Rites of Passage NW is a specialized therapy program for adolescents ages 10-17 and young adults ages 18-28 who are struggling with a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns, including substance abuse, depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, anger management and mood disorders. Located in Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula, Rites of Passage NW creates transformational experiences, helping students find new direction for their lives.
Wilderness therapy has proven to be an exceptional catalyst for positive change. Our individualized trek programs utilize a “rites of passage” approach: Through wilderness expeditions and multiple therapeutic techniques, students learn to overcome challenges, take responsibility, confront bigger issues, and develop positive solutions. The self-reliance and self-esteem they develop through challenging – and fun – activities, from climbing mountains to cooking their own healthy meals, fosters the ability to redirect destructive behaviors and make good decisions. Students come to camp as children; they leave as young men and women.