Wilderness Quest is a behavior modification program using the concept of wilderness therapy.
The program was founded in 1988. A former name was Wilderness Conquest.
The program last between 7 - 9 weeks. They have a 50 days minimum stay and they state on their webpage that a stay can last longer if the detained teenager to do complete the phases.
Eventhough the levels are not described on the webpage of the program, the admission contract speaks of the Family phase at the end of the program.
While the teenagers are detained in the program, the family must complete a workbook and listen to tapes and suffer the embarrasment of attending 12-steps meetings even when they have no problems themselves.
Opposite the most of the program the teenager can not mail to his or her parents. The parent are fully depending of the communication the staff members give to them by phone. The family can write letter to their child during the solo phase.
A recent article in Salt Lake Tribune (august 2008) showed problems with the equipment given to the detainees <Ref>Wilderness Therapy Camps, Salt Lake Tribune, August 2008</Ref>.
Recent Office of Licensing records: A February 2008 investigation found a new student whose sleeping bag didn't zip all the way, leaving him cold at night. Staff said the sleeping bag was a temporary problem and prepared a written improvement plan.
Their medical director - Keith R. Hooker - was charged with negligent homicide in relationship with another program he also works for <Ref>Utah doctor indicted in therapy camp death, a thread on Fornits Webforum</Ref>.
November 2009 they announced that they will suspend operations until February 10, 2010 <ref>Wilderness Quest Suspends Operations Until Spring, press-release on strugglingteens.com - industry marketings firm
Wilderness Quest Suspends Operations Until Spring, a thread on Fornits webforum</ref>
- Info: Program Homepage
- Survivor group: Group for people, who has been at a wilderness program and have survived to tell their story, Myspace
- Survivor group: I Survived Wilderness Quest, Myspace
- Forum: Controversy spurs gentler approach in Utah wilderness, a thread mentioning the program on Fornits webforum