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Child and Youth Program

The Indiana National Guard Child and Youth Program provides enrichment activities for the children of Guardsmen ages 6-17. Our mission is to support children, youth and families of the Indiana National Guard during times of deployment, extended separation and normal day-to-day operations. We aim to increase opportunities that foster personal growth, education, citizenship and leadership for military kids; advocate for and raise awareness of military-connected youth within state programs and partnering agencies and activate statewide networks that can better serve geographically dispersed military populations.

Our annual programs and partnerships benefit military kids by increasing opportunities for personal growth and leadership and providing education and citizenship training for children and youth. Program participants and their parents overwhelmingly report positive outcomes from having events that allow military youth to interact. A participant at Kids AT, for example, said, “This camp lets me talk to other kids that know how it is when my dad leaves.” One parent commented that the programs have “brought my children into a world where there are other kids with military parents, which is something they don’t see in their daily lives.”

Youth Program annual events include KIDS AT Summer Camp, Yellow Ribbon programs for deploying units, training teens on resilience and organizing our Indiana Military Teen Council. Please follow our social media on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates. 

The Youth Program follows all recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Youth Program depends on volunteers to serve as chaperones, camp counselors and program assistants to create unforgettable experiences for kids.

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Kids AT Summer Youth Camp

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June 25 to July 1, 2022
Hidden Falls Camp
Bedford, IN

Registration is available May to June 1, or until capacity is reached. For more information about camp, view the Camp FAQPlease follow our social media on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates. 

Kids AT Save-the-Date Flyer (PDF)

Qualifications

The following describes the youth who are permitted to attend KIDS AT Summer Youth Camps and the order in which registrations will be prioritized:

  • Children/direct dependents of mobilized or deployed Indiana National Guard members
  • Children/direct dependents of Indiana National Guard members in the deployment cycle (either pre-mobilization or reintegration up to one year)
  • Children/direct dependents of all Indiana fallen service members of all branches
  • Children/direct dependents of Traditional and Active Indiana National Guard members
  • Children/direct dependents of Retired Indiana National Guard members
  • Siblings, grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews of current National Guard members
  • Siblings, grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews of retired National Guard members

Registration

The Youth Program follows all recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please read the information below about registration, attendance policy and priority criteria, and download our FAQ, before clicking on the Kids AT Summer Youth Camp registration page. Click here to download our Kids AT Summer Youth Camp FAQ.

About Registration
Under the correct identification, choose either Army National Guard OR Air National Guard. Once you get started, the site will offer travel protection insurance. There is NO need to purchase that insurance. That option is offered for travelers who are flying and provides coverage if plans are cancelled. Please deny this option or you will be paying extra. If you think you qualify for the scholarship for Kids AT, please contact the Indiana Child and Youth Program Coordinator at 317-247-3300, Ext. 85441 to receive scholarship information.

The following describes the youth who are permitted to attend KIDS AT Summer Youth Camps and the order in which registrations will be prioritized:

  • Children/direct dependents of mobilized or deployed Indiana National Guard members
  • Children/direct dependents of Indiana National Guard members in the deployment cycle (either pre-mobilization or reintegration up to one year)
  • Children/direct dependents of all Indiana fallen service members of all branches
  • Children/direct dependents of Traditional and Active Indiana National Guard members
  • Children/direct dependents of Retired Indiana National Guard members
  • Siblings, grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews of current National Guard members
  • Siblings, grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews of retired National Guard members

Click here for the Kids AT Registration page

******IMPORTANT******
YOUR ONLINE REGISTRATION DOES NOT SECURE YOUR SPOT

Registrants will receive an email confirming your camper’s acceptance to attend KIDS AT Summer Youth Camp. Due to the priority criteria above, youth qualified for a higher priority will be selected before youth ranking at a lower priority. We do not expect to turn youth away unless they fail to meet the criteria above.

 

Indiana Military Teen Council

The Indiana Military Teen Council is here to help. The Teen Council is an excellent leadership opportunity for military-connected teens across the state. The council meets quarterly and conducts conference calls during non-meeting months. The role of the council is to raise teen issues to the attention of military leaders, to receive leadership and resilience training and opportunities for growth beyond the usual high school experience, and to contribute to the well-being of military teens in the state. Each year, the council plans and executes a Teen Summit, which is a weekend event for all Indiana military teens. Teens interested in becoming a member of the council must be 14-18 years old, still be in high school, be a military dependent, and complete an application packet with references.

If you are interested in joining or would like more information about Teen Council, please email ng.in.inarng.list.j9cma-youth-program@army.mil.

Download our Teen Council Information Flyer (PDF)

Become a Youth Program Volunteer

Do you have experience mentoring youth, or a passion for working with children and teens? Did you know you can use permissive temporary duty (TDY), administrative leave or alternate annual training (AT) to volunteer? Do you have campers signed up for Kids AT and want to join the fun?

We’re looking for civilian or military personnel to volunteer for the Youth Program to fill the role of camp counselor or to provide administrative, supply and operations support.

We are also looking for volunteers for all of our events throughout the year, including workshops, holiday events and Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program events. The Child and Youth Program would not be what it is without the support of our wonderful volunteers! If you are interested, please go to the “How to become a Volunteer” tab.

Youth Program virtual volunteer training can be done through Google Classroom, our preferred method, or through Microsoft Teams.

Google Classroom (Preferred Method)
To access training through Google Classroom you can, click this link https://classroom.google.com/c/NDI0MTU1MzcwNzM0?cjc=dijtezk
OR
Log into your Google classroom account, choose “Join Class” and enter class code “dijtezk”.

Microsoft Teams
In Microsoft Teams, select “Join or create a team” below your teams list. On the “Join a team with a code card,” enter “771y5jb”.

Step 1- Complete the Virtual Volunteer Training (see next tab)
Step 2- Save your Certificate of Completion that will be sent once you finish the training
Step 3- You will receive information on how to complete your Background Check
Step 4- Once you complete and pass your background check, your email will be added to our “Volunteer List.” 

Family Resources for Pre- and Post-Deployment

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Boys and Girls Clubs of America 
Free memberships to eligible military families and provides a variety of programs and resources designed to empower youth to excel in school, become good citizens and lead healthy, productive lives. More: https://www.bgca.org/

Our Military Kids
One-time grant empowering eligible military kids with sports, arts and other activities while their parents are deployed or recovering from severe injuries sustained in combat. More: https://www.ourmilitarykids.org/

Army Fee Assistance
Child Care Aware of America has partnered with the U.S. Army to provide Fee Assistance and Respite Child Care Programs to assist eligible families with childcare costs. More: https://www.childcareaware.org/

Military Child Education Coalition
Essential digital resources in multiple formats, including videos, webinars, and downloadable documents for students, parents and education professionals that can be helpful, along with parenting tips, for families during deployment. More: https://www.militarychild.org/

Military One Source
An array of services and resources to service members, their families, survivors and the entire military community, including college financing options and educational resources to assist parents searching for the right school or looking for a tutor. Other categories include financial and legal help, family and relationships, and moving and housing. More: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/

Military Kids Connect
Informative activities, helpful videos, and an online community that can build and reinforce understanding, resilience, and coping skills in military children and their peers. More: https://militarykidsconnect.health.mil

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Contact

Address:
Indiana National Guard Child and Youth Program
Tyndall Armory
711 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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We Want to Hear from You!

Your feedback helps us identify what is currently going well in the Youth Program, what needs to be improved, and how we can better support the readiness and resilience of you, your family and other military connected families. Help us improve by taking a few minutes to complete the following surveys:

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Soldier- Parent Satisfaction Survey

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