If you’ve ever been camping, then you are no doubt familiar with the rich and varied therapeutic effects of the outdoors experience. For just a while you disconnect from the universe, unplugging and destressing as you relax and immerse yourself in the many and beautiful wonders of nature.
Perhaps it comes as no surprise to you, then, that wilderness therapy has proven to be a highly effective means of care and treatment for struggling teens. Adolescents participating in these programs experience significant and long-term reduction in symptoms related to challenges such as depression, anxiety, substance experimentation, disruptive behavior, and impulsive tendencies.
Staying Warm and Safe in the Winter Months
Before you enroll your teens in a wilderness therapy program, you may have some very understandable concerns regarding their comfort and safety; especially during the colder months. Indeed, the importance of your kids staying safe during the winter months in wilderness therapy settings is paramount; and in response, wilderness therapy programs such as blueFire Wilderness have specialized guidelines regarding treatment for teens during winter; guidelines that revolve around the very basics of safety.
- Clothing. Making sure that every child is dressed in warm clothes, along with layers such as coats and jackets as needed, for the duration of their wilderness adventure. Necessary extras such as gloves, mittens and scarves also should be provided, if they are not brought from home.
- Shelter. Basing outdoor operations at camp shelters; advanced campsites that come complete with canvas tents and winter yurts. These are greatly needed to provide and make sure teens are staying warm and safe during the winter months.
- Food. Your child will enjoy healthy and seasonal meals with nutritious, sustaining foods such as warm soups, hot teas and cocoas, and baked goods.
- Medical care. The program is staffed with individuals trained in safety and first aid. Team members are ready to assess and treat any cases of cold related injuries and look out for the signs of sickness.
Aside from its many therapeutic benefits, wilderness therapy should at all times make sure students are safe and feel comfortable.
blueFire Wilderness Therapy is a wilderness therapy program aimed toward teens ages 11-17. We also have a young adult programs, blueFire PulsaR for young adults ages 18-28. Call 1-844-413-1999 or visit https://www.bluefirewilderness.com/ for more information.