Parents of troubled teens often have one thing in mind when they start considering a juvenile boot camp “Give me a break.” And a mental break from the emotional ups and downs of dealing with a troubled teen do have benefits, but there are many more benefits to choosing a reputable teen boot camp. Increased sense of responsibility that comes from a communal living atmosphere, self discipline that comes from truly caring about the effects of their actions, and the positive attitude of empowerment that come from making positive life goals and working toward them. These are the things that can transform an entire family, and just some of the benefits of a juvenile boot camp.Living in an environment with other teens, creating relationships with their peers and with counselors and teachers creates an interesting social dynamic that our culture often can’t duplicate. In a boarding school boot camp, in addition to relating to peers and adults through organized activities and group projects, there are nightly group conversations, similar to a big dinner table, only instead of avoiding issues, in favor of smalltalk, teens are encouraged to vent the emotions of the day and deal with each others differing perspectives in a constructive manner. Teens are given the communication tools they need to express themselves, and to respond to the emotions of others. Can you imagine hearing your teen tell another “Hey man, you’re always leaving dirty socks on the floor.”Another benefit of boot camps is that teens develop an inner sense of responsibility because they are an important member of a community. Through large cooperative projects, and the menial tasks of everyday life, it’s important to feel like what you’re doing matters. Often, teens in otherwise happy homes end up feeling like their contributions are trivial. In an effort to create relaxing homes for our children we sometimes accidentally create a negative environment where we don’t really “need” their contributions. Teens who could possibly be very responsible and lend a lot to the family end up feeling hopeless and they don’t even realize why. These are sometimes the teens that run away or engage in daredevil behavior, because they don’t know what else to do with that energy, or that desire to have an impact upon their world.
Setting positive life goals and feeling empowered to reach those goals is another benefit to a boot camp boarding school. With counselors, teachers and peers all aware of your teens goals and aspirations, they end up developing decision making skills in a bubble of support that gives them the strength to deal with the real world. Let’s face it, society sometimes expects teens to be troublesome and naughty. Experiencing life surrounded by supportiveness can help give teens a boost in the right direction. Having supportive parents is one thing, but having the support of peers and other adults really inspires a spirited teen to make good decisions and stick with them.
Aside from the feeling of relief that comes from knowing your child is safe and that you’re not going to have to listen to attitude for a few days, families who are looking into boot camps for their troubled teens can also look forward to a transformation in the relationships based upon actual respectfulness, positive decision making and healthy emotional communication. A reputable teen boot camp focuses on the individual needs of each student with counselors, teachers and peers all working together to build a positive future for your family.
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