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Free School Vacation Camp Planned For Military Kids

Colchester--Vermont military kids can look forward to a fun-filled week, April 21-25, at Camp Johnson in Colchester.

The Vermont National Guard Family and Youth Program and various partners of Operation: Military Kids (OMK), a program of University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, are co-sponsoring the Partners of OMK April Vacation Camp. It is open to all youths in Grades 4-8 with a parent, guardian or loved one in the military.

Although the camp headquarters will be at Camp Johnson, a number of field trips and other fun activities are planned throughout the week at other locations. Campers will visit the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee to do their ropes course and take a tour of the Vermont Air National Guard facility with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6689.

They also will spend time at Lake Champlain with UVM's Watershed Alliance to learn about water ecology and do hands-on science activities with staff from the Greater Burlington YMCA. Vermont 4-H will host an afternoon of "Minute to Win It" games and activities. Other fun outings are planned by the Vermont National Guard Child and Youth Program.

Although there is no cost to attend, registration is required by April 17. To register, go to To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Stephanie Atwood, OMK coordinator, at (802) 656-0346 or by April 11.

Parents may drop children off between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Pick-up time is 3:30 p.m. Campers are asked to bring a bagged lunch and drink with them each day. Snacks will be provided.

For more information about the camp or Vermont OMK, visit the Vermont OMK web site ( or Facebook page (