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Summer Program for Troubled Teen Boys and Girls

There are many types of Troubled Teens summer programs. The First Troubled Teen Camps held by Frederick W. Gunn in 1861. Mr. W. Gunn and his wife named Abigail operated a home school for boys in Washington. The Frederick W. Gunn operated the Gunnery Camp for twelve more years.

Is yourtroubled teen enough to go to a housing summer program? While age is a factor, it is surely not the only factor. If a child has never spent time away from home without parents, a journey away to a strange environment for two weeks may be too difficult.

If you would like to give a less mature child an experience at a residential camp, be sure you plan for the child to take brief excursions away from home alone before the summer program begins. Residential and non-residential summer programs provide different kinds of opportunities.

Kids at residential programs will often meet a more diverse group of students representing a wide range of geographic and experiential backgrounds. They are also more likely to engage in a wider range of activities that offer opportunities for social development and lasting friendships.

Non-residential summer programs are usually less luxurious and may provide activities in local community institutions, such as museums or public schools, which cannot support residential programs.

Some troubled teen summer programs are structured around classes and predetermined activities for children; other programs are largely independent study or mentor ships requiring a high level of independence, self-motivation, and blame. Knowing your child ability and level of comfort with independence is critical in making an appropriate choice of program.

There are several sources of information that will help you find out about the quality of the programs offered. Many programs offer schedules, course descriptions, etc. Program directors and the teaching staff should be willing to share the set of courses and the instructional strategies used. While they may revise instructional contributions from year to year, examples from past years will be helpful. Talking to students who have attended in the past is very useful. And one great indication is how many children go back regularly and even return to be counselors and teachers.
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