Here are some of the benefits which accrue from sending your teen to a boot camp.
– The parents benefit with a break from their troubled child
– The teen gains self-respect
– Learns how to make wise choices
– Takes responsibility for him or herself
– Understands how their behavior affects others
– Builds trust and friendship with counselors and therapists
– Learns to face up to their mistakes
– Learns about the feelings of others
– Learns to be appreciated
– Sets goals
– Sees their family in a new light
A troubled teen often makes for a troubled home. Parents are worried about their child. Siblings feel miserable because of the constant fighting. The troubled teen is deeply upset. Fixing the situation is not easy. One possible and positive solution is found in a boot camp. Not any boot camp, the right boot camp.
Staff members are professional. They are used to dealing with angry young people. The program, the strategies used to win over the troubled teens are tried and tested. By having one on one chats, whole camp discussions and small group sessions, the teens get to see they are not alone in the world of distress. There are other teens just like them.
By giving the residents tasks they can achieve and with no idle time, the kids in camp get to see they have worth. They see they can achieve things. The activities are full on and the food nutritious. Come the end of each day, the leaders give the teens the chance to unburden their soul, to get things off their chest. This is a place to help and not to punish. It might take some teens a while to lose their ‘them and us’ attitude but when they do the sky’s the limit.
When a teen is troubled they can’t see any sort of future. By getting away from their troubled environment, they can step back and see their world from a different perspective. They have the time at the camp to re-assess their life, to make plans and get to know their own mind and feelings.
Many make friends with that friendship continuing after the camp is over. Many get to change their life big-time in a positive way. That new attitude really takes off when the troubled teen returns home to find that their family is prepared to start over thereby making the family once more a strong and united family unit. The rest and relaxation has worked at the camp and at home.
One major benefit of a boot camp is the focus on the individual. The camp will house a group of troubled teens but each is seen and treated as an individual. The needs of each teen are catered for in a personal way. The aim of those running the camp is to have a positive and lasting influence on each camp resident. The real benefit of the camp is the ongoing success of each teen when they return to their family and live their new life.