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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Therapeutic Ultralight: Using Lightweight Backpacking to Help Troubled Boys on 06/02/2009 19:16:14 MDT Print View

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Therapeutic Ultralight: Using Lightweight Backpacking to Help Troubled Boys

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Therapeutic Ultralight: Using Lightweight Backpacking to Help Troubled Boys on 06/03/2009 08:58:48 MDT Print View

Love it! This is really a great read. I can sense your emotions in the writing, you are a proud Chief...and so you should be! Good work.

A close friend of mine leads a highschool class in leadership. It targets troubled teens and puts them in all kinds of situations where they need to work together to accomplish tasks. They are a few years older, so he takes them backpacking, winter camping, route finding and such. It has been a great success at his highschool.

He told me a major obstacle for many of the boys and girls is going "#2" in the woods. Some of them (first timers) can't believe it when they ask him where the washroom is and he points to the woods :)

Edited by Steve_Evans on 06/03/2009 08:59:31 MDT.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
#2 for Therpeutic Camping on 06/03/2009 10:34:59 MDT Print View

Funny you should mention the #2 issue. We definately had it, and I had some funny experiences with "#2 breakes." Usually the new kids would wait till they had no choice.

Luke

Darren Johnson
(woodworkerfella) - F

Locale: Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Great Experience on 06/03/2009 11:55:08 MDT Print View

What better thing to do than to invest in the lives of young boys and teaching them how to respect each other and how to work together to accomplish tasks! In your role as chief, you modeled for them how to be a man - a model that probably none of them had, hence their troubled behaviors.

I would love to do something like this too. I live in NC and would be interested in finding out more about working with boys like this. More so, I could even see myself changing careers and doing something like this full-time. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Anyone have any contacts, either in NC or any other state (out west preferabley), that you could put me in touch with?

Thanks,

Darren

Jim Colten
(jcolten)

Locale: MN
Re: #2 for Therpeutic Camping on 06/03/2009 11:57:44 MDT Print View

Eric Hansen, in Strangers in the Forest reported that defecation was among the things he was unable to "go native" about. The semi-nomadic people he traveled with would just step to the side, drop pants and do their business and found his need of privacy in that matter to be an endless source of humor.

Edited by jcolten on 06/03/2009 21:49:20 MDT.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Re: #2 for Therpeutic Camping on 06/03/2009 12:01:29 MDT Print View

Usually the new kids would wait till they had no choice

LOL...my girlfriend does that now. It's still a traumatic experience for her. :)

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Deification on 06/03/2009 12:32:54 MDT Print View

Funniest typo ever:

Eric Hansen, in Strangers in the Forest reported that deification was among the things he was unable to "go native" about. The semi-nomadic people he traveled with would just step to the side, drop pants and do their business and found his need of privacy in that matter to be an endless source of humor.

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: Deification on 06/03/2009 12:36:03 MDT Print View

ha, Nate! as if he was letting go of last nights supper, the bowl of flying Spaghetti monsters.. lol

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re: Great Experience on 06/03/2009 12:41:28 MDT Print View

Thanks Darren, camp was a great experience and I am very greatful I did it. If you're interested in learning more by all means contact me I would LOVE to point you in the right direction. I won't name names cause they're good people doing their best but there are definately some other programs I would be hesitant to work for. If you find one you're interested in let me know and I'll give you a few pointers on what to ask about. I know of one program in Virginia that you could check out.

Luke

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Re: Therapeutic Ultralight: Using Lightweight Backpacking to Help Troubled Boys on 06/03/2009 12:48:45 MDT Print View

Good on ya.

Any of those "Chiefs" work at Passport for Adventure out
of Kansas previously?

Tom Caldwell
(Coldspring) - F

Locale: Ozarks
Re: Deification on 06/03/2009 12:49:18 MDT Print View

An extremely self-absorbed buddy of mine was always disappointed that there were no THRONES out in the woods.

Edited by Coldspring on 06/03/2009 12:51:03 MDT.

Jason Calder
(utahsnowboardin) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
He's right! on 06/03/2009 16:28:01 MDT Print View

I am a therapist for a non-profit co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Kalispell,MT and loved reading Luke's article because he is so right! We often take our students out on 4-8 day "challenge Trips" where they learn patience, self-discipline, communication and develop resiliency through challenges such as whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, and mountain biking. Natural consequences (as long as they aren't deadly) can teach powerful lessons. And it's very rewarding to see young people push themselves beyond what they think is capable! Thanks for your great work Luke!

Jim Colten
(jcolten)

Locale: MN
Re: Deification on 06/03/2009 21:50:43 MDT Print View

Funniest typo ever: ..

More like mindless use of spell check.


I've corrected that.

Jeffrey Dunning
(boredomhero) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
non "M" content on 06/07/2009 20:59:30 MDT Print View

another wise move to make this article open to non-members. Thanks BPL and great work Luke!