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Andrew Seward

Mark Scherer

Youth Program Vision
Mutually Supportive, Happy, Healthy, and Empowered youth with an understanding of Military Life in the Ohio National Guard and Reserve Components throughout the State of Ohio.

To empower and support the social, emotional, and academic needs of Ohio National Guard Youth.


Building Strong Families & Kids

We strive to provide our Military Families and Youth with well rounded programming!
Our goal is to strengthen ties, create lifelong friends, and build leadership, resilience and camaraderie with other military families. (view program overview)

You know what best suits your family; so help us design the event around you!

We are looking for new ideas and locations for camps, events and programs in the areas where you live. Ideal venues would be low cost, easily accessible, community based and offer a variety of activities or programs. We know these places exist and need your help finding them. Please take time to share with us. Your contribution might be the next big success story that fills these pages.

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2016 Schedule of Events

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Teen Only Events

August 8-12, 2016

OMK: Camp Kelleys Island TEEN CAMP - Kellys Island
OMK Camp Kelleys Island week-long teen camp is designed specifically with teens in mind - the fun and exciting list of activities allow these teens to build long-lasting friendships with other military youth in an environment designed to challenge and engage them.
Any Military TEEN ages 12-15 | $75.00 per person

Registration will open March 17:

Youth Only Events

June 28 - July 3, 2016

Camp Corral - Clarksville
This is an amazing week of non-stop fun and excitement in the great outdoors. Priority registration will go to the children of soldiers who have been injured, disabled, or fallen protecting our freedom. See for more information.
Any Military YOUTH ages 8-15 | $25 deposit, refunded when you arrive at camp

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August 8-12, 2016

OMK: Camp Kelleys Island YOUTH CAMP - Kellys Island
OMK Camp Kelleys Island week-long youth camp is into its 11th year The great success of this program lies in the awesome experience it provides for military youth where they can learn, grow, and build friendships with other military youth in a fun and safe environment.
Any Military YOUTH ages 9-11 | $75.00 per person

Registration will open March 17:

Family Events

June 24-25, 2016

Family Overnight Event - Toledo
Spend a night living on the wild side! Bring the family to sleep at the zoo and see what the animals do at night. Learn more about the world and how animals adapt to it. All you have to do is show-up and we handle the rest.
Military Kids ages 5-12 + Parent Program | $15.00 per person

Registration opens March 10:

Sept. 24, 2016

Family Day Event - Yellow Springs
Perfect for the entire family! We'll spend the morning together, participating in hands-on fun activities (workshops for parents and youth will be separate)…followed by lunch and family fun on the farm!
The Entire Family | $10.00 per person

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HERO CAMPS - *Strong Family Workshops

July 8, 2016

Hero Camp / Strong Family Workshop - Dayton
Fun for the whole family! Join us as we learn about 'Objects in Motion' as we build, experiment and explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). You won’t go home empty handed! Parents and youth will be divided for hands-on workshops before gathering for lunch and family time at the museum.
The Entire Family | $5 per person

Registration opens March 10:

August 2, 2016

HERO Camp / Strong Family Workshop - OSU Campus, Columbus
Ohio State Sports Sampler is a one-day camp where youth can interact with OSU student athletes and have fun while participating in athletic activities designed to teach valuable leadership and teamwork skills.
Any Military Youth Ages 6-12 + Parent Program | $20.00 per person

Registration opens March 17:

Sept. 10, 2016

HERO Camp / Strong Family Workshop - Columbus
Spend the day with the gentle giants at this local equestrian farm. Learn about horse behaviors and how to understand what they are trying to tell you, in turn learning how to better listen to ourselves.
Any Military Youth Ages 8-12 + Parent Program | $10.00 per person

Registration opens March 17:

*STRONG Family Workshops
The words of our past participants say it best " There is a wealth of information and resources to be obtained, this isn't your average parenting workshop!" Our strong families program has something for every parent; participate in hands on activities, share as a part of a focus group, create a toolkit to take home of valuable resources and gain valuable insight from some of your own peers on parenting tips. Our workshops focus on helping children succeed in the area of academics, home life and peer interaction. Come join us in a dialogue on what makes strong families!

Any Military Parent(s) | Registration opens with respective HERO Camp


Troop & Family Camps- Weekend Camps

Troop & Family Camps are designed for the whole family to spend a fun-filled weekend together strengthening ties and building camaraderie with other military families. Be sure to check the specific details for each camp on our website, as each camp has different activities, then pick the camp that best suits your family. Who defines your family? You do. Any Military Family

$85 for up to 4 family members ($10 per additional family member)

August 19-21

Registration opens March 10:

August 26-28

Registration opens May 18:

August 26-28

Kellys Island
Registration opens May 18:

Sept. 9-11

Registration opens May 18:

Sept 23-25

Registration opens May 18:

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Registration opens March 10:

Operation: Military Kids (OMK)

Initiative conceived and designed in January 2004 to support "Suddenly" Military Kids thru activities and programming specifically targeted to Youth of the guard and reserve component directly affected by the Global War on Terror. Ohio became an OMK State officially in March of 2005. Since its inception, OMK has been involved with and supported every event/activity executed by Ohio's Youth Program.

Ohio Operation Military Kids Website | OMK Social Media Links