Brat Camp, TV-show

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Brat Camp is a TV show about a group of teenagers suffering from various problems who are sent away to different behavior modification programs in the United States. Originally a UK show by Twenty Twenty Television shown on Channel 4, different versions have been made by American and German TV-channels.

Europe

Germany

Series 1 and 2

  • The German version is called Teenager außer Kontrolle (engl. Teenagers out of control) . The show was being broadcast on RTL
German Serie 1: Turn-about Ranch - Residential treatment center
Name Published problem[1].
Vanessa Alcohol issue, too much partying
Simon Drug issue, stealing from parent
Marvin Gang problem, alcohol issue
Gina Alcohol issue, alternative lifestyle issue (Punk subculture)
Gerrit Numerous accounts of malicious damage
Daniel Truant, not been at school for a year.
German Serie 2: Catherine Freer Wilderness Program
Name Published problem[2].
Andreas E. (15 years old) Serial buglar
David P. (17 years old) Drug issue
Dzeneta B. (15 years old) street fighter
Kevin O. (15 years old) Gang-member
Kurt Z. (16 years old) Political issue (Neo-nazi)
Pascal S. (17 years old) Drug dealer
Stacy G. (17 years old) High School drop-out
Vivien T. (16 years old) Runaway
  • After season 1 Aspen Education Group revealed in a job ad that children from Holland would also be in a show.[3]. The homepage of Turn-about did still include pages in German as of 2009.

Series 3 and 4

German Serie 3: Monarch Center for Family Healing - Wilderness program
Name Published problem[4]
Christina aka Chrissi (15 years old) LifeStyle issue (Punk subculture)
Kevin (16 years old) Being charged with assult, truancy
Jennifer (14 years old) Weak health by mother causing her to be too independent
Andreas (16 years old) Compulsive gambler
Linda (16 years old) Street fighter
Moritz (17 years old) Given up by his parents. Faces trial.
German Serie 4: Customized program based on the methods from Monarch Center for Family Healing - Wilderness program
Name Published problem[5]
Jana (13 years old) Aggressive, truancy
Kira (16 years old) homeless by own choice, truancy
Janine (14 years old) underachiever
Nathanael (16 years old) Gangster
Patrick (16 years old) Inflicted in various crimes (Was allowed to return to Germany to live his life in freedom after an escape attempt)
Robin (16 years old) Internet addiction disorder

Filming of season 3 did take place during the summer of 2008 at a wilderness program called Monarch Family Healing in
Colorado.It was broadcasted at RTL starting February, 2009 [6].

Season 4 was a customized program based on the experiences from Series 3. The parents were more involved this year. The show resulted in some criticism [7]

United Kingdom

There have been four UK series. WARNING: Information below contains spoilers.

Series 1

UK Series 1: Redcliff Ascent Wilderness Program (RCA) - Wilderness therapy
Name Published problem Comments
James Fonfé Drug issues Succesfully programmed (but the police don't like his car)
Fran Bradley Anger issue Succesfully programmed
Rachel Greenberg Alcohol issue Succesfully programmed
Charlie Mason Anger issue Was street fighting within some months
Tom Philips Drug issue Holiday period lasted only a few weeks.
Dan Leary Drug issue Succesfully programmed

Redcliff was asked to be part in a second round of Brat Camp, but declined because the presence of camera made it impossible for the staff to act as "normal".[8] In a interview years later James Fonfé accused the staff for trying to convince the parent to detain their children at a boarding school belonging to the same company and withholding the fact that their Visa's would run out in 90 days. He was not sure that the so-called treatment did work at all [9]

Series 2 and 3

UK Series 2: Turn-about Ranch - Residential treatment center
Name Published problem
Alex Parkins Alcohol issue
Joe Sheldrick Disobedience
Ed McAllister Drug issue, stealing from family caused by deaths in family
Jemma Henley Disobedience, shop lifter, expelled from 3 schools
Xanthe Laird Cannabis use, alcohol issue
Jenni Greevy Anger issue, domestic violence
Josh Melvin Drug issue
UK Series 3: Aspen Achievement Academy - Wilderness therapy
Name Published problem
Julia Krzyzanowska Drug issues
Georgie Turnbull-Atkinson Drug issues as well as run-ins with the law
Lydia Rowlands Drug issue as result of being victim for bullying
Lucy Tyson Anger issue
Danni Calardo-Thompson Running away from home, alcohol and drug-issue
Poppy Olsen Disobedience, acting spoilt, careless
Rosie Raven Truant, depressed as result of being victim of bullying

The third series followed a girls-only group with the principal activity being a single extended hike. This series aired from 8 February 2006 on Channel 4. In addition, Brat Camp Unseen, a half-hour show with additional footage, was aired on E4.

In 2011 it was revealed that Jemma Henley from the second serie had enjoyed a successful career in the modeling business to the teaching of morale ethics at the ranch [10]. Earlier Lydia Rowlands from the third serie had established herself as a dancer.

