June 14, 2005 -- THE kids are not alright - but they might get better if a stint at "Brat Camp" works out for them.
On the new ABC reality show (starting July 13), nine troubled teens are sent away to live in a rugged Oregon wilderness camp in a last-ditch effort by their families to help curb self-destructive habits such as drug use, dangerous sex and violent behavior.
A group of instructors, including therapists, wilderness guides and medics, oversee the teens who spend more than 50 days away from home in what their families hope will be a life-changing experience.
The field instructors, some of them former troubled teens themselves, work with the kids and try to help them come to terms with their problems and get their lives back on track.
Once at the camp, the teens are forced to put their attitudes aside in order to deal with 10-mile hikes and spending Thanksgiving in the wilderness away from their families.
Lives with his uncle, a probation officer, after getting booted from school.
Was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and became self-destructive. Curses out his mother.
Admits to stealing money from his mom to pay for his drug habit.
Is a defiant, bitter, angry punk rocker who smokes, drinks and has an obsession with fire.
Is a dyslexic teen who constantly fights with his family and yells obscenities at his parents - even pulled a knife on his twin brother.
Was a straight-A student until her father died when she was 11. Since then, admits to smoking pot every day and doing whatever it takes to score drugs.
Is a former athlete who started hanging out with the wrong crowd, running away from home and doing drugs.
Was molested at age 11 by someone she trusted and has since suffered from depression, becoming verbally abusive and failing in school.
Has dropped out or been booted from 11 schools. The aspiring singer and compulsive liar claims she doesn't need to be educated because she plans on being a star.
ABC's Boot camp for kids includes (from left): Nick, Frank, Derek, Shawn, Isaiah, Heather, Lexie, Jada, and Lauren.