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  • "Passport: Beyond the Adventure" - Gary Bachman

    The story of my sabbatical: an inconvenience rightly considered: (AKA "Passport: Beyond the Adventure" – A Forty Year Reflective on "At-Risk" Youth & Families in a Therapeutic Wilderness Program.)


    An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. - G.K. Chesterton

    “Passport for Adventure” was a therapeutic wilderness program for “pre-delinquent” and “at risk youth” that ran from 1972 through 1993. Early in my social work career I had been a senior guide / counselor in this program. In 2017 I learned that all of the original program files, including initial screening assessments of all participants, as well as of control groups still existed. This created an almost unheard of opportunity to conduct a 40 year follow-up / outcomes study of programs participants.

    In the first week of the sabbatical study, a significant “inconvenience” to the completion of this project emerged.

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