Tragedy in the Wilderness
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(R) Days t ar Residential Treatment Center February 14, 2002 (R) The Lindens February 6, 2002 (N) Catherine Freer Wilderness Program May 27, 2002 (N) Skyline Journey July 13, 2002 (R) On Track Wilderness (Brown School) October 14, 2002 (R) New Hope For Children S.C. 2003 (R) Devereux Cleo Wallace March 10, 2003 (A) Catherine Freer Wilderness March 26, 2003 (B) Pinellas County Juvenile Detention May 31, 2003 (R) High Pointe, Oklahoma June 1, 2003 (M) Miami Dade Regional JDC, Florida June 2, 2003 (R) Krause Children's Center October 12, 2003 (S) Island View July 2, 2004 (S) Spring Creek Lodge October 8, 2004 (UI ) Lonestar Expeditions September 9, 2004 (N) Thayer Learning Center November 3, 2004 (R) Grafton School, Inc December 23, 2004 (R) Appalachian Wilderness Camp April 21, 2005 (R) Chad Youth Enhancement Ctr. September 18, 2005 (R) Group Home, Charlotte, SC September 2005 (UI) Via Quest Behavioral Health October 8, 2005 (M) Cypress Creek Juvenile Correctional Ctr. October 13, 2005 (R) Star Ranch Youth Camp December 4, 2005 (NC) Summit Quest (PA) December 12, 2005 (R) Bay County (Sheriff's) Boot Camp January 6, 2006 (R) Via Quest (Summit Quest) February 4, 2006 (R) Northwest Counseling & Guidance Clinic May 26, 2006 (A) Star Ranch Youth camp May 30, 2006 (UI) Presbyterian Medical Services July 13, 2006 (UI) De Soto Outward Bound Camp June 17, 2006 (UI) Outward Bound Wilderness July 16, 2006 (M) SUWS Idaho July 28, 2006 (M) Back to Basics Christian Military Academy August 12, 2006 (UI) Tryon Boys Juvenile Rehabilitation Center November 18, 2006 (UI) Alternative Youth Adventures May 2, 2007 (UI) Youth Care/Aspen Education Group June 28, 2007 (OD) KidsPeace May 2, 2008
Robert Doyle Erwin , 15 (BA) Vision Quest November 24, 1980 Lyle Foodroy (age unknown) (BA) Vision Quest November 24, 1980 Robert Zimmerman , 17 (BA) Vision Quest November 24, 1980 Charles Lucas , 16 (BA) Vision Quest November 24, 1980 James Lamb , 14 (BA) Vision Quest November 24, 1980 Bernard Reefer (age unknown) (BA) Vison Quest November 24, 1980 Eric David Schibley , 17 (BA) Vision Quest November 24, 1980 Tammy Edmiston (age unknown) (BA) Vision Quest September 11, 1982 Mario Cano , 16 (UK) Vision Quest April 27, 1884 Leon Anger (age unknown) (UK) Vision Quest September 16, 1984 (A) Victory Christian Academy September 23, 1988 (R) Western Center September 28, 1988 (R) St. Aemelian Hospital January 8, 1989 (R) Marysville Academy July 11, 1989 (R) Family and Children's Center July 6, 1989 Danny Lewis , 16 (A) Vision Quest June 1989 (R) Sequin Community Living Center April 14, 1990 (N) Summit Quest May 9, 1990 (N) Challenger June 27, 1990 John Vincent Garrison , 18 Vision Quest June, 1990 (R) Brookhaven Youth Ranch May 12, 1991 (S) Echo Glen Children's Center (Unknown Month/Day) 1992 (N) Rites of Passage (Nevada) February 4,1992 (S) Southwood Psychiatric Hospital March 6, 1992 (R) Behavior Training Research April 10, 1993 (R) Kid's Peace May 12, 1993 (R) Cleo Wallace Center December 1993 (N) Northstar Expeditions March 31, 1994 (R) Youth Center of Topeka July 8, 1994 (R) Allen Residential Center October 18, 1994 (R) New Directions 2nd Chance June 5, 1994 Lorenzo Johnson , 17 (A) Arizona Boys Ranch June 27, 1994 Carlos Ruiz , 13 Vision Quest December 16, 1994 (S) Rocky Mountain Academy July 25, 1994 (R) New England Center for Autism December 1, 1995 (R) Children's Village January 11, 1995 (A) Vision Quest June 25, 1995 (R) Odyssey Harbor February 22, 1996 (H) Mountain Park Baptist Academy March 25, 1996
The Monks of St. Michaels
H O L Y T H E C H I L D R E N
Year, Child's Name, Program and Cause of Death 1990 Michelle Sutton - Summit Quest (Closed) - Dehydration 1990 Kristen Chase - Challenger (Closed) - Hyperthermia 1994 Aaron Bacon - North Star Expeditions (Closed) - Abuse/Medical Neglect 2000 William "Eddie" Lee - Obsidian Trails (Still Open) - Improper Restraint 2001 Ryan Lewis - Alldrege Academy (Still Open Renamed The Ayne Institute) - Suicide 2002 Charles "Chase" Moody - On Track (Closed) - Improper Restraint 2002 Katherine "Katie" Lank - Red Rock Academy (Closed) - Head Trauma 2002 *Erica Harvey - Catherine Freer Wilderness (Still Open) - Hyperthermia 2002 Ian August - Skyline Journey (Still Open Renamed Distant Drums) - Hyperthermia 2003 Corey Baines - Catherine Freer Wilderness (Still Open) - Head Trauma * The identity, age and cause of death of a second teenage girl who reportedly died at Catherine Freer are unknown
Death touches us all. When we are young, and someone dies, the impact is huge. Teen Grief is a safe place for teens to express and share when someone close to them has died.
