Best of the Best Camp has created a special 1 week sleep-away leadership camp for young men (ages 12-15) with the purpose of inspiring them to take the next steps in life to be men of character. We’ve combined leadership education, physical training, and the power of the great outdoors to create an unbelievable experience for the boys of today who are in the midst of becoming the men of tomorrow.
D.I.R.T. stands for Discipline, Integrity, Respect, and Teamwork. These are the important subjects covered each day as we stick to our daily routine of exercising, eating, cleaning, and learning as a team. Each day of camp is focused on a different character skill, and has it’s own set of challenges that work the mind, body, and spirit.
Preparing Young Men
This camp is designed as a retreat for 20 young men who may – by no fault of their own, lack an appreciation for how good they have it or are in need of some perspective in life. Theses good and decent young men know that there is room to grow, but they are not yet fully prepared for a world that needs real leadership. Even with great parents and teachers, these boys find themselves comfortable, coasting through life. At Camp DIRT, they will learn to value the power and importance of good character and leadership, and be inspired to take more responsibility of their direction in life.
Location & Dates
During the first full week of August of 2018 (Mon, August 6th through Fri, Aug 10th), we will be camping in the beautiful Ojai Valley at the famous Camp Arnaz property. We will be making use of the sleeping quarters, full kitchen, the lodge, the activity room, the large bbq pit, the archery range, and of course, the numerous areas outdoor for games, hikes, etc.
Detailed Schedule and Events
Typical Day Schedule:
- 7:00am – Wake up and make beds
- 7:15am – Workout
- 8:00am – Breakfast
- 8:30am – Clean up
- 9:00am – Day Plan
- 9:30am – Character Course
- 10:00am – Reading & Journaling
- 11:00am – Group Discussions
- 11:30am – Free Time
- 12:30pm – Lunch
- 1:00pm – Clean up
- 1:30pm – Group Activity
- 3:30pm – Group Discussions
- 4:00pm – Free Time
- 5:00pm – Dinner
- 5:30pm – Clean up
- 6:00pm – Special Event / Surprise
- 7:00pm – Fire Pit
- 9:00pm – Bed
Only 20 Spots are available, and we anticipate being sold out before June 21st.
This camp will be staffed by Master Instructor Austin Curtis (creator of Best of the Best Camp) and his long time best friend USMC Veteran Guillermo “Jimmy” Negron. These two men bring together a unique set of traits and past experience that is bound to make this a powerful week for the campers.
Mr. Curtis grew up without a consistent father figure in his life until the age of 14 when he was taken under the wing of his martial arts mentor who changed the course of his life forever. 22 years later, Mr. Curtis is a 5th Degree Black Belt and an instructor himself – currently teaching over 200 students at Martial Arts Family Fitness in Santa Barbara. He is a UCSB Alumnus, an entrepreneur, published author, and the proud father of 3 girls (ages 5, 7, 10).
Mr. Negron grew up in New York, joining the Marines at 21 years old to see the world and get away from the city life. After serving honorably in the military for 4 years, Mr. Negron worked in Security and Hospitality, earning him a reputation as a strong and capable leader in both industries. With the help of his beautiful wife, Mr. Negron is raising 3 sons (ages 8, 16, and 19) and has managed to maintain his love for camping and hiking – even working with a non-profit for underprivileged inner city youth to get them to visit the national parks.
This Camp includes all meals, lodging, training gear, and activities 24/7 for 5 days as well as lots of surprises. Because this is our first year launch, we are offering about 50% off (and even MORE if prepaid) of the regular price.
Please fill out the form below and reserve your spot for only $150.