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Boot Camps in Holiday, Florida Can Help Troubled Teens, if They Are Like Gateway Boys Academy

Are you looking for boot camps near Holiday, Florida to straighten out a defiant teen? Read on to see how boot camps can help troubled teens and look at how Gateway’s program may be even more successful for your teen.

boot camps with caring staffIf your teen shows unashamed disregard for authority, constantly displays defiant behavior, gets into regular and escalating disturbances with the law, and lacks cooperation in school, perhaps a boot camp will help bring him back to his senses. 

Boot Camps in Holiday, Florida Can Help Troubled Teens Learn to Respect Authority

Public opinion gives military schools, especially boot camps, a reputation for making wayward teens get back on the straight and narrow path. As a matter of fact, in several positive ways, boot camps can help troubled teens. Boot camps offer a crash course in discipline, personal integrity and regard for authority. Programs like these can send a wake-up call to a teen who might otherwise ruin his life with crime. For those who are shaped by it, boot camps can give them a new understanding of the consequences of their actions. For some individuals, boot camps can initially help them move from unhealthy habits, to more appropriate behavior. But those bad attitudes often return.

boot camp alternativeBoot Camps Can Help Troubled Boys Change their Behavior, But Many Teen Issues Go Beyond the Behavior

Even though boot camps can help troubled teens in some cases, most teenage issues are much more complex than they seem on the surface and are often only symptoms of other issues. Boot camps rely entirely on forcing compliance; they do not include the therapy to help teens resolve the true underlying issues. For teens displaying anxiety, depression, drug use, poor self-esteem, emotional disorders, and in fact most forms of rebellious behavior, the stressful boot camp environment may prove harmful instead, if it isn’t set up in a way that the discipline is coupled with Christian love and support.

Most boot camps in Holiday, Florida on their own will not deal with family communication issues but simply return a somewhat more respectful teen to the same home environment in which he was struggling. Boys who attend boot camps are more likely to return to old habits.  In fact, boot camps in Holiday, Florida are typically a short-term solution at best, and may be harmful to the teen at worst. Sadly, teens often revert to past behavior after returning home from short-term boot camps, because the length of the program doesn’t instill the attitude changes as a habit in their life.

Gateway’s Boot Camp-Like Program, Plus It’s Ongoing Behavioral Support are Designed to Turn Around Troubled Boys

boarding school with boot campIf you find that a traditional short-term boot camp is not the best choice for your teen, but you still like the idea of what a boot camp teaches, Gateway an alternative that combines the benefits of the military style with the therapeutic input of a therapeutic boarding school. Gateway, located in the Panhandle of Florida, is a Christian program that has helped thousands of struggling teenage boys and their families from cities all across the country for well over 20 years. Struggling teenage boys from Holiday, Florida and other places benefit from an accredited academic program, counseling and teaching, an introduction to military drill and history, and the discipline for which boot camps are respected. Gateway offers a  compassionate staff that cares deeply about each teen. Gateway is a military-style school that features a number of important components that are typically absent from boot camps. Those include: 

  • Caring staff and mentors who provide positive role models and individual mentorship, not simply breaking teens down.
  • Biblical teaching and spiritual emphasis, to help teens find the true source of lasting heart change.
  • Counseling, to help teens work through problems and replace self-destructive patterns with healthy new choices.
  • Family healing through Biblical instruction and seminars for parents and families.

Boot camps can help troubled teens if they are coupled with a longer term mentoring program like what Gateway offers. We invite you to look beyond Holiday, Florida, for what may be the best situation your boy…a program with a boot camp element, but also ongoing instruction and mentoring for a longer period of  time.

Gateway is Located in the Panhandle of Florida. Boys Come to Gateway from Around the Country. Call Us!

More about boot camps for boys in or near Holiday, Florida:
Holiday , is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pasco County, Florida, United States. It is a suburb included in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 21,904 at the 2000 census.
The name Holiday, like the names of many towns, comes from a spark of marketing inspiration. At a board meeting of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Tarpon Springs on Oct. 13, 1966, members discussed naming the new branch of the bank as the Holiday branch, since the post office had a substation on Holiday Drive nearby. In November 1967, board members suggested to local builders and newspaper reporters that future events in the area be referred to as occurring in Holiday. The bank gave away 1000 license plates for the front of automobiles reading Holiday Florida (Gloria Focht in WPH).

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