Alldredge Wilderness Journey

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Current status Closed
Detainees.gif Capacity 60
Checked October 19, 2010
Open.gif Opened 1999
Close.gif Closed 2008

Alldredge Wilderness Journey was a behavior modification program using the wilderness therapy concept.

It was founded in 1999.

They also used the name Alldredge Academy, but have ceased properly due to a death.

The program lasted about 60 days on average.

They could detain 60 teenagers of both genders [1]

Program structure

The had two phase in the program. The first one was called Search and Rescue. They hiked while being taught a lot of skills.

The next phase was called the Village. There they moved into a primitive residential setting where they participated in group training projects.

In the news

Ryan Lewis - 14 years of age at that time - hanged himself at the program in 2001. This parents brought a lawsuit on which they won [2] [3]

On December 16 2008 they announced that the program will closed December 31 2008[4].

A facebook group has been founded in order to investigate the death of Ryan Lewis fully [5]

External Links

Info pages

Survivor Groups

Message boards


  1. Program data on NATSAP
  2. SON DIES AT WILDERNESS CAMP, PARENTS SUE, CHARLES SHUMAKER, THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE, 12/20/2002 (Reprint from Internation Survivor Action Committee
  3. Support eases pain of suicide, By STEPHANIE BARRY, The Republican, November 18 2007
  4. Alldredge Academy To Close Dec. 31, press-release on - industry marketing firm
  5. Justice for Ryan C. Lewis, facebook