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Seen 'n Heard - Jun, 1997 Issue (page 2)

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Lynn Thomas, recent Director of Aspen Ranch in Loa, Utah has taken a leave of absence for two very obvious reasons. Twins Kayla Faye and Zachariah Emmanuel arrived February 4 and are doing well at home with their parents, Lynn and Steven. Kayla arrived at 5 lbs, 1 ½ ounces, and brother Zach was 5 lbs, 2 ounces at birth. 

Nathan Johnson, Director of Faith Ranch in Uvalde, Texas announced the need to sell the ranch to meet a settlement arising out of “litigation for the past three years due to the unfortunate death of one of the boys on a camping trip.” The property consists of about 175 acres, 15 buildings, is fully licensed for youth programs in Texas, and is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Faith Ranch has served as a Christian youth school for boys for many years. If you are interested in details, Nathan Johnson can be contacted at home at 210-232-5536. He says, “Currently, I am willing to entertain any option in order to put an end to this nightmare.”

Carol Wilburn of Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Joseph LaZenka of Somerset, California, EARTHPASSAGE, are offering a four-day Vision Quest “in the Mountains and Valleys of North Idaho” from August 1st to August 10th, 1997. They have worked in the Bear Tribe Vision Quest program for six years and have trained extensively with the School of Lost Borders, founded by Steven Foster and Meredith Little, who wrote THE BOOK OF THE VISION QUEST. Call 208- 267-7297 or 916-620-8110 for more information. 

Six weeks of travel and study, starting June 30 and ending August 8, 1997 is a program planned by Linda Houghton for “students interested in travel and studying Native American culture.” The Home Base will be Crazy Horse, South Dakota. Weeks one and two will be spent there, “weeks three and four will be spent in three northwest and canadian cities looking for local heroes” and weeks five and six will be spent discussing and writing about the total experience and how it relates to self.” For further information, call Kelly Sell at 706-867-6243, or Linda Houghton at 802-442-8407. 

Catherine Sutton, 209-599- 4692, in the name of The Michelle Sutton Memorial Fund, Inc., has developed and is mailing out a flyer entitled “Buyer Beware! Wilderness Camp Therapy may be hazardous to your child’s health and welfare!” It contains a check list of questions every parent should ask of a wilderness program before enrolling a child, and recommends “If ... you detect resistance to, or evasion of, any of your inquiries, either research other options, or keep your child at home!” The flyer also states, “Separating a child from peer pressures, drugs, and distractions (such as TV, videos, etc.) can help them gain a new and sustaining perspective on life. Learning to live in an adventuresome, wilderness environment can teach a child many things; responsibility, life skills, and the importance of team effort. However, not all camps are capable of providing such successful experiences.” These are warnings and sentiments every responsible professional dealing with wilderness programs can agree with. 

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