Closure of outdoor program for at-risk teens hits Wrangell


January 20, 2022

Courtesy R.E. Johnson

Canoeists in the Alaska Crossings program paddled last September along the Back Channel, heading northbound past Wrangell Island. Outdoor expeditions were a key part of the Wrangell-based program for at-risk youth. SEARHC closed the program last week, deciding to expand a similar operation in Sitka.

SEARHC's announcement last week that it was shuttering the 21-year-old Alaska Crossings program in Wrangell, a wilderness therapy program for at-risk children that the health care provider took over in 2017, disappointed much of the community.

The news release cited rising costs. Spokesperson Maegan Bosak, senior director of lands and property management at SEARHC offices in Sitka, said Friday she didn't have an operating cost for Crossings but would ask the finance department for the information.

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