The effectiveness of teen boot camps is a subject of considerable debate. When you are a parent of a troubled teenager, it is easy to resort to a radical solution to reverse a downward slide into more rebellious and possibly illegal behavior. The hope is that by sending that difficult teenager to a boot camp environment, that harsh and very disciplined setting will replace angry and confrontational teenage behavior with a mindset that is more orderly, disciplined and respectful of others.
Her survey of adult boot camps MacKenzie and Souryal, found some common boot camp characteristics, including: Help for Troubled Teens: Separation of boot camp participants from regular prison inmates when they are housed in collocated facilities. The most noteworthy finding from Dr. Violent Offender Incarceration Grant Program includes the following elements: Participation by nonviolent offenders only to free up space in traditional facilities for violent felony offenders, i.
A residential stay of 6 months or less. A structured schedule stressing discipline, physical training, and work. Participation by juveniles in appropriate education opportunities, job training, and substance abuse counseling or treatment.
Provision of aftercare services that are coordinated with the program that is provided during the period of confinement. In the 90s the military-style boot camps became popular. Several daytime talk shows like Dr. Phil showed uniformed men yelling at and intimidating teens and adolescents into behaving in the way they wanted them to.
The problem with this type of boot camp is that the teen was learning to behave in a particular fashion when in a controlling and intimidating environment.
They were not learning how to make good decisions in the environment they would return to upon leaving the camp. Because the scope of this type of boot camp was so limited, long-term change in the participants was often very limited.
Coercing a teen to behave through fear and intimidation is not likely to change any core beliefs or teach them any life skills that will help them in the daily challenges they will face outside of the program. Consult with a therapist for professional counsel on what is the best option for the troubled teen in your life.Seattle CityClub is a nonpartisan, (c)(3) nonprofit organization improving the civic health of the Puget Sound region by providing programs that bridge politics, sectors and generations to inform and engage residents and community leaders.
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Juvenile boot camp, or teen boot camp, programs are typically short term intense programs. This article on the juvenile boot camp debate addresses the pros and cons of this type of youth program.
Keep reading to learn whether a boot camp program is right for your teen. After reports that a teen died at an Arizona boot camp after being forced to eat mud and march in degree heat, supporters of the youth programs say they get a bad rap.
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