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Child and Youth Program

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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. You will find us at annual events including KIDS AT Summer Camp, Yellow Ribbon programs for deploying units, training teens on RESILIENCE and organizing our Indiana Military Teen Council. Our program depends on volunteers to serve as chaperones, camp counselors and program assistants to create unforgettable experiences for kids. In FY17, 159 volunteers contributed an incredible 4,818 hours.

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Child and Youth Program Events

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.”

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KIDS AT Summer Youth Camp

KIDS AT Summer Youth Camp is an annual event serving children ages 9-18 who are the dependents of Army National Guard soldiers, Gold Star Families, and, as space allows, dependents of Air National Guard airmen. Each year, there are two dates and locations to choose from. The camps are military-themed and are staffed by military volunteers. The cost is $50 per camper, but scholarships are available for those experiencing a hardship.

Campers live and work in platoon groups, compete for daily awards and try their hands at educational workshops like marksmanship, combatives and archery. Campers also get the best summer camp experiences, such as climbing towers, riding zip lines, swimming, arts and crafts, games and so much more!

If you are new to KIDS AT Summer Youth Camp and want more information, please check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/INNG-Youth-Program-611565062215045/?ref=page_internal


KIDS AT South | Hidden Falls Camp, June

Hidden Falls Camp is spread out on scenic hilltops and offers some great high-impact activities such as mountain biking and zip lines.

Activities include marching, military competitions, flag etiquette, combatives, arts and crafts, hiking, swimming (indoor pool), fishing, mountain biking, zip lines, high- and low-ropes course, climbing tower and rappel, archery, marksmanship, land navigation, sports and games and MORE!

Click here to visit the Hidden Falls Camp website: http://www.hiddenfallscamp.org/


KIDS AT JR | Hidden Falls Camp, June

Army National Guard and Gold Star children ages 6-8 may register for KIDS AT JR, where they will choose a platoon group, tour the camp, eat with the full camp, swim, try out the zip line and more. Parents will attend with JR campers in order to supervise, ask questions, meet camp organizers and join in the fun!


KIDS AT North | Camp Potawotami, July

Camp Potawotami is more compact and wooded, and is set on a giant lake with swimming, boating, fishing and water features. Activities include marching, military competitions, flag etiquette, combatives, arts and crafts, hiking, swimming (lake), boating, fishing, high- and low-ropes course, climbing tower, archery, marksmanship, land navigation, sports and games and MORE!

Click here to visit the Camp Potawotami website: https://www.fwycamp.org/


Family Programs

Fall Family Camp | Flat Rock River Camp, St. Paul, Indiana, September

Spend an activity-packed three-day weekend with your entire family making memories and learning to communicate more effectively within your family unit. Archery, climbing, low ropes, hayride, bonfire, communication workshops and other fun activities are offered. The weekend is FREE. Family members must be registered in DEERS and have at least one youth aged 12-18 to attend. Sponsored by the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund.


Family Zoo Overnights | Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana

Join us on for a FREE overnight at the Indianapolis Zoo! Go on an adaptation vacation and learn about how animals adapt to their habitats. The event is for military youth ages 8-12; one parent may attend as a chaperone. Meals are provided, with optional free admission to the Zoo.


Teen Programs

Spring Break Teen Leadership Forum | Tennessee

Are you looking for adventure this spring break? Are you a National Guard or Gold Star teen, ages 14-18? Sign up for a FREE week of exploration, hiking and white water rafting. Teens will meet at Camptown (Indianapolis, IN) then be transported to Tennessee. The week will focus on teambuilding, leadership and personal growth. Activities include hiking, map reading, white water rafting and exploring. Parent volunteers are invited to join in the fun and help chaperone. For more information about Camptown, visit http://camptown.net.


State Youth Symposium | Indianapolis

Spend an exciting day-and-a-half with other military youth ages 9-18 sampling cool educational workshops and participating in engaging activities involving music, competitions, speaker presentations and community service. Gold Star youth of any age are invited to attend. Find out what excites you and ignite your unique skills and interests! Adults wanting to share in the fun may register to volunteer.


Teen Summit | Bradford Woods, Martinsville, Indiana, May

The Indiana Military Teen Council hosts this event for all National Guard (Army, Air and Reserve) military and Gold Star teens ages 14-18. Activities include leadership training, TEEN Leader workshops, climbing tower, outdoor movie, campfires and a national speaker. Adults wishing to spend quality time with your teenager may also register to attend and volunteer to chaperone the event.


Statewide Robotics Workshops

Robotics Workshops | Armories across Indiana

State youth coordinators work with Army National Guard and Gold Star children ages 6-13 using Legos to introduce the scientific method and engineering basics while building and programming robots.

Registration

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
Please be sure to register for the camp you want: choose either North Camp or South Camp, and 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. 85481 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 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.

Click here for the Indiana Military Teen Council application (PDF)

Annual Reports

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Volunteer

Volunteers needed for Kids AT South – Hidden Falls Camp!

Have you ever wanted to spend a week mentoring kids at a military-themed summer camp? 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 volunteers to fill the role of camp counselor, workshop instructor and administrative, supply and operations support. Volunteers must have experience working with youth and complete a DD Form 2981 background check and eight hours of training in positive youth supports. Contact us to learn more or apply.

Download the volunteer flyer (PDF)

 

Contact

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

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