ERIC Number: ED172069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Florida's Eckerd Wilderness Camp Program.
Florida State Dept. of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Tallahassee.
This report evaluates year-long wilderness camping rehabilitation program for juvenile delinquents believed "emotionally problemed." The remote camps teach through an experience curriculum encompassing daily camping style tasks, with integration of experience via three-day home visits every six weeks followed by written reports by parents. Data profiling the population, aftercare and recidivsim reveal that the younger offender is more likely to recidivate, that placements are only half of capacity (partly due to overlong stays averaging 16 months and partly due to legal considerations), almost all youngsters are first commitments and younger than in other commitment programs, white youth placement exceeds their commitment proportion, aftercare diminishes sharply after three months, school attendance parallels this drop, and the recidivism success rate is 53% after a year, dropping to 40% half a year later. (LS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Tallahassee.