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Parents' Guide to

Dad Camp

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Father training offers more reality show than reality check.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Dad Camp is the Best

I am 50+ and my daughter is 25. We love the show and cannot wait to see the next week. I think that males are not aware of what they helped create and need a touch of reality. I think that maybe more information on safe sex would be helpful for the younger viewers. I love Dr. Jeff and his participation projects for the males. I would like to know the outcomes after the couples leave. I would like to see baby pictures and hope that both mother and father can be always be a part of the child's life even if as a couple they do stay together.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The series attempts to address the issue of single parenthood by trying to convince young men that being a responsible parent is the right thing to do. While it underscores the financial and emotional obligations that come with the job, it also tries to highlight the rewards that come with being a good parent. It also explores some of the reasons why young fathers are usually unprepared, and often unwilling, to share the responsibility of raising a child.

These messages are good ones, but they often get lost as the show serves up lots of screaming, fighting, drinking, and womanizing, and other activities that have become a standard part of reality entertainment. The show also fails to address that many of the mothers featured here, most of whom appear to have major self-esteem issues, are also unprepared for parenthood. In the end, what this series is really offering is a voyeuristic experience that some may find interesting, but that fails to provide any kind of real answer to what has become a major problem in American society.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: May 31, 2010
  • Cast: Jeff Gardere
  • Network: VH1
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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