What type of youth attend camp? Camp Iron Sights is designed for a mix of youth coming from troubled homes as well as affluent families and all classes in between. Some youth may be at-risk, hanging around the wrong crowds or at a cross roads with the direction of their lives. Others may want an adventure trip with hands on lessons from a real world perspective. The mix is important for the growth of each youth as they will see how others live, learn from it and be able to relate better with others.
What type of youth should not attend camp? Camp Iron Sights is not designed for teens with a history of violent behavior, recent suicide attempts, serious eating disorders, chemical dependencies or chronic juvenile offenses. Camp Iron Sights is willing to look at each teen on an individual basis.
What age groups attend the camp? Camp Iron Sights is for youth ages 14-19. Slight exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.
Is the camp just for boys? Currently the camp is just for boys. We would like to someday offer a girls camp but we need the right leaders to come on board to help us with that group. The camps will not be integrated as the best growth comes when the youth has time to focus on himself with out other distractions.
What can I expect from my son when he returns from camp? Most parents, teachers, and relatives have seen tremendous growth and positive changes when the youth returns home. Of course each youth is different and the improvements are varied. The youth will most likely be more "grown-up" in terms of taking personal responsibility, they should come home with goals, a purpose and a positive outlook on their future. They should believe in themselves and feel empowered to create a positive life for themselves and want to help others around them. They definitely come home "changed" but as soon as they get back into their same routine and hang around the same crowds their old behavior starts to slip back in. It's for this reason that we have started a mentoring program to stay in touch with and help to continue the growth process after they returned from camp. We send a letter to each parent after camp to explain what we have seen for growth and struggles and what the parents can do to continue the growth process. We stress 'ASSOCIATION' as one of the best things the youth can do to improve their life. We have a Camp Iron Sights Alumni Facebook page for the youth to stay in touch with other campers through out the years. Sometimes the changes are visual and immediate, other times we simply plant seeds that take time for the youth to cultivate and implement in their lives. For best results after camp you can create an atmosphere of love and structure for positive growth and to not accept excuses for poor behavior. Please check out our Testimonial page for more information.
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