Enrollment is now open for 2023 programs.
Click for Program Start Dates
Additional intake dates for families in crisis
Why Rites of Passage NW Wilderness Therapy? What is different about Rites of Passage NW Wilderness Therapy Obesity Health and Wellness Camps?
We have combined a traditional fat camp with our Rites of Passage therapy model and a complete holistic food program to bring about a whole new approach to the traditional weight loss camps. Instead of teaching kids portion sizes and how to eat one slice of pizza, we teach our kids all about holistic nutritious foods, where to get them, how to cook them (yes, students get to cook their own meals while out on our adventures), how to make them super tasty and how to continue this way of life once they return home. We combine this facet of our program with an intensive therapy program that delves deep into the root issues that have brought our kids to Rites of Passage NW Wilderness Therapy Obesity Health and Wellness Camp. Individual therapy sessions, group therapy and family therapy are combined to make this a therapy rich experience. Each night, there are also campfire counsel groups where kids practice peer to peer feedback and leadership.
Progress isn’t measured with a scale but with growing self-esteem and empowerment.
Health Is Our Goal
The ocean is our swimming pool, the mountains and rainforest our gym. No two days are ever the same in our individualized trek programs. Students unplug, connect with nature and with themselves, and take on the responsibility of finding shelter, preparing their own healthy meals and making good decisions. Instead of counting calories, they count miles hiked, rivers kayaked, friendships formed, relationships strengthened, and goals achieved. Progress isn’t measured with a scale but with growing self-esteem and empowerment. At Wellness Camp, students lose weight; what they gain is even more important.