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Boot Camps for Boys in Seffner, Florida

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

Are you looking into boot camps in or around Seffner, Florida to deal with a rebellious teen? See how boot camps can help troubled teens and learn about how Gateway’s program may prove even more beneficial for your teen.

boot camps with caring staffIf your teen exhibits unashamed disregard for authority, unceasingly displays oppositional behavior, gets into frequent and increasing trouble with the law, and lacks cooperation in school, perhaps a boot camp can help improve your troubled teen

Boot Camps in Seffner, Florida Can Help At-Risk Boys Learn to Respect Authority

Popular conception gives military academies, especially boot camps, a reputation for making errant teens into respectable young citizens. In fact, there are several positive ways in which boot camps can help troubled teens. Boot camps offer a crash course in discipline, personal responsibility and respect 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 respond well to it, boot camps can give them a new understanding of the consequences of their actions. For some teens, boot camps can initially help them move from self-defeating habits, to more manageable 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 adolescent issues are more complicated than they appear on the surface and may only be symptoms of other emotional problems. Boot camps rely entirely on modifying behavior; they do not include the therapeutic support to help teens address the true underlying issues. For teens exhibiting anxiety, depression, drug use, poor self-esteem, emotional disorders, and in fact most types of rebellious behavior, the strict discipline of the boot camp environment may prove counterproductive instead, if it isn’t set up in a way that the discipline is coupled with Christian love and support.

Most boot camps in Seffner, Florida fail to solve deeper issues but simply return a somewhat more compliant 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 Seffner, Florida are 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 approach with the therapeutic component of a therapeutic boarding school. Gateway, in the Panhandle of Florida, is a Christian program that has helped – and brought restoration to- struggling teenage boys and their families from locations all across the nation for well over 20 years. Struggling teenage boys from Seffner, Florida and other places benefit from an accredited academic program, counseling and teaching, instruction in 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 includes a number of critical 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 focus, to help teens find the true source of lasting heart change.
  • Mentoring, to help teens work through problems and replace destructive patterns with healthy new habits.
  • 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 Seffner, 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 Seffner, Florida:
Seffner is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,467 at the 2000 census, although its ZIP codes , which boundaries extend beyond the ones given by the census and include the places of Mango and a portion of Thonotosassa, have a population of around 35,000.
Approximately 15 miles east of downtown Tampa, Seffner serves as a suburban haven for commuters. Characterized by towering live oak trees, strawberry farms and pristine lakes, this small town has been growing rapidly. Upscale, gated subdivisions now dot the once rural landscape.

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