Kids return to Camp Lejeune after Semper Fi Fund camp

By Efram Ramirez | | July 20, 2011

Children of injured soldiers stationed at Camp Lejeune spent a week together in the mountains of Pennsylvania at an overnight camp run by the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to injured and ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Jacksonville Daily News reports.

The organization covered the cost of the camp for the 50 children from Camp Lejeune, who returned home last Saturday. At the Outdoor Odyssey Camp in Roaring Run, Pennsylvania, the children are partnered with positive high school-aged mentors, the news source reports. The campers take part in confidence building exercises and educational activities such as hiking, swimming and canoeing.

The mentor becomes qualified after spending a week at the Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp Leadership Academy at Outdoor Odyssey, the organization says. The mentors have also grown up with a Marine parent, allowing them to relate to the camper’s experience, which can be especially challenging when their Marine parent is injured. The camp aims to build confidence and develop tools for success in school and life, instilling a “principle centered life,” it says.

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