There are some services which exist simply to help parents find the right type of camp for their teen. You need only have to tell them they type of issue or issues which are casing your teen trouble and they will do the rest.
Or you can do your own searching. By putting the right words into the search engine, you will get many pages of sites which tell you about the camps for at-risk youth. Then you need to start asking questions.
Finding the camps is only the first step. Discovering what they offer and how good they are is your next vital mission. Have a list of questions prepared and ask for as much information as possible.
Another method is to find the parents of other troubled teens and discover what treatments they have used. There are chat rooms online – there’s that internet domination again – in which parents of troubled teens pose questions. What can I do about my son or daughter? He or she is running around with a wild group of kids. That is a typical example. On many chat rooms there will then follow comments and replies from parents who have been through that experience.
Many will talk about a certain camp to which their child was sent. Often it will include high praise for the camp because of the profound change in the life of their troubled teen who is now troubled no more.
Your local youth worker, family doctor or church are all other possible sources of information. Youth workers, who are dealing with teens all the time, will certainly know of local camps for at-risk youth. They will be only too happy to tell you what is available and the reports they have heard re success rates. Contact your local government office for details of their resident youth workers.
Your family doctor will have dealt with teenage problems such as drinking, drugs and depression. He or she will know specialists who work with troubled and at-risk teens. They in turn will know of camps for your child.
And members of the churches in your area too will often have a youth worker or a youth minister who could easily recommend a particular camp.
Remember the secret to helping your teen is not to find any youth camp but rather a camp which will directly address the cause of your teen’s troubles. Being at-risk can mean many things. Determine the problems and then find the camp or camps which will best benefit your loved family member.
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