Camden Military Academy

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Camden Military Academy
Admin and Chapel Camden Military Academy Camden South Carolina.JPG
Camden Military Academy chapel and administrative building
520 Hwy 1 North
Camden, South Carolina
United States
Coordinates 34°16′44″N 80°33′46″W / 34.27889°N 80.56278°W / 34.27889; -80.56278Coordinates: 34°16′44″N 80°33′46″W / 34.27889°N 80.56278°W / 34.27889; -80.56278
Founded 1958
Key people

Eric Boland, Headmaster
LTC (ret.) Brad Lawing, Commandant of Cadets

John Heflin, Dean of Students
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 300
Color(s)      Camden Blue
     Carlisle Gold
Mascot Spartans
Newspaper The Adjutant / The Bugle
Yearbook Excalibur

Camden Military Academy is a private military boarding school located in Camden, South Carolina, United States, and is the official state military academy of South Carolina.[1] Camden Military Academy accepts male students in grades 7 through post-grad.


Camden Military Academy was founded as Camden Academy in 1950. Colonel James F. Risher, the president of Carlisle Military School, purchased the facility in 1958, and the name was changed to Camden Military Academy. His son Lanning P. Risher was the school's first headmaster and served in the position for 37 years. In 1974, Lanning Risher led Camden Military Academy through a reorganization as a non-profit, tax-exempt institution.[2]


Camden Military Academy has an enrollment of approximately 300 students.[3][3]