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Operation Boot Camp - A Retreat for Military Families - October 5-8, 2017 

Operation Bootcamp is a focused retreat for active duty, reserve or veteran personnel and their families to:

* Connect through shared experiences 
* Encourage spiritual growth
* 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

* Speaker Kevin Hermening 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: Kevin Hermening, Former Marine Security Guard & Iranian Hostage

Kevin Hermening's life changed in a catastrophic way on Nov. 4, 1979. Islamic terrorists captured the entire diplomatic staff at the U.S. Embassy in Iran where Kevin was a Marine security guard. What he thought was certain became uncertain for the next year and a half. Kevin was the youngest American held hostage by the terrorists for an incredible 444 days. He will inspire us by sharing how our mission in life defines us, how he dealt with challenges faced, and the lessons learned from his experience as a hostage.

Kevin served a total of 13 years in the Marine Corps, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1994. He is the recipient of the US State Department's Award for Valor, and received the Prisoner of War Medal, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the nation's highest peacetime military decoration, from the Department of Defense. 

He and his wife have two adult daughters. He served 10 years as a member of his local Board of Education, has been teaching Junior Achievement to elementary and middle school students for 27 years, is active in and supports many community, fine arts, and veteran’s organizations.


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.


Thursday, October 5th
5:30 - Registration
7:00 - Orientation & Session
8:00 - Family Fun Icebreakers  

Friday, 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  

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

* Nursery is available during all sessions and breakouts. 
** Recreational options include boating, hiking, archery and organized family competitions.   

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.  

This year's event is underwritten by the following sponsors:


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