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'''Challenger Foundation''' was the first wilderness therapy program which integrated boot camps methods to the original wilderness therapy concept. This new mixture became the basis for wilderness therapy as it is used today.
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<i>Challenger Foundation</i> was the first wilderness therapy program which integrated boot camps methods to the original wilderness therapy concept. This new mixture became the basis for wilderness therapy as it is used today.
  
 
The program was founded by [[Steve Cartisano]].
 
The program was founded by [[Steve Cartisano]].
  
The program lasted 63 days. A website is dedicated to these 63 days [1].
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The program lasted 63 days. A website is dedicated to these 63 days <Ref>[http://www.63days.com/ 63 days], The story of how Alli saw her time while being detained at the program.</Ref>
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==Program structure==
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They used a level system <ref>[http://books.google.dk/books?id=SSwEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA84&lpg=PA84&dq=%22challenger+foundation%22+escalante&source=bl&ots=QR7kDXKfM-&sig=dgO582v6JXXTJr-AHydX86Z9Aks&hl=da&ei=OlHDTPKEBtGWOpqrrYAM&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CC4Q6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22challenger%20foundation%22%20escalante&f=false Death Trip], Vibe Magazine, March 1995</ref>.
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*The first level was called <b>Impact</b>. Food were restricted in that level but the state regulations allowed it back then.
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*The second level was called <b>Survival</b>
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*The last part of the program included a so-called "run-in" session where the teenager run a couple of miles to meet the parents out in the wilderness.
  
 
== In the news ==
 
== In the news ==
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Kristin Chase died during a hike. The settlement and the investigations following this death made the program close <Ref>[http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=1913 The rise and fall of Steve Cartisano], by Christopher Smith, High Country News, June 10 1996</Ref>
  
Kristin Chase died during a hike. The settlement and the investigations following this death made the program close.
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Mr. Cartisano was charged with negligent homicide as result of Miss. Chases death <ref>[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=C04pAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WIQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4660,5265021&dq=kristin-chase&hl=en Judge Finds Cartisano Jury Not Tainted'], by Joseph Baumann and Steve Fidel, The Deseret News - May 27, 1992</ref>. The case ended with a mistrial <ref>[http://www.deseretnews.com/article/185665/MISTRIAL-FRUSTRATES-ANGERS-FATHER-OF-TEEN-WHO-DIED-WHILE-IN--CHALLENGERS-CARE.html MISTRIAL FRUSTRATES, ANGERS FATHER OF TEEN WHO DIED WHILE IN CHALLENGER'S CARE], By Mike Carter, Deseret News, September 30, 1991</ref>
  
== References ==
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The wilderness therapy program was sued by other customers after the death in the program <ref>[http://www.deseretnews.com/article/394527/LAST-CARTISANO-SUIT-SETTLED-OUT-OF-COURT.html LAST CARTISANO SUIT SETTLED OUT OF COURT], Deseret News, December 22, 1994</ref>
 
 
*1) [http://www.63days.com/ 63 days], The story of how Alli saw her time while being detained at the program.
 
*2) [http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=1913 The rise and fall of Steve Cartisano], by Christopher Smith, High Country News, June 10 1996
 
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
 
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===Info Pages===
 
*Info: [http://www.strugglingteens.com/archives/1990/11/news02.html Wilderness Tragedy], by Lon Woodbury, strugglingteens.com - industry marketing firm
 
*Info: [http://www.strugglingteens.com/archives/1990/11/news02.html Wilderness Tragedy], by Lon Woodbury, strugglingteens.com - industry marketing firm
 
*Info: [http://www.sociopranos.com/forums/thread-view.asp?threadid=225&start=68 Brat Camp], a tread on Sociopranos where a survivor makes a statement about his experience
 
*Info: [http://www.sociopranos.com/forums/thread-view.asp?threadid=225&start=68 Brat Camp], a tread on Sociopranos where a survivor makes a statement about his experience
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===Survivor Groups===
 
*Survivor group: [http://groups.myspace.com/WildernessSurvivors Group for survivors of wilderness program, who are alive to tell their story], ''Myspace''
 
*Survivor group: [http://groups.myspace.com/WildernessSurvivors Group for survivors of wilderness program, who are alive to tell their story], ''Myspace''
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*Survivor group: [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2204613396 Wilderness Program Graduates], ''Facebook''
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*Survivor group: [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2205250903 I Survived Wilderness], ''Facebook''
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*Survivor group: [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=41027694970 Challenger Foundation], ''Facebook''
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===Message boards===
 
*Forum: [http://fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=15280 Challenger], a thread on Fornits webforum
 
*Forum: [http://fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=15280 Challenger], a thread on Fornits webforum
 
*Forum: [http://www.fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=10377 63days.com Challenger Foundation], a thread on Fornits webforum
 
*Forum: [http://www.fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=10377 63days.com Challenger Foundation], a thread on Fornits webforum
 
*Forum: [http://fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=13697 Distant-Drums AKA Skyline Journey], a thread on Fornits webforum mentioning the program
 
*Forum: [http://fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=13697 Distant-Drums AKA Skyline Journey], a thread on Fornits webforum mentioning the program
 
*Forum: [http://www.fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=22588 OK, here's your chance.....Fark],  a thread on Fornits webforum mentioning the program
 
*Forum: [http://www.fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=22588 OK, here's your chance.....Fark],  a thread on Fornits webforum mentioning the program
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[[Category:Wilderness Therapy]]
 
[[Category:Wilderness Therapy]]
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[[Category:Wilderness deaths]]
 
[[Category:Utah]]
 
[[Category:Utah]]
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[[Category:Wilderness programs in Utah]]
 
[[Category:Closed programs]]
 
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[[Category:Deaths]]
 
[[Category:Deaths]]

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Checked October 23, 2010
Open.gif Opened 1988
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Challenger Foundation was the first wilderness therapy program which integrated boot camps methods to the original wilderness therapy concept. This new mixture became the basis for wilderness therapy as it is used today.

The program was founded by Steve Cartisano.

The program lasted 63 days. A website is dedicated to these 63 days [1]

Program structure

They used a level system [2].

  • The first level was called Impact. Food were restricted in that level but the state regulations allowed it back then.
  • The second level was called Survival
  • The last part of the program included a so-called "run-in" session where the teenager run a couple of miles to meet the parents out in the wilderness.

In the news

Kristin Chase died during a hike. The settlement and the investigations following this death made the program close [3]

Mr. Cartisano was charged with negligent homicide as result of Miss. Chases death [4]. The case ended with a mistrial [5]

The wilderness therapy program was sued by other customers after the death in the program [6]

External Links

Info Pages

  • Info: Wilderness Tragedy, by Lon Woodbury, strugglingteens.com - industry marketing firm
  • Info: Brat Camp, a tread on Sociopranos where a survivor makes a statement about his experience

Survivor Groups

Message boards

References

  1. 63 days, The story of how Alli saw her time while being detained at the program.
  2. Death Trip, Vibe Magazine, March 1995
  3. The rise and fall of Steve Cartisano, by Christopher Smith, High Country News, June 10 1996
  4. Judge Finds Cartisano Jury Not Tainted', by Joseph Baumann and Steve Fidel, The Deseret News - May 27, 1992
  5. MISTRIAL FRUSTRATES, ANGERS FATHER OF TEEN WHO DIED WHILE IN CHALLENGER'S CARE, By Mike Carter, Deseret News, September 30, 1991
  6. LAST CARTISANO SUIT SETTLED OUT OF COURT, Deseret News, December 22, 1994