Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Click below to jump to the programs of interest.
Blue Star Museums Program
Introduce your children to the arts! The Blue Star Museums program offers FREE ADMISSION to more than 2,000 museums across the country. The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and thousands of museums across the country.

National Park Program
A special National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Military Pass provides no-cost, year-round access to national parks and other federal recreational lands for service members and their families. Available to US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required, and passes can be obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.

The Science and Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration program is a local five-day math and science camp for rising fifth graders. Kids perform exciting science experiments, build and launch model rockets, study Bernoulli's principles of flight and Newton's Laws of Motion, tour base facilities, learn and have lots of fun. If you have a child who is in fourth grade now, will be going into fifth grade in the fall and would like to participate, please contact the Education Center at 919-722-5800. Class size is limited, but children of base personnel have first priority. The deadline for applications is typically in spring. The camp is typically held in June.
Summer Camp at SJAFB Youth Center
Summer camp is offered Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.and includes exciting daily activities as well as field trips. Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided. For more information, call 919-722-0502 or visit the Youth Center website.

Operation Purple Camp
War affects everyone not just the service member, but the spouse and children as well. As an organization dedicated to serving military families, the National Military Family Association (NMFA) recognized the need for more resources to support military children. In 2004, the Operation Purple® Summer Camp Program, for ages 7 to 17, was created as a free summer camp to give children a unique experience where they can learn coping skills, build a support network of peers, and share in some carefree fun that they need and deserve. For more information, visit the website.

Camp Corral
Camp Corral is a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. Although any child from a military family is eligible, registration priority is given to children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. Camp Corral is free of cost to children ages 8-15 of wounded or disabled military families. Families pay only for transportation to and from the camp. Applications can be completed online. All questions should be directed to the camp's email:

Engineering Camp
Each summer elementary, middle and high school students attend programs throughout North Carolina to discover what engineering is all about. Visit the website to learn more about these camps for rising 3-5 grades, 6-8 grades, and 9-12 grades.

The Shelton Youth Leadership Challenge
Week-long summer program for rising 9-12th graders. Application deadline is in June, and financial scholarships for the program are available. Visit the website for an application and more details.

Air Force Youth Programs Residential Camps and Individual Residential Sports Camps
Detailed information is available in the 2018 Air Force Youth Programs Residential Camps and Individual Residential Sports Camps Information Guide. With the exception of the Individual Residential Sports Camps, all other applications are completed online. All applications must be submitted no later than COB Friday, 11 May 18. 

Listed below are the AF Residential Camps offered:
Air Force Teen Aviation Camp
Air Force Space Camp
Air Force Teen Leadership Summits

Listed below are the Individual Sports Camps offered:
The Nike Softball Camp
The Nike Co-ed Soccer Camp
The Nike Boys Basketball Camp (2 Sessions)
The Nike Girls Basketball Camp
The Nike Baseball Camp
The Nike Volleyball Camp

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