The good news is there are so many programs for at-risk youth that you are almost certain to find something which will work for your teen.
A great aspect of places like wilderness camps is that the programs and facilities are always available to parents seeking support. You can go online and look at photos of the venue. You can read the details of the courses they run and find out almost anything there is to know about the facility.
In addition, these camps provide a comprehensive question and answer service to all prospective clients using telephone and email. You would do well to make a list of all the questions you have before you make contact. Your teen’s well-being is far too important to choose the wrong camp. Know the problems your teen faces, know the needs of your teen and then list your questions accordingly.
So what sorts of programs are available?
Well outdoor activities are a main feature of many camps. There’s no sitting around getting bored. Residents eat a well-balanced and healthy diet and then get outside, often in the wilderness, for some well-planned and highly beneficial programs.
Thelearn many skills such as lighting a fire without matches, cooking the meals in the wilderness, taking responsibility, breathing lots of fresh pollution-free air and generally having a tough but a fine time.
Just the location can be a real boost for your child. The beauty of nature may not have previously registered with many city-bound kids. Out in the wilderness the teens get to commune with nature, observe the wildlife and tackle challenging physical tasks which really build their self-confidence and their muscles!
At-risk youth need therapy. They need counseling and this can only be given by a trained professional. The main thrust of any special camp for troubled teens is the therapy program. It’s a daily routine with solo and group sessions. Try and find a program which specifically addresses the problems faced by your teen.
Look for as much normality in the program as possible. While your child may spend weeks or even months on a camp, they will eventually return home. Being away doesn’t mean their academic studies are put aside. Make sure the programs include a healthy dose of normal school activities and that the academic studies will be accepted when the student returns to their previous school.
Schools for at-risk youth are many and most have a high reputation. But they are not all the same and the programs they offer are one way to distinguish between the many venues.
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