STATEWIDE — There are more than 4,000 school-aged military connected children and youth in Maine.

Operation Military Kids and its state team representing the military branches, local organizations and individuals are working together to provide educational, social and recreational opportunities to support military children and their families in Maine.

In support of military youths there are a number events being planned in April celebrating the Month of the Military Child:

Proclamation from Gov. LePage as Month of the Military Child, Hall of Flags, April 19, with the National Guard. Contact Steve Hughes at 207-430-5773.

Military Youth Symposium, Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, Air and Army National Guard. Call Steve Hughes at 207-430-5773.

Passport Around the World, Saturday, April 13, at Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard. Contact Lauri Troutman at 207-584-2114.


All night Lock-In for Military Youth, April 26-27, at Buker Center, Augusta. Contact Steve Hughes at 207-430-5773.

April is Child & Youth month for the American Legion Auxiliary Nationwide. Contact Charlotte Doyle at 207-443-8816.

Operation Military Kids state and national partners want to recognize celebrate and thank all military youth, families and service men and women for their commitment and service to our country.

Summer camp events

Future events for military youth include:

Military Family Camp, May 24-27, Bryant Pond. Contact Tiffany Gillespie, 207-622-7546.


National Guard Camp, July 13-19 and July 20-26, Gilead. Call Steve Hughes, 207-430-5773.

Information is available on Maine Mountain Adventure Camp for military connected teens at

Information is available on Ocean Adventures Camp for military connected teens at

‘Purple Up’ Day

April 15 is“Purple Up” Day. Thank military personnel and families by wearing purple. Support and recognize the sacrifice that military personnel, families and youth are making in support of the country.

For more information about Operation Military Kids and how to support military youth or sponsor military youth camp scholarships, contact Karen Hatch Gagne or Tiffany Gillespie at 1-800-287-1481 or or

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