Boot camps for out of control teenagers

Updated July 19, 2017

Teenagers can be tough for parents to raise, because they're half kid and half adult. A boot camp may help out-of-control teens become disciplined. Your teen may not want to withstand the rigours of a boot-camp routine, but you can tell him or her that you are doing this because of love. Select a boot-camp program that best fits your teen's needs. There are many boot camps around, along with alternative choices.


An out-of-control teenager is someone who uses drugs, wants to run away, wants to commit suicide or is skipping school constantly, along many other behavioural problems. These teens are at risk for health problems and emotional problems if they're not taken care of properly.


Boot camps for troubled teens deal with a myriad issues, ranging from teens with anger outbursts to teenagers who are pregnant. Boot camps can help discipline a teen who has the following issues: drinking alcohol, skipping school, stealing, staying out all night without permission, sexual behaviour inside and outside home, violence or lack of respect.


Military-style boot camps can push teens too far because of the extreme physical exertion. Personnel at boot camps have been reported for abusing teenagers under their care.


There are alternatives to boot camps such as military schools, boarding schools and escapes into the wilderness. Those options may be better for troubled teens who need long-term discipline, which is not available at boot camps because they usually last 18 months at the longest. Red Cliff Ascent Wilderness Treatment Program (1-800-898-1244) in Utah is an example of a wilderness escape that may benefit your teenager.


It is important to decide what programs best fit your teen's needs. Teachers, judges, your friends and doctors can help you make the decision with your teen.

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