From deserts, to mountains, to gorges, and rivers, the Idaho environment surrounding blueFire makes an ideal place for a wilderness therapy program. Wilderness therapy uses adventure activities to help troubled teens develop productive, healthy behaviors, reuniting families in the process. Teens learn new skills, develop confidence in themselves, benefit from therapy sessions, learn to communicate with family and learn to have better relationships in general.
When teens have emotional or physical outbursts and are unable to function productively at school or home, it often stems from low self-esteem. Many of the outdoor activities found in a Southern Idaho wilderness therapy program are new to the students. Learning different skills and discovering just how much they are capable of helps troubled teens build the confidence and skills needed to make lasting changes.
Adventure Therapy in Southern Idaho
The natural diversity found in Southern Idaho, aptly nicknamed the “Magic Valley” region, offers students a variety of outdoor activities to participate in while in the program.
- Rock climbing
- Mountain biking
- Equine therapy
- Paddle boarding
- Cross country skiing
The vast expanse of wilderness around blueFire’s base camp allows not only for participating in new activities, but being able to spend multiple days out in the wilderness. The multi-day treks allow troubled teens to plan, prep, and execute their own adventures with their group. During the process, they learn that their decisions and actions may have both consequences and benefits, all while being assisted by trained counselors to work through arising issues.
Southern Idaho Scenery
The Snake River
One of the main rivers that flows through Southern Idaho is the Snake River. The vast canyon that was formed as the river flowed through volcanic rock provides a perfect playground for many different activities including kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and camping along the banks. It also offers breathtaking views of the over 5,000 foot high cliffs through Hell’s Canyon. Visit www.rivers.gov/rivers/snake.php for more information on the snake river.
147 named or recognized peaks and towers exist in the 450 miles of the Sawtooth Mountains. “33 of the peaks rise above 10,000 feet and at least 40 prominent rock towers or peaks exist.” (Summitpost.org) Because of the extensive possibilities for hikes with different views, terrains, and experiences, blueFire uses the space to take troubled teens out of their comfort zones and explore new land through backpacking and hiking.
City of Rocks
“You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.”
The City of Rocks offers almost 15,000 acres of world-class rock climbing locations. Most teenagers settle for fitting in and going with the flow. Trying something as nerve-racking as rock climbing against a cliff face is beyond a teen’s comfort level. The rewards for being in nature, tackling fears, taking healthy risks and building self-confidence are both unforgettable and life-changing.
Contact blueFire Wilderness Therapy Program Today
The various landscapes of Southern Idaho provide the perfect place for a teen wilderness therapy program. With limitless possibilities of activities that teach and develop life-skills, along with building confidence and self-worth, your troubled teen will grow in ways they are not able to at home. They will have access to holistic therapy, on top of the challenging experiences changing the way your teen thinks and lives. For more information on blueFire’s Idaho wilderness therapy, call 844-413-1999. A member of our admissions team will help you determine the right course for your teen, answer any questions you have and ultimately, help you begin the journey to bring your family back together.