Events - Iowa Youth Military Programs



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Upcoming events

Summer Camp

A week long camp where youth are challenge to grow individually and develop close bonds with their cabins. This week is a life altering experience for many.


full days and nights

This camp and staff were able to put a light back into my daughters eyes, as well as some self-confidence after a very trying year of mental health issues and suicide attempts. I have not seen my daughter smile as big as she did at the end of the week when we picked her up. The week she spent with her peers, Child and Youth, and the Y camp staff was transformative for her in so many ways, and I can’t even begin to thank them enough for the beginning of the beautiful journey that they have encouraged her to find and walk along.

Camp Parent

Month of the military child

Every April, the Military Community collaborates to support and celebrate military children and their parents during Month of the Military Child. In addition, people across the nation wear purple to honor the military youth in our community for the sacrifices they have to make throughout their parent’s career. In Iowa, we specifically provide classrooms with celebration kits where military children can share purple up wristbands with their classmates.

classroom celebration kits

(Opens Mid-March)

The 2022 Military Child of the Year Award reflects the positive impact that select individuals have made on their military families, their schools, and their communities. In Iowa, two of our State Teen Panel members made it to finalist positions:

Nominations Results

Semi-Finalists - Klair Dunwoody & Finalists - Lori Glew

military family events

regional mfe

At least once a year our team hosts an event, in each region, to encourage the growth of life skills in Military Youth.


Every October, our team works with community partners to celebrate fall with a Trunk or Treat!

Military Family Ball

We celebrate the dedication and strength of youth in Military Families. With help from our volunteers and community partners, military youth and families celebrate in style with crafts, dance, and dinner.

Always an amazing event. The amount of work that goes in to creating this event is massive and is always well received by the kids and adults alike.. And it’s for that reason that we (the American Legion riders) will always be present.

American Legion

Yellow Ribbon

Youth attending these events are given the tools to navigate through the deployment process. At these events youth are given the opportunity to connect with others going through similar life challenges. If you are experiencing a deployment and you want to find out more about this program contact your local Yellow Ribbon team.