All outdoor UK teen group camps are based in North Wales and, as they involve camping and hiking we may use a number of different locations depending on the time of year, weather and the teens themselves. This may be at the remote Arenig wild camping and hiking, the semi-remote Gwern Gef Isaf for camping with basic facilities or at the more relaxed Bont Fechen river side campsite on the North Wales coast. 

I strive to let teens learn as much as possible from the consequences of their actions as I feel that a lesson learned through hands-on experience is far more valuable than compliance with a rule established by an authority figure. I know that teenagers can be heavily influenced by their peers in both positive and negative ways so therefore I only have small numbers from a minimum of 2 up to a maximum of 4 on group camps (see our Terms & Conditions.) 

I am with your young person for 24 hours a day from the moment they arrive to the time they leave. I will work with your young person in helping them to recognise the long-term value of their experiences here on my troubled teen camp and by looking at the reasons for their behaviour and how they can make changes for the better.

The problems encountered may include issues such as; adoption, being fostered, family breakdowns/disputes, relationships, trouble at school/college, loss and bereavement, depression, anger issues, self-harming, bullying, mental health issues, eating disorders, drug issues, alcohol issues, addictions, behavioural disorders, ADHD/ADD, OCD, aggression, violence and trauma, computer issues or that they are acting like a spoiled child ( "spoilt brat") which is an adolescent that exhibits behavioural problems.

Therapeutic Work

The Counsellor on the camp will individually tailor the therapeutic work to the individuals needs and the many complicated issues that they may be experiencing.

 The therapeutic work is Person Centred based using aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt, Solution Focused and also Brief Therapy depending on the individual's personal issues and their participation in in-group and one-to-one sessions.

 Talking is also used which will help a young person to understand themselves (and their present position within family, peer groups and social settings) so that they are eventually able to resolve their own issues. Non verbal therapy can also be used if needed (i.e. art, music, creative writing).

The camps are also an opportunity for your young person to experience a "digital detox" and disconnect from the modern world.

Our camps are specifically designed to help young people and therefore those who refuse or resist help offered or cause problems for other attendees will be asked to leave and will be removed from camp.

Teencampsuk will work closely with families to ensure appropriate support mechanisms are in place for when they return to their home environment.

Why should my teen attend your camp?

Teencampsuk is the 1st step in helping to find a new way to manage your teen. Teens can feel vulnerable and daunted by the thought of attending a programme, however, attending a programme should not be seen as a punishment but rather as an opportunity for them to be away from everything for a short period and to work with someone who is there to listen, support and (if needed) to challenge them in order to help them with their behaviour. This will enable them to deal with the things that are causing their problems in a more positive and constructive way so that both they and their family can move forward.

How would I get my teen to attend your camp?

Nearly all families who enquire about my camps have concerns on how to get their teen to attend.

I haven't yet met a young person who actually wanted to attend and looked forward to going. However, I would advise that you ask your teen how much their family means to them and what would they be willing to do to try to make things better. if they answer "I'll do anything" or "I'm not sure or don't know" then you can take the opportunity to explain to them that you would like them to attend for both of your benefit, to be able to move forward in the future.

86% of families and young people say that attending our Teen programme has been a very positive experience Testimonials.

If you have any questions please see FAQ's page for details.

Please note that there are only Male Camps available in 2017 and we currently have no plans to run any female UK camps in 2017. We do accept males and females on our One to One camps in Spain.

For your young person to be considered for a place on one of our camps please complete our online Application Form



Group camps for 12-17 years old @ £1700.00 per person per week.

We also offer an Optional Extra of a Written Report @ £220.00

*New for 2017*
As some families prefer not to have to travel to North Wales we are now also offering a pick up/ drop off service from Telford, Midlands @ £150.00.

Aftercare by skype is also available @ POA



30th July- 5th August 2017

6th- 12th August 2017

13th- 19th August 2017

20th- 26th August 2017

Outside of these dates we offer "One to One" camps in Spain. Please see our "One to One camps in Spain" page for more details.

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Chief Executive

Teencamps-UK are the only provider of Teen Brat, Boot and Therapeutic camps in the UK and Spain since 2008.

For UK and International families and their teenagers who want to change for a better future.

Damon Bachegalup BA (Hons), Dip Couns. Author and Teen Behavioural Counsellor/Consultant.

Damon has a current enhanced DBS check and has been working with young people and vulnerable adults for over 16 years as a Teen Behavioural Counsellor/Consultant.

He has been nominated and invited to become a Fellow of the RSA in recognition of his achievements in providing a therapeutic programme for young people aged 13-17 based outdoors.

Our expert advisor is a dedicated professional who provides the highest level of service, discretion and professionalism at all times.

Apart from having the right credentials, extensive training and many years of experience that qualifies him to help and advise young people and their families, he has extensive up to date knowledge and an inside track of what’s happening in his specialist field.

Damon’s innate understanding of his clients’ needs, challenges and aspirations allowed him to create a truly bespoke service, and highlighted the opportunity to assist his clients in other areas.

View his professional profile at

His camps can offer sustainable solutions to UK and International families struggling to manage young people with behavioural problems.


  • ""It's a good experience but the weather is pretty bad at times. Overall it's a good place to be and the food is great. Damon is a genuine guy who understands what you will be g..."
    Spencer age 14
    young person who attended 2016
  • "It's all thanks to you Erika and Damon that everything is good for me so I just want to say a HUGE thanks"
  • "Hello Damon and Erika I am sorry we have not been in touch since we last saw you when we picked up S after her week with you She has been much better since her time with you ..."
    Happy Parent

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