This course is a canoe expedition for younger teens and youth struggling with decision making, risky behaviors, defiance or poor school performance. It is not a therapeutic program and cannot accommodate students with certain psychiatric conditions, significant struggles with chemical dependency or those with a history of violent behavior.
Intercept is a special program of Outward Bound, one of the oldest wilderness adventure programs in the world. It is designed to serve teens and their families and help them address behaviors such as unhealthy risk-taking, low motivation defiance or poor school performance.
Courses are presented as metaphors for the transition from childhood to adulthood and designed to help teens connect their desire for more freedom with the reality that they must take on additional responsibility. Courses are highly structured with explicit wilderness, communication and leadership skills progressions. Courses also include a required Parent/Guardian Seminar at the end of the course.
Designed for 12-13 year olds who are struggling to learn responsibility and mange the transition to adolescence, this 20-day course travels by canoe on the unique river systems of central Florida that head out to the Intercoastal Waterway on the Atlantic Ocean. Students will be introduced to the adventure and challenge of expeditionary canoe travel, camp-craft, and group dynamics. Canoeing takes place in either the central Florida rivers or can be in the Everglades.
As the course progresses, students achieve greater and greater autonomy as they practice communication skills, conflict-resolution, goal-setting and technical travel skills. The course ends with a service project, a seminar for parents and family meetings to make a new plan for your household. During these last sections of the course, students have a chance to look back on their course experiences with their families and, with instructors' help, plan ways to carry the new insights and confidence found at Outward Bound forward with them.
To apply for this course click the apply button next to the course dates that work for you. The non-refundable application fee of $125 is due at the time of application. Full course tuition and in-course transportation fee are due within 60 days of course start date. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee. You can also call one of our expert Admissions Advisors at 866-467-7651.