DTBL Warrior Camp 2012

Defending The Blue Line sponsored a hockey camp for children of military parents from August 19-22, 2012.

The kids stayed on post at the Camp Ripley Training Center just north of Little Falls, MN. They were then bused into Brainerd each day to skate. In the evenings they participated in fun military activities for everyone. 

Click on a photo to start the gallery. Then read the article below published on the MN National Guard website about the camp.

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Hockey Camp keeps hockey alive for military kids

Article from the MN National Guard web site.

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. ­– Defending the Blue Line held their 2012 hockey camp at Camp Ripley Aug.19-21 with 50 military children from across the country participating in the experience.

“The kids are so excited, not only by the hockey practice at the camp, but the atmosphere that the base brings itself,” said Shane Hudella, founder of Defending the Blue Line. “Almost 20 percent of the kids at the camp currently have a family member deployed, and the camp is important to keeping activities, like hockey alive even when a parent is away.”

Defending the Blue Line intends to keep the spirit of hockey alive for the children of our nation’s military heroes. They accomplish this by providing free hockey equipment, access to some of the finest summer hockey camps at no cost, and grants to help with local association fees.

“The camp this year was such a big hit we can only expect more kids from across the country to try and attend for years to come,” said Hudella. “Our farthest family came from Virginia this year, and we expect more kids to become interested in the program outside of Minnesota.”

The 50 military children, 6-18 year-olds, get the unique opportunity to train with college and NHL coaches, trainers, and players. Each child attending the camp also receives exposure to the rich military tradition of Minnesota as they tour sites including the Minnesota Military Museum and military training simulators.

To find more information about Defending the Blue Line, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and visit: www.DefendingTheBlueLine.org.

By 1st Lt. Blake E. St. Sauver
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer
Aug. 21, 2012