About Rites of Passage

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Emma and Nate Welch share a passion for helping others and a desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of at-risk youth.

Rites of Passage’s expedition-based wilderness therapy programs are designed for adolescents ages 10-17 and adults ages 18-30+ who are struggling with a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns, such as ODD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disorders, or substance abuse. A boot camp alternative, our programs are therapeutic, not punitive. Students work closely with field instructors, mentors, chemical-dependency counselors and wilderness therapists to gain the self-esteem and self-reliance they need to find a new direction in life.

Our outdoor curriculum and customized programs challenge students physically and mentally in a safe, supportive environment. Expeditions encourage students to take responsibility, realize their strengths and skills, and learn powerful tools that will help them transition to a new direction. Programs are designed for maximum fun and for honest confrontation of the bigger issues that bring our students to camp. Rites of Passage is a catalyst for change, helping troubled youth make a meaningful difference in their own lives.

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