Troubled teens who come to Outback Therapeutic Expeditions for wilderness therapy live in small groups and hike three to five days a week through four mountain ranges located within our 900 square mile course area. Days are divided into physical activity, studies, and therapy — all catalysts for the changes that will be necessary for a healthy, happy life.
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Teens in our program sleep in tents every night with the mountains as their backyard. Troubled teens develop close bonds with their peers and staff through campfire meetings under the stars, invigorating hikes across breath-taking landscapes, a hands-on outdoor classroom, and a series of group challenges.
With assistance and feedback from their field instructors, students learn how to care for themselves, their belongings, and their fellow group members. Soon, they become a “wilderness family.” This support system offers a great deal of help for troubled teens.
Each day at Outback Therapeutic Expeditions is different, depending on the therapeutic needs and goals of the students. Because the wilderness therapy program at Outback relies heavily on natural consequences, students’ attitudes and decisions influence the way the day unfolds.