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Fort Hope expands boot camp


David Wood, pastor and director of Fort Hope, which is located near the Cocke County-
Jefferson County line, watches as a young "cadet" in the program successfully climbs
a wall made of logs held together, part of an obstacle course on the property.
Published: 8:59 AM, 10/25/2011 Last updated: 9:03 AM, 10/25/2011

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

DANDRIDGE-Is your child disobedient, getting in trouble,or out of control?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, than DavidWood has a place for them, at Fort Hope, a U.S. Army-style boot camp tailoredfor children in 4th grade up through 12th grade. It is located just across theCocke County/Jefferson County line, on Beecarter Road, in Dandridge.

"The whole principle (at Fort Hope) is to teachthese kids acceptability, that they are here because of the choices theymade," Wood, a pastor and director of Fort Hope, said.

He continued, "They have got to be responsible forthe choices they made, and will make. They will be held accountable for theiractions."

The camp is open four hours on each of five days,Monday-Friday. Kids in the 4th-8th grade attend Tuesdays and Thursdays. Olderkids in the 9th-12th grade attend Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

"We've had a little over 50 kids go through ourprogram, with a very high success rate," Wood said. Fort Hope willcelebrate its first year anniversary on Nov. 1.

Wood is asking people in the community to please stepforward and support the Fort Hope ministry financially, for the sake of thekids' futures.

Fort Hope lives off donations, Wood said. 

For more details, see Tuesday's edition of The Newport Plain Talk.

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