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Why Use Adventure-Based Programming?

"Get high on fresh air, physical activity, scenic views, and challenging adventures."

Because adventure-based experiences are:

  • Action-oriented. Passive interactions are turned into active experiences. Clients “walk” rather than “talk” their behaviors. Learning is experiential, not theoretical.
  • Conducted in an unfamiliar environment. Participants get involved in situations and activities that are new, unique and simplified, yet still supportive. They face challenges that remove them from their comfort zone, yet are designed to produce achievement.
  • Designed to capitalize on the positive use of stress. “Eustress” or the healthy use of stress, is introduced into the client’s system in a healthy and manageable manner. This type of stress positions participants in situations where use of trust, cooperation, and clear communication are necessary to achieve desired results. Adventure experiences also provide an inherent level of motivation based on clear and concise consequences for inappropriate behaviors.
  • Conducted in small groups and a supportive atmosphere. In small groups (6 – 12 participants) with high leader/client ratios (usually 1:4 to 1:6), conflicts can be resolved with positive group interaction, and leader intervention. Individual desires can be met, but they must be accomplished in association with the needs of the group, and the guidelines of the program.
  • Solution oriented. Participants are presented with opportunities to focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses (or abilities rather than disabilities). This can diminish initial defenses and lead to healthy change. Rather than being resistant to confronting their problems, clients are challenged to stretch perceived limitations and to discover untapped inner resources, strengths, and solutions.

"Back to the Basics, Back to the Land"

"Learn how to Survive in the Wilderness, so as to Adapt, Cope, and Survive in the Jungle known as Civilization!"

 

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