Boot Camps in Alabama – Get information about boot camps in your state and city. There are a lot of military boot camp programs designed to help troubled teens. Some of these programs can drastically change the behavior of your teenager. Call us today and we will be able to assist you in deciding what boot camp will work for you and your child. We have over 15 years of experience in helping parents find the correct military boarding school.
Check Local Resources
Parents contemplating sending their teen away to a boot camp or boarding school should always visit the potential placement option prior to enrolling their son or daughter there. The importance of visiting a program prior to placement can not be emphasized enough. This will give parents the opportunity to meet the staff that work with the kids. Parents should sample the food, check,out the sleeping arrangements, and speak directly with the teens enrolled in the program. Parents will know if the teens answers to their questions are sincere or manipulated. The potential program should have an open door policy. This means that parents, can visit at any time, and that they can come unannounced. This practice may be a good indicator that the program doesn’t have anything to hide. However, just because a program has an open door policy doesn’t give it a green light or mean that it is perfect. Parents should visit with the state and local authorities that regulate the program they are interested in. Local Police departments may also prove to be a good source of information as well. If the police are regularly called into the program there may be unseen problems brewing.
Program references can also be a good source of information for parents to explore. Keep in mind however, that programs will only give references to parents that have had a good experience and positive things to say about them. This is not underhanded or shady in anyway, just the way business is typically done. In some cases the people that have negative things to say are people that owe the program money, or people that didn’t follow the recommendations of the program. Some may even go so far as to create websites casting a negative light on a school or program. These is definitely worth investigating, and should be a topic of discussion with the potential placement. Some parent referrals may also be tied to a referral fee. Some programs pay people for sending students to their schools. This is not terrible but should be taken into consideration when speaking with the referral. The more parent referrals a program has the better it may be. It would be a good idea to talk to parents that were having the same type of problems you are currently having with your teen. It is also a good idea to talk to parents that have their children home from the program now. The proof of the program is what the teen does when they return home. Most every student in every program eventually does well while they are there. It isn’t until they have freedom that they will make mistakes. It is inevitable for teens to make mistakes when they return home. Every teen in America makes mistakes. The true indicator of success for the teen will be how they correct themselves and get back on track after the mistake is made. There is no such thing as a perfect teen. Parents who expect this type of program success are expecting the impossible, and will surely be disappointed with any program they choose. Unrealistic expectations can be problematic when trying to find a program for your teen.
Selecting a Placement for a Troubled Teen
Following a systematic approach to selecting a school for a troubled teen could make the difficult process a little easier. Parents struggling to find help for their defiant out of control teen may find this series helpful.
It has been said that a program boot camp or boarding school is only as good as it’s weakest link. This being said, a parent should spend enough time at a potential placement option to meet the majority, if not all, of the people that will be working with their child. Programs should do an exhaustive search surrounding staff to determine any potential problems the person may have had previously. This back ground search should also be accompanied by personal references. This still doesn’t assure that a staff with problems may not be hired. Parents who meet the people employed by the program will get a “feel” for the overall dynamics of the program staff.
Search the Internet
A basic search by name of the school being considered will provide some helpful results. There are a couple of sites that are dedicated to closure of every type of school that is designed to help troubled teens. We won’t name them as they have their agenda’s that are easy to spot by the vitriol and contempt for any placement option. It is important to note that they provide only one side to every story. The side they portray is that “every” placement option is evil. This is evident by their refusal to recommend any programs, and their “one sided” approach to bashing all schools and camps. Take what they have to say with a grain of salt. The allegations they make have made it difficult for many parents to place their children in any program. The sad fact is that many children who never receive help could have been helped. Instead, parents continue being abused by the teen, the teen continues using drugs, and in some cases the teen ends up much worse off than they would have been had they entered some type of structured program. If a program appears to be reputable and checks out in every other way except the negative websites mentioned, contact the program and ask to hear their side of the story, and allegations on the Internet.
Sensationalism in Reporting
One school hit by the negative site campaign reports that the articles relayed on these sites are based on articles from other sources. The information obtained is not based on facts, but on the opinions of reporters that may have an alternative agenda. Some small town news organizations lacking substantive material to report, rely instead on what their personal perception is. This type of reporting while damaging to the person or industry isolated depends on sensationalism and innuendos. The person harmed the most may be the parent desperately seeking help. Scared by the hyped up information, and terrified to send their child away in the first place, the parent becomes frozen in their decision making process. Because of the plethora of programs and options available to parents, they may choose to discount a program based on false or partially true information. This adds credence to the fact that parents interested in a program should visit the program to make sure it is what it says it is.
