Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there a Scared Strait Tour in my area?

This particular Scared Straight program runs out of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. As far as we know, there are no other similar programs to educate youth about the dangers of addiction anywhere else in the world. To make use of this program, you must be willing to come to Vancouver, BC.

Can I register a youth for this tour?

Yes you can, but unless he/she is part of a larger group (a minimum of 12 participants and 2 chaperons), he/she will have to be flexible in terms of dates and come on a tour when there is a group scheduled for a tour. Parents who want to send their child on a tour should speak to the program coordinator to determine if the child is an appropriate referral to join a group or if they will need a private tour.

Are all youths appropriate referrals to this program? 

Youth have to be willing and able to participate in the program. If they can cooperate with our tour guides and not be a problem to deal with, they can join a tour when one is schedule. If they are too resistant to being there, they will find a way to sabotage their experience and this could disrupt the experience for the rest of the group. In these cases, we can arrange for a private tour. While this option is more expensive than joining a group, it is often the best solution if the youth has a big attitude problem. We would still need to have you provide a chaperon to accompany us on the tour and help us deal with any problems that may come up.

How often is there a tour?

That varies but on the average we do about 6-10 tours a year.

Can I just send a youth on a tour?

No. Every individual youth (one who is not part of a larger group) must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will supervise them and ensure their cooperation (like being on-time for example).

How much does it cost to send a youth on a tour?

The cost is $350 per participant and $150 per chaperon.

What is included in the tour?

The price includes the tour itself, all meals (2 dinners, 1 lunch and 2 breakfasts), accommodations while on the tour, and on-going support and monitoring after the tour is over.

What do you mean by on-going support after the tour is over?

We at The Scared Straight Tour believe that it is very important to try to ensure that the youth continue to do well long after the tour is over. Towards this end, we encourage the youth to become a fan of The Scared Straight Tour on facebook. Here they are able to read up about how everyone is doing and post comments about how they are doing. This allows them to support each other in their desire to stay free of drugs and alcohol.

We also have a Drug & Alcohol Survey that youth can download anonymously to evaluate whether or not their use of D&A has increased, remained stable or, better yet, gone down. This will allow them to monitor for themselves how well they are doing.

Additionally, the participants are always welcome to stay in touch with us and should they need support we will try to provide that for them or contact someone local who can help.

Will my child be safe?

When we do the tours, we only move about in large groups of at least 15, and we have at least 4 of our own chaperons accompany the group on all outings; we don’t go into back alleys at night; and the participants all get an orientation before the beginning of the tour as to the “do’s and don’ts”. The residents of the Eastside are familiar with our program (we’ve been giving the tours since 2006) and most of them want to help as they do not want to see the kids wind up down there. The residents also want to see the program continue as we try to help out the residents by providing food, blankets, assistance and cash donations to agencies while we are on the tour. Consequently, the word has gone out on the streets to not mess around with the Scared Straight Tour.

How do I register for a tour?

Simply sent us an email.  The contact us link can be found “here”. Please note that a 50% deposit is required for anyone, or any group, wishing to book a tour.