Bluegrass Challenge Academy fort knox ky

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whatever000

Campbellsville, KY

#1 Nov 26, 2010
Just wondering do you have to be a trouble teen to go to this place or what? I was told by one person you do and then someone else said you didnt if you wanted to go to it, can someone tell me please!
cadet mom

Dawson Springs, KY

#2 Jan 8, 2013
you have to be at risk of quitting school, i believe. that's why my son went. He's in credit recovery now and is really excited.
BCA mom

Julian, NC

#3 Jan 8, 2013
My son also just started Jan 6th. He is never in trouble and I really don't see him getting in trouble in the future . However, we chose the program because he struggles with self discipline and applying himself. I want him to learn this before he becomes an adult. Furthermore, I believe he lacks confidence and is holding onto resentment towards his father. This program will teach him to love and respect himself as he is building himself up by seeing his accomplishments, seeing he can apply himself, and he can do thinks without his mom. Plus the counseling at the same time he is learning to love himself will help him let go of the negative and focus on the new positives!
Angel

East Prairie, MO

#4 Jan 11, 2013
my boyfriend is there and he write me and tell me they dont let him use the phone, the food is like shool lunches and he has to use a cheap razor to shave his face. he wants to come hom ebut his mom wont let him because she thinks the same way u do. And yes u have to b droppd out of school to go and you have to have a minor that is over 21 and anit bad. this isnt good for some one to away from their families for 6 months. that boy will b scared to ever get introuble again and will b a big puss because he cant stand up for his self there.
Ravenn

Lexington, KY

#5 Dec 16, 2013
Angel wrote:
my boyfriend is there and he write me and tell me they dont let him use the phone, the food is like shool lunches and he has to use a cheap razor to shave his face. he wants to come hom ebut his mom wont let him because she thinks the same way u do. And yes u have to b droppd out of school to go and you have to have a minor that is over 21 and anit bad. this isnt good for some one to away from their families for 6 months. that boy will b scared to ever get introuble again and will b a big puss because he cant stand up for his self there.
You have to be 16-18...and even then you don't have to be a drop out. Your an at risk teenager with discipline problems. Or your at risk of dropping out, not graduating, etc
Former Cadet

Bardstown, KY

#6 Jan 16, 2014
When I went the class started with over 200 cadets on only 94 finished the class. I went not because I had to but because I wanted to because I was going into the military and this allowed me to skip to a rank of E3 and to be honest I miss being their is was a challenging but a fun experience and it made me proud to know I had achieved the program
Former Cadet

Bardstown, KY

#7 Jan 16, 2014
Also when my step-son turns 16 he will be joining!!
Previous BCA Cadet

Hopkinsville, KY

#8 Jan 28, 2014
Let me say this, I was 16 and a drop-out when I attended class 7 back in 2002. It was hard for a teen like me to adjust to the disciplined lifestyle and wanted to quit, but I persevered and made it to graduation. I even gave the benediction at the graduation ceremony. I was the one who painted that rock with the horse on the front of the barracks.

What I'm trying to say is that Bluegrass Challenge Academy is a perfect place for at-risk youth and as a 28 year old now, I wouldn't change the experience I had. Great Place. Good Memories.
cadet adams class20

United States

#9 Mar 12, 2014
I went when i was 18 i was not an at risk child but i did drop out of school it was the best choi have ever made in my life i am now a full time firefighter and part time police officer so it made a huge diffrence in my life
researching mom

Lexington, KY

#10 Mar 24, 2014
BCA mom wrote:
My son also just started Jan 6th. He is never in trouble and I really don't see him getting in trouble in the future . However, we chose the program because he struggles with self discipline and applying himself. I want him to learn this before he becomes an adult. Furthermore, I believe he lacks confidence and is holding onto resentment towards his father. This program will teach him to love and respect himself as he is building himself up by seeing his accomplishments, seeing he can apply himself, and he can do thinks without his mom. Plus the counseling at the same time he is learning to love himself will help him let go of the negative and focus on the new positives!
BCA mom,

Did your son go to the Fort Knox location? What is your review now that he has gone through the program?
Former Honor Cadet

