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Vision Quest / Re: My VQ boot camp experience
« on: March 26, 2012, 02:58:00 PM »
I'm coming a bit late to this program, but I have something to add to the origional post.

I was a female trooper at this camp in the beginning of same year as the OP. "in the dead of winter." I was 17 at the time, and am now 31. Since nobody over the age of 17 was permitted in the camp, that points out the first hole in her story. And then there is the fact that I was the oldest trooper in our squad bay. Combine that with the details she gives, and I would have beein in the same building, (possibly the same platoon) as she was since there were only two at any given time, and they housed together.  

I don't remember many of the experiences she describes. I remember the labor ( I also remember the pride we felt as a group when the 12 of us accomplished physical tasks that a platoon of 32 boys couldn't do). I remember the PT. I do not remember male staff eyeballing us as we duck walked in our skivies outside in the snow. We wore shorts and T shirts to bed, so....We ran in the snow. Sometimes in shorts and T shirts.

They'd tell us...20 seconds round the building GO...if we took longer as a unit, we'd do it again until we did. This is where we would learn teamwork. I personally carried a girl who was struggling so we could make time.

I remember not being allowed to talk to each other MOST of the time. However, talking was one of the rewards for good behavior. It was dicipline. The last step for many of us before we went to jail, and they were trying to get lessons through our thick heads that we were destroying our lives.  

There was one girl who would have been about my age who was completely psycho. She LOST it after about a week or two and was dismissed from the boot camp and sent to 7 Arrows where the Tee Pees were.  

The rest of us were fine. I moved on from the program with an inner strength that I didn't know I had, and I attribute much of the success I have had in my life to the lessions I learned at Fort Charles Young. I do not like hearing half truth stories bashing the place that completely changed the course of my life.

I just wanted to share that. Thanks.

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