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Camp Perry Varner Education & Treatment Facility
Marcus Hannah
1002 Selfield Road
Selma , Al  36703
Phone: 334-876-4814
Fax: 334-876-4819
Office Hours: Mon- Fri- 8:00 - 5:00

Camp Perry Varner Educational and Treatment Facility was put into operation as a wilderness program by the approval of the Dallas County Commission on October 9, 2000.

It was named after Mr. Perry Varner, a former Dallas county Commissioner that dedicated many public services to help wayward youth in Dallas County. Mr. Varner was one of the driving forces behind the vision of having a program in Dallas County to address the needs of at-risk youth.

The youth are referred to this facility for a minimum of eight (8) weeks to receive treatment and training for their problems they encounter in their communities.


"Building men one child at a time." To develop and enhance positive behavior characteristics in delinquent youth through counseling which will include self-concept development, anger management, goal setting, academics, and physical fitness components in a highly structured intensive program.

Perry Varner Educational and Treatment Facility is committed to teach every child basic social skills that enhance their ability to live a successful life. It is our goal to develop an individualized treatment plan to meet the needs of the youth in our program. We also strive to enhance growth, healthy choices, and adaptive skills for addressing areas that impact their lives.

The camp's goals include:

  • Develop and enhance positive behavior characteristics in deliquent youth through counseling. Counseling components include self-concept development, anger management, goal setting, academics and physical fitness, all in an intensive, highly-structured program
  • Decrease the number of referrals received by the Department of Youth Services
  • Reduce the recidivism rate of the Juvenile Court in the counties the facility serves.

To accomplish these goals, the facility's program utilizes a variety of treatment methods, including:

  1. Identification of positive and deficient characteristics and behaviors of each individual student.
  2. Remediation of deficiencies and enhancement of positive characteristics.
  3. Development of positive behavior through techniques such as anger management, individual and family therapy, adventure-based counseling, physical fitness activities and self-discipline training.
  4. Remediation and/or development of academic/vocational skills, as determined by the Test of Adult Basic Education. Treatment focuses on one more or more of the following: remediation of basic reading, mathematical and language skills; developmental education based on grade level and subject matter to enable the student to return to public school without loss of learning or school credits; and GED preparation.