Louisville, KY

#11 Apr 27, 2014
I am a former cadet from the academy and i graduated in December. You have to be "at risk". It was a great program and it really taught me discipline. I wasn't a bad kid at all, I just struggled with motivation and went primarily to get my GED because I didn't have the discipline to get it myself. I learned a lot over my six months there and most cadet's didn't like it while they were there. I'm sure, however, that most are happy they went afterwords. I've honestly never felt so alive than I did then. It was hard, but it was possible. If you are going to be sending someone there, make sure that you write them as much as possible. It means a lot more than it may seem, and it can mean the difference from leaving and staying. I don't think i would have made it through without all of the letters I was getting. The food was a little rough, it was school food, but fresher i guess, so it was a bit better. They are bound by the same laws schools are in terms of food, so they can only feed the cadets a certain amount of calories for breakfast and lunch, which is usually not enough. However the laws only affect breakfast and lunch, so dinner is usually pretty massive. The location itself is beautiful, Fort Knox is a lovely place. The buildings and what not are in pretty good shame, aside from the occasional graffiti that you will find in the restrooms or under some of the room desks and lockers; but its a place for troubled teens so its not really surprising nor is it much different than a public school. The classes are split up into credit recovery and GED, credit recovery is all online work. They have several class rooms with walls lined with computers and you sit and work on schooldays, you get 4 breaks including lunch. Then GED has a minimal amount of computer work and is mostly hands on teaching with two of the best teachers I've ever had.(I've been to a lot of schools). The staff there are great, including the Cadre. They are rough when you first get there because they don't know you and you don't know them. After a month or two though, you'll be laughing and having fun with the cadre when there's no business that needs to be done. Don't let that make you think that they are pushovers. When the need to be (and most of the time) they will get you in line. They will be commanding. The academy really is a great place and I find myself missing it all the time. Things i suggest with a cadet going in, a decent razor. You can have one sent in, as long as its not electric, it's fine. I suggest they take in a book, and have one sent in periodically. I spent so much time reading there it was a little ridiculous. There are plenty of periods where you aren't doing anything so reading is a nice option. I also forgot to touch on the first two weeks. The first two weeks are spent almost entirely outside, doing PT and learning to march. There are no phone calls those weeks, and there is no school. The first two weeks are rough due to the home sickness and everyones general confusion of being in a new place. You get over it relatively quick, but for some people, myself included, it took two or three weeks. After that though, it wasn't so bad. After the first two weeks, school starts. and the routine starts to set in. You'll be doing the same thing for 20 weeks. The program as a whole really helped me. It provided a large work ethic and got me used to dealing with people. It was tough, but i think it was the best decision i ever made. Hope this helps with any questions you might have. And for anyone that is interested in going keep your head up. The program is what you make it, you can make it good, or you can make it bad. The choice is yours. It's hard to be away from everything, but it's only 22 weeks. Welcome to the family. Hoah.
glenda

Louisville, KY

#12 May 8, 2014
i have an 11 yr old whom has a problem with authority. seems he and grandparents want to call cps. he has put his hands on me vandelized proerty and at tim,es refused to go to school. is he old enough? i cant seem to get on their actual page to find out more info.
Cortney

Florence, KY

#13 May 22, 2014
whatever000 wrote:
Just wondering do you have to be a trouble teen to go to this place or what? I was told by one person you do and then someone else said you didnt if you wanted to go to it, can someone tell me please!
you can really go for anything if you want.... you dont have to have a reason lol. i went but i got court ordered. but i also know somepeople who went just to go and see what its like
Becky

Lewisport, KY

#14 Jun 7, 2014
I see this academy as an answer for many students being given a tough time in school. Yes,as a teacher, I know many students actions are hard to deal with;however, I also know many students are given raw deals once there is a problem. Hopefully this academy will have patience And understanding to actually work with students so they may succeed. God bless those who attend and those who lead.
Lisa

United States

#15 Jun 26, 2014
My son is a good person,but has had problems wit tha school system and students as well. He wants to go just to get away from all this mess wer we live! Tha system refuses to let him play sports of any kind. And he's a lover of basketball, and is very talented too. I want him to go just to prove to himself. That no matter how good bad u are,if u hav had problems in tha past..system or school that's tha way they will think of u! Wer we live kids dnt hav anything to do. So some choose to entertain themselves! Then they are punished. He needs this even wit his past still haunting him its taking him no wer but dwn. I dnt want that for him he's voiced this to me that I want to get out of this town mom. Wat do I do? I want better so he can see it's more to life than sittn in a court room being judged,even if ur tryn to show em u can do it wit out being ignored and judged for who God made u!
shewell

Covington, KY

#16 Aug 2, 2014
I left several message and no one returned any of my calls.
Pennie

United States

#17 Aug 7, 2014
BCA mom wrote:
My son also just started Jan 6th. He is never in trouble and I really don't see him getting in trouble in the future . However, we chose the program because he struggles with self discipline and applying himself. I want him to learn this before he becomes an adult. Furthermore, I believe he lacks confidence and is holding onto resentment towards his father. This program will teach him to love and respect himself as he is building himself up by seeing his accomplishments, seeing he can apply himself, and he can do thinks without his mom. Plus the counseling at the same time he is learning to love himself will help him let go of the negative and focus on the new positives!
Hello, May I ask you how your son liked the entire program when he went there? My son wants to go there in January, but the problem I have is he doesn't want to go to his high school for his senior year..he wants to sit around here until January ..then go to the academy…..I am wondering a few things…What costs are there? Did he enjoy it? What type of things did they do on the weekends? Do they share a room with someone? Did he feel like counseling there helped him? How does the whole "Mentor" thing work? Is this someone you pick??? or is it someone there at the academy?? Im confused about that as well…thank you for any advice..hope you see this message

Since: Jun 10

London, KY

#18 Thursday Aug 21
BCA mom wrote:
My son also just started Jan 6th. He is never in trouble and I really don't see him getting in trouble in the future . However, we chose the program because he struggles with self discipline and applying himself. I want him to learn this before he becomes an adult. Furthermore, I believe he lacks confidence and is holding onto resentment towards his father. This program will teach him to love and respect himself as he is building himself up by seeing his accomplishments, seeing he can apply himself, and he can do thinks without his mom. Plus the counseling at the same time he is learning to love himself will help him let go of the negative and focus on the new positives!
Wow this is like me and my son pretty much in a nutshell. Except he has been in trouble for disruptive behavior in class and just sits and does not do or turn in work. Has no respect for himself or others and just doesn't care. But he is all around a good kid and a smart one

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