A Day in the Life at Journey Wilderness

Although all days are different in the wilderness, we wanted you get a sample of what a day might be like. Below are two days that a teen could experience while on their journey:

WoodGatheringTrekking Day (4 to 5 days per week)

Sunrise: Wake-up, clean-up, make your own breakfast.
Pack-up and form the Morning Council Circle (This is used to line out the day, summarize the previous day, talk about the activities to come…)
Interact with nature (ie, hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, track animals, observing habitats, eat lunch…). This takes up the majority of the day
Set up camp
Evening: Cook supper, have social development group, work on Guidebooks
Evening Council Circle (share poems and quotes, as well as talk about the word of the day)
Sundown: Settle in and complete journals … go to sleep.

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Base Camp (2 to 3 days per week)

Sunrise: Wake-up, clean-up, make your own breakfast.
Form the Morning Council Circle (This is used to line out the day, summarize the previous day, talk about the activities to come…)
Individual therapy session
Practice Woodcraft skills (ie, blacksmithing, pioneer carpentry, hide tanning, herbal medicine, eat lunch… ). Multiple groups are conducted during the base camp. These include therapy groups, communication skills groups, problem-solving groups, and wilderness skills groups. These days are intense clinical days. They are referred to clinically as Intensive Outpatient (IOP), or Partial Hospitalization (PHP). We also use these days for the psychological testing and spending time going over the testing with the clients and with their parents for the teen clients and if appropriate the young adult parents with the permission of the young adults. This takes up the majority of the day
Take showers and wash clothes
Evening: Cook supper, work on the Guidebooks or Curriculum
Evening Council Circle (share poems and quotes, as well as talk about the word of the day, etc.)
Sundown: Settle in and complete journals … go to sleep.

LanternTalkTherapeutic Adventure Programming (TAEs)

TAEs are short (1-6 day) excursions focused on addressing therapeutic needs by utilizing different activities to elicit awareness, discussion and change.
TAEs always have an identified purpose, goal and instructions in order to maximize the therapeutic opportunities available during the excursion.
TAEs may include activities such as river rafting, rappelling, horse-packing, canoeing, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and woodcraft skills (i.e. blacksmithing, rustic carpentry, and hide tanning).

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