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Gytha Troops is a school club for children with parents in the armed forces. The children meet and take part in craft sessions, talk about emotions and enjoy spending time with their friends who are in the same situation as them.

Meet Hero.    

Hello my name is Hero and I spend my time looking after the parent who is away on deployment. I keep in contact with my friends back at school by sending photographs and written messages.

My adventures so far have included living in a desert and spending time on an aircraft carrier.




The Dandelion 



The Flower of the Military Child

“The official flower of the military child is the dandelion.

Why? The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it’s almost impossible to destroy. It’s an unpretentious plant, yet good looking. It’s a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the winds carry them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They’re ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends.


Experts say that military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely resilient. Military children have learned from an early age that home is where their hearts are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world, and that education doesn’t only come from school. They live history. They learn that to survive means to adapt, that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens up to a new and exciting adventure full of new friends and new experiences.”

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Little Troopers at School project objective is to educate schools, primary and secondary, about the unique needs through circumstance of military children and make available easily accessible resources to you.

 Whether your family is at home together or apart because of deployment, training, or distance, reading the same book, talking about it and sharing your thoughts, and making a scrapbook is fun for everyone and will be a shared experience you will always remember.

Parent comment, “Gytha Troop’s has provided a wonderful level of support to our family since it began.  Offering the children a fun environment with other children from military families.  This has helped make them aware they are not alone.  They have enjoyed being able to share stories and participate in fun activities.  As well as having the extra support during deployment helping then to stay connected with Daddy in new and fun ways.”

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