Camp Champion Program Development

Camp Champion Teaching Philosophy

We want to bring back the love of learning and have used The End of Molasses Classes philosophies for inspiration!

Camp Champion, a division of Champion for Success, Inc., a Montana 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is located at the top of a pristine mountain in Montana overlooking some of the most iconic locations in the United States—Glacier National Park, three breathtaking mountain ranges and strategically located close to Flathead Lake.

The curriculum at Camp Champion is a unique blend of programs that includes proprietary programs developed at Camp Champion plus curriculum developed by other organizations. We incorporate physical activities with our lessons to help visitors address their personal challenges and come away with a positive outlook on life and a clearer idea of their life direction and purpose. Our Camp Champion lessons are designed to lead people into realizations that cause positive change. Every activity has been specifically designed with a central core lesson tied to it. Lessons dig into finding and pulling to the surface the challenges of the individual and are followed by physical activities that symbolize something critical in the lesson being transformed.

To learn more about the curriculum developed by our partners,  please review the following information.

Partnership with Champion Empowerment

Champion Empowerment Institute, one of Camp Champion founder Mary Lyn Hammer’s other companies, has developed financial literacy and life skills courses to empower and support young adults in an often complex and inflexible world.  Life skills include subjects like defining success, making realistic goals, time management, and other practical skills that support self-esteem and self-worth.

Champion for Success has been teaching Champion Empowerment Institute’s “Financial Literacy 101” course in high schools across Arizona for the last year.

After teaching financial literacy to college students for over 30 years, Ms. Hammer identified the need to implement training before students take out costly and often overwhelming student loan debt.   The Financial Literacy 101 course is thought provoking for participants who realize that their financial decisions can have both positive and negative effects on their lives—and that many of these effects are long-term and life-changing.  Once the students have “emotional buy-in”, they are prepared to participate in more extensive financial literacy training recognizing that this training is not taught as a task (like a single online course as required to obtain a federal student loan) but is a process of learning.

Subscribers to the Champion Empowerment website enjoy the following benefits:

Job Search Tools, Life Skills Courses and Financial Literacy Tips, Videos, and Tools
Award-winning financial and life skill courses, financial games/simulators, job search tools, access to our resume-builder, learn to prepare for or how to be interviewed with video tutorials and articles, plus play with financial calculators that simulate various options for student and other loan repayments

Access to Loans, Grants, Scholarships, and Assistance
Subscribers get access to prequalified and researched grants, scholarships, and other quality assistance (e.g. housing, childcare, food, shelter, medicines) resources

Visit the Champion Empowerment Institute website to learn more.

notMYkid Programs

The notMYkid programs prepare kids to face everyday challenges with courage and confidence.

Through this unique education model of peer-to-peer education, the life-changing issues are addressed.  With prevention at the forefront of all programming—rather than intervention—the mission of notMykid is to reach young people who fight internal battles about what is “right” and “wrong,” and to provide them with the knowledge and resources that empower them to make positive choices in difficult situations.

 “The challenges kids and families face today are complex and have the potential to devastate lives and derail futures.  It is extremely important to work together to protect the kids in our community.  [On average, kids will first try drugs at the age of 13.]  Studies indicate that people who reach 21 without engaging in destructive behaviors are likely to never do so, which is why we passionately educate about current trends, warning signs, and the long-term impact of destructive behaviors.  We believe proactive prevention on the part of kids, families, and communities is the answer to long-term success.” —From

Camp Champion Partnership with notMYkid

Ms. Hammer’s association with notMYkid began through two professional counselors who helped develop “Workshops for Kids” that merged with notMYkid in 2017.  After her daughter attended the workshop and subsequently was chosen to be a Peer Leader, Ms. Hammer invested time learning about the additional programs and training offered by notMYkid.  Programs offered are in direct alignment with the goals and objectives for Champion for Success through programs offered at Camp Champion so Ms. Hammer’s corporations partnered with notMYkid in an official capacity.

Challenges Addressed by the notMYkid Programs

Understand the Challenge:  Why do youth use drugs?

The simple answer is that drugs alter perceptions of reality in ways that often feel pleasant. Drug use may temporarily satisfy emotional or social needs for experimenting young people. Many youth view drugs like a Swiss Army Knife, a tool with many functions: relaxation, pleasure, socialization, avoidance of emotional pain, a way to forget about problems, satisfy curiosity, avoid alienation, find excitement, feel like part of the crowd, go to sleep, wake up, cope with failure, relieve boredom, and /or to simply infuriate their parents. Some people are genetically programmed for difficulties with addictions while others find that curiosity leads to drug dependence and the challenges of dealing with addiction become overwhelming.

Understand the Challenge:  Youth and alcohol.

The truth is that many young adults drink alcohol and approximately 5,000 die each year as a result. About 30% of the kids who die are involved in alcohol-related car accidents. Those who have problems with alcohol are more frequently injured in accidents, have more frequent contact with the legal system, more health problems, have more challenges at school, and more conflicts at home. While the decision to use alcohol may be influenced by peer pressure, rebellion, or curiosity, genetics and the age of first-use play a large part in determining which young people are apt to become alcoholics. Certainly the kids of heavy drinkers are most likely to develop problems of their own and risk-taking youth who start drinking early are more likely to develop a life-long relationship with alcohol.

Understand the Challenge:  What is bullying?

Today’s bullying is a combination of classic schoolyard and cyber-bullying. What begins during school appears online that evening for everyone to see. Communicating on social media platforms gives youth 24/7 access to one another. However, with this access comes the potential for them to experience inescapable exposure and victimization, creating an overwhelming sense of helplessness and isolation. Despite this new dynamic, some things never change; the person that has the most control in a bullying dynamic is still the bystander (the third party observer). When a community takes a stand by deciding to become a positive influence with no tolerance for bullying, there is a drastic drop in bullying cases.

Understand the Challenge:  Aiming for healthy relationships.

Safe dating can be described as the practice of healthy, interdependent relationships between individuals. Many relationships, however, are unhealthy and can lead to real emotional and physical consequences for those individuals in the relationship and others around them. How do we differentiate between what is “safe” and “unhealthy” when it comes to dating? Unhealthy relationships are defined as relationships in which physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence take place. Many unhealthy relationships can be avoided by helping youth to develop skills to create healthy relationships and by teaching them to recognize the signs of unhealthy relationships. If we witness signs of an unhealthy relationship – what can we do?

Understand the Challenge:  What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are often not just about food. They tend to develop as a way of dealing with life’s challenges, as is often the case with drug and alcohol abuse or gambling. Eating disorders can lead to significant health problems. In addition to the physical effects on the body, the unhealthy behavior often spirals into feelings of guilt, social withdrawal, and increased feelings of inadequacy or low self-esteem. For many who suffer from eating disorders, controlling food intake and weight allow them to feel “in control” or and empowered. While eating disorders offer some temporary relief form very real emotional conflicts, long-term physical consequences and emotional aftermath (including feelings of guilt and self-loathing) pose significant long-term challenges as the disease progresses.

Understand the Challenge:  What is depression?

Depression is a problem many kids face that can disguise itself as normal “mood swings” due to puberty or teenage development. Therefore, it is often ignored until something more serious happens, like a suicide attempt, self-injury, or a serious risk-taking behavior that gets the kid in to trouble. If you think your kid is depressed, do not ignore your observations. There are actions you can make and steps you can take that will help them overcome depression. If it turns out it was normal behavior, you have shown you cared enough to check it out.

Understand the Challenge:  Youth online.

Youth are tech savvy and get most of their information and socialization through the Internet and digital devices. For then there is no distinction between the real world and the online world – they are one in the same. As a parent, the best way to help ensure y our kid’s safety online is to become tech savvy yourself. Think of the technology as a language. Your kid has most likely spoken this language since birth and is fluent in it. You need to know the language if you want to communicate with them.

Visit their website to learn more about the notMYkid programs.

The Principles of Nonviolence

Eli Ives, a developer of the Student Leaders and Athletic Youth (SLAY) programs

Champion is excited to have Eli Ives join the team to create a training program similar to one he helped develop and implement at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington and suitable for Camp Champion.

The program called “Student Leaders and Athletic Youth” or SLAY had mandatory training to coach boys to men who respect women.  Eli became passionate about reducing sexual harassment of girls after watching his sisters suffer disrespect through sexual harassment.  He successfully developed and implemented the now mandatory program for the school’s male athletes and will use this knowledge and experience to develop and expand these programs through Champion for Success and at Camp Champion.

Self-defense and Campus Security

Forward Movement Training’s owner, Matt Schneider

Champion is partnering with Forward Movement Training’s owner, Matt Schneider, to develop self-defense training for kids and young adults.  With campus crime at astonishing high rates, most notable being high sexual assault and violence, we recognize the need for professional training programs to keep our kids safe.

Visit the Forward Movement website to learn more.

Partnership with PSI Seminars

Ms. Hammer is a graduate of PSI Basic, Life Success Course, Women’s Leadership Seminar and Next 10 courses. PSI Seminars

For over 45 years, PSI has worked with over 500,000 people all over the world, helping them discover their ultimate effectiveness through breakthrough educational programs. As the oldest running personal development company in the U.S., PSI is a leading authority and pioneer in human potential training.

Ms. Hammer sees the significant value of this training and sponsored all employees of her companies, Champion College Services, Champion Empowerment Institute, Champion for Success, and Champion for Life, to attend the PSI Basic training.  She also sponsored her upper management team to complete the Life Success Course as well as the Men’s and Women’s Leadership training.  The positive impact of supporting her staff in both company and personal goals has strengthened her entire team of Champions to successfully operate the companies and exceed clients’ expectations.

Now, Ms. Hammer will expand PSI training to Montana, where PSI Basic for Kids and the Teen Experience will be taught through Champion for Success at Camp Champion. The PSI Basic training for adults will be offered at the camp and  other locations throughout the area.


The Basic for Kids is a two-day course for boys and girls between 5 and 12 in which children learn first and foremost what it means to be responsible, without giving up their natural spontaneity, playfulness, and sheer joy in being alive. In a lively atmosphere that keeps them involved and interested, kids practice making choices and dealing with the consequences of what they have chosen. In the process, they are free to let go of manipulative behavior patterns such as sulking, whining, or bullying.

The Basic for Kids recognizes that every child is unique and special. Shy, passive children may need support in speaking up for themselves, asking for what they want, or overcoming fears. Aggressive, highly active kids may need to learn or listen, to slow down or reflect. The seminar is structured so that each child receives encouragement in becoming more aware, and developing those parts of themselves which will make them more confident and effective.

Between 5 and 12, many children develop negative, limiting beliefs about themselves. This can sap their self-esteem and chance for a successful life. In an environment of love and support, kids reaffirm that it’s okay to be themselves, and that they are valuable and deserving just the way they are.

To learn more about the PSI program for kids visit their website.


Teen Experience, staffed entirely by teens and young adults, is an opportunity for young people to honestly and authentically address issues that are important to them without having to overcome generational barriers. Young people from North America and the different locations around the world converge once a year for Teen Experience at PSI’s High Valley Ranch and, when built, at Camp Champion. The seminar is overseen primarily by Jenessa W. Meyers, herself a graduate of Teen Experience.

Self-esteem, honesty, peer pressure, fear and trust are just of the few topics addressed during these seminars.

Visit the PSI website to learn more.

PSI BASIC SEMINAR (for adults)

The PSI Basic Seminar provides you with the fundamentals to create positive results both personally and professionally. Through carefully planned discussions and exercises, you see and experience powerful techniques that you can apply immediately in both your professional and personal life.

For more about PSI Basic for adults, visit their website.