University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

School Vacation Camp Planned For Rutland Area Military Kids

Rutland--An action-packed week of fun is planned for Rutland area military kids during the spring school break, April 15-19.

Any Grade 4-8 student with a parent or guardian in the military may sign up for the free day camp, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and Operation: Military Kids (OMK). The camp, scheduled for the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Center in Rutland, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Throughout the week, campers will sample a wide variety of activities designed to let them explore their community; learn art, science and nutrition; hone their leadership and teambuilding skills and just have fun. Among the planned field trips are tours of the Rutland City Police Department and the City of Rutland Fire Department and a visit to Starbase Vermont in Rutland, where they will learn about science and technology by flying planes with the flight simulator and other activities.

On Tuesday and Thursday Diane Mincher, UVM Extension nutritionist, will talk about healthy eating and assist the campers as they prepare their own lunch. Participants are responsible for bringing their own bag lunch and beverage on the other days. Snacks will be provided every day.

Interested youths should register at by April 9. Space is limited to 15, so early sign up is recommended.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call Stephanie Atwood, OMK coordinator, at (802) 656-0346 or (800) 571-0668 or by e-mail at by April 5.

Support for this camp is provided by OMK's Regional Team in Rutland, which includes representatives from the Rutland City Public Schools, Rutland City Police Department, United Way of Rutland County and Rutland County 4-H.