Semper Fi Odyssey
Semper Fi Odyssey
As of October, 2019 we will have completed our 73rd Semper Fi Odyssey (SFO) conference.
SFO is a six-day, holistic transition-assistance event with a curriculum designed to get participants ready for life after military service while preparing them for success. Retreat sessions have between twenty-five and thirty-five participants attending. All participants will be grouped into teams of three to five and each team is assigned a Team Leader that is committed to each participant’s individual progress. Our veteran Team Leaders, many of whom have walked in the same shoes as our participants, are carefully screened volunteer business professionals who have successfully transitioned out of the military and into the civilian workplace.
Throughout the week, volunteer professionals (mostly veterans themselves) present material that will help participants network and prepare for their future. Each participant will have unique opportunities to practice selling their skills, receive valuable insight, and obtain valuable feedback for improvement and confidence building. Each day, they will work one-on-one with Team Leaders to not only determine their own life and professional goals, but also to develop an actionable road map to accomplish each goal. SFO is not all classroom driven, there will be some team-cohesion building activities that include outdoor climbing, zip lines, yoga, and other forms of physical exercise designed to meet the needs of what each participant is able to do.
Due to the generosity of Semper Fi Fund donors, partners, and volunteers, the Semper Fi Odyssey program is provided at no expense to the participants; our transitioning, active duty injured service members and veterans. Accordingly, SFO is a collaborative effort to give back to our men and women who have honorably worn the uniform.
The ability to communicate career goals, establish high profile contacts, and create a network of resources is the cornerstone of the program. Primarily focused on career advancement, SFO also reinforces the significance of mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and social well-being. “Genuine Concern and Care” for the participants is evident throughout all aspects out the program and defines the overall experience felt by all whom attend. Since 2008, over 1,500 of our military men and women have attended one of our over 60 week-long conferences.
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Semper Fi Kids Camp
The Semper Fi Fund is a nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The basic ideal that drives our efforts is simple: as much as these American servicemen and women have sacrificed, they and their families deserve the best care and support available in their hour of need. Injuries are often severe, and the road to recovery or rehabilitation can be long and costly.
In working with Outdoor Odyssey, the Semper Fi Fund hopes to engage the children of injured Marines and provide them with a unique wilderness challenge where they will experience success as an individual and as a member of a team. Activities will facilitate bonding of youth with a mentor who will serve as the focal point for follow on support in the community.
A MENTOR’S JOURNEY
After a week of the Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp Leadership Academy at Outdoor Odyssey, the candidate qualifies as a mentor in our program. They will spend the following week with their camper and a team of other mentors and campers. This week of adventure is only the beginning of the journey this team will take together throughout the school year.
A CHILD’S CHANCE FOR SUCCESS
Unfortunately the stress put on the child of an injured Marine is sometimes overlooked. They must handle challenges and adversities that someone their age should not have to face alone. We hope to alleviate and master this stress by matching up these children with a positive, educationally motivated high school senior that has the shared experience of growing up with a Marine parent. Together they will not only build up confidence by conquering a climbing wall but they will develop tools to be successful in school and life as well.
Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp mentors and campers achieve success not only while at camp, but in life as well. Our goal is to instill a principle centered life. Our leadership principles and philosophies are wrapped around every activity. This gives the camper a real life “take-away” as they return home.