We Know: All About Boot Camps

What's a boot camp?

Traditionally, boot camp referred to the introductory training military recruits endured when entering the service. Now, boot camp has additional connotations. The one thing that all these boot camps have in common is the dense amount of training or conditioning received by participants within a short time.

The Types of Boot Camps

In addition to the military's version of boot camp, there are also these types of boot camps:

  • Youth Boot Camps: For troubled youth experiencing emotional or legal issues. There are several kinds of boot camps in this category. Some youth boot camps take place in wilderness settings where participants endure tough physical challenges in an outdoor setting. The ratio of staff to child varies but may be as high as one on one in some programs. Rules and discipline are often dealt with in a military fashion, or with a "tough love" approach. In recent years, there has been increased focus on youth boot camps as being potentially dangerous for participants. In addition, some studies have found that this approach toward troubled youth does not have a high rate of success in reducing recidivism.
  • Boot Camp Software from Apple: This software is installed on Mac computers running a newer version of OS X. When installed, it allows the user to run certain Mac computers on either Mac OS X or Windows. When the machine is restarted, the OS defaults to OS X unless the user chooses to run Windows again.
  • MCSA/MCSE Boot Camp: A training course for those interested in obtaining certification as a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). These boot camps typically include intensive training over several days. Participants learn Microsoft-specified advanced knowledge of various aspects of Windows software and when completed, earn Microsoft accredited certification.
  • Fitness Boot Camp: These boot camps are military style fitness programs. Participants undergo intensive physical exercise that often includes cardiovascular, strength, and endurance training. Though it varies from program to program, some boot camps feature fitness instructors who play the part of a military boot camp seargent. Their job is to yell and scream at participants if necessary so that the fitness regimen is followed.

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