At least 10 children have lost their lives as a result of their participation in a wilderness therapy program (AKA "Brat Camps") who failed them in the worst way imaginable. These are their stories as told through media reports, opinion and commentary.
(R) Northwood Children's Home August 16, 1996 (R) Laurel Ridge August 18. 1997 (R) Private Group Home in WA July 24, 1997 (R) Crow's Nest Family Care September 20, 1997 (R) Iowa Juvenile Home November 2, 1997 (R) Devereaux School April 21, 1997 (R) Foundation Behavioral June 10, 1997 (R) Crockett State School August 26, 1997 (R) Brisbane Child Treatment January 5, 1998 (R) Lancaster foster home (Ohio) March 1, 1998 (R) Unknown Facility November 19, 1998 (R) Kids Peace December 1998 (N) Arizona Boys Ranch March 2, 1998 (A) Robert Land Academy March 7, 1998 (A) Robert Land Academy March 7, 1998 (SH) Echo Glen Children's Center March 1, 1998 (R) Elmcrest Psychiatric Hospital March 22, 1998 (R) Charter Behavioral Healthcare March 4, 1998 (R) Wayside Union Academy April 29, 1998 (R) Desert Hills February 4, 1998 Polk County Boot Camp August, 1998 (R) New Alternatives February 5, 1999 (R) New Horizons Ranch November 2, 1999 (R) Wisconsin Treatment Center December 28, 1999 (R) Eckerd Youth Alternatives February 5, 2000 (R) North Carolina Group Home February 10, 2000 (R) Laurel Ridge February 6, 2000 (R) Southwest Mental Health February 4, 2000 (R) Evergreen Attachment Center April 18, 2000 (R) Obsidian Trails Wilderness Camp September 18, 2000 (S or M) Three Springs Detention October 2000 (R) Facility in Gerard, Iowa February 2, 2001 (R) Shiloh Residential Treatment Center February 11, 2001 (S) Alldredge Academy February 13, 2001 (S) Echo Glen Children's Center March 1, 2001 (N) America's Buffalo Soldiers (Arizona) July 1, 2001 (A) Tranquility Bay, Jamaica August 10, 2001 (N) Alberta Children's Group Home December 21, 2001 (N) Red Rock Ranch Academy January 13, 2002
H O L Y T H E C H I L D R E N Created in 1998 and Online Since 1999 A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM BARBE STAMPS Founder of Teen Advocates USA and Holy The Children W hile every effort is made to ensure accuracy it is i mpossible to know for certain how many children have died while in the care of a private (meaning not public or goverment funded) residential treatment center, psychiatric hospital, juvenile detention center or special purpose program or the exact circumstances (cause) of their death. The reason for this is there is no federal legislation to mandate statewide reporting of deaths that occur in children's treatment facilities and programs that are privately funded. This was true in 1998 when I first began monitoring the care and treatment of youth who come in contact with the privatized behavioral healthcare industry and it's still true today - nearly 9 years later. It is my hope that federal legislation proposed to Congress in 2005 will soon be signed into law with the provision that private-pay children's programs and facilities be required to report deaths, serious accidents and injuries within 24 hours of their occurrence or face severe penalties at both the federal and state level. Please visit the Teen Advocates USA legislative reform page for further information. (May 2007)
L E G E N D Child's Name and Age Cause of Death Name of Facility or Program Date of Death (H) Homicide (S) Suicide (R) Restraint (N) Negligence (NC) Natural Causes (A) Accident (M) Medical (B) Beating (BA) Boating Accident (drowning) (UI) Under Investigation (UK) Unknown (OD) Overdose
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