Grants and Contracts Details


a) Camp titles, projected dates, camp descriptions and number of slots available for campers: 1) Nantahala River-to-Ridge Excursion – Bryson City, NC; June 9-12, 2023. Camp for military parents and their teen children including, ziplining, high and low ropes challenge courses, leap of faith, paintball, canoeing and outdoor cooking. Availability: 60 slots (30 parent/child teams). 2) Red River Gorge Rock Climbing, Rappelling, and Canopy Excursion – Campton, KY. June 23-26 2023. Camp for military parents and their teen children including rock climbing and rappelling in the world-famous Red River Gorge and a canopy tour including ziplines at speeds up to 55 MPH soaring 300 feet over the Gorge. Availability: 36 slots (18 parent/child teams). 3) Ocoee Whitewater Rafting, Climbing, Rappelling and Outdoor Adventure – Ocoee, TN; July 14-17, 2023. Camp for military parents and their teen children including whitewater rafting, ziplining, rock climbing, mud/water pit challenges and lakeside activities. Availability: 60 slots (30 parent/child teams). b) Travel arrangements for youth to and from the camp: Each camp will originate and end at the camp locations. Transportation allowances for participants for all camps will be provided through the grant (see budget). Transportation to and from the airport will be provided on an as-needed basis at no cost to participants through employees or volunteers. Reimbursement beyond the budgeted allowances for airfare or mileage to get to and from a camp also will be provided on an as-needed basis (see budget). All program costs for each camp are provided through the grant (see budget). There will be a $30 deposit per person to reserve camper slots that will, in turn, be used toward camp t-shirts and reusable water bottles since these are not allowable costs on the grant. The camps have been very successful and have filled to capacity in previous grants as they maximize appeal for participants from all branches, maximize ease of travel for dispersed families, and are offered in 3 different states for geographic diversity. c) Regional recruitment plans: Regional recruitment will be spearheaded by the grant directors and partners and will involve members of the core camp team, state military partners, Family Resource Centers, county Extension offices, Yellow Ribbon facilitators, Family Readiness Groups, Garrison newspapers, School Liaison Officers, former MTAC participants and more in close communication with Purdue University. Each camp team member will disseminate information to families with whom they work to promote the camps and encourage military youth/parents to register. Flyers will be disseminated and posted on the UK Family and Consumer Sciences military webpage, UK 4-H Youth Development webpage and websites of grant partners. The grant team and partners will also utilize targeted social media advertising to reach the target audience for these camps. Information about the camps (contact information, camp details, registration information) will be posted on the existing Kentucky MTAC website ( and the existing Kentucky MTAC Facebook page ( Compilation videos containing footage from past Kentucky military parent/teen camps will be shown (; a video from 2022 camps currently in progress) at any events where military families will be attending, such as Family Readiness Group events, reintegration programs, Extension military programs, garrison Boys and Girls Club or 4-H programs, or Survivor Outreach Services programs and will be shown during military briefings with Family Programs, National Guard, Army Reserve and the Kentucky Family Readiness Conference. Registration for each camp will begin at least 2 months prior to the camp start date. Registration will be open to Guard, Reserve, Active Duty, or Veteran parent/teen teams from any state and all service branches. First priority will go to those who have experienced at least one deployment, who are geographically dispersed, and who have not attended a prior MTAC camp. The application process for the camps will be online to make it easy for participants to register and streamline the registration process. Registrants will be mailed an instructional packet containing all information needed to pack and prepare for the camps before each camp. These camping opportunities will be distinguished from other ongoing military or 4-H Camp efforts funded by other sources on our local webpage; facebook page; and in all marketing materials. d) The length of each camp (# of days engaged in camp activities) and draft schedule: All camps included in this proposal will be 4 days and 3 nights in length. Participants will attend in parent/teen teams (see section e, support objectives below for rationale). Draft schedules for both camps are as follows. Nantahala River-to-Ridge Adventure Draft
Effective start/end date3/1/237/31/23


  • Purdue University: $185,651.00


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