Wilderness Weekly 7.21.17


This week the Lorikeets spent time hiking through a beautiful canyon in the west desert! The students crushed our uphill hikes and worked on functioning as a group both logistically and emotionally. All of the students busted coals, meaning they made friction fire coals with a bow drill set. One student got out of first camp, another had her parents visit, and a third navigated the group during her last Outback hike. One Keet conquered a challenging uphill hike as well as the art of making friction fires. We spent lots of time under the Milky Way and under the stars, and we saw a couple of comets.


The Brumbies honored a newer member of the group with the brightness token. Two students were also recognized for their ability to make amends with their parents and were also given tokens.  Leadership was also passed down from one amazing mentor to another.

This week the Brumbies also found a creek and built a small damn in an attempt to make a pool and played in the sun.

Wilderness therapy teen sitting on mountain looking over valley

The group then pulled together to hike up one of the highest points in our field, peaking Indian, a part of the Simpson Mountain range.


One Uluru received Brightness token for his upbeat general demeanor and ability to uplift the spirits of all of the group. Then the Openness was given by staff to a student who has really opened up after having been very resistant to doing any assignments.

The Uluru group also explored nature and showed true compassion when observing that their Main Camp was put up under a nest of 2 baby hawks. They moved far away so the momma hawk could get to the nest for feeding the chicks.


Two of the group members were honored with tokens for their stand out work in the group, the Seeker token and the Winged Heart token. Three group members were honored with trail names as they have come into their own in the past few weeks.

Leadership was passed to a new student who had recently exhibited leadership qualities during a particularly challenging hike.

Four of the students had their parent visits, in which they spent an afternoon with their parents, honored them with token ceremonies, and reconnected in meaningful ways.


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