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There's No Mission Statement or Objective
Did You Know?

Juvenile boot camps are specialized programs that put troubled and at-risk teens through military-like training. The camps' objective is to foster a sense of belonging and self-worth to break patterns of destructive behavior, though the success rates of such programs are heavily disputed.

Summer camps are often like little melting pots, with children and adolescents arriving from all over the country -- or even all over the world. Socializing with a diverse body of campers will give your child a positive experience and open her mind to new ideas and cultures. That's if you pick the right camp.

Some camps are more like boarding houses for delinquents. You may be sending away your kid to gain valuable experiences, but other parents just want a few weeks away from their little hellions. Although no counselor or administrator is going to admit that about the camp's regular attendees, a little investigation can go a long way.

Ask yourself a few important questions. How expensive is the camp? It's unfortunate, but some of the most affordable camps may be frequented by children with more aberrant patterns of behavior than your child is used to. Read some online reviews. What did other children think of the camp? You can also tell a lot by the state of the camp and the attitude of its employees. If you or your child aren't treated with respect or aren't impressed by what you see, look elsewhere.

Remember, your child is going to be spending a lot of time at this place and with these people -- explore all your options before making a final decision.

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