Operation: Military Kids
University of Idaho 4-H Youth Development
322 E. Front St., Ste. 390
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 334-2328
State 4-H Youth Development Contact Information
4-H Youth Development
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3015
Moscow, ID 83844-3015
Mary E. Forney Hall
1210 Blake Avenue, Room 206
Moscow, ID 83844-3015
Training and Classes
Counselors ages 14-18 are needed for military family summer and winter camps. Teen counselors help as song leaders and babysitters, and assist or lead activities in sports, campfire, recreation, photography, and arts and crafts, as well as at flag ceremonies. These teens attend camps and activities for free and gain valuable leadership skills. Counselors will participate in two training sessions prior to attending camps. Teens ages 12-13 are also invited to attend training sessions, and may be counselors-in-training at family camps. To apply, contact OMK.
Youths ages 12-17 are invited to participate in the babysitter training program. Classes are scheduled on demand in communities throughout Idaho, with a preferred class size of 6-15. They are free to military, guard, and reserve personnel, and a nominal fee is charged to others. To schedule babysitter training in your community, contact OMK.
Ready, Set, Go! Adult Volunteer Training
Training provides an introduction to the military, its customs and culture; the five steps of the deployment process; suggestions on how to deal with the media; fostering resilience in young people; and how to support military kids. Training sessions may be 1-2 hours or up to three days in length. Training is available to any non-profit group of military or non-military participants, including school and educational professionals, business leaders, counselors, military support groups, childcare providers, parents, clubs, civic or youth development organizations. To inquire about training in your community, contact OMK.
Computer Networking for Youth Development Staff and Adult Volunteers
“What not to fear” about computer networking. Learn the basics of networking for youth development programs and classroom instruction in this four-hour class. To inquire about training in your community, contact OMK.
A beginning GPS class for youths ages 10-17. This is a hands-on introduction to the Garmin TREK handheld GPS units. Learn about global coordinate systems and have fun with Geo Caching. To inquire about training in your community, contact OMK.
Learn about robotics through the NXT Lego Mindstorm robot kits. Assemble a robot and learn to program it with a computer. For youths ages 10 and up. To inquire about training in your community, contact OMK.
Sumobots perform in a combat arena using sumo style wrestling. They seek out other robots and push them from the arena to win. Teams will be formed and students will utilize engineering, creative mechanics, and graphic programming to engage their robots in competition. For youths ages 10-17 who are familiar with Mindstorms robots. Free to military youths. Non-military youths may register on a space available basis. To inquire about training in your community, contact OMK.