blueFire Wilderness understands that the idea of wilderness therapy seems way out of one’s comfort zone for city teens. Compared to teenagers who grow up around nature, many city teens have limited outdoor experience and have grown up participating in indoor sports and creative pursuits as hobbies. This can bring up a lot of concerns for parents who believe that their child might benefit from wilderness therapy but may struggle to adjust to the natural environment. 

No Outdoor Experience Necessary

At blueFire Wilderness, students participate in a variety of adventure activities, not just backpacking, where no previous outdoor experience is necessary. As we offer many different types of adventure activities, every student starts out with different levels of experience in participating in each activity. Some students have spent time biking as a form of transportation, but are less familiar with water sports. Or, they might have gone rock climbing at an indoor gym but never tried to scale a boulder. Even students who are passionate about a particular adventure activity start at square one, as processing their experience through a therapeutic lens may be unfamiliar to them. 

Adventure-Based Activities vs Primitive Skills

While most traditional wilderness therapy programs are based entirely around nomadic camping and focus on teaching primitive skills, blueFire offers an alternative to wilderness therapy. While outdoor skills, like navigation and building bonfires, are part of the program, we focus more on how to apply therapeutic lessons from these activities to the “real world.” We also follow a base camp model where between wilderness expeditions, students return to a home base, which helps them develop a sense of consistency and predictability.

Benefits of Wilderness Therapy Programs with a Base Camp Model

Comforts which are not found in traditional wilderness therapy programs can be found at blueFire. These include:

  • Base camp: yurt structures with bunk beds, chairs, storage. Time for showers, phone conferences, laundry
  • Equine facility: weekly interaction with horses in therapy sessions and general grooming
  • Multi-disciplinary team: a team of professionals all involved in providing treatment
  • Extra therapy time: a therapist in the group, in the field, four times per week with your troubled teen
  • Family time: four-day Family Spark experience reuniting, communicating, future planning
  • High-quality gear: clients start their program with as much as they believe they need and work towards primitive skills for maximum self-reliance

Bluefire Wilderness Can Help 

blueFire Wilderness Therapy is an adventure-based program for teens ages 11-17 who struggle with mental health issues, like ADHD, anxiety, depression,  and behavior issues. Wilderness therapy removes students from the distraction of peers, devices, and demands of life and allows them to heal in a supportive and nurturing environment. Students will be able to focus on themselves and become more aware of their troubling behaviors. BlueFire gives them the skills and tools they need to combat these behaviors and be on their way to a happy and healthy life.


For more information about our adventure therapy program, call 1-844-413-1999. We can help your family today!

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