- What Is a Military School?
- History of Military Schools
- Daily Life at Military School
- Military School Discipline
- Why Military Schools?
- Who Are They For?
- Who Are They Not For?
- Alternatives to Military Schools
- Is Your Teen in Trouble?
- Military School Lingo
- Military Prep Schools
- Helpful Resources
- Articles on Teen Issues
What Is a Military Boot Camp?
Boot camps are short-term versions of military-style programs, usually largely physical in nature with very little if any therapy. Many boot camps have earned bad reputations because of harsh physical requirements.
There is a big difference between a boot camp and a therapeutic outdoor program. Parents should thoroughly investigate any program before enrolling a child. Does the program have therapists on staff? What is the clinical approach? How do they measure progress (phases or levels)?
If they are just bringing kids in, marching them through a program, then sending them home, you most likely will not see lasting change in your adolescent. Programs that have primarily a therapeutic approach integrated into the wilderness experience tend to have much higher success rates.
The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Industry Council has conducted neutral studies of effectives of outdoor (wilderness ) therapy programs. You can visit their site here: OBHIC
Fast Facts About Adolescents
Despite impressive declines over the past decade, the United States still has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births in the Western industrialized world. Teen pregnancy costs the United States at least $7 billion annually.