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Camp or Cult?: The Rise of Groomer Youth Retreats and Adolescent Radicalization (www.radar.gaysagainstgroomers.com)

Sending a child to a summer camp or retreat with their peers is a long-honored tradition within the United States. The choices in camps and retreats are astronomical and all depend on your child’s interests. Do a quick search online and you’ll find camps ranging from glass-blowing and ceramics to veterinary training to musical theater to religious camps. Whatever your style, whatever your pre-teen or teen’s needs and interests, there’s a camp or retreat they can attend. There are even sites offe

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Marcos
Marcos
1 month ago

Never leave your young kid away from your eyes. It doesn’t matter what kind of camp it is, never trust anyone

Last edited 1 month ago by Marcos
teckel
teckel
1 month ago

Good guys…

thekwon
thekwon
1 month ago

This sentiment is detrimental in my opinion. The number of children that get abducted from public places is still very small. It happens but if one lives in fear of it constantly and won’t let their child be unsupervised ever it will create strife in that childs life with adults hovering and worrying all the time.
The vast majority of people are not dangerous toward children. They may be asleep but they have no intention of ever hurting a child.
People should be able to evaluate a situation in which children are entrusted and allow it to unfold. Do the work and evaluate people/situations/camps/schools and then make a decision and trust it is the right decision and be diligent about keeping tabs on what is happening on a day to day basis in that environment by having conversations with the child finding out about their day. A simple conversation can reveal something to be concerned about.
Behaving like everyone is out to abduct and traffic your child isn’t good for you or the child.
Maybe most importantly have conversations with and teach children how to use discernment around adults. Teach them when there are danger signals like being offered candy or inappropriate questions, grooming behavior. Children can be taught discernment and how to evaluate people and situations but it would take some fairly adult conversations / teaching.
Instilling fear and paranoia into them with constant suspicion and worry about every little thing is going to make the child miserable and the parent a nervous wreck. 

randall hewgley
randall hewgley
1 month ago
Reply to  thekwon

While your point thekwon is very valid on a community level. The camps talked about here
are an overt grooming and indoctrination plan representing certain danger. Two different things.

thekwon
thekwon
1 month ago

You can tell from an article this camp is overt grooming and indoctrination right? Then any discerning parent should be able to visit this camp – observe the pride flags everywhere, and after talking with some of the counselors be able to make a good decision. If I saw pride flags everywhere there is no way I’m sending my child there. Just some level headed discernment. It isn’t so black and white that all people are a threat. What are you going to do spend the entire day every day at the camp with your child?? That is absurd and surely going to damage your child. The alternative is keeping the kid at home all day so they play video games and don’t live life. It is a poor trade off made out of fear.

Airplane Clouds
Airplane Clouds
1 month ago
Reply to  thekwon

Show the children the movies Kids and Trainspotting and let them roam and learn.

Airplane Clouds
Airplane Clouds
1 month ago

It worked for my crew…
No heroin addicts here and no unwanted aids pregnancy.
Plus my kickflips were on lock.

marie
marie
1 month ago

Did you also do that thing where on weekends you went to the streets and became homeless for fun?

Lee
Lee
1 month ago
Reply to  thekwon

Children today in record numbers diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I wonder if helicopter parenting and insane online culture has anything to do with it. 🤔

thekwon
thekwon
1 month ago
Reply to  Lee

Exactly, kids lives are so micro managed these days with orchestrated scheduling and constant helicopter parenting it is clearly having an effect on kids. And the insane online culture is a good point too.
In my mind if a parent can’t leave their child alone for an afternoon with other people than that parent does not trust their own ability to make good decisions for the child. Living out of fear is detrimental no matter how it is sliced.