WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - The Sierra Club and the Sierra Club Foundation are funding free weekend camping opportunities for military families through the Honolulu Armed Services YMCA.

The overnight camps at Camp Erdman begin Sept. 25 and end early afternoon Sept. 27. All meals and activities are included and provided at no charge to the families. Cabin accommodations will be assigned.

The camp will include opportunities for great experiences in the natural environment, conservation education, camaraderie and fun.

Planned activities include swimming, archery, arts and crafts, keiki time, a climbing wall, a confidence pole, an odyssey ropes course, kayaking, hiking, and a Saturday night campfire.

Preference will be given to junior-enlisted families with deployed sponsors, those about to deploy, those just returned from deployment and those with special hardship circumstances. Others will be accommodated as space allows.

As the organization tries to "spread the wealth," priority will be given to those who have not received camp scholarships through Operation Purple or through the ASYMCA already this year. Approximately 150 slots are available.

For more details about Camp Erdman, go to <a href="http://www.camperdman.net"> www.camperdman.net</a>. However, do not apply directly to Camp Erdman for this opportunity; apply through the Armed Services YMCA.

Learn more about the Sierra Club and its Military Family Initiative at <a href=" http://www.sierraclub.org/military">www.sierraclub.org/military</a>.

To request an application, e-mail <a href="mailto:ASYMCAWHLR@aol.com">ASYMCAWHLR@aol.com</a> or call 808-624-5645.

Applications must be dropped off at the ASYMCA, Wheeler Army Airfield or e-mailed to the address above as soon as possible. Selected families will be notified Sept. 14.

Page last updated Sun September 6th, 2009 at 22:27