Richmond, Virginia –
The Virginia National Guard Youth Program launched its first Virtual Camp July 27-31, 2020. Fifty-three campers and 11 National Guard teens participated in the week long, online experience.
Prior to camp, campers and teens received Camp Boxes in the mail containing a t-shirt, water bottle, and a variety of camp packets for the various online sessions they were to engage in throughout the week.
Sessions consisted of Facebook live videos that explained how each packet was to be used. Activities ranged from creating lava lamps, building bridges out of Popsicle sticks, and designing tie dye t-shirts unique to this special camp year.
For more than a decade, the VNG Youth Camp has taken place each summer in Virginia Beach. The six-day, overnight camp provides educational, emotional, social, and community support to the children and teens of VNG Airmen and Soldiers. Because of COVID-19 and the the social restrictions in place, an in-person camp wasn’t a possibility this year.