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'''Pathfinders Wilderness Program''' was a wilderness program, which were operating in the northern of Colorado in the late 90's.
 
'''Pathfinders Wilderness Program''' was a wilderness program, which were operating in the northern of Colorado in the late 90's.
  
Whether it is still in operation is not determined. It is mentioned at a webpage, but it is not yet determined whether it is the same program [1].
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Whether it is still in operation is not determined. It is mentioned at a webpage, but it is not yet determined whether it is the same program <Ref>[http://www.cryi.org/pages/Mission/Default.aspx CrossRoad Youth Intervention]</Ref>.
  
 
They were used as punishment by the [[Cascade School]] for runaways and severe rule breakers.
 
They were used as punishment by the [[Cascade School]] for runaways and severe rule breakers.
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== In the news ==
 
== In the news ==
 
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The local police investigated them for child abuse. Among the claims were: punched in the face, slammed into trees and made to eat their vomit. When police were present, the detained teenager could show them that they were forced to carry their own excrement in their pockets <Ref>[http://archive.southcoasttoday.com/daily/07-96/07-12-96/b06wn087.htm Teen wilderness campers allege abuse], New Standard, July 12, 1996.</Ref>. At the time they were not license to operate in the state of Colorado.
The local police investigated them for child abuse. Among the claims were: punched in the face, slammed into trees and made to eat their vomit. When police were present, the detained teenager could show them that they were forced to carry their own excrement in their pockets [2]. At the time they were not license to operate in the state of Colorado.
 
  
 
According to the article some of the teenagers were sent to the hospital due to the order by the authorities:
 
According to the article some of the teenagers were sent to the hospital due to the order by the authorities:
 
<Blockquote>''A 15-year-old girl was evacuated from the camp by horseback on Friday and a 14-year-old boy was removed Sunday. Colorado health officials said they contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a severe skin infection.<Br><Br>Both were hospitalized. The girl was in fair condition with severe, infectious wounds on her left hand, but the infection was under control, authorities said. The boy's condition wasn't released.''</Blockquote>
 
<Blockquote>''A 15-year-old girl was evacuated from the camp by horseback on Friday and a 14-year-old boy was removed Sunday. Colorado health officials said they contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a severe skin infection.<Br><Br>Both were hospitalized. The girl was in fair condition with severe, infectious wounds on her left hand, but the infection was under control, authorities said. The boy's condition wasn't released.''</Blockquote>
  
They were also hit by a lawsuit [3]
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They were also hit by a lawsuit <Ref>[http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data2/californiastatecases/h019973.doc The lawsuit]</Ref>
  
An article on a site that functions as marketing firm for the industry mention the closure of the program in Colorado, but it remains unclear if they have started up in another state [4].
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An article on a site that functions as marketing firm for the industry mention the closure of the program in Colorado, but it remains unclear if they have started up in another state <Ref>[http://www.strugglingteens.com/archives/1996/8/seen02.html Seen and Heard - Aug, 1996], Strugglingteens.com - internet marketing firm</Ref>.
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
 
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<References />
*1) [http://www.cryi.org/pages/Mission/Default.aspx CrossRoad Youth Intervention]
 
*2) [http://archive.southcoasttoday.com/daily/07-96/07-12-96/b06wn087.htm Teen wilderness campers allege abuse], New Standard, July 12, 1996.
 
*3) [http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data2/californiastatecases/h019973.doc The lawsuit]
 
*4) [http://www.strugglingteens.com/archives/1996/8/seen02.html Seen and Heard - Aug, 1996], Strugglingteens.com - internet marketing firm.
 
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
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===Info pages===
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*Info: [http://www.nospank.net/n-b65.htm Protecting the Rights of Teens--Communication from Alexia Parks], from Project Nospank (Article mentioning the program)
  
*Info: [http://www.nospank.net/n-b65.htm Protecting the Rights of Teens--Communication from Alexia Parks], from Project Nospank (Article mentioning the program)
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===Survivor groups===
 
*Survivor group: [http://groups.myspace.com/WildernessSurvivors Group for people, who has been at a wilderness program and have survived to tell their story], ''Myspace''
 
*Survivor group: [http://groups.myspace.com/WildernessSurvivors Group for people, who has been at a wilderness program and have survived to tell their story], ''Myspace''
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===Message boards===
 
*Forum: [http://fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=23057 Wilderness Turdapy] - a tread on Fornits webforum mentioning the program.
 
*Forum: [http://fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=23057 Wilderness Turdapy] - a tread on Fornits webforum mentioning the program.
 
*Forum: [http://fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=12992 Pathfinders, Inc . and the *sshole Mike Parr] - a tread on Fornits webforum.
 
*Forum: [http://fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?t=12992 Pathfinders, Inc . and the *sshole Mike Parr] - a tread on Fornits webforum.
 
*Forum: [http://wwf.fornits.com/viewtopic.php?t=7016 white gold] - a tread on Fornits webforum mentioning the owner.
 
*Forum: [http://wwf.fornits.com/viewtopic.php?t=7016 white gold] - a tread on Fornits webforum mentioning the owner.
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*Forum: [http://cafety.org/index.php?option=com_joomlaboard&Itemid=68&func=showcat&catid=13  The Teen Help Industry] a subforum on the message board of Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY)
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*Forum: [http://fican.freeforums.org/the-troubled-teen-industry-f4.html The Troubled Teen Industry] a subforum on the message board of  Fight Institutional Child Abuse Network (FICAN)
  
 
[[Category:Wilderness Therapy]]
 
[[Category:Wilderness Therapy]]
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[[Category:Wilderness programs in Colorado]]
 
[[Category:Colorado]]
 
[[Category:Colorado]]

Versionen fra 2. jul 2008, 09:21

Pathfinders Wilderness Program was a wilderness program, which were operating in the northern of Colorado in the late 90's.

Whether it is still in operation is not determined. It is mentioned at a webpage, but it is not yet determined whether it is the same program [1].

They were used as punishment by the Cascade School for runaways and severe rule breakers.

Among the founders was Mike Parr - a former employee from Rocky Mountain Academy.

In the news

The local police investigated them for child abuse. Among the claims were: punched in the face, slammed into trees and made to eat their vomit. When police were present, the detained teenager could show them that they were forced to carry their own excrement in their pockets [2]. At the time they were not license to operate in the state of Colorado.

According to the article some of the teenagers were sent to the hospital due to the order by the authorities:

A 15-year-old girl was evacuated from the camp by horseback on Friday and a 14-year-old boy was removed Sunday. Colorado health officials said they contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a severe skin infection.

Both were hospitalized. The girl was in fair condition with severe, infectious wounds on her left hand, but the infection was under control, authorities said. The boy's condition wasn't released.

They were also hit by a lawsuit [3]

An article on a site that functions as marketing firm for the industry mention the closure of the program in Colorado, but it remains unclear if they have started up in another state [4].

References

  1. CrossRoad Youth Intervention
  2. Teen wilderness campers allege abuse, New Standard, July 12, 1996.
  3. The lawsuit
  4. Seen and Heard - Aug, 1996, Strugglingteens.com - internet marketing firm

External Links

Info pages

Survivor groups

Message boards