All Kinds of News for December 04, 2019
The New Vision Fall season is coming to an end, and our staff and students are preparing for our field area to become a wonderful winter wonderland! We have already brought out most of our winter gear and many of the students are loving their comfy, cozy -30 degree sleeping bags at night! I wanted to take a brief moment and talk about our Winter Programming and Safety to answer some of the major questions that you might have and ensure that we are set up to keep everyone safe and warm in winter temperatures.
As mentioned above, we provide all students in winter with sleep systems rated to -30, footwear rated to -40, and multiple top and bottom layers to provide warmth, insulation and protection from wind and cold ground. All of these layers are intended to provide safety for students up to extreme cold temperatures, however, we do not expose students to these temperature extremes. We move students to sleeping in indoor cabin spaces when temperatures are at or below 0. We have 4 main indoor structures throughout our field area that are heated either with propane radiators or wood stoves. In addition, we provide groups with portable canvas wall tents and portable wood stoves throughout winter so that the group has a warm space to spend time when temperatures are between 0 - 30 degrees (Farenheit). Lastly, we have multiple health check for physical safety every day to ensure that each student is staying fed, hydrated and warm to provide for safe winter operation.
In order to ensure student safety during this period, on November 21, our entire program will head 3 hours north to the beautiful shores of Lake Superior. We will be operating on a secluded 700-acre site which is located on the south shore of Lake Superior, East of Duluth/Superior, along the Amnicon River. All operations will run as if we were in our usual field area in the Chequamegon Forest. We also will have safety measures in place for emergency purposes, including on-site shelters and cabins in case of inclement weather and access to a canvas wall tent/wood stove throughout their time at the Amnicon field area.
This alternate program area also provides some unique opportunities for students as many students connect with the natural history and cultural heritage of the area. We also celebrate Thanksgiving while up at Amnicon, which often brings student groups together as they share about family traditions with their peer support group. For Thanksgiving, our staff members bring out a Traditional Thanksgiving meal, including Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie, and the staff members serve the meal to students, which can often help bring out important conversations for students about their families and thankfulness.
About New Vision Wilderness Therapy (NVW)
NVW serves preteens, teens, young adults and families in three (3) U.S. locations: the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, the majestic Cascade mountain range of Central Oregon and the lush Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina. NVW is a specialty wilderness therapy treatment program that is clinically intensive, highly specialized and trauma-informed. To learn more, go to www.newvisionwilderness.com or contact Admissions at 855-689-8326.