Dan dropped out of school, and developed a lifetime habit of self-destruction. He had brief periods where he would try to turn things around. The moments of clarity, there would be amends made, and signs of hope but they were brief. And then, he would drop back into his pattern even further and angrier than the time before, more depressed and more dysfunctional.
Gone were the meaningful dialogues between father and son. In its place now was deception, lies and a hunger to feed a lifestyle that was totally out of control. When he couldn't manipulate his dad, he then tried working him through me. Dan had a sweet heart but he didn't let it guide his choices. Inside, he needed help, and yet refused to go get it. His father loved him enough to step aside and not be part of the problem by only giving him money. His dad wanted to only give money to Dan if it was used as part of the solution, e.g. counseling, education. Their love was mutual, but the communication was gone. Only Dan had the power to change and we prayed it would happen.
We quickly learned that this is not a camp that just barks orders. They teach teens to take responsibility for their actions, while learning tools for life. They do a series of hands-on, group based activities that teach goal setting, trust, communication, doing hard things, depending on, and working with others, and how to respect themselves, and authority. The teens are shown where they are heading based on the choices that they are making. The teens will gain new levels of self-esteem as well as respect for others. The program is tough, physically, but also mentally. It really gets the teens to examine their choices and behavior, and where it will get them. Too many teens lack motivation, make up rules as they go, and live in the moment. Midcourse is designed to wake these teens up, and get them on the right path, and prevent as many of these Dan stories as they can. Most of the teens that attend camp are forever changed.
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