(PRWEB) November 30, 2012
Earlier in November, at their monthly meeting, a young man named Corey stood on front of over 30 Weidman Lions Club members to share about his experiences during Project Survive at Eagle Village this summer.
Corey thanked them all for granting him a partial scholarship and then shared, “We hiked 43 miles over six days. The packs were really, really heavy!” After the laughter settled, Corey continued, “The most important thing I learned that week was how to step back from an argument. I used to argue with my family about everything.”
Jim, Corey’s dad, said that their family had been struggling for quite a while. They attempted to find something to help but nothing made much of a difference. Jim shared, “Our son had begun hanging out with a crowd of friends who were going nowhere. His grades were failing and it was a constant argument in our home. It was difficult some days to go home after work knowing what we would go home to.”
With a smile and after expressing thanks to the Lions Club, Jim told the group, “Corey is like a new kid. He’s getting good grades and he has chosen a different group of friends. No one’s family is perfect but at least we know we can work through things together now.”
Eagle Village’s Project Survive is a 10-day intensive camping experience for teenagers who could benefit from a change in focus and priorities. In addition to the backpacking trip and daily survival experiences, teens learn how to trust their own instincts, step up into a leadership role and develop healthy communication skills. When asked about her thoughts on the club providing scholarship funds for Corey to attend Project Survive, Jeanne Hale of the Lions Club said, “It has really opened our eyes to know that a program like this is available for the families in our community. Corey is a great kid and we are very proud of him.”
Eagle Village is a non-profit family treatment facility providing Intervention Services, Residential Treatment, Foster Care, Adoption, Summer Camps and a Camp & Retreat Center. For more information call 231-832-2234 or visit http://www.eaglevillage.org