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Are you one of those parents who sighs with relief when you child or adolescent leaves for summer camp? Do you wait with trepidation for the day your child returns home, knowing he or she will bring chaos back into the household? Do you hope against hope that your child will return with a better, more positive attitude?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child might greatly benefit from a therapeutic wilderness program as an alternative to traditional summer camp. Therapeutic wilderness programs emphasize responsibility, self-examination, and the learning of positive skills to help a troubled or behaviorally challenged child better perform in school and with peers and family members. Positive peer pressure replaces the negative pressure children experience at school. The structured, highly supervised environment enables children to safely explore their issues and build self-confidence.

How do these programs differ from traditional summer camps?

Smaller size: generally the ratio of kids to field instructors is very low. This enable instructors and therapists to work one-on-one with kids, or in very small groups.

Greater supervision: troubled teens thrive in these highly structured environments. They are not tempted by the bad behavior of their peers, because behavior is closely monitored to keep kids on the right track. You won’t have to worry about your child learning “new tricks” at a therapeutic wilderness camps. At traditional summer camps your child may have access to cigarettes and alcohol because they simply do not have the staff-to-camper ratio that enables them to closely monitor all behavior.

Rites of passage: Teens and children in therapeutic summer camps learn primitive skills and challenge themselves by moving through levels. The growth they experience and increased responsibility build self-esteem and self-confidence, which the adolescent takes home with them. The wilderness allows a child to learn the consequences of behavior and adjust accordingly. The structured nature of therapeutic wilderness programs makes this possible with limited risk of injury. This therapeutic summer adventure can start a firm foundation on which to build more positive behaviors back at home.

Don’t Waste Summer Vacation

Parents who are beginning to see the signs of behavioral and emotional problems in their children have an excellent opportunity to get their kids back on track during the summer vacation. A therapeutic wilderness program as an alternative to summer camp can help your child develop new skills and behaviors. The summer is the perfect opportunity for parents to avail themselves of these exceptional programs designed to help teens find themselves and learn more responsible behavior.

Aspen Education Group has a number of summer camp programs that can help teenagers with self-defeating behaviors. These intensive programs can quickly narrow down the issues your childe is experiencing to help him or her on a positive life path.

SUWS offers programs designed to search out and address the root causes of each student’s failure to pursue a constructive purpose in life. This is accomplished by taking advantage of the heightened emotional access that an outdoor environment produces. Although programs are available all year, they provide the perfect opportunity for students to spend their summer vacation in a positive and nurturing environment where they can learn positive behaviors for a successful future. Talk to a program representative for more information.

Wellspring Camps are weight loss camps that offer the first comprehensive summer treatment programs for overweight children and young adults. Wellspring’s clinical weight loss program has been designed by leading researchers and clinicians to maximize long-term behavioral change, which will result in substantial and permanent weight loss, driven by a Web-, e-mail- and phone-based self-monitoring program administered and tracked by Wellspring clinicians. And it all happens at two incredibly fun summer camps. After a summer at Wellspring young people return home feeling great about themselves, ready to change their lives. Plus, there’s no better place to make new friends this summer!

Talk to a program representative for more information.

Our Assessment Test can help you determine if a residential program might be best for your particular child.