Using Teamwork to Teach Troubled Teens
There are a number of benefits to be found in team building activities for troubled teens. Ideally such activities provide youth with the important life skills of understanding others, working together, problem solving, leadership and the development of self-esteem.
A variety of structures and approaches have proven valuable, according to Woodcreek Academy. In this brief article, we’ll look at a few different approaches and environments that can be altered or adjusted to improve quality of life for teens.
One approach for troubled young men is a bootcamp for boys. The idea here is to provide some structure in a disciplined yet encouraging environment. The boys are required to live together and work together as they are involved in a variety of challenging but fun and rewarding sports and “military-type” training exercises.
This approach is mirrored, but also refined in Christian boarding schools for boys. The approach here uses a number of team building activities and games with the goal being to improve ones character along the lines of christian thinking. The end goal is to teach respect for others and oneself as well as a drive toward a higher purpose.
Along the lines of Christian thought as it pertains to teamwork for troubled teens, another variation has proven effective, and that is Christian wilderness therapy. In this environment, the troubled teen learns the concepts defined above while at the same time learning an appreciation for the world around him and his place and responsibility in it.