Seminars and "break out" sessions include:
A video and discussion that describes life inside juvenile detention, jail, and prison facilities. We consider this our "wake up call" to encourage youth to look down the road and consider potential consequences of current behavior and decisions.
"WHATS TO BECOME OF ME"
A discussion of how all choices have positive and negative consequences on our future. Emphasized is the need to develop the mental, physical, social, and spiritual areas of our life to be a balanced person and make better choices.
"LIFE ON THE WIRE"
A creative session designed to show in a visual way how our positive and negative decisions have impacted our life. Others may affect our lives, but for the most part our lives are affected by our own choices.
"WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK"
This session teaches the truth that our "actions" reveal to the world what we really believe and value. It is very important that our actions follow what we say we believe and value, otherwise we have only succeeded in fooling ourselves.
"CASE STUDY ANALYSIS AND APPLICATION"
Breakout session in which camper’s analyze fictionalized but truth based case studies of other youth’s life course and generate their own advised "preventions" and "mid-course corrections" that would have steered them on a better life course. Then applications are brainstormed for their own life’s navigation.
Our camp counselors are trained and sensitive to physical ability ranges. One does not need to be an athlete to pass the program. The campers are scored on their attitude, cooperation and effort, not their physical ability. If a youth is unable to perform a physical request, a suitable alternative will be given. Parents should make note of any limitations on the Registration Form and during registration at camp are given an additional opportunity to let the staff know about any potential limitations.
- To give a "wake up call" It’s time to get control of their lives before it’s too late.
- To experience how to work together as a team and deal with frustration positively.
- To develop analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
- To challenge abilities and encourage a positive work ethic.
- To build confidence through new experiences and accomplishments.
- To minimize selfishness and develop a growing and genuine concern for others.
- To help realize strengths and encourage their development.
- To help recognize and curb negative attitudes and actions.
- To debrief challenge experiences and discuss how to apply them to real life situations.
- To emphasize the importance of growing mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually.
- To challenge them to seek reconciliation with those they may have hurt.
- And finally to encourage participants to seek help and support from family, trusted teachers, counselors, coaches, and pastors to make a positive "MidCourse Correction".
- Two nights lodging.
- 24 hour supervision by 2-3 challenge course counselors.
- 6 meals – starting with Friday evening through Sunday Lunch.
- Written evaluation sent to referral source (parents, courts, or counselor).
- Graduation certificate (T-shirt) if program is passed.
- Two hour parenting helps session on Sunday before graduation. (No additional cost to parent).
- Age: 11 to 17 years old. 18 year olds are allowed if they are still in school.
- Cost: $425.00 per camper per weekend. (Payment required before space can be reserved).
- No personal checks accepted within 14 days of scheduled weekend. Cash, money orders, cashiers checks, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
- Limited financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.
- Completed Registration form required 5 days before camp.
- This program demands the full participation of all attending youth. Those potential campers that might be physically impaired or limited because of casts, splints, stitches, etc may be ineligible.
Please call us to check space availability and for an initial screening interview. This interview is to ensure we are able to meet your needs in having a positive impact with your son or daughter. Camps are typically scheduled twice a month throughout the year. You can download the Registration Form from this website or we can mail or fax one to you.
MidCourse Correction’s 46 hour Challenge Camp is of course not a cure for all negative patterns, and every youth is unique and will respond differently. However we have found very often that participation is a strong catalyst for taking steps in a positive direction and being more open to working with and receiving help from family, counselors, clergy, probation officers etc. And that is our hope for your son or daughter. We have many parents of former campers that are willing to share their experience with you. These parents receive no compensation for sharing their experience and we have not limited them or instructed them in any way on how to respond to your questions. If you would like to speak to a parent, please ask.
Please plan to have your son / daughter at the camp between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM for registration. Please plan to stay for our 15 minute orientation from 7:00 to 7:15 PM on Friday. Only parents / guardians are permitted to pick up their son or daughter on Sunday, unless special arrangements have been made in advance in writing. Graduation is at 4 PM on Sunday. Typically at 2 PM on Sunday one of our family counselors will be facilitating a Parenting Helps Session before graduation. It is strongly recommended to attend this session as much of the content correlates with content learned by the campers and can be used as a stepping stone for rebuilding relationships and moving foward. A sign-up sheet will be available Friday at registration.
If you have made the decision to send your child, it may be hard on you, but the results can be well worth it. Please contact our office and talk with one of our counselors to discuss the best method for preparing your child for camp depending on their situation.
- Sleeping bag or bedroll
- 4 sets of clothes THAT CAN GET DIRTY! (complete sets including shirt,pants/shorts, socks, underwear)
- Sturdy shoes or boots, at least 2 pairs. THEY WILL GET MUDDY! Please do not send expensive athletic shoes, they could easily be ruined!
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, towel and washcloth.
- Coat, hat, gloves, rain poncho (if you do not have a poncho, do not purchase, we will provide one)
- Insect repellent
- All needed medication, inhalers, Epi pens for allergic reactions, etc..THESE MUST BE IN THE CONTAINERS LABELED FROM THE PHARMACY! A HEALTH OFFICER WILL DISPENSE PER INSTRUCTIONS.
DO NOT BRING THE FOLLOWING!
- Cell phones / Walkmans / radios / CD players
- Cigarettes / tobacco
- Lighters / matches
- Watches or Jewelry
- Make up
- Food/ gum / candy / drinks
- Magazines / comic books
ALL ARTICLES BROUGHT IN WILL BE SEARCHED THOROUGHLY. ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO BRING, GIVE US A CALL.
Our offices are located in Brighton, Michigan. Office hours are Monday thru Friday 9am to 5 pm. You may call to set up a meeting or payment in person. The Midcourse Correction Challenge Camp itself operates primarily at Covenant Hills Camp in Michigan (north east of Flint, south of Saginaw, east of Clio). A map will be included in your parent packet or click on the contact link for a link to Google Maps. PLEASE TAKE NOTE! Our offices and primary camp are in to different locations (over an hour from each other).
Yes we do! The program is slightly modified as some outdoor team building exercises are not practical. We also take necessary breaks for warming up as needed. Please pack accordingly for these camps however, the youth are still outdoors for many activities.