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.