August 10, 2002 |
Eleven teens enrolled in a "wilderness therapy" program are in protective custody after social workers found them camping in cold, rainy weather with limited food and shelter, state officials said in Helena. The teens were part of a Utah-based program for troubled youths that state officials there shut down last week.
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March 29, 2003 |
A 16-year-old Santa Rosa boy was killed in Oregon when a tree limb fell on his tent during a wilderness expedition near Waldo Lake. The boy, whose name was not released, was one of seven teens on a 21-day trip with Albany, Ore.-based Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions. The group was accompanied by four adult counselors, authorities said. Counselors awoke Wednesday and found the boy dead inside his tent.
December 9, 1999 |
The last two teenagers who allegedly assaulted their leaders and ran away from a wilderness therapy camp were captured after one of them flagged down a freight train about 30 miles northwest of Cedar City, Utah, authorities said. The boys, who were at large in a rugged area for four nights, were in reasonably good condition, officials said. The names of the teens, part of a group of eight boys who authorities said overpowered their counselors at the camp, were withheld.
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June 14, 1998 |
On the day he died, Nicholaus Contreraz was awakened at 6:30 a.m. He had been sleeping on a mattress positioned halfway in the bathroom of Barracks 31. Staff at the Arizona Boys Ranch had placed the 16-year-old Sacramento youth on Yellow Shirt status for, among other reasons, persistently defecating and urinating on himself. They wanted him to be near the toilet.
December 16, 1989 |
Two Dayton-area therapists have turned to Mother Nature in search of an action-oriented strategy to build confidence and self-esteem in troubled teen-agers. Taking teen-agers on a long hike is part of the "wilderness therapy" often used by Dene Berman and his wife, Jenny Davis-Berman, who have a private practice called Lifespan Counseling Associates in suburban Beavercreek. "Our program started off based on our own personal experience," Berman said.
February 19, 1995
As the mother of a 15-year-old son, I cried after reading about Aaron Bacon ("A Death in the Desert," by Joe Morgenstern, Jan. 15). What disturbed me most was the conduct of North Star Expeditions' "counselors." Why no one, including fellow students, risked standing up for Aaron or offered him any shred of help discouraged me greatly. Is that where "tough love" has taken us as a society? Jennifer Danielson Pacific Palisades Carefully supervised outdoor expeditions can appropriately challenge teen-agers.