Challenger Foundation

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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]

In the news

Kristin Chase died during a hike. The settlement and the investigations following this death made the program close [2]


  1. 63 days, The story of how Alli saw her time while being detained at the program.
  2. The rise and fall of Steve Cartisano, by Christopher Smith, High Country News, June 10 1996

External Links

Info Pages

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

Survivor Groups

Message boards