I can't believe that we've already reached the end of August. Summer is just one of those seasons that seems to fly by, particularly for military families dealing with the stresses of deployments and moves, in addition to the general juggling all those busy summer activities and vacations. For me, I spent much of this month juggling deployment stress and camp visits (camp visits help cut stress!).
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit Operation Purple Camp Kon-O-Kwee in Fombell, Pennsylvania with Sierra Club President, Allison Chin. This was Allison's first visit to an Operation Purple camp, and it was wonderful to be able to share the experience with her. We were honored to be joined by the Chairman of the Board of Governors for the National Military Family Association, Mary Scott. Check out some additional photos and hear more about Allison's camp experiences on her blog - Power to Change.
Just last week, I visited ASYMCA Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor, Washington with our new MFO organizer, Emily Mulvihill. What better introduction to the MFO program than to have Emily visit camp during her first week on the job! We were very impressed by Camp Seymour's outdoor environmental education program. Outdoor environmental education programs help kids gain self-esteem, personal responsibility and problem solving skills. Sierra Club's MFO program is thrilled to provide military children with fun memorable camp experiences that help build these valuable skills.
Outdoor experiences provide benefits to adults too! People instinctively turn to the outdoors as a way of relaxing and enhancing their well-being. Sierra Club's partnership with Outward Bound provides combat theatre veterans and active duty service members with wilderness challenge expeditions. The experience gives participants camaraderie, outdoor adventure, and discovery and serves as a powerful tool for helping vets readjust after leaving the combat zone. I'm looking forward to enhancing my well-being on a white water rafting expedition with Outward Bound next month!
Summer's almost over - be sure to get outside and enjoy it!