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CMA’s 2018 looks bright

Posted: January 8, 2018 3:19 p.m.
Updated: January 9, 2018 1:00 a.m.

How was your 2017?  Did you keep your new year’s resolutions? Did you exceed the goals that you set for yourself? 

Like many of you, as one year ends and a new one begins, Camden Military Academy (CMA) is reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to the next and CMA is looking forward to an exciting 2018! 

In the past year, CMA achieved many significant goals.  There were many physical facility improvements, including the installation of permanent bleachers at the football field, new furniture in many of the barracks and the completion of our crown jewel project -- a new $2 million, two-story barracks. The academy also reached and maintained capacity for the first time since the recession.  

The future looks very bright! 

As we begin 2018, I wanted to share some of our goals for the new year- Camden Military’s new year resolutions.  

Most importantly, in order to have a school, you must have students. Interest in our military boarding school remains very strong. In fact, inquiries into the academy is at an all-time high. Additionally, there is a waiting list to enter the Official Military Academy of South Carolina. This academic year we have set an enrollment record with cadets attending from nearly 40 states.  

Interest in CMA continues to grow globally as well. Currently in the 2017-18 school year, we have more than 16 countries represented in the cadet corps and word continues to spread about a premier military boarding school located in our small, historical, charming town in South Carolina. We hope to build on the interest and enrollment momentum that began in 2017.

The academy is looking forward to additional campus enhancements as well. Landscaping around the newest barrack will begin soon. Academy officials are hard at work to determine the vegetation to be planted and work will begin as soon as the weather is optimal for planting. In addition, vibrant new, easy to read signage is also on its way to CMA. Our current signage is very adequate but sometimes is hard to read in the pre-dawn or dusk hours. Our goal is to have a beautiful entrance to our campus with clear signage directing our visitors to the various buildings and activities of our campus.

When you look to the future, you never want to forget the past.  CMA has a large alumni network which also includes the graduates of Camden Academy and Carlisle Military School.  However, our alumni network is largely inactive.  Increasing our alumni networks and increasing alumni involvement will benefit the academy and the current cadets. The academy has produced many notable and highly influential alums and it is vital for our current cadets to hear from these individuals as to how CMA helped shape them into who they are today. Therefore, a goal of 2018 is to actually honor the past!

Have you ever noticed the CMA cadets’ involvement in the local community? You may have seen our band or color guard at numerous parades and events, but our students give back in a variety of ways. Our cadets host the Special Olympics of Kershaw County each year, in addition to providing volunteers at Food for the Soul, escorts at pageants, volunteering at numerous public school and community festivals participating in a variety of roles from valets to security.  

In our newest and most recent endeavor, a group of cadets recently participated in the 2017 Kershaw County Trick or Treat Trail, winning second place in the decorated booth contest. Although our cadets are already deeply involved in serving our community, we look to increase our involvement even more. 

The facility projects, increased attendance and community service of 2017 were awesome.  However, we realize that there is always the potential to better oneself and that is exactly what CMA will seek to accomplish in the upcoming year while maintaining our strong commitment to academic excellence and helping each young man at our academy achieve his true potential in school and life. As eventful and accomplished as 2017 was for CMA (and I hope it was for you as well), I am hoping for an even more momentous 2018 for both you and CMA.


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