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Updated: 12/18/2009 6:41 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sometimes children don't always walk the straight and narrow. They get off track and wind up in trouble. But there's a program to help teens and their parents get back on track.  It's called Camp Consequence.

"I spoiled her. I messed her up. I broke her. I spoiled her and her behavior became so entitled and just nasty and wild," said parent Katie Devane. She's talking about her teenage daughter Sydney. She says it's hard to admit she messed up as a parent. "Tantrums, whining, throwing things, breaking things, screaming," said Davine about her daughter's behavior.

But both agree Camp Consequence really turned their lives around. "We did a lot of cleanup in the woods, cleaned up trails for the campers," said 13 year old Sydney Devane. "I had to have a set of consequences, rules and rewards," said Devane.

Camp Consequence isn't just to scare the bad out of kids. It's also to help parents get their kids under control.  Glenn Ellison is a former marine and started the program 9 years ago. "We're going to help them appreciate their moms and dads," said Ellison.

The kids and their parents spend the weekend in a secluded camp. Ellison just leased property at the Montgomery Correctional Center for a dollar a year from the city. Kids sleep in these tents. There's no cell phones, no tv, just a wide open land. They do a lot of work, and there's a lot of yelling. "It was pretty tough, having to do all the work, just non stop," said Sydney.

These families agree it whips families back into shape before kids get in trouble with the law. Sydney says she wouldn't want to go back.

The program costs 150 dollars for the weekend. It's only for children who have not been in the legal system.
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fedler8 - 12/18/2009 9:17 PM
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Way to go Mr. Glenn , keep it going , I remember a morning in church when my now 14yr old wanted to speak with you because he had an attitude/anger problem and after speaking that short time with you , he has been a total different person and that was over 5 yrs ago , he would make you proud now, we now have 6 kids , we have had 2 daughters since we attended church with yall , hope all is well with you and your family. Sincerely , Melissa & Aime Fedler

katiegd - 12/18/2009 8:29 PM
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Just to be clear, there is no yelling at Camp Consequence. Yelling isn't necesssary when there are clear expectations and consequences for behavior. Once parents take the Empowered Parents class, they know that yelling is ineffective and just creates larger gaps in communication. The class is for parents and teaches the techniques of effective discipline, communication and rewards. It costs $150. Camp Consequence comes after the class and is the wake up call to kids that the rules are changing and that their parents are committed to saving the family. It also gives the kids a clear view of how good they have it at home and that they should appreciate it more. Now that camp is at Montgomery Correctional, it also gives them a preview of what their future could be if they continue letting anger and impulsiveness run their decisions. Camp costs $50. I took the class a year and a half ago and my daughter and I took the camp 2 weeks later. The results were instant in our family. No more yelling, no defiance and no school referrals. Grades are awesome and we have happiness in our home. Now we attend camp strictly as volunteers to help new families just starting the journey.
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