About Face Youth Camp

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Checked May 15, 2012
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About Face Youth Camp is behavior modification facility located on 5786 New Way Home Road Connelly Springs, North Carolina 28612.

It is marketed as a boot camp styled summer camp. They offer summer programs lasting a month and a winter camp session.

They offer programs for both girls and boys aged 8 to 17, but the camps are gender separated.


Program structure

The offer 3 kind of programs:

  • Summer Boot Camps: Each program session is 30 days. Each team is max. 30 teenagers.
  • Winter Boot Camps: Each program session is 14 days. Each team is max. 30 teenagers.
  • 3 day one-on-one boot camp session in the home of the teenager.

In the news

  • In 2000 the camp was closed for a while due to a complaint about a boy, who was handcuffed on and off for three days. This incident reveiled that the camp was not properly licensed and they had to apply for a new license before reopening [1]. An article describe the conditions in 2000 as [2]:
A highly publicized boot camp in Burke County, North Carolina, operated by a former US marine, was closed in June 2000 after social workers substantiated an allegation that a camper was handcuffed for three days and officials determined that the facility was providing foster care without a license.

The camp received nationwide attention thanks to more than ten appearances on the Jenny Jones television talk-show by its founder, former marine Raymond Moses. Kids from as far away as California were sent to the camp. The youngsters slept outside in two-person tents surrounded by a chain-link fence. The girls had bathrooms, but the boys did not. The camp had no license and was subject to no government oversight.
  • The facility has also been used as entertainment in relationship with various episodes on the Jenny Jones TV-shows[3]
  • In 2001 a boy attending the camp was arrested on charges of theft [4].

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  1. Child handcuffed for three days--Boot Camp For Troubled Kids Closed, Associated Press, June 16 2000 (Reprint from Project Nospank)
  2. 14-year-old dies in Arizona, latest casualty of "boot camps", By David Walsh, World Socialist Web Site, 6 July 2001
  3. Jenny Jones shows:
    Episode: Caught on Tape: Out of Control Kids Busted at Home!
    Episode: Kid, Your Discipline Is Lackin'! It's Time for Boot Camp, So Start Packin'!
    Episode: My Kid Has No Pop. Please Make the Wild and Violent Episodes Stop!
    Episode: Operation Boot Camp: 'Help Me Get Control of My Pre-Teen Son!'
    Episode: Operation Boot Camp: 'Son, You Need Discipline in Your Life!'
  4. Youth from "About Face" Boot Camp Charged, Burke County Sheriff Office
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