|Country of origin||
|Running time||60 mins. (inc. adverts)|
|Original network||Channel 4/ABC/BBC K|
|Original release||13 July 2005 – 24 August 2007|
Brat Camp is a reality television show.
The first season, featuring RedCliff Ascent, won an International Emmy. Subsequent seasons saw declining viewership. The American version of Brat Camp was cancelled after its one-season run, but is being aired in Canada on Slice as of early 2007. The UK version was also aired in the United States in 2004 on ABC Family, and its popularity resulted in ABC ordering an American version.
There have been five UK series.
The format is distributed internationally by DRG and has been adapted in several territories.
|James Fonfé||Drug issues|
|Fran Bradley||Anger issue|
|Rachel Greenberg||Alcohol issue|
|Charlie Mason||Anger issue|
|Tom Philips||Drug issue|
|Dan Leary||Drug issue caused by depression|
Redcliff was asked to be featured in a second round of Brat Camp, but declined when it became obvious that the next season would require tougher kids and increased drama. The first series actually won an International Emmy Award for best non-scripted program. RedCliff Ascent spokesman, Stephen Schultz mentioned that "RedCliff Ascent is a treatment program, not a TV show". James Fonfe' became quite a media icon after his return to the UK. While most students struggle a bit upon return home, a year later James was working with his mother teaching swimming and had been drug-free, as verified by urine tests administered by his mother. As James put it: ‘You do feel trapped. But it is worth it. I am glad I did it. I wouldn’t go back now, but I don’t have a problem any more – if I had a problem in the future then I would go back.’
|Alex Parkins||Alcohol issue, disrespectful, expelled from school and bullies her mother|
|Joe Sheldrick||Disobedience and disrespectful|
|Ed McAllister||Drug issue and stealing from family.|
|Jemma Henley||Disobedience, shoplifter and expelled from 3 schools|
|Xanthe Laird||Cannabis use, alcohol issue and disrespectful|
|Jenni Greevy||Anger issue, disobedience and disrespectful|
|Josh Melvin||Drug issue, disrespectful and drug fuelled anger issues|
|Julia Krzyzanowska||16||Drug issues|
|Georgie Turnbull-Atkinson||16||Drug issues as well as run-ins with the law|
|Lydia Rowlands||16||Drug issue as a result of being victim of bullying|
|Lucy Tyson||15||Anger issue, disrespectful and greedy|
|Danni Calardo-Thompson||15||Running away from home, alcohol and drug-issue|
|Poppy Olsen||15||Disobedience, acting spoilt, careless, anger issue and possible alcohol and drug problems|
|Rosie Raven||15||Truant, depressed as a 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 that followed a girls-only group, 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/suspended from 1 school|
|Amanda Kenny, parents Sandra and Bill||Drinking, stealing from parents|
|Rebecca Paramor, parents Mandi and Mark||Drug issue|
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|
|Frank Hewitt||16||Sacramento, California||Anger issue|
|Lauren James||17||California||Drug issue as a result of death in the family|
|Isaiah Alarcon||17||California||Anger issue|
|Jada Chabot||15||Boston, Massachusetts||She was one of the good ones. Good mom and dad, and she was really trying to get on the straight and narrow.|
|Nick Thompson||14||Seattle, Washington||Anger issue as a result of being teased because of his handicap (dyslexia). He attempted to stab his brother due to his jealousy.|
|Shawn Dreyfuss||17||California||Started using cannabis after finding out that he was adopted. He then started stealing money from his mother.|
|Derek Ross||14||Arkansas||ADHD and destructive; refuses to take medication|
|Lexie McNulty||17||California||Depressed, hostile outcast as a result of being victim of molestation at the age of 12.|
|Heather Norton||17||Virginia||Drug issue as a result of adoption and wanting to be closer to her birth mother. Her birth mother had drug issues too.|
- The German version is called Teenager außer Kontrolle (engl. Teenagers out of control) . The show is being broadcast on RTL
|Vanessa Schumacher||Alcohol issue, too much partying|
|Simon Seidel||Drug issue, stealing from parent|
|Marvin Kraus||Gang problem, alcohol issue|
|Gina Ziegler||Alcohol issue, alternative lifestyle issue (Punk SubCulture)|
|Gerrit Köhler||Numerous accounts of malicious damage|
|Daniel Pfeiffer||Truant, not been at school for a year|
|Andreas Engel||15||Serial burglar|
|David Pfaff||17||Drug issue|
|Dzeneta Beckenbauer||15||Street fighter|
|Kurt Daecher||16||Political issue (Neo-nazi)|
|Pascal Sankt||17||Drug dealer|
|Stacy Gruenewald||17||High School drop-out|
The production company searched for new candidates for a third season. Filming did take place during the summer of 2008 at a wilderness program called Monarch Center in Colorado. It will be broadcast at RTL starting from 25 February 2009.
|Chrissi Trommler||15||LifeStyle issue (Punk SubCulture)|
|Kevin Waechter||16||Being charged with assault, truancy|
|Jennifer Unger||14||Weak health by mother causing her to be too independent|
|Andreas Fuhrmann||16||Compulsive gambler|
|Linda Kalb||16||Street fighter|
|Moritz Mueller||17||Given up by his parents. Faces trial.|
The Netherlands version did after extended negotiations end up with a customized program, where the teenagers were sent to Kenya. It was called Van etter tot engel (English: From brat to angel) and was aired by RTL5 in the fall of 2006. Keith Bakker was the teenagers' head coach.
|Demi Boogaard||15||Anger Issue|
|Donny Houtkooper||15||Anger Issue|
|Dormeshia Lucas||15||Anger Issue|
|Maurice Claes||17||Alcohol issue, Internet Addiction Disorder|
|Roni Marqueringh||17||Drug issue, has been arrested by the police|
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.
The show also gained some criticism for an incident in which a young woman was forced to strip to their underwear and then made to have a cavity search, the initial stages of which were implied but not shown.
Also this program caused some controversy over whether or not children and teenagers displaying signs of depression & low self-esteem would be better placed in a mental health support services and given professional, psychological support, rather than sent to the wilderness and experience further punishment as methods of treatment.
- "When the cameras are rolling" Addiction professional, January/February 2006 Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- From the wilderness to the right track Archived 24 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Channel 4 at 25 book
- Anasazi press release Archived 10 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- I'm Brat from the brink, By Melanie Swan, People. Co.Uk, 21 October - 2007
- RTLII page about the program, (In German)
- Job ad from Aspen Education Group
- Lebenshilfe mit RTL: Neue Staffel "Teenager außer Kontrolle" Archived 27 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine., (In German)
- [http://www.karoteam.de/index.php?id=41&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=92&tx_ttnews[backPid]=1&cHash=7974175e63 Add for families (In German)], homepage of the production company
- RTL Zuschauerservice, RTL homepage (In German)
- Lebenshilfe mit RTL: Neue Staffel "Teenager außer Kontrolle", (In German)
- Nederland version
- Die Kandidaten, (In Dutch)
- Charity hits out at Brat Camp message (inthenews.co.uk) Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Brat Camp at Channel4.com
- 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 at the Internet Movie Database
- Brat Camp at TV.com