Male and female recruits in the Transition Phase at the Polk County Juvenile Boot Camp will be cleaning and landscaping the grounds at the Brown house in Bartow's Historic District on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The home owned by Lawrence B. Brown that is listed in the Historical Bartow Registry of Homes, is located at 470 S. Second Ave. in Bartow. Recruits will be working from 7 a.m. until noon.
In 1999, the Polk County Juvenile Boot Camp Education Department introduced an Agricultural Vocational program to recruits. Material donations from Home Depot were used to build a shade and green house near the Boot Camp. The shade and green house areas are used to teach students horticulture and landscaping skills. The plants grown are donated to the community through cleaning and landscaping projects at local parks and in historic areas. Since the beginning of the agricultural program over $7,000 in plants and labor have been donated to local area groups.
The boot camp experience is a total of fifteen months: six months in boot camp, then three months of on-site transition, then six months of closely monitored aftercare. The Boot Camp accepts boys and girls ages 14 to 18 who have been adjudicated guilty by a juvenile court judge. The Polk County Juvenile Boot Camp is the largest in the State of Florida and has been open since 1994.
NOTE: All media representatives are welcome, however, NO PICTURES OF BOOT CAMP RECRUIT FACES MAY BE TAKEN.
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