Alternatives to Boot Camps for Kids

With intervention and commitment you can give your child
a second chance at success ... for happiness ... for life.

Critical Note Regarding Boot Camps for Kids: Before ANY other intervention options are implemented for troubled teen kids we recommend a FREE placement consultation with "Parent and Teen Resources." These professionals have more experience in carefully placing kids into intervention services than the overwhelming majority of those who work in this industry. They personall know professionals in the residential treatment care industry. They are intimately familiar with the operation of residential treatment programs. They know the strengths and the vast weaknesses of residential programs (especially boot camps for kids). "Mis-Placement" of a teen into a "Boot Camp for Kids" can be a waste of money and time, and MAY result in the loss of your child. Before you throw your money into residential treatment take an honest look at working with "Parent and Teen Resources" to help you find the right placement for your teen.

To Make a Placement Inquiry
Read Below, then follow the "Please Help Me Now!" link on the right


    Does Your Child/Teen Struggle With the Following?

  • Family Conflict, Argumentative, Abusive
  • Blatant Disregard for Rules
  • Can't Accept "No" For an Answer
  • Abrupt Changes in Personality
  • Never at Fault
  • Uncontrollable Anger - Poor Emotional Control
  • Can't Accept Feedback
  • Manipulative - Pits Adults Against Each Other
  • Lying - Stealing - Sneaky Behavior
  • Lack of Motivation - Lazy - No Goals
  • "I hate you," attitude
  • "You can't make me," attitude
  • Substance Abuse (Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drugs)
  • School Problems (Poor Grades, Suspensions)
  • Runs Away or AWOL
  • Poor Choice of Friends
  • Defiant and Oppositional (ODD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD)
  • Low Self Esteem or Low Self Image
  • Fighting or Intimidating Others

    Does Your Family Need the Following?

  • Peace from Constant Chaos
  • Discipline Training for Kids
  • Respect Training for Kids
  • Healthy Relationships for Kids
  • Coping with Grief or Loss
  • Coping with Emotional Disorders
  • Coping with Learning Disorders
  • Coping with Depression
  • Coping with Trauma or Stress
  • Parenting Troubled Teens
  • Helping Kids Oppose Drugs
  • Helping Kids Say No to Alcohol
  • Finding the Right Therapist
  • Understanding Boot Camps and Programs
  • Sexual Responsibility for Teens
  • Overcoming Adoption Issues
  • Working with Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Confronting Eating Disorders
  • Learning to Set Limits & Boundaries
  • Setting Achievable Academic Goals

If your child is struggling with any of these issues, get help now.
Call us to help with placement in a residential program that is BETTER than a Boot Camp for Kids.*


You should understand that Parent and Teen Resources DOES NOT recommend Boot Camps for Kids. In fact, we are fairly certain that such residential programs are a waste of time and money. And when it comes to helping a wayward child, time and money are critical resources that should not be wasted. Boot Camps for Kids provide a lot of hype, as witnessed on television programs that make them seem like "the" answer for troubled kids. They are NOT the answer. There are many more options that are, from our perspective, far more effective. Although you may feel your child needs to be "punished," inappropriately placing him into a Boot Camp for Kids (or similar residential service) is likely to punish both of you: You'll spend your money, he'll do his time, and you won't get a refund when he reverts to the same, if not worse behaviors than he had before. Do your research. Learn about better options. We have them. With a little insight you can find what you need.

Does Your Child Need a Boot Camp for Kids?

Often when teens struggle with the numerous issues they face in today's society they become, frankly, quite unpleasant. Thousands of families throughout the country have felt that the best way to get their troubled kids back on track is to send them to boot camps for kids. The idea is to both "straighten them out" and to legally punish them in the most painful way possible. However, unreported in both the media and from these programs is the fact that there is very little statistical evidence that boot camps for kids have a long-term impact on the success of the child. In fact, there is mounting evidence that they are both ineffective and in many cases detrimental.
But there are other options to boot camps for kids. InsightPros is here to help.


What are Boot Camps for Kids?

Boot Camps for Kids are correctional programs for delinquent kids which maintain a military-style environment. These programs typically emphasize discipline and physical conditioning, and were developed as a rigorous alternative to longer terms of confinement in juvenile correctional facilities. Many, but not all, of these programs are followed by a period of probation or some form of aftercare. Boot Camps for Kids are generally restricted to non-violent or first-time offenders.

The idea of "shock incarceration" as an intense, low-cost alternative to more in-depth programming brought about the establishment of military-style Boot Camps for Kids.

Are Boot Camps for Kids Effective? Experts agree that a confrontational approach to teen problems is often inappropriate. Most correctional and military experts agree that a confrontational model, employing tactics of intimidation and humiliation, is counterproductive for most kids. The use of this kind of model has led to disturbing incidents of abuse. For kids with emotional, behavioral, or learning problems, degrading tactics may be particularly inappropriate and potentially damaging. The bullying style and aggressive interactions that characterize the boot camp environment fail to model the pro-social behavior and development of empathy that these kids really need to learn.

Positive changes demonstrated while in boot camps for kids may not last when a youth returns to his/her community. Many kids report that the program is helpful, and that they feel more positive about their futures. It is unclear, however, whether these attitudes persist after kids leave boot camps, or whether they are related to actual changes in behavior once a teen returns to his community. Without significant therapeutic intervention while in the program, as well as specialized aftercare following release, boot camps have been consistently unsuccessful in "changing" kids.

What are the alternatives to boot camps for kids? Kids who need some form of treatment care require an individualized approach that takes their strengths and needs into account. Programs and policies should be family-centered, including the family in all decision making about a child, as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate. Research has shown that small, family-centered programs are more effective than boot camps in the long term.

You have made the right choice in seeking help. The next step is to contact us. We have vast experience in the treatment care industry. We have worked in the industry. We have lived in the industry. We have seen what works ...... and what doesn't.

Get Immediate TEEN HELP. We will inform you. Take advantage of our knowledge and insight. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

To inquire regarding placement in a residential program that is NOT a Boot Camp for Kids, complete the contact form found through the link above. To call us regarding placement in a TEEN PROGRAM follow the link, then use the number on the contact page.*

* The toll-free placement number and the contact form provided on this site to assist with residential placement both result in inquiries being directed to "Parent and Teen Resources," an independent organization from the organizations operated by the owners of InsightPros.Com and StrongModel.Com (InsightPros). "Parent and Teen Resources" is bound by law and by the InsightPros Privacy Policy to guarantee the confidentiality and security of your information. This teen help phone number as well as the contact form are provided for the convenience of, and a resource to our site visitors. All data passed through the form is directly transferred to a secure database, rather than through email. Both the technological and the human resources of this service are provided to you "as is" without express or implied warranty of any kind. InsightPros does NOT receive any "per placement" or "commission-based" remuneration for placements made by "Parent and Teen Resources" in any treatment program. "Parent and Teen Resources" is one among many advertisers on the InsightPros sites who fulfills their purpose by providing site users with additional resources, and may or may not assist you with placement in boot camps for kids. You agree, by using either the placement phone number or the contact form on this site, to indemnify, defend and hold InsightPros.Com and its owners harmless from and against any losses, claims, liabilities, damages, costs or expense of any kind (including reasonable attorneys' fees) which arise out of, relate to or are in any way connected with "Parent and Teen Resources" and any actual or alleged acts or omissions by "Parent and Teen Resources," its employees, agents and representatives.