Strong Bonds Program for Families
Family Enrichment Weekends
Strong Bonds Family Enrichment Weekends are open members of the Army or Air National Guard and their dependents. Army and Air programs have separate funding. Family members must be enrolled in DEERS.
ABOUT FAMILY EVENTS:
From diapers and night feedings to recitals and soccer games, the responsibilities of child-rearing can be especially difficult for military families. Daily routines can become overwhelming when families are faced with long separations, frequent relocations, and deployment. Strong Bonds Family events teach effective communication and parenting skills for parents and children. In addition to relevant teaching and skills training, there is time for relaxation, recreation, fellowship, and fun. Family members must be enrolled in DEERS. Children 8 years or older are active participants during Strong Bonds Family Events. Child care is available for children 7 years old or younger. Two curriculums are currently offered. They are Family Wellness and The Speed of Trust.
NOTE: Enrichment weekends are on HOLD at this time due to COVID-19
BE NOTIFED ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS
Complete the survey in the link to be notified about upcoming events.
Frequently Asked Questions
Army Guard members will find registrations for upcoming events posted on this page. NOTE that registrations close 45 days before each event so register early! Air Guard members should check with their Wing for information on 2021 events.
IS THERE FUNDING FOR ORDERS TO ATTEND IN A PAY STATUS?
Service Members may attend Strong Bonds events in a pay status. Publishing of orders is dependent upon program funding.
CAN I ATTEND IN LIEU OF DRILL?
Some Army and Air National Guard units may allow you to attend in lieu of drill. Please check with your unit.
Lodging is available regardless of driving distance.
IT’S FREE. The total cost of this retreat including lodging, meals, child care, and workshop materials could easily exceed several hundred dollars. Thanks to Strong Bonds funding, this retreat is provided at no cost; though incidentals such as mileage reimbursement, room service, movies and food are not included.
“This was our first Strong Bonds Event and we loved it! The location was awesome! Great material for adults! I also really like the adult break outs with adult conversation!”
“I liked interaction with the other kids and working as a team. I liked how they related the activities we did to problems we actually have.”