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The Wild Card: Finding a Wilderness Program for Struggling Teenagers

There are many factors to consider when choosing a wilderness program for struggling teenagers. Safety, therapy, and respect are cornerstones of what a wilderness program for struggling teenagers should offer your child. But that’s only the beginning. At its best, the perfect wilderness program for struggling teenagers can provide your child with an individualized experience …

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Therapeutic Recreation: Getting Better While Having Fun

Too often, therapy gets a bad name. Be it out-to-get-you psychologists that bill thirty minutes as an hour or prison-like asylums with evil nurses. That mentality is desperately outdated. Today, therapy is a progressive field of medicine that takes many forms, with therapeutic recreation being one of them. As defined by the American Therapeutic Recreation …

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Out into the Great Outdoors: Eight tips for hiking safety

Going out into the great outdoors is a fantastic way to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Going hiking, for instance, has proven benefits including improved self esteem, strengthened relationships, and a sense of self fulfillment. Hiking, with all its benefits, may also be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to follow strict …

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Wilderness Ventures: Providing Holistic Healing

In our previous blog, we discussed the negative effects of nature deficit disorder and the societal changes that are encouraging them. Outward bound summer programs focus on wilderness ventures and outdoor education, and have been proven to combat the negative effects. By teaching teens the importance of the natural world, allowing them to experience freedom …

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Adaptive Rock Climbing is More Than an Adventure

El Capitan’s granite wall, which has been deemed the most difficult climb in the world, was recently free-climbed for the very first time by two climbers, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson. Though they used ropes as a safety precaution, Caldwell and Jorgeson did not use any equipment to aid in gripping or climbing of the …

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Adventure Experiences Offer Teens New Skills and Positive Outlook

When deciding to send your son or daughter to a therapy program, you are probably most concerned about a change in their behavior. Either they have been defiant and aggressive toward others or they have begun demonstrating self-harming behaviors. You know they are struggling emotionally and need the help intensive therapy can provide. Wilderness therapy …

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Volunteering: A Vital Treatment During Wilderness Ventures

Arguably the most important aspect of therapy for troubled teens is changing how they think about themselves. Most teens that come to a wilderness venture camp struggle with depression, anxiety and emotional issues revolving around low self-esteem. As teens begin to see how they matter and how much they can accomplish, their thoughts and behaviors …

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