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The Bonnie Alaska Welch Children’s Foundation

“It’s not length of life, it’s depth of life.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

In January 2012, Bonnie Alaska Welch died of SIDS. Though she had been with her loving parents, Emma and Nate, for just six short weeks, Bonnie left an indelible imprint on their lives and those of countless others. As they struggled with their overwhelming grief and tried to make sense of their loss, Emma and Nate were gripped with thoughts of what could have been. Then they began to wonder about what could be. What good could come from Bonnie’s short life?

Bonnie Alaska Welch

Emma and Nate created the Bonnie Alaska Welch Children’s Foundation to honor their daughter and to share her legacy of love. This fund is dedicated to helping young people find the support they need to turn their lives around and to empower them in recovery and self-discovery. We want to collect donations to go towards scholarships so adolescents and young adults can participate in Rites of Passage programs. No child or young adult in need of a Wilderness Therapy Trek Program,The Ranch Long Term Care Program, and Obesity Health & Wellness Camp experience should be turned away. Bonnie’s memory lives on in her parents, and in the children and young adults who trek through the wilderness of recovery and find a positive new direction

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Rites of Passage NW Wilderness Therapy provides expedition-based wilderness therapy programs for troubled adults, youth, teens and children who are struggling with a wide array of disorders and behavioral concerns. These wilderness therapy and long term care programs are designed to treat children, young adults and adults over 30 with issues such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder - ODD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disorders, substance abuse, drug abuse, obesity health and wellness, etc. Rites of Passage offers camps for troubled youth, programs for troubled young adults, long term drug treatment programs, long term drug addiction programs, long term alcohol rehab treatment center, summer weight loss camp for teens, weight loss camp for teens, weight loss programs for kids, wilderness therapy, wilderness therapy programs, and more. We are proud to have helped people from all over the United States and internationally including California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Europe and Canada.