Georgia 4-H is offering a free summer camp to children who have a parent serving in the military. Operation Purple Camp is designed to help students deal with the stresses involved with having a parent deployed overseas.“Each morning, thousands of children across Georgia have a parent missing from the breakfast table,” said Amanda Parnell, coordinator of the camp. “While one parent is serving breakfast at home, the other is serving in the military across the world.”Helping children deal with stressOperation Purple Camp was developed by the National Military Family Association to help support America’s military children, especially those with a parent who is, will or has been deployed, she said.“Georgia military kids who attend the summer camp will learn skills to cope with the stress of deployment,” she said. “They will also be spending time making friends with other military kids who are also missing their mom or dad.”Two sessions, two locationsGeorgia 4-H will offer two sessions of Operation Purple Camp this summer. The first session will be held at Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton, Ga., on May 30 through June 3 for youth ages 10 through 12. Campers will participate in a service project and visit Stone Mountain and the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Like traditional 4-H’ers, the campers will also do camp activities like archery, swimming, hiking and zooming down a zip line. The second camp week will be held at Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island, Ga., on July 11 through 15 for youth ages 10 through 12. Tybee Island campers will also participate in a service-related project. And, they will explore local marshes and discover marine life with other Georgia military kids.Both weeks of camp will feature special military displays and visits from military personnel who will discuss deployment with the campers. “Georgia 4-H has a strong partnership with Georgia’s military population including each of the state’s installations as well as the National Guard and Reserves,” said Georgia State 4-H Acting Leader Arch Smith. “Our military camps are a way we can provide a positive youth development experience for youth that serve our nation, too.” Last year, some 700 military families and youth participated in a Georgia 4-Hcamping program specifically designed for military families. Register onlineRegistration for Operation Purple Camp opens March 15 at www.operationpurple.org. Each camp session is open to children of service members of any branch of U.S. military, active duty National Guard or Reserve, as well as children of members of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Georgia 4-H is able to offer the camps free of charge to all eligible children thanks to a partnership with the Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation.To learn more about Georgia 4-H’s military programs, visit www.georgia4h.org/omk. For information on the national program, visit www.MilitaryFamily.org.
Ceballos forced his way back into Arteta’s plans (Picture: Gett )Dani Ceballos reportedly forced his way back into Mikel Arteta’s side after an impressive performance at Arsenal’s winter training camp in Dubai.The Spaniard is back playing for Arsenal after a dismal spell following Arteta’s arrival last December.Ceballos made his return to Premier League action against Newcastle last month, but there was a period of time when he tried to force his way out of Arsenal.The 23-year-old told Arteta and Arsenal chiefs he wanted to terminate his loan spell in January and link up with Valencia back in La Liga.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal turned down that transfer request and the Athletic claim coaches and Arteta were surprised by what happened next.AdvertisementAdvertisementWhen the transfer window closed, Ceballos threw himself into training and was a stand-out performer in Dubai during the winter break. Coral BarrySaturday 14 Mar 2020 10:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.5kShares Dani Ceballos won Mikel Arteta’s trust after surprising Arsenal coach in Dubai Arteta was surprised by Ceballos’ renewed efforts in training (Picture: Getty)Arteta and his coaching staff were surprised by Ceballos’ renewed efforts and the midfielder is now a regular again.Ceballos was lured to Arsenal by former coach Unai Emery and the Gunners will have to decide whether they want to try and sign the Spain international permanently.Real quoted Arsenal £36million last summer and that figure may increase if Ceballos continues to impress.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta is hopeful of a busy transfer summer, but if the club missed out on Champions League football, the budget will be significantly affected.There is also the issue on the ongoing coronavirus which has forced the Premier League to suspend the season.The summer transfer window may need to be adjusted if games have to be rescheduled and Premier league chiefs are set to meet next week to further discuss what should be done.MORE: Arsenal line up transfer move for Wolves star Diogo Jota as Mikel Arteta plans summer rebuildMORE: Michael Owen backs two Arsenal youngsters to emulate Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Advertisement