Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Military families in New Jersey are invited to a Family Camp at Rutgers Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp in Branchville on Sept. 11, 12 and 13.

The free program is open to all military families who have experienced deployment, and will include activities ranging from archery, fishing and canoeing to photography, arts and crafts, cooking and creating a family memory book.

The camp is sponsored by Operation: Military Kids New Jersey, a partnership of Army Child and Youth Services, the national 4-H Headquarters and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Program.

Rachel Lyons, Morris County 4-H Agent and the project director for Operation Military Kids in New Jersey, said the Family Camp is designed to give military families the opportunity to reconnect in an outdoor environment.

“By spending quality time together, trying new things and learning new skills at camp, families can rebuild the bonds that may have been weakened during military deployment,” Lyons said.

Lyons said space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications and permission forms are due by September 4, 2009. A $50 deposit is required and will be refunded at the close of the program.

Information and registration forms are available online at More information may be obtained by contacting Marie Waldron, the camp program assistant, at 973-285-8300 X 235 or [email protected]

For additional information about Operation: Military Kids in New Jersey, visit