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Looking for a boot camp to help your troubled teen near Bellingham, Washington?

Are you looking for a boot camp as the solution for your troubled teen?  We have to admit that sometimes teens from Bellingham, Washington respond to a boot camp experience. The kids that do well at a boot camp are younger (preteens), and usually strong-willed and disrespectful. However, if your child has serious mental health issues (drug addiction, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADD or ADHD, Aspergers, learning disorders, etc) boot camps DO NOT WORK.  The idea behind boot camps is the military style discipline (screaming, yelling, intense exercise, punishment and reward).  With younger rebellious kids this setting might work, and again it might not.  We do know that this approach does not work with kids with serious therapeutic issues. If you want professional coaching about your options near Bellingham, Washington, call and speak with our Family Advocates.  We can help you find an affordable option to a boot camp.

Military-like boot camps in Bellingham, Washington can work with defiant or willfully rebellious child (as a wake up call), but they generally do not create long-lasting behavioral changes.  With kids with therapeutic issues the boot camp experience can actually create long-term hostility and resentment toward parents and other authority (it can damage them).  If your child is struggling with mental health problems related to behavior, emotions, and academics, they need a caring therapeutic setting, not a boot camp.  We help parents discover affordable options that work.  For help from our Family Advocates call 866-439-4818.  Let us help you find the perfect solution near Bellingham, Washington for your teen's specific issues.

 

 

 

Boot Camps near Bellingham, Washington for Troubled Teens & Heart Change

Parents of troubled teenagers from Bellingham, Washington are looking for a “heart change” with their struggling child. The goal of the boot camp experience is to help young people understand the consequences of “choice” (personal accountability and self-driven submission to authority).  Moreover, boot camps near Bellingham, Washington attempt to instill emotional intelligence, humility, discipline, submission to authority, and service toward others. Campers who complete boot camps realize that they are in control of their choices, and they need to take responsibility for their actions.  Furthermore, campers learn that they can no longer act as “victims”. Hopefully, boys and girls come to realize that they have led themselves into the situation they are in, good or bad. They either create success through multiple positive decisions over a period of time, or they create resistance, loss, and regret and are held accountable by authorities through a system of punishment (courts, parents, teachers, etc.).

How to bring about "heart change" through a boot camp experience

  • Staff must have a true compassion to help teens
  • Staff develop ongoing mentorship relationships after the boot camp
  • Renewed focus on academics, athletics, employment
  • Ongoing leadership development as a part of aftercare
  • Connection with community service
  • Restoration of a faith-based connection

Wisdom Quotes: Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. Bruce Lee

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw

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