|Colonel and Staff,
Hello I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am.
The 3 weeks Cori spent with you was a wake up call for
my son. He definitely was a respectful young man when
I received him back, and much more helpful around the
house. We started going to church a few weeks before
camp and he was not that happy about it, but about 2
weeks after camp he decided to become a born again Christian
all on his own. he was enjoying church for the
first time in his life. He said he wanted to go
to heaven. At the same time I also became a born
again Christian. And we are not arguing nearly as much
as we use to life has been much more pleasant. And I
wanted to make sure that you get credit for what you
did for me and my son. You were the first stepping
stones for him to open his eyes and to see what he was
doing was wrong and taking the steps to correct it on
his own. Also, He doesn't ever want to touch cigs
or pot ever again. And this year in school he is in
health class where they are reinforcing the negative
effects of drugs.
I am so grateful. I would recommend you
for any struggling teenager and/or young man. Thank
Dear Colonel Weierman,
just a HUGE thank you for what you have done with Daniel.
He sees a different way of seeing life and seems to have learned
to be happy in it. He is being sooooooo good and so much
fun to be around. Having 3 kids he took up most of our
time getting into trouble and he is the oldest. He has had
a great attitude and also helpful. We are so going to
continue what he has learned and my prayers for him was to grow
up and learn to do simple things without an attitude and now he
knows he can do so much more.
One more thing, he was so difficult with food and now he eats so
many more things, healthy veggies and fruit and will try things
that he realizes that he likes, which make eating together so
much more fun.
Your camp victory is exactly what we were looking for and we
feel very blessed he has had this opportunity to be there and
grow as a young man.
It truly is life changing.
When we got up sun after picking him up he was in our kitchen
emptying the dishwasher and cleaning, just one of the great
moments we have shared in these few days, he takes the trash
out, no problem and I know this is just the beginning of great
things for his life.
Again, camp victory is a life changing experience to teach
respect, honor and at this age before they are teenagers I can't
imagine had we not found your camp.
God Bless you all and just a huge thank you for helping him grow
I wanted to write to thank you, and to give you an update on how my son, Clay, is doing.
The transformation in him since he attended your camp is phenomenal. You
can see if you read his application that some of the reasons we wanted him in
the camp were his disrespect for authority, especially the authority of his
parents, extremely poor grades, sassing, getting in trouble with friends and
hanging out with the wrong crowd.
I'm VERY proud to say he has come around 180 degrees! He has 5 A's in
school, ALL 100% or higher. He also has one B and one C, no D's or F's. That is
up from 5 F's at the end of last year. We knew he is intelligent and can do it,
but he just didn't care the last two years. He is no longer calling
me stupid. He feels the need to work for whatever he gets. He doesn't like to
take anything without working for it.
His birthday was September 11 and all he wanted were items from the
I told him I received the survey from Camp Victory and that you asked if
he would be back. I told him I put no because he is too old. He said he
would like to go back, but not in the same capacity! I guess he would
much rather help than go through the camp!
Finally, his history teacher from last year goes to our church. She was sitting
in front of us Sunday and I leaned up to tell her how well Clay is doing. After
Clay walked away, she told me "parent to parent because she knows Clay
would never actually tell us this", that he had come to her room last week
to tell her how he was doing, and that he was beaming about it. He
then told her his parents sent him to a camp this summer and that he was really
glad we did because it really changed him. Wow. That's huge, when
CLAY admits THAT. He really did enjoy all of it, except PIT.
I want to thank you for what you did for especially my son but also my
entire family. It is so much more enjoyable to parent a child who listens
and tries to get good grades.
You will likely see his little brother in the future!
"I would like to take this
opportunity to tell you what a terrific job I think you all are doing.
When I started looking for a Military School/Program for my son, Drew, I
was nervous about sending him away with people I had never met before.
However, when I walked into the Community Center for his orientation and
to drop him off, I felt instantly at ease and assured that I had made the
correct decision. Your cadets
greeted my family in a very respectful and friendly manner and Mrs. Weierman was
as helpful in person as she was over the phone.
I really enjoyed how
straight-forward and informative the orientation was that day.
It reminded me exactly WHY I had made the phone call to Camp Victory to
begin with. There was no
sugar-coating or making things sound pretty.
We had aboy who needed help before he got himself into
deeper trouble than he could handle.
Now, 4 weeks (and 5 letters)
later, my son remembers and uses his manners.
He says Please and Thank You and even uses the word maíam.
He knows when he is doing wrong and all it takes is a look from me to get
him back on track. I am extremely
pleased with the effect your program has had on Drew.
He carries himself differently now.
His head is held higher and all of his friends think it is so cool that
he can do the push-ups and that he has a dog tag.
He also recites the 7 core values to them.
THIS IS GREAT!
I had to put it into simple words, I think you are working miracles every day
with every child. I understand that
some children need more than 3 weeks, but for those on the brink of going in the
wrong directionÖTHIS IS PERFECT! You have
turned my disrespectful son into a pleasant young man.
For that, I cannot say THANK YOU enough."
Letís hope he wonít have to see you again on the same terms! J
son Raymond Bailey went to your camp this summer and graduated in June I just
wanted to command your team on the great job you have done, he came back a new
person. I was waiting until school started to see if it really worked and it
sure has, I contacted Raymondís teacher to check on his progress and this is
what she said:
am enjoying having Raymond in my class. His behavior has been great! He makes
good choices and follows classroom rules. He definitely likes to tell stories
and I have heard many about boot camp, fishing, and football-some of the things
that he definitely enjoysĒ
So here is the proof, thanks so much for your efforts, if I could afford it I
sure would send my 9yr old lets see what the summer brings. I even saw all the
campers on the front page of the Treasure Coast HUB newspaper. I would recommend
anyone with a son who was going in the direction that Raymond was going to your
is the best! I will email you now and then and let you know his progress if you
do not mind. I think you could straighten boys out over a 3 day weekend program,
again great job God bless take care.
Veronia & Raymond Bailey
Hi Molly and Colonel Weierman!
Wow, itís been 2 weeks
since you sent my son back (or an alien canít quite figure out if itís him
or not). Iíve been wanting to write every day to thank you and each day
I hear, see, experience one more thing with Sammy that has to do with his camp
experience! Everything you said happened! He came home a new young
man and it was a life changing experience for him. He said he will never
complain about his life again. Colonel he talks about you all the time, he
has the highest respect for you. Heís told me your story, he told me
about church on Sundayís and how much he enjoyed the singing and what you had
to say. ďIf things aren't going your way, change what you are doingĒ.
Everything you instilled in him are things Iíve been trying to teach him (of
course coming from your mom isnít always as effective). Heís had some
fair male influences at school, but nothing like you. His teachers are
much too liberal. This is just what we all needed. I still canít get
over it. Heís so proud to be sporting his high and tight (just like the
colonel) for his first day of high school tomorrow. He shared with us that
when he wants to date he needs to ask the parents first. Believe me
everything stuck. We are even having bacon day once a week. I feel
like I know some of the fellow campers, he tells so many stories about them.
He has so much self control
now and respect. He has been able to walk away from confrontations with
his siblings. He used to be a chronic complainer and I havenít heard any
complaining until yesterday and it was extremely minor.
I tried to prepare him for
what camp was like and it still wasnít enough, because he said the first few
days was not what he expected, but he said he ended up really liking it and
would like to go back next year. He said he wanted to go back to do some
of the things that he didnít get a chance to experience due to non-compliance
of others. I told him he could be in the same boat next year. Have
you ever thought about having a camp for returners? Even if itís for a
shorter period of time? Or over holiday break? Or maybe we can rent
the colonel for a long weekend or 2? J
Iím serious about some type of return. Sammy was a good kid, I knew he
had so much more in him Ė Youíve made this single mom of 4 children so happy
Sammy finally understands my
situation and what Iíve been trying to show/tell him for a number of years.
Like I said before, I left the orientation and had a huge weight taken off me
once I realized the colonel really had the boys best interest at heart. It
was so great to know that he understands what us mothers go through and how hard
it is leaving our boys in someone elseís hands. My friends and family
were surprised at how well I handled my 3 weeks.
Once again, I canít thank
you and your staff enough. Itís almost hard to believe how happy my son
is. Totally different outlook on life.
Let me know about any
Prayers for you and your