Wood Creek Academy

Helping Troubled Boys Gain Confidence Through Wilderness Therapy

Finding effective, caring help for troubled boys is not as difficult as it used to be; strict discipline in an institution whose only goal is to keep troubled kids off the streets is a thing of the past. We now know that isolation and corporal punishment for troubled teens are not going to work. Resentment, bitterness and anger were the usual results, not to mention a deeper distrust of society and authority.

Alternatives, such as Wood Creek Academy, provide a method to help young boys build the confidence they need to see themselves as part of the larger world.

While there are a number of different ways to help kids, including boot camp for teenagers, wilderness therapy has been shown to be extremely effective in helping kids gain confidence in themselves. In wilderness therapy, kids learn how to work with nature, accepting its raw powers and learning to adapt. Camping, building a fire, fishing, hiking and learning how to use nature to their benefit build self-esteem. It proves that even kids, using nothing but their wits and learning basic survival lore, can depend on themselves to survive and thrive in nature. In that self-awareness, they acquire confidence and an inner peace, feelings probably completely foreign to them.

While traditional schools for troubled boys and girls may provide a standard education curriculum, wilderness therapy provides an education and recognition of their innate abilities and skills. It teaches them that they can rely on themselves in ways they never knew existed. They learn respect for things that cannot be changed and pride in knowing, and affecting, what can be changed, lessons they will carry for the rest of their lives.

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