“I will be forever grateful to Outward Bound for giving me my son back. While on course he found his strength, his confidence and his voice. He learned how to work in a team and more importantly, he learned that he can be a vital member of a team. He is using the course tools in his everyday life and has the struggles and accomplishments from course to refer to when facing challenges of everyday life. We were worried how the transition home would work but the parent seminar was very appropriate. The team did an excellent job of teaching the parents what the kids learned in order to help us incorporate their new skills into our own households.” – Tara B., Parent
Intercept courses are structured wilderness expeditions that help address behaviors such as unhealthy risk-taking, low self-image and motivation, defiance and poor decision-making and school performance. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the joys and challenges of expeditionary canoe travel, camp craft and group dynamics while traveling in the unique ecosystems of Florida’s waterways. New activities, crewmates and environments help to break habits and patterns as well as coach students on discovering the next positive steps in their lives. During the expedition, Instructors facilitate initiatives that teach students how to constructively work as part of a team, make better more thoughtful decisions, and consider the relationship between the desire for freedom at home and responsibilities that come with it. The goal? To help each student find the confident and responsible leader within themselves. This course also includes one to two days of community service at locations such as local animal shelters, food banks or Habitat for Humanity.
At the end of the wilderness portion of this course, there is an intensive family conference and workshop that shows families how to leverage the Outward Bound experience into a model for everyday life. Students and their families will walk away with a new outlook, a plan and a new optimism for success.
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Outward Bound Intercept expeditions are specifically designed for struggling teens and their families. These highly structured courses remove young people from daily pressures and influences and present them instead with natural challenges, guided risks and a supportive environment. More than just resolving destructive behaviors, these courses develop positive decision-making skills, strengthen their ability to build healthy and lasting relationships, and cultivate a positive self-image. Compassionate Instructors help students and parents find a healthy sense of boundaries so families interact more effectively with one another and the world around them.
With the support of Outward Bound’s Intercept program, and the dedicated involvement of both students and their families, relationships start fresh, perceived limitations are overcome, new opportunities emerge and new futures are created.
The expedition is designed to be a challenging 20 to 28-day expedition focused on:
During the wilderness portion of this course, students can expect to spend a good deal of time each day in canoes paddling to their next campsite. In two-person canoes, students learn how to work together and communicate effectively. Depending on the weather, the level of difficulty varies each day. Crews learn marine expedition risk-assessment and management, marine route planning and navigation, equipment use, paddle strokes, canoe-based rescues and how to work with a paddling partner.
Service is a continuous theme throughout any Outward Bound course. By discovering the true meaning of giving back to the community and one another, students discover their ability to lead. The ethic of service will be practiced through Leave No Trace camping techniques, reaching out with compassion to fellow crewmates and working as a team to overcome the challenges of course. Longer expeditions like this one also allow time to complete a service project. These projects range from beach cleanups to community support initiatives.
A little more than halfway through course, students will participate in a reflection period called Solo. During this time, Instructors assign students their own individual spaces within a designated area. These sites are both secluded and within hearing distance of other group members and Instructors for safety. Students will be given all the necessary gear, food, water and skills to enjoy this time alone. Solo is a great opportunity for students to relax, recharge and reflect on their course after having long days of strenuous group activities. They also know the location of their Instructors should they need to contact them for any reason. Instructors will be monitoring students closely during this experience.
During the Intercept course, students make great strides in learning how to balance freedom and responsibility, working with others and making positive choices. As the course comes to a close, students feel accomplished and ready to envision a life at home after Outward Bound. With newfound excitement and maturity, teens are ready for the next step —to meet with their family to translate all they’ve learned into lasting positive change.
Buy-in and commitment at home from parents/guardians are critical components of the success of the Intercept experience. While students are out on course, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to examine their relationship with their teen by completing a comprehensive workbook. After the wilderness expedition comes to a close, parents/guardians receive a detailed account from Instructors about what course was like for their teen—including the struggles and successes and how challenges were handled. With these tools in hand, families are reunited for a three-day seminar. With the help of an Instructor acting as a facilitator, families develop an agreement to guide life once they get home. The goal for the family is to know that teens can conduct themselves appropriately and to clearly define expectations. The goal for the student is to have a say in the direction their life takes and to clearly understand what is required of them to earn more freedom.
Longer courses allow for a full-immersion into the Outward Bound experience with ample time to practice technical and interpersonal skills. The Intercept course in particular offers participants the opportunity to be fully removed from the temptations and triggers of life at home and start fresh with new habits, friends and lessons. Students can expect to practice living and working together in the wilderness while creating a solid foundation of skills that they can translate to other areas of their lives. With the added support of parent and guardian involvement, students are prepared to take lessons they’ve learned on this course back to their home, family, work and school environments.
Waterways of Central Florida
Central Florida is home to some of the country’s most historic and biologically diverse waterways. It offers paddling on small, winding canoe trails as well as larger rivers and lakes, with camping in a variety of environments from hardwood hammock forests to barrier islands. The Suwannee River, Ocklawaha River, and St John’s River offer hundreds of miles of paddling in some of the country’s most unspoiled wilderness. These rivers support a variety of ecosystems including freshwater springs, swamps, sandy beaches and salt marshes. Shaded by giant Cypress and Tupelo trees, these rivers support a variety of wildlife and have deep cultural histories. On Central Florida’s east coast, the Indian River Lagoon, which encompasses Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, is the most diverse estuary in North America. Nearly one third of the nation’s manatee population resides in this 156-mile-long waterway, along with an abundance of dolphins and other marine life.
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