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.
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. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our programs this season will be cancelled. We encourage you to check back on this page in late summer 2020 for updates on fall/winter programs, and in January 2021 to learn of any updates to next year's schedule. Please also follow our Facebook page for the latest updates.
The Youth Program depends on volunteers to serve as chaperones, camp counselors and program assistants to create unforgettable experiences for kids. In FY19, 192 volunteers contributed an incredible 8,172 hours. Learn more below about volunteering for events throughout the year.
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HOLIDAY ACTIVITY BOOKLET
Over the break we learned about different holidays celebrated in December through our free downloadable Holiday Activity Booklet , which is filled with fun and educational activities that can be done independently or as a family! Do you have a fun experience or memory using the activities in the booklet? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the PDF: Holiday Activity Booklet
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.”
COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masks, social distancing, gloves, etc., are in full effect at our events. Because of the pandemic, some programs this season were cancelled. We encourage you to check back on this page for updates on upcoming programs, and in January 2021 to learn of any updates to next year's schedule. Please also follow our Facebook page for the latest updates.
JANUARY 2021 | STARBASE 1.0 PROGRAM - INDIANAPOLIS
STARBASE Indiana-Indianapolis is offering three open enrollment sessions of the STARBASE 1.0 program for students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades in January 2021. To ensure proper social distancing, class sizes will be kept small and spots are limited. The program will be held at the STARBASE Indianapolis – Stout Field IN National Guard HQ., 2002 S Holt Rd, Bldg. 15, Indianapolis, IN 46241. Each class will be held daily from 9:30am – 2pm, for 5 days in a row. Please note that the start days will vary and that the class will be split with a weekend. The program is completely free. You just provide lunch and transportation. Students will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. CLICK here for the application and additional information. Questions? Call 317-247-3502. Download our flyer for more details.
JANUARY 2021 | YOUTH FIRST, INC. PROGRAM - VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
Youth First, Inc. works with the entire family unit, from first-time parents with babies to families with teenagers. They make a difference in the community by giving families tools to become better and stronger.They are offering a great program to strengthen military families and will be facilitated by a military service member. Download our flyer for more details.
FEBRUARY 2021 | LOVE IN A BOX
Explore the 5 love languages through Love In a Box! Filled with programming and activities, families will discover their individual love languages and how others within their family receive love. Knowledge of one's love language can help build reassurance and communication, and strengthen connection and resilience. Sign up for a Love In a Box and pick up the week of February 8-12 at an armory location near you from the Soldier Family Readiness Specialist. Boxes are limited to one per family.
Not near any of the locations? Register for the programming packet only to receive all the activities, some of which do not require supplies.
April 2021 | SPRING BREAK TEEN LEADERSHIP FORUM - Location TBD
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 the activity location. 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.
April 2021 | MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD
During the month of April, the Youth Program celebrates the children of military members who also serve. Join us! Activities and events vary, so check out our Facebook page for more information.
2021 | QUARTERLY WORKSHOP
Our Youth Program Quarterly Initiative workshops provide an awesome day of learning and making memories. The workshops provide youth with opportunities and experiences in STEAM, Health and Wellness, Leadership and so much more. Look for virtual programs also to be available.
August 2021 | TEEN SUMMIT - Location TBD
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 and resilience 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.
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, registration for KIDS AT is now closed. Please check back in January 2021 for updates on this page, and follow our Facebook page for the latest Youth Program information.
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.
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. 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:
Click here for the Kids AT Registration page
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.
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.
Click here for the Indiana Military Teen Council application (PDF)
Click here for the Indiana Teen Council Call Out (PDF)
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We are always building our volunteer base, are currently accepting your applications!
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. We are also looking for volunteers for all of our events throughout the year, including workshops, holiday events and Yellow Ribbon Program events. 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)
Indiana National Guard Child and Youth Program
711 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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