ERIC Number: ED175582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Wilderness School Staff Report: 1978-1979.
Flood, John; McCabe, Beth
The successful Wilderness School functions as a broad youth serving agency attempting to have a permanent impact on the self-concept, behavior, and attitudes of its students by affecting their feelings and sense of self-worth as well as the major components of their environment (family, living situation, school, job potential), and by providing them with a support system for at least one year. The program has three phases. Recruitment and Orientation involves a two-day referral agency outdoor orientation; recruitment of prospective students, selected only on the basis of their willingness to try; student orientation, a "follow-up" contract between referral agency and student; and a student-staff interview. The Wilderness Challenge is designed after the American Outward Bound Schools and is intended to confront the participant with a new environment, different demands, and challenges to be faced as a member of a group. The Follow-Up Phase monitors the progress of referral agency follow-up and supports and assists the student as much as possible. In September 1977 the School introduced a Special Education Project for students who are handicapped, emotionally disturbed, or in need of special education. Appendices include staff credentials, board of directors, sample contracts, and application information. (SB)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Agency Role, Contracts, Correctional Rehabilitation, Counseling Services, Delinquency, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Emotional Disturbances, Followup Studies, Handicapped Children, Handicapped Students, Human Services, Intergroup Relations, Objectives, Outdoor Education, Program Evaluation, Referral, Responsibility, Self Concept, Special Education, Staff Orientation, Student Recruitment, Success, Youth Agencies, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wilderness School, Goshen, CT.