Thirty (30) male recruits from the Polk County Juvenile Boot Camp will be baptized Sunday, September 24, during the evening service at the First Baptist Church in Lakeland. The church is located at 1108 E. Memorial Blvd. (where the old Lakeland Mall use to be). Services will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Two members of the church, Roy Deloach and Enoch Giles, volunteer as chaplains at the Boot Camp. They teach individual bible study lessons and provide counseling to the recruits. Members from the Youth for Christ organization also volunteer to assist with counseling and serve as mentors at the Boot Camp.
The boot camp experience lasts a total of fifteen months: six months in boot camp followed by three months of on-site transition followed by six months of closely monitored aftercare. The Aftercare phase includes psychological assistance, community-based options, community-based solutions, and supervision. Part of the community-based option is a mentoring program performed with the assistance of private service organizations like the Youth for Christ organization. Also associated with the community-based options/solutions is job training skills and employment when appropriate.
The Boot Camp accepts boys and girls, ages 14 to 18, who have been adjudicated guilty by a judge. The Polk County Juvenile Boot Camp is the largest in the State of Florida and has been open since 1994.
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