Supporting Military Families

The Extension Military Families Program began in 2008 by UK Family and Consumer Sciences through a small grant partnership between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the USDA. Since then, partnerships have been formed with military and non-military entities across the state and country to develop programs and grounded in research to improve the lives of military families.

Two collaborative programs developed through the partnerships that have been recognized nationally for their focus on the military family: Military Teen Adventure Camps (MTAC) and Operation Military Kids (OMK).

The goals of the Extension Military Families program are to assist Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and Veteran families by: 1) connecting military families to needed resources and supports; 2) helping service members more effectively reconnect with their children before, during and after deployments; 3) improving healthy parent/child relationships and family communication skills by providing programs that involve the entire family; and 4) improving the sense of connectedness for geographically dispersed military families by providing opportunities for interaction, community resources, activities involving multiple local/regional/state organizations, and introducing military families to Extension programs.

For more information contact:

Tyrone Atkinson
Program Coordinator

Kerri Ashurst
Senior Extension Specialist for Family and Relationship Development

115 Huguelet Drive
246 Scovell Hall
Lexington, KY 40546-0064

Military-Teen Adventure Camps

Rafting Adventure Camp

FREE high-adventure camps for military parents and their teenage children ages 14-18 to attend together!

Camp information for 2018 coming soon. Check back often!

For details, visit the Military-Teen Adventure Camps Page and our Facebook Page.