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New Perspectives - Jun, 1993 Issue #21 

Cusick, Washington
Shirley and Bruce Morelli
by: Lon Woodbury

Straight Arrow Camps is on 300 acres of land about 1 1/2 hours north of Spokane, Washington. They are opening their doors to adolescents this summer, ages 13-19, focusing on adolescents "who need time out from their usual circle of friends and environment in order to examine their choices and where those choices have led them. .... These kids are at a point in their lives where they recognize the need for positive growth and are willing to be a part of that change."

The ranch is "in a secluded but easily accessible mountain valley bordering the Selkirk Range and Kaniksu National Forest." It "is home to many different animals such as horses, burros, wild turkeys, peacocks, and over 70 buffalo, along with other unusual animals." Extensive improvements have been made, and the pictures Shirley and Bruce sent me suggest the buildings are modern, rustic and well cared for.

Shirley and Bruce have spent their 18 years of marriage in the Pacific Northwest, including 5 years in remote Alaska. They have four children of their own, ages 8-15, and have worked with children and adults in various outdoor and wilderness programs as trip leaders. Most recently they lived outside Sisters, Oregon as facility managers for a summer youth camp, a cross-country ski business for their ski-in lodge, and did some work with teens for Gabriel Rivera, owner of TREX, INC. operating outside of Bend, Oregon.

Copyright 1993, 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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