Brat Camp, TV-show
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.
There have been four UK series. WARNING: Information below contains spoilers.
|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".
|Alex Parkins||Alcohol issue|
|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|
|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.
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.
|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|
|Ben Tait, parents Jennifer and Matthew||Anger Issue, Drug Abuse, Drinking, Expelled from school, Stealing|
The fifth UK version aired October 2007. According to a statement on Anasazi's homepage, 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.
|Natasha Whitlock, mother Montana||domestic problems caused by overindulgence |
|Nicole Pear, mother Jackie||foul-mouthing, anger management|
|Chloe Weeks, mother Helen||drug and anger-issue|
|Laura Wardman, mother Del||disobedience|
|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.
- The German version is called Teenager außer Kontrolle (engl. Teenagers out of control) . The show is being broadcast on RTL
|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.|
- Aspen Education Group revealed in a job ad that children from Holland would also be in a show.
|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|
It will be broadcast at RTL.
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.
- "When the cameras are rolling" Addiction professional, January/February 2006
- http://www.oxfordmail.net/mostpopular.var.1824644.mostviewed.a_mothers_plea_for_missing_son.php A mother's plea for missing son], by Chris Kearney, Oxford Mail, November 11 2007
- Missing teenager is back home, Oxford Mail, November 15th 2007
- Anasazi press release
- I'm Brat from the brink,By Melanie Swan, People.Co.Uk, October 21 - 2007
- RTLII page about the program, (In German)
- Job ad from Aspen Education Group
- Lebenshilfe mit RTL: Neue Staffel "Teenager außer Kontrolle", (In German)
- Charity hits out at Brat Camp message (inthenews.co.uk)
- Brat Camp at Channel4
- A website dedicated to Brat Camps
- Production company programme entry
- Redcliff Ascent, UK series 1
- Turnabout ranch, UK series 2
- Aspen Achievement Academy, UK series 3
- SageWalk Wilderness School, US serie
- Aspen Family Camp, UK series 4, German serie, Dutch serie
- Anasazi Foundation, UK series 5
- Nederland version
- Brat Camp USA on Wikipedia
- Fan group: BratCamp, myspace