Heroic Journey - A Program for Grieving Teens
Heroic Journey is a unique Outward Bound program that provides the opportunity for grieving teens and young adults to experience specially crafted outdoor wilderness expeditions. By combining personal growth methodologies of Outward Bound, with a simple support model that honors the griever, Outward Bound is able to deliver an intensely profound healing experience relevant to the lives of people who are coping with the death of a loved one. Fundraising in this area allows all participants to receive significantly reduced tuition at an important moment in their grieving process.
For questions or more information, please call an Admission Advisor at 866-467-7651 about our offerings or to enroll in a course today.
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Thanks to the generous financial support of the New York Life Foundation, we are able to offer a scholarship to every Heroic Journey student this summer. All will receive an award of at least $500 towards the cost of tuition. Additional financial aid is available based on need, up to the full tuition cost of $1,375. Other fees include an application fee of $125 and an in-course transportation fee of $125.
Has your child or student experienced the death of a loved one?
Whether it's climbing majestic mountains, rappelling down granite cliffs, or navigating across lakes and through forests, participants will discover the strength within to face the challenges ahead. During a transformational seven-day wilderness adventure, participants experience powerful grief work activities woven into the context of the traditional Outward Bound curriculum. This adventure includes hiking, backpacking, or canoeing and a personal challenge day with rock climbing, high ropes, or other activities.
Outward Bound’s overall approach and philosophy of building character and leadership skills through coursework activities truly helps this particular youth population foster the self-confidence, compassion, resilience and skill that our founder Kurt Hahn believed could make a difference in the world. We believe that physically and mentally challenging experiences, when facilitated by trained professionals in a safe and supportive environment, can help students discover and develop their strength of character, ability to lead and desire to serve.
We believe that reflection is as important as action in developing skills and learning from experience. We respect the diverse capabilities and talents of each individual and are dedicated to helping all students discover their true potential.
This program is not intended to be counseling or therapy. It is an environment where youth can connect and build supportive relationships with peers going through similar challenges in life. At its essence, the experience is an intentional wilderness adventure combined with grief processing and support activities in order to learn coping skills and to build an ongoing supportive peer network.
Press & Media
- Backpacker Magazine - He healed his grief on an outdoor journey - and now helps teens do the same.
Backpacker Magazine, May 2013
- Associated Press - Outward Bound Program Focuses on Grieving Teens
Associated Press, July, 29, 2013
- Milford Daily News - A Gift in Honor of James Alenson
Milford Daily News, 2011
- The Denver Post-Teens scale mountain of grief in outdoor course in Colorado
The Denver Post, August 18, 2010
- Open to Hope Television-Outward Bound Heroic Journey
Outward Bound segment at 1min:30sec
- Outward Bound Heroic Journey
Partnership Video (with Judi’s House)
Outward Bound for Grieving Teens is made possible by the generous support of our donors. Because of their generosity we are able to offer reduced tuition for all program participants.We are particularly grateful to our Leadership Sponsor, the New York Life Foundation.
LEADERSHIP SPONSOR: New York Life Foundation
Our primary focus continues to be on providing support for organizations that help young people through educational enhancement and childhood bereavement.
By helping young people cope with losing a parent, caregiver or sibling we are responding to the emotional needs of children affected by the loss of a loved one. At New York Life we are pleased to be able to provide resources for kids who might otherwise feel alone and lost as they navigate through their grief and for parents and other adults who interact with children who are grieving.