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1996 Issue (page 2).
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CHANGES AT TREX INC. IN BEND OREGON
Gabriel Rivera, Founder/Director of TREX INC. (Transitional Intervention Experience), in Bend, Oregon, 541-385-0323, announced the
addition of Mike Nunes as the new Director of Admissions and Marketing. Mike has fourteen years of residential counseling experience,
which includes ten years of program management. Trex’s Pre- and Post-Excursion Program became effective on September 1, 1996. The
Pre-Excursion allows flexible enrollment, and the Post-Excursion allows additional experiences such as Service Internships, Peer Mentorships,
special Work Ethic Projects, and Academics that the students do not have time for in the regular 21-day program.
CAMP SAFETY AWARENESS GROUP MEETINGS
The Camp Safety Awareness Group, sponsored by the Michelle Sutton Memorial Fund, chaired by Cathy Sutton, 209-599-4692, met on October
29, 1996 in San Jose, California. The purpose of the Camp Safety Awareness Group is to encourage parents to “Check ‘em Out” before
enrolling children in wilderness programs. Topics of the October meeting included “A Forgotten Law”, the Interstate Compact on the
Placement of Children, which requires state approval for a placement even if it is entirely a private placement, and an introduction
to the International Youth Institute Council on Accreditation, a relatively new group developing youth care curricula nationally.
The next Camp Safety Awareness Group Meeting will be February 24, 1997.
ILL. PROBATION DEPT STOPS USING VISION QUEST
The newsletter VOICES, associated with the Michelle Sutton Memorial Fund, reports that the DuPage County Department of Probation &
Court Services, Illinois, after an investigation, will no longer be referring children to VisionQuest. VisionQuest is a controversial
wilderness oriented program which works primarily by State and local government contracts for adjudicated children.
OREGON TRANSITION HOMES
Sarah Moir, Program Manager for the transition program for Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions graduates, 541-928-2980,
announced they have several homes in place, mostly in very rural areas of eastern Oregon. These homes are for students who have completed
the three-week Freer program, but “who need to continue to work actively on their issues” and it would not be appropriate for them
to return “immediately to their own homes and communities. Transition home stays range from one month to over a year.” “The families
we have recruited as transition homes are hard- working, responsible parents with old-fashioned rural values, which include pretty
definite ideas about how children should behave. Some of them have children of their own.” They “have experience with hard to manage
teens. These families are not easily manipulated and they provide teens with a great deal of structure.”
ICON CORPORATION WANTS TO BUY CAMPS
John Robert Tucker, President of Icon Corporation, in Washington D.C., 202-861- 0619, is representing Icon in the not-for-profit corporation’s
desire to invest in camps. “Icon Corporation is an investment fund that is closely held by benefactors who... prefer their role in
this exciting new venture to remain private.” Icon is currently soliciting offers from owners who have camps for sale.
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