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S.D. National Guard celebrates the Month of the Military Child

Addison and Baylee Johnson, daughters of 114th Fighter Wing members Master Sgt. Brian Johnson and Senior Master Sgt. Beth Johnson, gets their nails painted by Sophia Gapp, South Dakota National Guard Youth Council member, during the Princess and Super Hero Day Camp April 7, 2018, at the National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sophia Gapp, South Dakota National Guard Youth Council member, paints the nails of Addison and Baylee Johnson, daughters of 114th Fighter Wing members Master Sgt. Brian Johnson and Senior Master Sgt. Beth Johnson, during the Princess and Super Hero Day Camp April 7, 2018, at the National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls, S.D. The event is part of celebrations for the Month of the Military Child to acknowledge the sacrifices and challenges children of military members face. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Abbey Johnson, South Dakota National Guard Youth Council member, does the make-up of a child attending the Princess and Super Hero Day Camp April 7, 2018, at the National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Abbey Johnson, South Dakota National Guard Youth Council member, applies make-up to a child attending the Princess and Super Hero Day Camp April 7, 2018, at the National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls, S.D. The event is part of celebrations for the Month of the Military Child to acknowledge the sacrifices and challenges children of military members face. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Brayden Frey, South Dakota National Guard Youth Council member, dressed up as the super hero Flash chats with kids during the Princess and Super Hero Day Camp April 7, 2018, at the National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Brayden Frey, South Dakota National Guard Youth Council member, wearing a Flash costume chats with children during the Princess and Super Hero Day Camp April 7, 2018, at the National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls, S.D. The event is part of celebrations for the Month of the Military Child to acknowledge the sacrifices and challenges children of military members face. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

South Dakota National Guard members and their kids creates different masks during the Princess and Super Hero Day Camp April 7, 2018, at the National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls, S.D.

South Dakota National Guard members and their children create different masks during the Princess and Super Hero Day Camp April 7, 2018, at the National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls, S.D. The event is part of celebrations for the Month of the Military Child to acknowledge the sacrifices and challenges children of military members face. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Senior Master Sgt. Dave Adams, 114th Communication Squadron communication plans and resources, and his son attempts to pull Thor’s hammer during the Princess and Super Hero Day Camp April 7, 2018, at the National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Senior Master Sgt. Dave Adams, 114th Communication Squadron communication plans and resources, and his son attempts to pull Thor’s hammer during the Princess and Super Hero Day Camp April 7, 2018, at the National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls, S.D. The event is part of celebrations for the Month of the Military Child to acknowledge the sacrifices and challenges children of military members face. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Sioux Falls, S.D. --

The South Dakota National Guard Child and Youth Program held a  Princess and Super Hero Day Camp April 7, 2018, at the National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls, S.D. The event is part of celebrations for the Month of the Military Child.

 

The Month of the Military Child is celebrated annually in April to acknowledge the sacrifices and challenges children of military members face.

 

According to the South Dakota National Guard Child and Youth Program, there are over 3,900 military youth affiliated with the South Dakota Army and Air National Guard.  

 

“Our military youth are impacted daily, whether their service member is home, deployed, at drill, or away attending training or school.”  said Taryn Broomfield, South Dakota National Guard Child and Youth Program lead coordinator.

 

Children attending donned princess and super hero costumes at the day camp where they participated in various activities. 

 

Those wearing princess costumes were treated to a “royal treatment” that included getting their hair, make up, and nails done.  Super heroes enjoyed their time going through an obstacle course testing their “super hero” skills. Four randomly selected children were able to win bicycles for attending the event. 

 

“It’s a great event for children to meet other military kids and its a fun event for them.” said Senior Master Sgt. Dave Adams, 114th Communication Squadron communication plans and resources. 

 

As part of the event, the children were also given certificates acknowledging all the challenges they face as a military child.

 

“Month of the Military Child is an opportunity to celebrate and thank the military children for their service.” said Broomfield.  

 

The South Dakota National Guard Child and Youth Program’s goal is to support the social, emotional, and academic needs of military children and youth throughout the state. The program also provides resources and information to military youth and to their families and communities, as well as partners with other local and national organizations that serve youth as well.

 

For more information about the South Dakota National Guard Child and Youth Program, visit their website at http://sd.ng.mil/Resources/SMFS/CYP/Pages/default.aspx or their Facebook page.  


 

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