which includes camp activities, room and board. Camp registration forms are available on the South Dakota National Guard website.

Camp fills quickly, so participants are encouraged to complete applications before the final deadlines of June 27 (Star Search!) and July 18 (Explore!)

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