There are many qualities which make a boot camp/boarding school environment the ideal solution for you and your child. But take note, all boot camps are not the same. They might all be good in terms of results but they are still different. Your task, and it’s a very important one, is to find the boot camp which offers a program ideal for the needs of your son or daughter.
What type of child is your teen? Are they lazy and need pushing to achieve things? Do they have a certain condition such as ADHD, depression or dyslexia? Are they lacking in confidence and tend to spend time alone? There can be many characteristics about a troubled teen’s behavior. And if you study the brochure and web site of a dozen boot camps, you’ll see happy teens in a great environment. But you must match the camp with your child’s needs. Smiling faces are great but your teen needs specific care.
Let’s see how a bad choice of boot camp could prove disastrous for a certain type of teen. Let’s say a camp has optional activities at certain times and offers a relaxed and easy going atmosphere. If your teen is lazy and needs a push to get going, then sending him or her to the laid back boot camp will not cure his or her weaknesses. Get the selection right. How?
Does your teen need some positive activities in their life? Do they need to boost their self-confidence? Do they need one-on-one teaching and therapy sessions? Well if so then find the boot camp that provides these services. Some kids need a timetable that works like clockwork that gives the teen a form of security. Contact the camp you think might suit your teen. Have a list of questions such as the following.
– What type of teen problems do you specifically address?
– What are the qualifications and boot camp experiences of the staff members?
– What sort of follow-up program do you carry out?
– What type of therapy sessions do you offer?
– What services do you offer the parents of the teens?
Your job is to put the camps under the microscope. If you can locate parents of teens who have already been to a certain camp, you may get a brilliant assessment of the facility. The parents have nothing to gain by not telling the truth. If their teen did really well and has continued on with a positive attitude and good school grades after the camp, that could be a great pointer in helping you choose the right camp for your child.
You want a camp which will allow the teens to look inwards, to see themselves and how their actions affect others. If a teen can understand that their future depends on how they behave today, then you have taken a really positive step in helping your teen. Find the camp with the right philosophy, the right therapeutic program and the right outdoor activities and your teen could be in for a real and lasting change of attitude.