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Our mission is to serve the children of military personnel who have lost their lives on active duty while defending the United States of America.

ASC Camps

A Soldier’s Child (ASC) Foundation started in 2009 celebrating the lives of children who had lost a military parent by celebrating the child’s birthday. In 2010 we started conducting various camps to bring together children with the similar experience of losing a military parent.

ASC has accomplished this by creating a safe place for your kids. Our camps have shown that the ASC recipient children who attend our various camps have built lifelong friendships with other ASC recipient children.

How can ASC camps benefit your child?

Through our varied and numerous camps and mentorship programs, our goal is for your child to pursue adventure on their terms, build lifelong relationships, find healing, and hope for their hurting hearts.

The camps below are just a snapshot of the types of camps we conduct every year.  No matter the type of camp, ASC strives to make every camp “a safe place” for your child. During these camps, your child will realize that they are not alone in their life journey but that there are other kids just like them.  Our camps bring joy, laughter, adventure, creativity, a family atmosphere, engagement, leadership, character, integrity, and healing for all attendees.

Our camps help your child nurture social skills, build relationships, manage conflicts, enhance self-confidence, and learn how to work with other kids and adult mentors. Whether your child worked through homesickness or tackled an activity that pushed them outside of their comfort zone, they walk away from camp feeling a stronger sense of personal pride and healthy self-awareness. ASC believes the camp’s main purpose is to help your child discover and explore their interest, talents, self-worth, and values.

What if it says a camp is full, is there anything else I can do?
As you navigate our camp sign-ups and come across any camp that says it is full and you still desire your child to attend that camp, call our office. Especially if your child is new to that camp or any ASC camp, our goal is to give first dibs to the children who have never attended an ASC camp.

Journey Camp

Journey Camp is our week-long flagship camp where your children come to a loving, safe environment where they can be themselves, let down their guard, trust, and receive love, honor, and hope. Journey Camp is a place where they spend a week with other children who are on the same personal journey in pursuit of adventure, building lifelong relationships and seeking hope and healing.

Upcoming Journey Camps:

Journey Camp: Barefoot Republic, ages 9-17
July 7-13, 2024 in Fountain Run, KY
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Texas Journey Camp: Camp Eagle, ages 9-17 (Texas residents only)
July 28 - Aug 2, 2024 in Rock Springs, TX
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Songrwriting Camp

Songwriting Camps are for ASC recipient children interested in taking the journey in healing by working with accomplished Nashville singer/songwriters to tell their own story. Whether they are interested in country, pop, rock, rap, Christian, or folk music, the songwriters always accommodate the kid's desire in the genre. Songwriting Camp is the place for building new friendships with other ASC kids and songwriters they are teamed up with. By telling their stories, our kids better understand where they came from to move forward on their journey of life.

Upcoming Songwriting Camps:

None scheduled at this time. Check back for future events.

Hunting & Fishing Camps

Our numerous hunting and fishing camps educate our ASC recipient children on the knowledge of gun safety, gun care, enjoying the outdoors, and wildlife. ASC has numerous trained mentors who hunt and fish with our recipient children to ensure the best chance of harvesting a whitetail deer, quail, turkey, or catch that big fish. ASC’s goals are achieved under the supervision of certified professionals and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) Officers.

Upcoming Hunting/Fishing Camps:

Tennessee TWRA Fishing Tournament, ages 9-18
June 11, 2024 in Nashville, TN
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Youth Hunt/Fish/Adventure Camp, ages 9-16
Oct 24-27, 2024
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Arts Camp

Our arts camp captures the world of culinary arts, cake decorating, pallet art, and photography for our ASC recipient children. Culinary arts class helps fuel a passion for learning the art of cooking and spending time in the kitchen. Cake decorating helps bring out the recipient children’s artistic ideas by designing and decorating their own cake. Pallet art brings out their artistic ideas and how to apply what they imagined on a pallet that they can be proud of. Photography class teaches each recipient child the basics of photography and the basics about the digital cameras they receive.

Upcoming Arts Camps:

Culinary Art Camp, ages 13-17
April 25-28, 2024 in Nunnelly, TN
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Sports Camp

ASC provides a sports training experience for our recipient children during our sports camp. Our ASC recipient children receive the training they need to succeed in basketball, soccer, tennis, flag football, bowling, and golf. Campers participated in drills and exercises designed to improve their skills while still having a lot of fun.​

Upcoming Sports Camps:

None scheduled at this time. Check back for new event announcements.

Horse Camp

Our horsemanship camp is perfect for riders of all skill levels who love horses. Campers experience normal camp activities in addition to dedicated riding and horse-specific activities. Campers enjoy building new friendships, participating in camp-wide games, learning through one-on-one teaching, and just generally being a kid.

Upcoming Horse Camps:

Horse Camp Tennessee, ages 10-17
Aug 22-25, 2024 in Fairview, TN
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Citadel Adventure Camp

Our Citadel Adventure/Military History Camp is perfect for any ASC recipient child. Campers will experience staying on the historical WWII USS Yorktown CV-10 in Charleston. Campers will also be involved in the USS Yorktown’s aviation program. Campers will also spend a day with the Citadel Military College football team and the campers, and their families will be honored during the Citadels military appreciation football game.

Upcoming Citadel Adventure Camps:

None scheduled at this time. Check back for events to be listed in the future.

PS23 Leadership Program

PS23 is our leadership program designed for ASC young adults age 18 and older. Leaders attend conferences, counseling training, outback excursions, and special retreats empathizing in Christian principles and values as it relates to leadership and to our young adults' career paths. PS23 graduates are trained to help facilitate and serve as peer mentors at Journey Camp and other mini camps throughout the calendar year.