Challenger Foundation

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Current status Closed
Image:Detainees.gif Capacity ?
Checked October 23, 2010
Image:Open.gif Opened 1988
Image:Close.gif Closed 1990

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]

Contents

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
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