Before arriving at our obesity health and wellness camp, students are given a complete physical examination to determine there are no pre-existing medical conditions that would prevent them from taking part and enjoying their course. On arrival, they will undergo a complete evaluation with one of our therapists and their individualized obesity treatment and therapy plan will be developed. A full comprehensive psychological evaluation is available upon need or request by the family at an ancillary charge. Once the orientation, evaluation, and obesity health and wellness treatment plan have been completed, the students are prepared to enter a group in progress.
We do offer transportation from Seattle airport, although dropoff at the Ranch is preferred in order to social distance as much as possible. Here they will be fitted with the appropriate clothing and provided the necessary outdoor wilderness equipment for their first adventure. After being oriented to the program, the student will be transported to the acclimation group where they will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the wilderness environment. Orientation includes:
- Introduction to the obesity health and wellness program
- Adjustment to the wilderness environment
- Clinical assessment and treatment planning with their therapist
- Adherence to Rites of Passage agreements
- Awareness of coping skills, behavior patterns and personal issues surrounding weight
- Basic skills (“Hard” skills and “Soft” skills)
We have also had parents request resources or programs that would help them prepare for the re-integration of the family and establish a foundation to promote continued understanding and progress. Parental participation and involvement is a critical part of the treatment process.
Because it is not feasible for parents to visit the program regularly due to distance and cost, we have identified five different elements of participation that will contribute to the treatment process and the next transitional step:
- Pre-enrollment Information
- Weekly Phone Calls
- Mail Communication
- Graduation Ceremony
- Participation in aftercare planning