Summit Quest

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Current status Closed
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Checked November 13, 2010
Open.gif Opened ?
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Summit Quest was a behavior modification program using a combination of wilderness therapy and Boot camp techniques as tools.

It was founded by Gayle Palmer Degraff - a former employee from Challenger Foundation.

In the news

May 9, 1990 15 year old Michelle Sutton lost her life only 7 days after entering the program [1] [2]. The program was shut down in Utah and moved to Nevada just to close due to bad publicity. No charges were filed. The manager are now working as referral consulent.

The wilderness program was sued by the parents of Sutton [3]. The program was convicted to bay $345,000 to the relatives of the girl [4]

In 1991 the program was operating in Nevada, when the authorities shut it down [5]

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References

  1. Remembering Michelle Lynn Sutton
  2. Loving them to death, Outside magazine, October 1995 (article mentioning the death).
  3. Girl's parents file suit against wilderness program, Mohave Daily Miner, October 30, 1990
  4. SUMMIT QUEST TO PAY FAMILY $345,000, Deseret News, February 1, 1992 (pay-per-view article)
  5. Nevada Holds Youths After Raid on Camp, by Chris Jorgensen, Salt Lake Tribune, March 16, 1991 (pay-per-view article)