Alternative Youth Adventures was meant to be an alternative to youth prison. Sending at-risk children out in the nature sounded like a good idea. Unfortunately medical illnesses were ignored and in the end this approach claimed the life of a boy.
It was not the first death in wilderness nor the last one. Wilderness programs are killers.
It was not fun for the teenagers who ended up in the program even when they survived.
IRS, people cutting off their balls and a teenager who disappeared never to be seen again are only something of the crazy things which went down with Synanon
Some claim people were murdered. Fact is that things that went by at Synanon established a industry where youth were held captive. The founder of CEDU walked the hallways of Synanon.
It was not a fun place for a teenager to be.