Daughters of the American Revolution Visit Camden Military
Camden Military Academy hosted the Camden Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Thursday, October 9, 2015. As part of the program CMA’s Headmaster, Col. Eric Boland, and the Director of Admissions and Marketing, Mr. Casey Robinson, addressed the group.
Col. Boland discussed the fundamental basis and history of the academy. Camden Military Academy evolved from Carlisle Military School (1892-1977) and Camden Academy (1950-57), and has been operating on the current campus since 1958. He explained that these young men come to Camden from around the world and that CMA is no longer a local/regional boarding school. This year Camden Military host young men from over 25 states and 8 countries.
He went on to note that the academy has an approximately $25 million impact in Kershaw County each year. Boland also explained how the academy operates debt free, and before any new buildings are constructed the academy has the money to pay for project. At CMA, cadets can earn up to 33 college credit hours without ever leaving the campus. This program is in conjunction with the University of South Carolina.
Mr. Robinson addressed the relationship of local citizens and cadets as well as the stigma of military school. Robinson explained that the young men at Camden are getting more than a classroom experience. The cadets learned about integrity, patriotism and character. He invited the community to get to know Camden Military Academy better by attending sporting events and military parades that are held on campus. Robinson is striving to educate the community on what CMA is truly all about by encouraging more interaction and community service. Several stories were shared of cadets assisting families and the Columbia community during the recent flood recovery. The diversity of the campus as well as the affordability of the academy was discussed.
Following the program and adjournment, The Camden Military Academy Blackjack Drill team performed a brief exhibition. This team is the reigning National Champion and has been invited to Arlington Cemetery to lay a wreath on General John J. Pershing’s (founder of the Pershing Rifles) grave later this year.