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NJ Operation: Military Kids

Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support children and youth of National Guard, Army Reserve and Active Duty families impacted by the Global War on Terrorism.  Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H staff lead the New Jersey OMK State Team in partnership with the National Guard, Army Reserve, the Military Child Education Coalition, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, The American Legion, and Schools.  These and other community organizations are joining Army Child & Youth Services to support military youth before, during and after the deployment of a parent or loved one. 


2014 Upcoming Programs

Air National Guard and Reserve Youth Camp – June 30-July 3
Youth will be enjoying the great outdoors in the mountains of Sussex County, NJ.  They will participate in boating, hiking, fishing, swimming, crafts, archery, singing and campfires. Open to military youth, ages 10-14, based on the following criteria:

  • Tier 1:  Children/Legal dependents of an Air National Guard or Air Reserve member                                                                       
  • Tier 2:  Children/Legal dependents of other military branches and components

FREE program with $50.00 deposit required with registration fee to guarantee your attendance as this is a $250/youth Camp.  There are only 45 slots, so get your packet in today!!! Deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 11. Permission packet found at:
Transportation will be provided from 2 pick up points. For more information, please download the 5 page packet or contact: Amanda Balas — or 609-513-6403

NJ National Guard Youth Camp – July 13-19

Register ASAP for the annual NG Youth Camp! This year marks the 20th year holding the camp at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ. Open to youth ages 9-15. Registration deadline is May 15. To apply:

Speak Out Military Kids Youth Retreat – August 12-14
Military teens ages 13-18 can now register for this years SOMK Retreat! In the past, we have focused on movie making and music production, and this year’s theme will be…Expressing with ART! We are working on theater and art curriculum with the possibility of attending a NJ or NYC theater production! We will focus on using art to express our feelings of being a military kid, dealing with issues such as deployment, and just having fun creating and learning. Attendance is FREE, but you will need to send a $30 non-refundable check to reserve your spot! Space is VERY limited so please apply ASAP! Click here for more information. Register here for the 2014 SOMK Retreat to Rutgers!

Support for an Upcoming Event

If you have an upcoming event to support military youth and would like to request OMK support, please complete and return the Event Request Form to the OMK Project Coordinator.


Recent Events

Fun 4 Guards (4-H Club) is Back - March 11 to April 15

The National Guard 4-H Club, Fun 4 Guards, will be meeting again starting in March 2014. The Club will meet on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:00pm at the Burlington County Extension Office located at 2 Academy Drive in Westampton. This 6 week session’s theme is “Adventures and Mystery in the Kitchen” and will focus on activities using food and working with Nutritional Facts, measurements and experiments. The group is open to military youth ages 10-14 with 20 max participation.

April is the Month of the Military Child!

The month of April provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of our youngest heroes. Established in 1968, the designation of April as the “Month of the Military Child” acknowledges the significant role military youth play in our communities. We are organizing several events to commemorate this month.

OMK State Team Evening Meeting - Open to all - April 9

Want to be involved but can’t make our meetings? SAVE THE DATE April 9 from 6-9 pm at the Burlington County Extension Office (2 Academy Drive, Westampton, NJ). Come learn about OMK in New Jersey, the issues military kids face, and how you can help! Free to attend, and dinner will be served!

Purple Up! For Military Kids Day - April 15

New Jersey military youth are resilient and take pride in their service to our Country. They deserve our appreciation and support! Operation: Military Kids invites you to join us for the 4th annual Purple Up! for Military Kids celebration by wearing purple on Tuesday, April 15th. This is a very visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force blue.

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Training - April 29-30

The Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®), a nonprofit organization addressing the educational needs of children in military families, presents the training. This two day institute prepares professional educators, social service providers, parents, and community leaders to address the additional challenges associated with transitioning military-connected students with exceptional needs. For the purposes of this course, children with exceptional needs are defined as those who need either special education services or gifted education services to maximize their individual potential, with special emphasis on the importance of synchronization of services during transitions.

Healthy Kids Day (Celebrating Military Children) – May 2
Our military kids enjoyed an awesome afternoon of fun-filled activities including swimming, dancing, ZUMBA, arts and crafts, iPads, and more!

OMK Newsletters

OMK is now sending newsletters to those who have requested to be on the OMK e-mailing list. Please click here to see the latest issue as well as back issues.

OMK News wants to publish your creative works! 

We want to hear your thoughts regarding deployment and military life in any creative form you choose. Click here to find out more about contributing to the OMK News.


Archived Events

See what happend in our past, including Chef on the Go, Poster Contests, and other events on our Archived Events page.

For more information about Operation: Military Kids in New Jersey contact:

Kelly Elam, OMK Project Coordinator please replace "broken." with, 973-285-8301, P.O Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963



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