ERIC Number: ED198997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Urban Bound: A Report to the Boettcher Foundation and to the Donner Foundation.
Colorado Outward Bound School, Denver.
Urban Bound was begun in 1967 as an experimental two-phase program to help delinquent boys develop self-confidence and channel their energies appropriately. Phase one, a 21-day mountain program, was designed to build youth-group and youth-instructor relationships, develop self-confidence, provide an acceptable male image, promote communication, and release energy through adventure. Phase two, a 3-month individualized follow-up program of support, recreation, and counseling, was designed to help the youths transfer to the city the lessons they had learned in the mountains. In 1967 and 1968, three groups of probationary youths aged 15 and up were referred to Urban Bound. During phase one they were slow to develop group and instructor relationships; their reactions to stress, the outdoors, and adversity were unpredictable; and they did not respond to standard Outward Bound teaching methods. In phase two, finding suitable meeting places and job opportunities for the boys proved difficult and a volunteer sponsor program was unsuccessful. However, as these problems were solved the program improved. Each group was more successful than the last. Sixty-three percent of the 32 participants did not recidivate by March 1969. (SB)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Behavior Change, Delinquency, Delinquent Behavior, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Experiential Learning, Group Discussion, Group Dynamics, Males, Outdoor Education, Program Evaluation, Self Esteem, Stress Variables, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Donner (William H.) Foundation.; Boettcher Foundation, Denver, CO.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Outward Bound School, Denver.