Series 4 and 5

UK Series 4: Aspen Family Camp, Idaho - Wilderness therapy
Name Published problem
Claire Sparrow
parents Dean and Sandy
Expelled from school
Amanda Kenny
parents Sandra and Bill
drinking, stealing from parents
Rebecca Paramor
parents Mandi and Mark
Drug issue
Benjamin Tait
parents Jennifer and Matthew
Anger Issue, Drug Abuse, Drinking, Expelled from school, Stealing
UK Series 5: Anasazi Wilderness Program, Arizona - Wilderness therapy
Name Published problem
Natasha Whitlock, mother Montana domestic problems caused by overindulgence [11]
Nicole Pear, mother Jackie foul-mouthing, anger management
Chloe Weeks, mother Helen drug and anger-issue
Laura Wardman, mother Del disobedience

The fourth series, Family Brat Camp, aired from 4 October 2006, and brings along the parents of the four children to make them take responsibility for their kids' behaviour at the SUWS wilderness program in Idaho.

In 2007 happy slappings of Benjamin Tait began to appear in larger numbers on Youtube [12]. The boy disappeared and at a point the police searched for him [13] He was later found safe [14]. He died 2009 [15]

The fifth UK version aired October 2007. According to a statement on Anasazi's homepage[16], a special 21-day version of their normal 42-day program is being developed for television, after which Twenty Twenty Television will fund the remainder of the treatment if the parents and clinical staff consider it necessary.

As of 2010 there is no further seasons planned due to the economy.

Netherlands

The Netherlands version did after extended negotiations end up with a customized program, where the teenagers were sent to Kenya. It is called Van Etter tot Engel [17].

Netherlands - Customized wilderness program in Kenya
Name Published problem[18].
Alexander (15 years old) depressed
Demi (15 years old) Anger Issue
Donny (15 years old) Anger Issue
Dormeshia (15 years old) Anger Issue
Laurens (17 years old) permanent student, depressed
Maurice (17 years old) Alcohol issue, Internet Addiction Disorder
Runy (17 years old) Drug issue, has been arrested by the police

Spain

In Spain they made a customized program called "El Campamento". It was filmed in several locations around Spain using a mix of wilderness therapy and adventure therapy [19].

Series 1
Name Published problem
Paco (20 years of age) Hanging out with wrong crowd, stealing
Gloria (18 years of age) Alcohol issues
Jesús (19 years of age) Drug issue and various crime
Moraima (20 years of age) Anger management
Patricia (20 years of age) Anger management
Bernardo (20 years of age) Internet addiction disorder
José Luis (19 years of age) Anger management
Lola (19 years of age) Anger management, social issues
Series 2
Name Published problem
Alberto (19 years of age) Anger management, sexual orientation issues
Desy (19 years of age) Anger management
Estefanía (19 years of age) Reactive attachment disorder, Anxiety disorder
Itxyar (18 years of age) Anger management
Iván (19 years of age) Anger management, stealing
Manuel (19 years of age) Drug issues
Xyka (20 years of age) Anger management
Xyka (18 years of age) Living in the streets, abandoned the familiy

United States

US Series: Sagewalk, Oregon - Wilderness therapy
Name Age Published problem
Frank 16 Anger issue
Lauren James 17 Drug issue as result of death in the family
Isaiah Alarcon 17 Anger issue
Jada Chabot 15 Disobedience and dishonesty as result of domestic violence (Beaten by her mother according to police report from Middletown, RI - Case number 21-2005-01720). During the show use drugs, alcohol and sex were insinuate. She had also been expelled from schools.
Nick 14 Anger issue as result of being teased because of his handicap (dyslexia) and turned violent.
Shawn 17 Started using cannabis after finding out that he was adopted. He then started stealing money from his mother.
Derek 14 ADHD and destructive; refuses to take medication
Lexie 17 Depressed, hostile outcast as result of being victim of molestation at the age of 12.
Heather 17 Drug issue as a result of adoption and wanting to be closer to her birth mother. Her birth mother had drug issues too.

Information on the ABC Family version is unknown.

In the news

The UK version of the show generated some criticism. An influential children's charity Barnardo's are concerned that the TV show sends a message to parents that a short period of tough love can resolve any problems.[20]

See also

Teen Escort Company

External links

Info pages

Articles

Fan Groups

Message boards

References

  1. RTLII page about the program, (In German)
  2. Lebenshilfe mit RTL: Neue Staffel "Teenager außer Kontrolle", (In German)
  3. Job ad from Aspen Education Group
  4. Lebenshilfe mit RTL: Neue Staffel "Teenager außer Kontrolle", (In German)
  5. Diese Teenager gehen in die Wildnis, (In German)
  6. RTL Zuschauerservice, RTL homepage (In German)
  7. annegret noble – nein, danke !, Pro-science blog
  8. "When the cameras are rolling" Addiction professional, January/February 2006
  9. From the wilderness to the right track, Channel 4 at 25 book
  10. Brat Camp wild child turns her life around, This is Oxfordshire, May 10, 2011
  11. I'm Brat from the brink,By Melanie Swan, People.Co.Uk, October 21 - 2007
  12. One of the abusive and disgusting videos, from Youtube
  13. A mother's plea for missing son, by Chris Kearney, Oxford Mail, November 11 2007
  14. Missing teenager is back home, Oxford Mail, November 15th 2007
  15. Brat Camp teenager died from overdose, By Katie Hodge, The Independent, September 9 2009
    Update from UK, a thread on Fornits webforum
  16. Anasazi press release
  17. Nederland version
  18. Die Kandidaten, (In Dutch)
  19. El Campamento, homepage of the program
  20. Charity hits out at Brat Camp message (inthenews.co.uk)