Six teens graduate from Connell boot camp
CONNELL, Wash. - A group of six teens graduated from Camp Outlook boot camp.
Camp Outlook administration said each one of the teens been convicted of a felony and have been locked up before.
The teens are leaving boot camp after four months of intense physical and mental training.
They have been waking up by six a.m. and in bed by 9:30 at night. Camp Outlook Administration said they have had no free time.
Jessica Pina was in their shoes just five months ago and attended Friday's graduation.
Pina said, "I really feel it saved my life me coming here." She said she started abusing drugs at the age of 10 and said at 17 she was arrested for robbing houses.
Pina said, "Basically I didn't care about anyone. I did drugs. I stole from my family. All I cared about was getting my drugs and doing my drugs."
Pina is now drug free, working and planning for college. She said, "If you set your mind to not committing crimes and living a normal life like everyone else does on this planet. You can make it happen."
Camp Outlook Commander and Program Director George Bolduc said, "When they go out the gate I'm glad I can release them from confinement, but I worry about them. It's like you kid goes off to college for the first time you're happy for this experience, but you're worried."
Bolduc said, "A lot of these citizens want to write these kids off and throw them away. Rehabilitation does work."
Bolduc said 80 percent of teens that successfully complete the program do not get locked up again.
Pina said she is writing a book with her grandma about her life before and after Camp Outlook. She said, "If I can do it anyone can do it."