The Army’s Army Hosts Kid-Friendly ‘Boot Camp’ for Children of the Fallen™

Surviving military families head to Fort Bragg’s Camp Mackall for outdoor adventure and wilderness survival training

Fayetteville, NC – March 19, 2014 – Children of fallen soldiers in Fayetteville/Cumberland County, NC, will get to enjoy an all-day military boot camp on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014. Hosted by The Army’s Army, in partnership with the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) program at Camp Mackall and Fazoli’s of Fayetteville. Organizers are expecting a number of Children of the Fallen members and their families to take part in this unique event where they will learn a variety of wilderness survival skills, such as how to build a shelter in the woods and how to purify water.

“Children of the Fallen members have all endured a tragic loss, and we are committed to hosting regular events which facilitate their development and demonstrate the support available in their community,” commented Janine West, Executive Director of The Army’s Army.  “We’d like to thank SERE, Fazolis and our event sponsor Fayetteville Sam’s Club, for providing this unique opportunity to help enrich the lives of these military families.”

Children attending the event will enjoy a day of interactive instruction and outdoor adventures, as they explore the area around Camp Mackall. In addition to building shelters out of surroundings in the woods, they will learn how to start a fire without matches, how to identify poisonous wildlife and even practice some primitive cooking techniques.

“We are honored to be partnering with The Army’s Army again on this special event benefiting children in our community who have lost a parent or guardian in the war,” commented Mike Zalampas, Club Manager of the Fayetteville Sam’s Club. “Through our support of the Children of the Fallen mentoring program, we are able to show our appreciation for surviving military families in meaningful and valuable ways.”

The event will be led by SERE instructor Gordon Smith, who spent 26 years in the Special Forces. The SERE program provides Special Operations soldiers, including Special Forces candidates, Civil Affairs, Military Information Support and Special Operations aviators and crew, with training in survival, evasion escape and the Code of Conduct. Special Forces students train at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School for up to two years to become qualified to join Special Forces. SERE is one of the steps in this rigorous training.

Children of the Fallen was established by The Army’s Army as a mentoring program to help children who have lost a parent or guardian in the armed forces. Through this program, and the continued support from partners and members, The Army’s Army is able to host fun, interactive events for surviving families, as well as pair children with supportive mentors.

If you would like to make a donation to The Army’s Army to help support initiatives like the Children of the Fallen Mentoring Program, please contact Janine West at (910)709-9671 or [email protected]

About The Army’s Army:
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