Aim High Air Force Family Camp

Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve families came together for a 3 day, 2 night residential family camp at YMCA Camp Soles located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands.

Penn State Extension Military Youth Program was the recipient of a 2015 Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Youth Camp Grant. This weekend retreat provided an opportunity to bolster family relationships and allow participants time to connect with other geographically-dispersed Air Force Families. Campers of all ages gained new experiences, shared stories and laughed together in a relaxed outdoor atmosphere.

Deb Krall, Wing Family Program Coordinator for the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Air National Guard out of Coraopolis and member of the Penn State Extension Military Youth Program State Team, led training segments based on Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Military Families. Families developed a family mission statement and enhanced their communication skills. 87% of families responding in post event survey indicated that while at camp, they noticed an improvement in their ability to listen to each others ideas and understand that those ideas are just as important as one’s own.

"Having the opportunity to be together learning skills and meeting other military families is something we appreciated. We are looking forward to future camps and activities" stated one family in attendance. 100% of families surveyed indicated a desire to participate in future programs.

The 2015 Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Youth Camp Grant was funded through a partnership of the United States Air Force and U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture under Kansas State University special project number 2013-48696-21184.