Private Boot Camps
The types of boot camp we are most familiar with are of the private nature. This means that they are not owned or directed by any division of the United States Military. They are usually owned and operated by former military personnel. Some will have some professional staff for assistance. They may have a nurse on staff or a doctor available in the event that a child needs more than just discipline. Some of the camps we work with will require a physical examination prior to accepting a new cadet. Some of the camps will take a child completely off medication when they arrive or request that they are not currently taking any medications when they get there. The private boot camps are an “in your face” type program with a rigorous physical training component. Drill Instructors are not allowed to touch a student, but they are still effective at motivating a child to do what is expected of them.
United States Military Boot Camps
Every division of the United States Military has some type of boot camp or basic training. These are available only to those who enlist in the military. It is our understanding that most divisions of the military will require a drug test of potential personnel to assure that they are drug free and able to perform their duties while enlisted.
Other Types of Boot Camps
There seems to be a boot camp for just about every occupation available somewhere. The popularity of the term seems to attract people that are interested in a high intensity type of experience whether it is with computers, writing, dancing, acting or whatever the boot camp offers. Most of the inquiries that we get are for troubled teens that are defiant and out of control. Computer boot camps are designed for youth and adults who are interested in furthering their experience and enhancing their resume.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What if my child does not want to go?
We can recommend youth escort companies that are able to pick up your child and take them to the program or camp of your choice.
2. How long are most boot camps?
Boot camps range in length from 30 days to one or more years. We do not recommend short term camps as they are not really very effective.
3. What ages of youth can go to boot camp?
Boot camp style programs we work with will only take youth beginning at age 11. We do work with some therapeutic schools that will take youth as young as 9 years of age.
4. What do you recommend for defiant youth younger than 11?
There is a Parent Self Help Kit available to purchase that contains information about and actual footage of a child being taken to a facility, and life in a boot camp. If you are interested, please go to www.bootcampdvd.net
5. How expensive are boot camps?
Prices begin at $2,100 per month. The first month in most programs is about $4,800 to cover admission fees, startup costs, etc.
6. Is there any government aid or government sponsored boot camps?
We do not have access to or information about any government aid or programs other than the juvenile system. Mos of the people we work with are trying to keep their children out of the juvenile system.
7. Are there any free boot camps?
No we do not know of any free programs.
8. Are there additional fees for using your service?
Our fees are included in the program fees and tuitions of the schools and camps we do enrollment for.
9. Do boot camps have finance plans?
Many schools and camps have some type of educational loan available. Many parents have decided to take a second mortgage on their homes rather than try for an education loan. In some instances a second mortgage is tax deductible.
10. What do I do next?
If you have decided to get some type of outside help for your child please give us a call. We will take you step by step through the admission process for the school or camp of your choice.
Juvenile Boot Camps
Juvenile boot camps are synonymous with teen boot camps. The American Heritage Dictionary gives this definition for Juvenile: Not fully grown or developed, young of, relating to, characteristic of, intended for, or appropriate for children or young people; juvenile fashions, Marked by immaturity, childish; Juvenile behavior Some people consider a juvenile or an adolescent to be synonymous with teen. Juvenile boot camp is a term that is typed hundreds of times every day by parents searching for help for a problem child. All of the information provided on this site about teen boot camps applies to one who may be looking for help for a troubled juvenile. Juvenile boot camps like teen boot camps are able to take a defiant juvenile and place him in a structured environment. Juvenile boot camps also have academics and are staffed with former military personnel.
Christian Boot Camps
Some of the programs and camps for juveniles are Christian programs and have daily Bible study and weekly church services. The juveniles are taught from the Bible with the importance of God and religion emphasized throughout their stay. For a family that has taught their child from his youth to keep the 10 commandments, a Christian boot camp may be a good choice. If your child has decided to rebel against everything he has been taught he will usually go one of two ways. The first is he will rebel against everything he has been taught including religious beliefs. The second is once he is away from home he will have a desire to gravitate toward his core beliefs. Most adolescents’ hearts soften while they are away from home and they have a desire to please their parents and make appropriate choices.
The youth of today are bombarded with pressure from their friends. With the acceptance of premarital sex, occasional use of marijuana and social drinking it is no wonder that our kids are behaving the way they are. Some youth not only receive pressure from their friends but parents sometimes send the wrong signal to their children. One parent shared that he on occasion had smoked marijuana with his son. If a parent is abusing substances, their children will usually be aware of this fact and consider it acceptable to do likewise. It is hard for a parent that is using drugs to tell his child that they can not use them.