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hoods in the woods

Unfortunately, there are dozens of
"hoods in the woods" groups out there,
from schools for delinquents to camps
to prison programs.  New England has
several backwoods schools for
delinquents.  I met several groups on
my thru-hike and found that the quality
varied enormously, from caring involved
counselors to idiots who should never
have been out in the woods, much less
leading a group of inexperienced kids.
(One group forgot the food, so bought 3
days worth of candy bars and twinkies -
they told the kids to meet them at the
shelter 10 miles ahead, and then hiked
on without the kids. No supervision, no
instruction, no involvement. Not one of
the better groups, and they do this
several times a year.)  - ginny O.