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New Mississippi Boot Camp to Meet with Local Residents

Developers of a new boot camp and ranch for troubled teens in North Vancleave plan to hold a community meet and greet and barbecue fundraiser at Vancleave High School Saturday.

Harry Brochard, director of Adam's Place, said the afternoon is designed to introduce the community to developers. He said barbecue will be served starting at 10 a.m. for $6 a plate. At 2 p.m., he said developers will have a press conference to announce their plans.

The boot camp will be north of Wire Road in North Vancleave. Brochard said the camp will serve 650 teen-agers a year, with about 300 teenagers being housed at any one time on the grounds.

Who This Residential Treatment Center Will Serve

"This is for the really out-of-control teenagers," Bro-chard said, adding that the camp will be for boys and girls. "We don't want to be a baby sitter for teenagers. We aren't for someone whose child has been suspended from school for the first time."

Brochard said drill instructors at the camp will be either active or retired military. He said the camp will be state licensed and have a full medical staff on duty in addition to drill instructors.

Funding for Participants of the Treatment Program

Campers will be referred to the camp by juvenile court judges or by families. If a youth's family cannot pay, Brochard said the camp will accept medical insurance or get a grant.

Brochard said the camp is divided into three programs. If a camper fails any of the programs, he/she will have to go back to the start of the program before graduating. The camp will also offer counseling to families of campers.

Plans beyond Boot Camp

In addition to the boot camp program, Brochard said camp developers are working on a mentoring program and a home for teenage mothers.

The mentoring program is for children who are unruly, but who are not yet candidates for the boot camp. Volunteers work with children and families to try to keep them out of jail or from having to go to a boot camp.

Brochard said camp developers are looking for mentors. He said anyone interested in being a mentor should contact him at (228) 826-1500 or (228) 627-0500.

Nana's House is for teenage mothers. At one high school in Jackson County, which he declined to name, he said there were four students under 15 years of age who were pregnant.

Many pregnant girls are put out of their homes by their parents because of the pregnancy or the family not having the financial re-sources to support another child, Brochard said. Bro-chard said Nana's House provides a place for those girls.

"We don't want adults mixed with youth," Brochard said.

Jackson County is home to a number of social service agencies, including Home of Grace and Teen Challenge. Brochard said the primary difference between Adam's Place and Nana's House and the existing agencies in the county is that they are for adults and not teenagers.

"There are very few places for teenagers," he said. "There is a need for places like this along the Coast."

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