Conducted during the summer months and at winter and spring school breaks, it will teach boys how to respect authority and trust others while building on their own personal strengths. Each boy will have the opportunity to:
- Work cooperatively in a small group;
- Use higher-level thinking skills to solve real-life problems;
- Receive individualized instruction and counseling services.
CVMA is a wilderness style survival camp that brings young men back to the basics and teaches them the importance of teamwork. Thus, it is operated in a wilderness setting with minimal conveniences, which serves to maximize opportunities to search one’s heart and learn purpose for life. Campers are challenged to build their own shelters, prepare their own food, and participate in physical and mental competitions.
CVMA’s goal is to help youth recognize their poor decision-making skills, learn how to eradicate those detrimental habits, and begin to build a positive foundation on which to base positive decision-making skills. It does so by helping young men recognize the error and danger of their negative decisions and behaviors, and identifying how those actions hurt themselves, their families, and the community in which they live.
The objectives of CVMA are as follows:
- To assist parent(s) with the behavior modification of the youth;
- To improve the positive family dynamics;
- To enable youth to recognize negative decision-making skills;
- To enable youth to build a solid foundation on which to base decision-making skills;
- To bring to youth a greater awareness of God’s creation, thus increasing their appreciation for it;
- To teach youth wilderness skills.
The objectives for each youth are as follows:
- To improve his decision-making skills;
- To identify negative habits and list ways to develop positive habits;
- To improve peer relationships by identifying negative peer characteristics and listing positive character traits that would be found in a positively-influencing peer.
- To learn wilderness skills and be able to demonstrate proficiency in each skill;
- To learn study skills, improving his academic ability.
The following components will be taught during CAMP:
Food Procurement & Preparation - Teaches sources of food in the wilderness and how to prepare food in a primitive setting.
Water Procurement - Teaches how to procure and sanitize water for sanitary utilization.
Shelters - Teaches how to identify a good shelter site and how to construct various types of shelters.
Firecraft - Teaches how to determine a proper site for a fire and how to construct the fire for various uses.
Personal & Field Hygiene - Emphasizes importance of personal hygiene particularly in a field environment, specifying ways to prevent diseases and infections. Discusses prevention of disease and medical problems; teaches treatment for bites, stings, and wounds.
Pioneering - Explains the various uses of lashings to build structures and furniture. Requires that youth use pioneering skills to build such amenities.
Land Navigation - Acquaints youth with methods to navigate by dead reckoning, terrain feature association, and field-expedient methods.
Spiritual Emphasis - Presents truths found in God’s Word, the Bible, and relates those truths and principles to everyday life. Teaches methods for practical application of moral guidelines into daily decisions.
CVMA accepts boys ages 7-17 who currently exhibit behavioral problems at school or at home. These behavioral problems may also include social or emotional issues. Because of its short duration, boys are not accepted who have current problems with the law; past unlawful activities will not prohibit a boy’s entry into the program, but will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the administration.
The following is a list of common characteristics of the type of boy who would benefit from this program:
- Strong-willed and disrespectful;
- Not achieving academically to his full potential;
- Uncooperative with parents and/or teachers;
- Needs self-motivation and discipline;
- Lacks self-respect and social skills;
- Needs a closer relationship with Parents.
Parents who desire for their son to attend CVMA must complete the application process, and will be notified of their son’s acceptance or rejection.
- NACE, ACSI, USAR Tier I