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News & Views - Jun, 1991 Issue 

Wilderness Conquest History
(Now Known As Wilderness Quest)
(208) 552-1080
Larry Wells, Founder

The Wilderness Conquest Inc. vision began in Idaho in 1971 as Expedition Outreach Inc. Expedition Outreach Inc. conducted programs throughout the western states for juvenile and adult correction agencies. In 1973 they designed and conducted the wilderness phase for VisionQuest now known for their wagon trains. In 1982 they designed and conducted the wilderness program for the School of Urban and Wilderness Survival, the first wilderness treatment program to market to the general public. In 1984 they developed the long term 60 day "specialty program."

Then, in 1988 Wilderness Conquest Inc. was incorporated and national marketing began to the general public to allow a preventative approach. In 1989 the Family Enhancement Phase was added to the program tying the treatment together with the family system. In May of 1990 the field office was moved to Monticello, Utah leaving the admissions office in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Larry Wells, founder of Wilderness Conquest Inc., was featured on Paul Harvey's The Rest of the Story in 1986. WCI is a family run operation with Karen Wells as the Family Coordinator, Larry the Program Director and a daughter Anngela Ritter the Admissions Director. Field Staff usually consists of 10 instructors in the field.

Copyright 1991, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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