Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin crew participates in 2011 Coast Guard Yard Kid’s Camp

BALTIMORE - Petty Officer 1st Class LeTroy Burgess, a storekeeper aboard the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, points out the ship's electronic chart plotter in the bridge to participants in the 2011 Coast Guard Yard Kid's Camp June 23, 2011. The trip aboard the Rankin taught the children about fire fighting, damage control, donning survival suits and included a tour of the ship. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandyn Hill.

Post and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandyn Hill

´╗┐Participants of the 2011 Coast Guard Yard Kid’s Camp went underway with the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, a 175-foot inland buoy tender, Thursday along the Curtis Creek in Baltimore to learn about the missions the ship is responsible for.

The camp spans five days, Monday through Friday, and hosts 75 children. 

BALTIMORE - William Holz, a member of the 2011 Coast Guard Yard Kid's Camp, smiles following a race to see who could put on a survival suit the fastest aboard the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin June 23, 2011. The purpose of the event was to expose active duty and civilian military employees' children to many aspects of their parents' jobs as possible during their week-long camp.

“I’ve tried to make it so these kids see as much of the Coast Guard as they can,” said Lt. Jason Ulven, the Coast Guard Yard chaplain. “Their parents put in long hours and sometimes deploy for weeks or even months away from home. The goal of the camp is to give kids an appreciation of what their parents do every day.”

The participants are all children of active duty and civilian military employees.

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