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Preamble and Rationale for this Type of Programming Initiative

More than ever, today’s teens and young adults struggle to find their way in an increasingly complex and uncertain world.

Sadly, many of these young people have not developed the fundamental tools necessary to meet the challenges. Increasingly, they experience difficulties in school, wrestle with peer and family relationships or become involved in criminal or destructive behaviours (THEY BECOME LOST IN CIVILIZATION).

Friends and family find themselves faced with a loved one who is angry, withdrawn, and unmotivated by life itself….an individual who has no identity, who lives with frustration and a loss of connection to the world around them. Without intervention, he/she moves steadily towards a state of crisis (with the typical result to panic…..fight or flight).

Project LOST is a wilderness therapy program component aimed to meet the needs of young people at risk before they arrive at crisis, and/or in the early stages before serious consequences (involving the judicial system). Project LOST recognizes that these young people are frequently coping with a deficit sense of self-respect and esteem….
and that wilderness adventure challenge therapy has proven qualities towards the regeneration and re-juicing of these deficits.

Through challenge and achievement in pristine, remote wild settings, Project LOST seeks to restore the young person’s sense of self-worth. By helping our clients re-discover a strong, positive sense of self, and by providing positive role models and mentors, we can nurture several key strategies for life-long survival and success.

The program actively promotes effective decision-making, self-discipline and reliance, team-building and leadership, communication and empathy, along with environment ethics and healthy physically-active lifestyles.

 

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