Nonprofit extends summer camp experience to more military kids

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Camp Corral, a leading nonprofit advocate for military families, announced today that registration for its 2018 summer camps is open at Camp Corral provides a week of free summer camp for children of wounded, injured, ill and fallen military service members.

The 2018 summer camp schedule spans 19 states, including new locations at Camp Twin Lakes at Will-a-Way in Winder, Georgia, and Camp Lakotah in Wautoma, Wisconsin. Camp Corral estimates approximately 3,800 youth between the ages of 8 and 15 will attend camp this year.

“For military youth, Camp Corral is more than a week of fun away from home. It’s also a chance to connect with kids from similar backgrounds, learn coping skills and build self-confidence,” says Leigh Longino, CEO of Camp Corral. “Thanks to our devoted supporters and partners, we’re able to make these meaningful experiences possible for more kids every year.”

A grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring military service members thrive once they return home, sent 250 military children to camp in 2017. This generous gift coupled with the ongoing financial support from founding sponsor Golden Corral, signature partner DAV and other contributors make Camp Corral possible.

Camp Corral campers participate in traditional summer camp activities including water sports and horseback riding but they are also provided with programming unique to military life. Most sessions host Hero Day, a day dedicated to honoring and learning about military service. Also, the American Red Cross facilitates its Reconnection Workshops at various camp sessions. These workshops teach military youth how to better manage stressful social situations and cope with the unique challenges they face growing up in military families.

“We are excited to welcome our new and returning young heroes this year and look forward to providing them with the week-of-a-lifetime, free from the day-to-day challenges they face as military children,” says Longino.

About Camp Corral

Camp Corral, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, is a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, injured, ill and fallen military service members. Since its founding in 2011 by Golden Corral, Camp Corral has grown to 24 camp sessions in 19 states and has served more than 17,000 children. Although any child ages 8 to 15 from a military family is eligible, registration priority is given to children of wounded, injured, ill and fallen military service members. For more information, visit