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Is Wilderness Therapy Appropriate for Teens with Limited Outdoor Experience?

When you hear the term “wilderness therapy”, what comes to mind? Is it a boot camp style program? Are teens expected to be expert campers or rock climbers? The reality is that wilderness therapy is nothing like boot camp and that it is appropriate for teens with all levels of experience. blueFire Wilderness understands that …

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How to Improve Academic Performance: Stay Active!

Physical activity has long been recommended as a way to keep physical health in check and to promote healthy growth and development, but research also indicates that physical activity is important for brain and learning health as well. Studies from 2013 suggest that increasing physical activities and physical fitness may improve academic performance and that …

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How We Help: Individual Therapy in Wilderness Programs

Navigating through adolescence in today’s socioemotional landscape can be extremely difficult for teens. From mood swings to academic problems to more complicated mental health issues, it’s becoming increasingly common for teens to reach a level of distress where professional help can be beneficial. Research has shown that therapy can help teens in a variety of …

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The Benefits of Nature Therapy for Teens

The benefits of nature on the human psyche have long been espoused, but in recent years researchers have discovered that nature therapy can be just as effective against depression and other mental health conditions as traditional therapy or medication. A study conducted in 2007 found that 90% of those struggling with depression reported higher self-esteem …

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School Anxiety: How To Help Your Teen This Semester

Being a teenager comes with a unique set of challenges, with academic-related stress and pressures causing anxiety in many students. This anxiety can be compounded with the uncertainty of today’s academic structure in light of the global pandemic. Teenage anxiety surrounding school can impact learning and academic success, but awareness of this anxiety and intervention …

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Experiential-Based Education Program Offered in Wilderness Therapy

Many teens struggle to thrive in the atmosphere of traditional schooling when they find content, teaching methods, and the very structure of schooling to be irrelevant to them and the world around them. For these students, a variety of factors such as learning challenges, a lack of motivation, struggles with authority figures, and mental health …

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How and Why to Limit Technology And Screen Time Between School and Fun Time

The screen time debate among parents has been an ongoing conversation since the internet burst began, and this conversation has continued to evolve in light of the pandemic. With virtual school a reality for many American children, families can often feel powerless to control how much screen time is allowed for their children. This new …

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