Raymond Moses, 33, founded About Face Boot Camp three years ago, after working in the corrections system, where he placed children in state-run boot camps.
After receiving many requests from parents for a private camp they could place their children in, he
Christian-oriented program as a weekend camp for local children.It quickly evolved and today the camp sees children from all across the United States and countries such as Canada, England and Russia, Moses
Boys and girls ages 10 through 16 come to About Face
during the summer months, for four-week sessions, as well as for shorter, one- to two-week camps, offered during school breaks.The cost is $500 per week.Moses
also provides "home boot camps," at a price of $300 per day, in which he
will come into a child's home, take away perks such as TV sets and video games, then make the child rise at the crack of dawn to begin exercising and chores.
Last year About Face was shut down briefly by North Carolina authorities when a camp resident complained of being handcuffed for three days, charges Moses
disputed.Today the camp is back in business, and Moses
is considering expanding it to include a school program so it can become a year-round military academy.
claim an 80 percent to 85 percent success rate with children who have gone through his
agrees that boot camps are not going to work for every child.
"We're a good tool to help motivate kids to make changes, but if the kid doesn't want to change, the program can't help them," said Moses
, who also believes parents need to be willing to spend time with their children and change their home environment in order for permanent improvements to occur.