Military children celebrate their heroes at Camp Corral
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Tuesday was hero day at Camp Corral, which is being held at Camp Holiday Trails.
They celebrated the heroes of children from military families and the children themselves.
"They keep the country safe,” camper Jazlyn Mcgee said.
Camp Corral is a weeklong camp for kids whose caregivers are fallen, ill or injured military service members.
"They get to have adventure, they build self-confidence, and really have a sense of connectedness because they're with other children from military backgrounds," Camp Corral CEO Phil Kowalczyk said.
On hero day, they remember what brings them together.
"It's important that they get this time to celebrate their hero share stories with them and keep them alive," Assistant Program Director Taryn Mouhot said.
There was tie-dye, obstacle courses, trying army rations and special guests from the Virginia National Guard.
"Doing some orientation into different radio systems and pieces of equipment that we have. It's a great way for us to give back to them a little bit when their families have given so much," Captain Timothy Vaught from the National Guard said.
Spending time with active duty service members builds connections.
"Intertwining back with the local community, letting them know the National Guard is here to support any way that we can," Staff Sergeant Kyle Ramsay said.
They're hoping to make this an annual event.