Marine Military Academy is a 142-acre campus, located in South Texas adjacent to the Rio Grande Valley International Airport. It is a mostly self-contained community with educational, training, recreational, medical and support facilities on campus. Campers are housed in air conditioned barracks and all summer camp drill instructors reside on campus, as well as many of the support staff members.
The July morning snaps awake to the sounds of reveille echoing across the grounds of Marine Military Academy (MMA) in Harlingen, Texas. The newly inducted campers fall out, eager to face their first day of summer camp under the watchful eye of the drill instructors. For the next four weeks, they will learn their physical and mental limitations — and the best way to overcome them. Military summer camp at Marine Military Academy teaches young men ages 12 to 17, and age 18 if not graduated from high school, the self-discipline, confidence and leadership qualities needed to best the challenges life has in store. It’s a summer camp for boys, transforming young men into emerging leaders. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun!
Shooting, climbing, boxing, swimming, rappelling, confidence course, paintball - there are dozens of ways to fill a day at our military summer camp in Texas. From reveille to lights out, campers will engage in activities most other young men only see on TV. Qualified drill instructors guide campers through the activities safely, but with an overarching mission to help the boys reach and exceed their physical and mental potential. They learn that no challenge is great that they can't take it on and conquer it. Teamwork is an ever-present goal along with problem solving and positive reinforcement from both the instructors and other campers becomes second nature. No one is left behind.
All campers are assigned to one of several companies. Companies compete against each other in daily activities. The competition becomes fierce, but always good-natured. Each individual camper is now an integral part of a team. And as they encourage other team members and contribute to the success of the company, they discover within themselves the value of teamwork and leadership. Summer camp is no longer just four weeks of fun - it's the forge for bonds each camper with keep for life.
Marine Military Academy transforms young men into self-disciplined, morally-strong, citizens, ready to assume the leadership of tomorrow. Our military summer camp endeavors to do the same by instilling the tools of teamwork, leadership and discipline into every camper. Each camper will pass through the gate of MMA with a greater sense of himself and others, an arsenal of tools he will use the meet challenges in life, and a lifelong bond to the traditions and values of the United States Marine Corps. OOH-RAH!!!
Begin the road to your summer challenge by enrolling for the 2013 MMA Summer Camp. Upon acceptance into our summer camp program, a detailed informational packet will be mailed to you.
Q: Will my son be with other campers his age?
Yes, summer camp companies are organized by age group to ensure that the challenge level remains constant at each training event.
Q: It’s hot there in July. What precautions do you take to protect cadets from the heat?
Each camper is issued a water carrier (Camelback) to ensure he is properly hydrating at all events. Sunscreen is provided and he will be monitored continuously to ensure he is using it properly. Finally, he will get a one-hour rest period immediately following lunch each day to ensure he is ready for the afternoon’s training events.
Q: How can I communicate with my son while he's at camp?
Due to the full schedule, time is not available for campers to make routine phone calls or send/receive emails. We encourage campers to write letters to their family and friends. Receiving an actual letter of encouragement at mail call is a great way for him to end the day.
Q: What happens at graduation?
On the final day of the camp, a graduation parade takes place in front of our Iwo Jima Monument, recognizing the campers as a group. At the conclusion of this, parents get to observe a “completion ceremony” that takes place with your camper’s Drill Instructors and Cadet Instructors at his company area, where he will receive his Certificate of Completion.
Q: Will he be able to go to church while at summer camp?
The Chaplain of Cadets provides a non-denominational service on Sunday evenings throughout the duration of the camp.
Q: What time will he get up and go to bed?
Reveille (wake-up) goes at 6am on Monday through Saturday, and at 7am on Sunday. They normally go to bed (Taps) at 9pm.
Q: What does the MMA Summer Camp Program cost?
See the Pricing and Registration page for the Summer program fees, additional fees for optional Aerospace and Scuba electives, and fees for the Summer ESL program.