Mar 15, 2016

As summer approaches, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is looking forward to several summer camp opportunities for Gold Star children. Although each camp is different, they all have the same common theme of empowering youth to overcome past events as they grow in a fun environment.

No Barriers Youth: This program invites children of fallen service members to carry on the legacy of their loved ones as they experience the transformational power of rafting down the San Juan River. The rafting camp will be held in Arizona from July 21st - July 29th. For more information, contact: Mariah Nelson at 

Project COMMON BOND: This week-long program, from July 24th – 31st, targets young adults who have lost an immediate family member due to terrorism or whose parenthad served in the military. The campers all share a “common bond” of pushing past tremendous loss. For more information, please contact:

Kanakuk Kamps: Kanakuk provides children with fun, safe and professional outdoor youth camping experiences that grow them spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. The camp will be offered in one-week terms that begin on June 4th and end on August 12th. To enroll a child in the camp, contact:

Friends Never Forget: Through donations and fundraising, Friends Never Forget sponsors children of our fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen to attend summer camps throughout the United States. The foundation provides the cost of camp, travel to and from camp, lodging and meals. To be considered for sponsorship, please contact:

Camp Hometown Heroes is a week-long summer camp for children and siblings of fallen U.S. military heroes who died in any manner. This national camp is offered free of charge to children ages 7-17, including travel expenses. In addition to all the regular camp activities Camp Hometown Heroes offers art and music therapy through pediatric grief counseling. This gives the children a chance to begin or continue the healing process and experience significant personal growth. The children find that they're not alone. When someone says "I know how you feel", it's the sad truth. They have all experienced loss and share a sad bond. This Wisconsin based camp still has spots available for this summer. If you're interested contact Deb at 262.546.0421 or

No Barriers Warriors: A team of female survivors of fallen service members will embark on a cost-free, five-day river adventure that includes world-class whitewater, rich cultural history, hikes, yoga, fellowship, and quality time spent relaxing at camp. Days will be filled with teamwork, challenge and adventuresand the evenings filled with terrific food, camaraderie and facilitated group conversations.  Participants return home with a sense of accomplishment, a new “Rope Team,” and newfound inspiration. This program is made free thanks to our partners at the Travis Manion Foundation. To apply click here! For more information contact John Toth at

Summer camp is a time for children to join together in a special community where they develop a sense of independence, while trying new adventures away from home. Fallen Patriots is looking forward to seeing Gold Star scholars’ new experiences this summer.