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Camp Rapid is a South Dakota Army National Guard (SDARNG) installation in Rapid City, South Dakota, inside the eastern edge of the Black Hills. The state’s Adjutant General maintains his office and headquarters in Camp Rapid, as does the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. Developed as a summer encampment site for the South Dakota National Guard in the early 1900s, Camp Rapid has hosted a number of National Guard activities throughout the years. In the early 1990s, a new series of building projects replaced temporary facilities with permanent structures.

The South Dakota Army National Guard maintains and operates 24 armories. Major components of the SDARNG include field artillery, engineering units, transportation, aviation, maintenance, and medical units. Approximately 200 members are assigned to Camp Rapid in support of the nearly 3,200 members of the SDARNG. 

With a proud lineage of serving as the state’s militia, the South Dakota Army National Guard finds its origins dating back to 1862 as part of the Dakota Territory. Since that time, SDNG units have served in nearly every major U.S. war or conflict since the Civil War, while concurrently responding to domestic crises here in the state. The force structure of the SDNG is designed to meet the needs of the future force, giving the Guard an enhanced capability to respond in times of emergencies and natural disasters and to support overseas contingency operations.



Camp Rapid is located just east of the Black Hills mountain range and can be accessed by Interstate-90, which runs east/west through South Dakota. The facility is located on Main Street, just west of downtown. From I-90, take the I-190 S exit and head south until you reach W Omaha St./SD-44. Turn right and follow the road heading west past Founders Park, which will be on your right. Turn left onto Mountain View Rd/SD-44 and then take the next right onto W Main ST./I-90 Bus Loop. Camp Rapid will be on your left.

The Rapid City Regional Airport is located just west of downtown Rapid City. 

Ellsworth Air Force Base, in Meade, SD, is just 10 miles northeast of Rapid City.

The Denver International Airport (DEN) is the closest large airport and is 414 miles south, which is about a 6.5-hour drive.

Most residents of Rapid City use their personal vehicles to travel and commute within and out of the city. The Rapid Transit System offers additional transportation services, including bus services, Dial-A-Ride and the City View Trolley


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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at


Check the US News Health directory online at to find the best doctor for your family.


The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website


To be eligible for kindergarten in South Dakota, a student must have turned the age of 5 on or before September 1 of that same school year. The compulsory school age in South Dakota is age 6.


In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit


Rapid City Area Schools is made up of 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools.


If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.


Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too. 

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Child Care Aware: Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Military Children and Teens Resource Guide Pennington County, South Dakota Health & Human Services (605) 394-2156 Sheriff’s Office (605) 394-6113 Humane Society of the Black Hills (605) 394-4170 Rapid City Public Library (605) 394-9300
Camp Rapid Main Phone (605) 737-6032 Adjutant General’s Office (605)737-6702 Human Resources Office (605) 737-6569 Employment Verification (605) 737-6684 Military ID Cards (605) 737-6632 Lodging (605) 737-6626 Public Affairs Office (605) 737-6234 Recruiting & Retention Office (605) 737-6230  Chaplain’s Office (605) 737-6009 Family Readiness (605) 737-6089
Information Management – Help Desk (605) 737-6714 Education Office (605) 737-6713 Equality/Diversity/Inclusion Program (605) 737-6635 Federal Employee Assistance Program (605) 737-6635 Program for Individuals with Disabilities (605) 737-6635 Judge Advocate Office (605) 737-6284  Joint Operations Center (605) 737-6032  Psychological Health Program (605) 786-2922 Inspector General Office (605) 737-6618/6619


Temporary lodging at Camp Rapid can be reserved by calling (605) 737-6626. Apartments for rent and housing can be found in Rapid City.

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Rapid City is characterized by long arid summers and long dry winters, with short spring and fall seasons. The summer months of June, July and August typically bring dry, sunny and hot weather. On average, there are 34 days with 90° F highs. Due to the elevation and aridity, the lows rarely remain at or above 70° F. Rapid City records an average of nine thunderstorm days in August, but typically does not get a lot of precipitation with the storms. December is typically the coldest month of the year, with an average temperature of 24.9° F. Snowfall can be frequent, but usually not heavy; March and April tend to be the snowiest months during the year. Measurable snow has been recorded in every month except for July, so it is possible to see snow outside of March and April, but not likely.
The overall cost of living index for the city of Rapid City is 93, which is 3% higher than the South Dakota average, and 7% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Rapid City, SD, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in South Dakota, and it is 8% lower than the national average
Rapid City is located on the western side of South Dakota, just east of the Black Hills mountain range, which crosses into Wyoming. The second most populated city in South Dakota, Rapid City has a population of about 75,000 people and is the county seat of Pennington County. Named after Rapid Creek, it is known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills”. Camp Rapid is located in the western part of the city, while Ellsworth Air Force Base is located northeast on the outskirts of the city.  Rapid City is home to popular attractions like Art Alley, Dinosaur Park, the City of Presidents walking tour, Chapel in the Hills, Storybook Island, Main Street Square and more. The historic “Old West” town of Deadwood is nearby. In the neighboring Black Hills are the popular tourist attractions of the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, the museum at the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, and to the east of the city is Badlands National Park. Other popular attractions in the area include: Sturgis, South Dakota is about a 30-minute drive from Rapid City and is known for one of the largest annual motorcycle events in the world. Mount Rushmore National Memorial located about 40 minutes south of Rapid City, is the state’s most-visited scenic attraction, drawing in more than two million visitors each year.The Journey Museum and Learning Center features a large collection of Native American artifacts and takes you through a journey of the Black Hills. And, finally, the South Dakota Air and Space Museum, which is aimed at educating and entertaining the public with its many exhibits geared towards the history of aviation.

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