Camps For Military Kids
Robotics and GPS
A beginning GPS class for 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 geocaching.
Robotics with Mindstorms
Learn about robotics through the NXT Lego Mindstorm robot kits. Ages 10 and older assemble a robot and learn to program it with a computer.
Robotics with WeDo
WeDo is a LEGO product designed for youths ages 5–9. Youths build robots using LEGO pieces and then program them to perform certain tasks using picture-based software. This product has even been adapted to create interactive children’s stories.
Up For The Challenge
Idaho is experiencing a health epidemic with obesity and diabetes. Up For the Challenge educates and empowers young people with healthier living choices.
We have fun with youths in positive environment where they can comfortably interact with their peers while learning about healthy eating, physical activities and living well.
OMK also includes these elements into nearly all events. Our Summer STEM and Sports and Fitness weeks will give young people an opportunity to experience Up For the Challenge in fun ways.
Month of the Military Child
April is Month of the Military Child. Every year OMK collaborates with our partners to celebrate the bravery and resiliency of military children. The event includes appreciating military families and educating the public.
Families receive information about what OMK partners — the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA and 4-H — do to support military families.
Share Your Purple
Wear purple on Fridays during April. Tell others to bring awareness to your community of the large number of military children in Idaho and their challenges.
Archery and Shooting Sports
We offer an introductory shooting sports program. Our certified 4-H professional will guide youths through learning how to handle a bow or rifle responsibly, safely and accurately.
At each event youths spend considerable time on safety before they are allowed to handle the equipment. The specific goals and objectives of the Shooting Sports Program include promoting the highest standard of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
Often military families live far from friends and family. They need trained babysitters about whom they can feel confident. This program provides leadership and professional skills to community and military youths.
- Ages 12–17
- Scheduled by request
- Offered throughout Idaho
- Class size of six to 15
- Free to children of military, guard and reserve personnel
- Nominal fees charged to others
Become a Trainer
We need trainers who can hold sessions in each region of Idaho. Over 2,600 military youths live outside of the Treasure Valley.
Become an OMK volunteer and attend training sessions to become qualified as a trainer in your own community.
Idaho Military Family Days
Each summer, Idaho hosts regional family days where many organizations provide information, recreation, resources and support to military families.
Outreach to Military Kids collaborates with the Elks, 4-H, the Idaho National Guard and many more partners to hold family days in Idaho Falls, Post Falls, Twin Falls and the Treasure Valley.
Mobile Technology Labs
OMK Mobile Technology Labs (MTLs) are portable, internet-ready computer labs with laptops and iPad tablets. Military youths can communicate with deployed loved ones, learn about technology, experience our Robotics Program and make videos/pictures to send deployed loved ones.
MTLs include laptop computers configured for the internet, digital video camera, scanner and software packages for video/photo editing and webpage design. Our iPads are loaded with fun apps for kids with lesson plans to match. OMK also offers lesson plans and train-the-trainer opportunities.
MTLs are available for sign-out. The MTL is available for all OMK Partners to use in working with military children, youth and their families. During deployments families can schedule sessions to create photos, movies or talk live with deployed loved ones.