All Kinds of News for June 06, 2018
Trails Momentum, a co-ed wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25, recently introduced new weekend programming called the Peak Experience.
During the Peak Experience, students apply the lessons and skills they’ve learned in a classroom environment into outdoor adventure experiences.
During their time at Trails Momentum, students are able to earn college credit by taking an Introduction to Outdoor Recreation class and a Communication and Leadership class. The Peak Experience is an extension of these classes. Students take what they learn in any given week and apply it to experiences during adventure expeditions.
“Last weekend, students spent part of the weekend in a classroom learning about the care and maintenance of mountain bikes as well as the mechanical aspects of a mountain bike,” comments Meghan Bogutz, an Educator at Trails Momentum. “They were able to take what they learned and apply it to a mountain bike focused expedition. Experiences like these help students better understand how they can transfer the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom into actual experiences in the real world.”
Additional examples of last month’s Peak Experiences included cooking a three-course meal on an expedition after learning about different aspects of nutrition throughout the school week, and summitting a mountain after learning how to use maps and compasses.
“These Peak Experiences can be extremely empowering to students,” says Bogutz. “For example, one student who was very scared of getting lost and not being able to navigate his way back to camp, expressed his newfound feelings of confidence when he was able to lead the group to the top of a mountain and back down to the campsite. He felt in total control of his ability to navigate his surroundings, something he never thought he could do without the help of 'Google Maps', prior to this experience.”
About Trails Momentum
Trails Momentum is a co-ed adventure-based wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25. Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, Trails Momentum offers a transformative, whole student centered growth experience for young adults struggling to launch themselves into adulthood. Adventure programming, clinical services, education, service-learning, and community living are seamlessly interwoven to maximize the transference of important life skills in order to empower students to make the transition into independence.