July 13, 2005 11:04 PM by Joe Blackmon
There are no actors. There are no models. Brat Camp is a very real reality TV show. At times, Brat Camp is disturbingly real. The stars of Brat Camp are kids with real problems. Some of them have lived lives containing abuse, depression, violence and even death. Their behavior at times can be downright frightening.
Considering that a recent reality show called “Welcome to the Neighborhood” got yanked because of protests, it’s surprising that Brat Camp made it to the air. The goal of Brat Camp is a noble one as it attempts to help and teach problem kids. One has to wonder though if five years down the road when these kids are out in the real world trying to get a job if they will regret having their adolescent problems aired to America on a national television show.
Of course, on the plus side, there is the possibility that Brat Camp will reach other problem kids that will turn around their behavior before they get shipped off to a place like SageWalk. Life at SageWalk is definitely no picnic, as the kids are blindfolded and driven out in the middle of the wilderness. The kids are then forced to eat awful food, hike for miles with heavy backpacks, and go for long stretches of time without showers. All while being directed by field instructors with names like “Glacier Mountain Wolf” and “Little Big Bear.”