CanAdventure Education offers a non-clinical wilderness adventure camp program that has proven benefits for struggling teens with behaviour issues, emotional problems, low self-esteem, negative peer groups, a lack of interest in school, problems with authority, and in some cases, a history of substance abuse. Our curriculum of experiential learning, skill development, cultural awareness, and personal growth provides a therapeutic environment that has achieved success in engaging struggling teens in more positive activities and interests. As a product of the challenges they face in acquiring new skills and knowledge, campers return home more confident, self-reliant, and focused.
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Limited scholarships of up to 50% for families in financial need.
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At CanAdventure Education, we believe that struggling teen-agers are often individuals with vast untapped potential -youth that are simply not making the most of their abilities in their current school, social, or family situations. By offering an opportunity to separate from these environments, CanAdventure Education provides struggling teen-agers with a new start, one in which negative influences are no longer present and where positive new perspectives on their own selves and on the world around them can be developed.
Our Struggling Teen camps offer a highly personalized approach, guaranteeing a 1:2 instructor to camper ratio on all out-trips and a maximum group size of six campers. All Struggling Teen campers are provided with a full written report on their camp experience, including areas of achievement, focuses for continued growth, and suggestions for next steps on their path to a happy and fulfilling lifestyle.
Struggling Teen First Steps:
CanAdventure Education offers an intensive 20-day wilderness adventure camp as a 'first step' in a planned multi-step intervention process to help struggling teen-agers find a positive path in life. We recommend that families only consider struggling teen programs of this length when they will be following up with additional formal intervention steps, such as boarding school, counseling/support groups, or another struggling teen camp. Our knowledge and experience strongly suggests that struggling teen camp options of this length should only be considered for initiating change.
Struggling Teen Journey Camp:
Research indicates that progress achieved in a struggling teen wilderness therapy camp increases proportionately with the length of the wilderness program. As a result, CanAdventure Education's recommended struggling teen adventure camp is 32 days in length. In this program, Struggling Teen Journey campers not only initiate change but also develop strategies and ways of thinking that help those changes take root for the long term. Our experience indicates that most struggling teen campers begin to make their most significant progress in the second or third week of camp. A 32-day wilderness adventure camp encourages this process to run its full course, creating more permanency in the results that have been achieved. The extra two weeks also allow for an inspirational sea kayaking expedition and an overnight solo outing, where extensive introspection and personal growth often happens.