Summit Quest was a behavior modification program using a combination of wilderness therapy and Boot camp techniques as tools.
It was founded by Gayle Palmer Degraff - a former employee from Challenger Foundation.
In the news[redigér]
May 9, 1990 15 year old Michelle Sutton lost her life only 7 days after entering the program <Ref>Remembering Michelle Lynn Sutton</Ref> <Ref>Loving them to death, Outside magazine, October 1995 (article mentioning the death).</Ref>. The program was shut down in Utah and moved to Nevada just to close due to bad publicity. No charges were filed. The manager are now working as referral consulent.
The wilderness program was sued by the parents of Sutton <ref>Girl's parents file suit against wilderness program, Mohave Daily Miner, October 30, 1990</ref>. The program was convicted to bay $345,000 to the relatives of the girl <ref>SUMMIT QUEST TO PAY FAMILY $345,000, Deseret News, February 1, 1992 (pay-per-view article)</ref>
In 1991 the program was operating in Nevada, when the authorities shut it down <ref>Nevada Holds Youths After Raid on Camp, by Chris Jorgensen, Salt Lake Tribune, March 16, 1991 (pay-per-view article)</ref>
- Info: Boot Camp Brutes America’s Children’s Gulag, Pierre Tristam / Candide’s Notebooks, October 11, 2007
- Community group: Wilderness Program Graduates, Facebook
- Survivor group: I Survived Wilderness, Facebook
- Survivor group: Wilderness Survivors, Facebook
- Survivor group: Group for people, who has been at a wilderness program and have survived to tell their story, Myspace WinGate is not mentioned on this page
- Community group: the anti-therapy alliance, Facebook
- Community group: Kicked Outta Rehab, Facebook
- Forum: Gayle Palmer DeGraff, a tread on Fornits Webforum
- Forum: The Teen Help Industry a subforum on the message board of Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY)
- Forum: The Troubled Teen Industry a subforum on the message board of Fight Institutional Child Abuse Network (FICAN)