Idaho’s Operation: Military Kids program is part of a national USDA/Army youth development initiative that encourages community partnerships to offer support, training and recognition for the suddenly military children of deployed Guard and Reserve personnel. A Statewide Steering Committee works as a team and includes military Family Assistance staff, 4-H and Extension staff, community volunteers and youth. The team plans activities to help youth learn targeted life skills and community members learn the unique stresses and challenges that Guard and Reserve families face in times of conflict and war. Activities include distributing Hero Packs to children and youth, providing scholarships to teen leadership conferences, hosting youth overnight retreats, sponsoring training in public speaking (Speak Out for Military Kids/SOMK), providing babysitting and photography classes, hosting a teem/adult winter survival camp, and hosting a Military Family Camp.