All Kinds of News for July 06, 2016
The girls program at Heritage School located in Provo, UT provides unique opportunities for the students to develop confidence and overcome challenges. One of the ways the girls do this is through participation in the Heritage Summit (TM) program, a six-week rock climbing course that culiminates with a three-day canyoneering camping trip to southern Utah.
Every Friday for six weeks, the girls and Heritage recreation therapists work their way up to the canyoneering trip. They learn to climb and rappell in local canyons like American Fork and Rock Canyon that offer world-class climbing. After these adventures they process their experiences with their group.
One week the girls went rappelling at Battle Creek Falls in Pleasant Grove, UT where they had the opportunity to rappel next to a waterfall. All of the girls had fears about at least one aspect of the rappel but each of them were able to overcome their fears and complete the rappel at least once.
Each of the girls were challenged to pick one thing that they could focus on while rappelling to help decrease their fears. During processing they were challenged to relate their experience to life and pick one thing that keeps them in the boxes (Anatomy of Peace) and holds them back from having a heart at peace. They were challenged to let go of whatever it was that held them back. Recreation therapist Natalie Sagers reported that "The girls did amazing and were all very open to pushing themselves both during the rappel and in finding something to let go of."
A capstone activity, the canyoneering trip requires a series of rappels and really tests the girls skills and abilities. On several occassions students thought they wouldn't be able to make it as fear overcame them. Staff were proud to report that all girls succesfully completed the trip. These experiences have proven to be life-changing experiences that the girls won't soon forget.