A locally offered residential camp is being offered to single family homes to provide quality bonding time.

A locally offered residential camp is being offered to single family homes to provide quality bonding time.

The Great Adventure Camping Trip (GACT) takes place in July at the Toledo Bend Army Recreation Site in Florien. It serves single parents with multiple children between the ages of 5 to 18 years old.

GACT is offered at no cost to single-parent families. It is meant not only to provide fun experiences, but serves as support for parents by offering counseling and family team-building skills.

This residential camp, founded in 2010, is the only one of its kind in this area. GACT provides an experience to build stronger family bonds.

GACT works with--

Wounded Warrior families (being a single parent is not required in this case)

Families of currently deployed service members (combat or hardship tours)

Single parents with multiple children (5-18 years of age)

Active duty and veteran single parents

The program also offers one year of continued support to the families who participate in GACT.

GACT begins with fishing at Sunrise Catfish Farms in DeRidder. After fishing, campers are transported by bus to Toledo Bend Army Recreation Site in Florien for the weekend.

Activities are as follows--

Friday, July 14

Breakfast and brown bag lunch provided

Fishing at Sunrise Catfish Farms in DeRidder

Camp orientation and break-out sessions

Fish fry

Campfire stories and s'mores

Saturday, July 15

Breakfast

Nature trail walking/family scavenger hunt

Canoeing/kayaking/pontoon boat rides

Lunch

"Water Wars" competition

GACT group BBQ feast dinner

Sunday, July 16

Big country breakfast

Awards and prizes ceremony

Hodges Gardens tour/highest point

Group pictures 

The GACT Group was founded by Bo Pride, a 27-year Army veteran. He chose camping as a means of family cohesion and growth because, as a child, camping taught him valuable team-building and communication skills.

He focuses on single parent homes because of the rise in single parent homes today, and the fact that they often lack the ability to vacation or spend quality time together outside the home. He strives to strengthening positive family values. 

Over the years, the camp has been able to reach more families. Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/greatadventurecamp.