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Boot Camps for Boys in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Boot Camps in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania Can Help Troubled Teens, if They Are Like Gateway Boys Academy

Are you trying to find boot camps close to Upper Darby, Pennsylvania to straighten out a defiant teen? Find out how boot camps can help troubled teens and look at how Gateway’s program may be even more effective for your teen.

boot camps with caring staffIf your teen shows deliberate disregard for authority, constantly displays defiant behavior, gets into regular and increasing trouble with the law, and shows no cooperation in school, perhaps a boot camp will help bring him back to his senses. 

Boot Camps in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania Can Help At-Risk Boys Learn to Respect Authority

Popular conception gives military schools, especially boot camps, a reputation for making rebellious teens get back on the straight and narrow path. In truth, in several positive ways, boot camps can help troubled teens. Boot camps give a crash course in discipline, personal integrity and respect for authority. Programs like these can send a powerful message to a teen who might otherwise ruin his life with crime. For the ones who respond well to 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 self-defeating habits, to more manageable behavior. But those bad attitudes often return.

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

Although boot camps can help troubled teens in some cases, most teenage issues run much deeper than they appear on the surface and may only be symptoms of other emotional problems. Boot camps focus entirely on forcing compliance; they do not offer the therapy to help teens deal with the true root issues. For teens with anxiety, depression, drug or alcohol use, low self-esteem, emotional disorders, and in fact most types of rebellious behavior, the strict discipline of the 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 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on their own will not deal with family concerns but simply return a somewhat more respectful teen to the same home situation in which he was struggling. Boys who attend boot camps are more likely to return to old habits.  In fact, boot camps in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 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 style with the therapeutic component of a therapeutic boarding school. Gateway, in the Panhandle of Florida, is a Christian program that has worked with – and brought restoration to- struggling teenage boys and their families from cities all across the country for well over 20 years. Struggling teenage boys from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and other places receive an accredited education, counseling and teaching, instruction in military drill and history, and the discipline for which boot camps are respected. Gateway offers staff that care deeply about each student. Gateway is a military-style school that includes several 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.
  • Counseling, to help teens work through issues and replace harmful patterns with healthy new habits.
  • Family restoration 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 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, 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 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania:
Upper Darby Township is a home rule township bordering West Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Although it retains the term “Township” in its legal name, presumably for historic reasons, it is the largest municipality of any type in Delaware County rule. Upper Darby is also home to the Tower Theater, a historic music venue on 69th street built in the 1920s. Upper Darby’s population is diverse, representing over 100 ethnic cultures located within its densely populated, rowhouse streets. It is Pennsylvania’s sixth most populous municipality.
Located just 2.8 miles from Center City, many of Upper Darby’s residents work in Center City . Upper Darby houses the western terminus of the Market-Frankford Line of the SEPTA mass transit system of Philadelphia, with the location at 69th street in the heart of Upper Darby’s principal business district. Multiple trolley and bus lines connect the 69th Street Terminal to all major SEPTA lines of Philadelphia.
Upper Darby is 65% residential, 25% commercial, and 8% other. As of the 2010 census, the township had a total population of 82,795. Because of a home-rule charter adopted in 1974 and effective in 1976, Upper Darby utilizes a mayor-council form of management, unlike communities that are still under the Pennsylvania Township Code. (“First Class” townships in Pennsylvania have a board of commissioners divided into wards, and “Second Class” townships having a board of supervisors, which are usually elected “at-large”.)

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