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Extreme Brat Camp

Extreme Brat Camp

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The idea of sending your child away to a “behavioural modification camp” sounds like something out of a dystopian teen movie. Well, you can see where the writers of dystopian teen movies get their ideas when you gather the scale of the US industry profiled in this True Stories doc.

The “child intervention” business is reported to be worth $2 billion with more than 1,000 private facilities dotted across the United States. Parents pack their troubled children off to one of these “brat camps”, often against their will, in an attempt to make them behave (or conform), but there are concerns about the standard of some camps and the possibility of widespread abuse.


The American `child intervention industry' is worth in excess of $2billion, with more than 1,000 private facilities devoted to turning troubled kids' lives around. But while the idea of sending misbehaving youngsters to a residential facility where they will be instilled with a sense of discipline may sound appealing to frazzled parents, the system does have its critics. This True Stories documentary takes a look at the beliefs and ambitions behind these camps, and discovers their ideologies could come as a shock to British parents. The programme also finds that while many courses are well-run, there are also fears that with no federal body to regulate and monitor the industry, some could potentially be open to poor standards and even abuse.

Cast & Crew

Director Andrew Parkin
Executive Producer Dinah Lord


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