Also known as teen wilderness camps, therapeutic residential camps, or troubled teen camps, teen boot camps are popular intervention methods for treating struggling boys and girls. These camps are specialized in providing therapeutic help to teenagers suffering from various emotional and psychological problems, including:
- Anger and defiance
- Anxiety and depression
- ADD and ADHD
- Delayed developmental disorder
- Lack of motivation and self-esteem
- Manic–depressive disorder
- Poor academic achievement
- Running Away
- Substance Abuse
- Trauma-related issues
- Weight disorder issues
There are many troubled teen intervention programs all over the United States, especially in California and Oregon. Here are the best two:
Family 1st boot camp is a troubled teen boot camp located in Pasadena, California. It offers an intervention program designed for troubled teens having difficulties in taking control of their lives.
Family 1st’s program has 2 different stages. The GROWTH stage is a 6 month program where participants are helped in conquering their weaknesses and where they are taught to manage themselves better. After successful completion, the participants then proceed to the LEADERSHIP stage, where for the next 6 months they will learn various life skills such as leadership, teamwork, trust and respect in others, etc. and in doing so, they will prepare themselves in reintegrating back into their own communities.
Turning Winds Academic Institute
Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) is a therapeutic boarding school and wilderness camp located in Troy, Montana. It sits on a on a peaceful 150-acre land nearby a trout river where troubled boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 can find healing and growth.
Turning Winds is a leading therapeutic school in Montana. It is highly specialized in helping troubled teens and at-risk youth who are suffering from various emotional and psychological problems. It utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) combined with known clinical methods in order to deal with teenage problems. There are frequent counseling and therapy sessions performed by licensed therapists and camp counselors.
To ensure that its participants aren’t left behind, Turning Winds offers an academic program for high school and alternative college program through Brigham Young University (BYU) distance education program. The school is licensed to award a high school diploma accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and by National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA).