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Operation Boot Camp - A Weekend Event for Military Families - October 4-7, 2018 
 
 

Operation Boot Camp provides an extended weekend getaway for active duty, reserve or veteran personnel and their families to:

* Connect through shared experiences 
* Encourage spiritual growth & emotional strength 
* Celebrate their military heritage 

With a great mix of speakers, breakout sessions, activities for the whole family, good food and down time, military families will connect on a deeper level. Everyone from the service member to the spouse to the kids will gain understanding, grace, pride, and validation for their special part in their family. 

Operation Boot Camp is organized by a team of military families who see a need to reach out to other military families and personnel to connect, encourage, and celebrate the unique experiences of military life - past and present. 

 

 

Weekend Highlights
 

* Speakers Mark & Jean Roberts will be speaking at five main sessions. 
 
* Special life stories shared from veterans spanning generations. 

* Breakout sessions for the men, women and the children separately will help foster relationships and enable guests to connect on a deeper level. 

* Family recreational options will include boating, hiking, archery, and organized family challenges. 

* Relaxing evenings will enable you to spend quality family time and connect with other families over a campfire or drink from our Coffee Shop. 
 

Speaker(s): Mark & Jean Roberts 

Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Mark Roberts and his wife Jean Watson Roberts have a blended family of seven children and six grandchildren. Over the years, they have served military families in a wide variety of places all over the globe. Mark served as an Air Force Chaplain deployed to Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq and Jean as an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, musician, author, speaker and miltary spouse. 
 
Using humor and wisdom learned "the hard way," their inspirational message will encourage us to realize our circumstances in life don't need to define our futures, and that we can become overcomers in the midst of life's challenges.  
 

Accommodations

 
Our Standard Cabins are available to Operation Boot Camp guests.  Each family unit comes with a double bed, bunk beds, and a private bath. Towels/bedding not provided. Each cabin sleeps  up to nine people.
 
Lodge Rooms are available on a limited basis for an additional fee of $75 (towels and linens included). 
 

Itinerary
 

Thursday, October 4th
5:30 to 7 p.m. - Registration
7:00 p.m. - Orientation & Session
8:00 p.m. - Family Fun Icebreakers  

Friday, October 5th
8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - Sessions/Breakouts*
12:00 p.m. - Lunch - followed by recreation**
5:00 p.m. - Supper
6:00 p.m. - Session, followed by evening activities  

Saturday, October 6th
8:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Sessions/Breakouts
12:00 - Lunch - followed by recreation
5:00 - Supper
6:00 - Session, followed by evening activities  Breakfast, session | Lunch, free time activities | Dinner, session, free time activities

Sunday, October 7th 
8:00 - Sweet Rolls & Coffee
8:30 - Worship
9:15 - Session
10:30 - Brunch
12:00 - Departure

* Nursery and age-appropriate groups for children are available during all sessions and breakouts. 
** Recreational options include boating, hiking, archery and organized family competitions.
  
Service animals are permitted, but please notify Forest Springs in advance. 

Cost & Event Sponsors:

The cost of this event is underwritten by businesses and personal donations. A deposit of $50 is necessary with each registration form. It is non-refundable on cancellation, but refunded at the time of check in. 

Interested in helping to underwrite this event?  Please visit our donation page and select "Military Family Retreat/Operation Boot Camp. Click here.  

2017 event was underwritten by the following sponsors:


 


 
Support for this project was provided through the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation