Typical Activities

Students are challenged daily in relationships as they interact with staff and their peers while participating in many fun and exciting opportunities. Our environment is one that balances discipline with personal responsibility to create a positive peer culture. Our goal is to nurture students that make positive decisions that are not based on mandatory compliance, but rather where positive choices are made as a result of genuine concern for themselves and others.

Physical Fitness

Exercise is a part of the regular day to day at CGA.  Students are able to achieve physical fitness through use of the multiple facilities on campus.  Our fitness room contains state of the art aerobic equipment.  We have an on campus regulation sand volleyball court, 2 outdoor basketball courts, a softball field, canoes, paddle boats, paddle boards, and swimming pool.  Students also enjoy running and resistance training on our beautiful lakeside property.

Fine Arts

Each year CGA students have the opportunity to join over 65,000 students from all over the country to participate in district and national Fine Arts Festivals. Students may enter as many as 66 categories offered in 8 main divisions: Art, Communication, Dance, Drama, Exhibition, Instrumental, Vocal, and Writing.


Family Weekends

Families of CGA students are welcomed to our campus on Family Weekend for visits.   Along with the visit, family weekends include program updates and announcements, parent seminar and support, a family movie night, church service attendance and scheduled meetings with the counselor and teacher.

Graduation

Our Graduation dinner and celebration service sets CGA apart.  Graduation Services are a wonderful time of celebration and reflection at the end of a student’s stay at CGA.  Students, staff, and guests gather on the CGA campus for a beautifully appointed meal and service in honor of the graduate’s accomplishments.  Graduates, dressed in cap and gown, are awarded certificates noting their achievements, including a diploma for high school graduates.

Annual Conferences

SPARED – Each fall, all CGA students and staff attend this 4 day youth conference designed solely for teen students in residential programs, located at Springville Camp in Birmingham Alabama.   The speakers at SPARED conferences are qualified adults who have experienced a successful life to the fullest after completing a program as a teen or young adult and are sharing messages of hope.  The conference is also packed with team building activities and fun out on the lake.

Branded By Fire — A 5 day youth conference located in Pensacola Florida.  This conference features some of today’s top ministry speakers, morning and evening worship, as well as plenty of time on the beautiful Florida beach.

Purity Conference — Designed by CGA counselors and staff specifically for the CGA student body, the theme of this 4-day conference is purity of heart in midst of the culture facing today’s teens.  In-house and guest speakers tackle the important topics of internet safety, porn, sexual addiction, and sex trafficking.  The conference is also packed with group counseling sessions on topics of identity, healthy relationships with the opposite sex, true intimacy, and how to have freedom from past sexual mistakes.  Fun activities and special times of reflection and prayer are also included throughout the conference.

Community Outreach

CGA partners with the local community and established outreaches to provide students the opportunity to serve others.  These meaningful experiences with local underprivileged children, the homeless, and elderly open the eyes of our students to the needs that exist around them.  Students are often inspired to pursue paths in education and careers that will make an impact on the people groups they have served.  CGA girls feel a sense of gratitude and pride for being able to make this contribution to society.

Mission Trips

Annual missions trips are taken to to New York City for selected senior students who qualify and have parent permission to attend.  This week long trip includes training on how to minister to the different people groups, team building, community outreach opportunities, and time to see all the sites.  The girls also have an opportunity to see a Broadway play.

Beach and Boat Trips

The girls who have earned the opportunity enjoy the Gulf Coast as they participate in various conferences.

Emerging Student Leaders

Emerging Student Leaders is a leadership program that interested CGA students may apply for acceptance to.  The program features servant leader training, hands-on application, and opportunity for a short term internship at CGA after graduation. Our program provides our residents with “graduate level” life skills training, improving the chance of long-term success. It encourages them to become a respected leader versus a follower of others’ lead.  It improves ones understanding of the difficulties associated with authority and leadership.

 

 

 

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Typical Activities – Teen Challenge School for Girls

Typical activities of the Columbus Girls Academy located in Alabama, a program of Teen Challenge International.

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