The students who come to Outback Therapeutic Expeditions are given the opportunity to immerse themselves into the beauty and wonder of the wilderness. Because we recognize the level of physical and psychological effort expended during an Outback Expedition, we designed a way to incorporate basecamp features without compromising the ability to fully explore and discover the outdoors. Rather than having the group return to a stationary basecamp each week, we bring basecamp to students. This is Mobile Basecamp.
Mobile Basecamp is a collection of shelters and equipment, brought out to the groups, to create space for students to retreat, reflect, and restore. These three-day layovers allow students to restock on food and supplies, receive medical check-ups and enjoy home-style meals prepared together in Dutch Ovens. Most importantly, this is where bodies and minds are rejuvenated.
Large group shelters are brought out to the groups for various meetings, shared meals, and workshops. We provide two different types of large group shelters based on time of year. During the winter, this shelter is a wall tent with wood burning stoves and in the summer a sturdy shade shelter. Here students enjoy family-style meals cooked in Dutch ovens. This space also provides a classroom-style setting with chairs and whiteboards for intensive, half-day clinical workshops as well as other activities such as meditation, art projects, and movement exercises.
Although our students practice a robust and healthy hygiene routine, our Mobile Basecamp provides an extra addition to help our students transition from expedition mode to basecamp mode. The shower tent has a raised floor and fits a wood burning stove along with shower supplies. There is nothing more rejuvenating after a few days in the wilderness than a hot shower in a warm tent.