THE CALL OF THE WILD

WILDERNESS-THERAPY CAMPS OFFER A LAST HOPE FOR OUT-OF- CONTROL KIDS -- BUT MAY HAVE HIDDEN DANGERS

Aaron Bacon seemed a regular rebellious kid, a 16-year-old who grew suddenly moody, as adolescents often do. His poetry took on a violent tinge; he stayed up late listening to music; and he started skipping classes at his Phoenix, Arizona, high school. More worrisome, he was smoking a lot of pot-and maybe even selling it. It was probably just a phase, though his parents, Sally and Bob, will never know for sure.

After Aaron was attacked by a gang in the school parking lot, the Bacons decided to take action. Sally, an artist and real estate agent, remembered hearing about a...