A CBS one-hour prime time special that follows 3 Christian teens that attend a grueling missionary boot camp in the Florida swamps before trekking to Zambia to build wells, construct homes, and evangelize.
The one-hour special takes an unprecedented look at three teenagers training to become Christian missionaries while also dealing with the pressures that teens face daily and who tell their own stories in their own words.
"This unique collaboration between these two gifted filmmakers and the team at 48 Hours is a departure from what viewers may be used to," says the broadcast's executive producer, Susan Zirinsky. "This is a slice of their lives told from their singular point of view."
In the summer of 2007, Tabitha Taylor of Bellwood, Pa., Nicole Scrivener of Tallahassee, Fla., and Valerie Smith of Las Vegas, Nev. were among the 700 kids who gave up the luxuries of iPods and cell phones to attend The Lord's Boot Camp. At the two-week, no-frills training camp in central Florida, the girls face physical and mental challenges as they prepare to embark on evangelical missions in the U.S. and Africa and spread the word of God.
Directors: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Producers: Steven Reiner and Gregory F. McLaughlin
Editor: Gregory F. McLaughlin
Directors of Photography: Tony Hardmon and Jenna Rosher
Executive Producer: Susan Zirinsky
Field Producer: Kristi Jacobson
Associate Producers: Christina Gonzalez, Corey Kohn, and Kristin Whiting
CBS News aired "The Lord's Boot Camp" on April 12, 2008