Wilderness Programs for Middle School Kids

Research and developmental psychology indicates that 10 to 13 year-olds have very specific needs: primarily safety, security, and predictability. Pre-adolescent children and younger teens think in concrete terms and require tangible experiences from which to build. SUWS Youth and SUWS Seasons excel at addressing the underlying cause of negative, unhealthy behaviors and working through impasses brought about by internal struggles, rather than confronting outward behaviors only.

SUWS Youth Wilderness Program
SUWS Youth is among the oldest outdoor experiential programs in the country. Founded in 1981, SUWS Youth has been providing guidance and support to children and their families for more than 25 years. The mission at SUWS Youth Program is to cultivate a solid foundation of personal self worth and value from which students and their families rediscover hope through positive reference experiences.

During the 28-day minimum, outdoor experiential program, children between the ages of 11-13, are provided opportunities for building confidence, problem-solving, and tangible success. Emphasis is placed on positive peer influence and leadership and parents are given hands-on experience to address behavior patterns, gain new resources, and see their child as a person capable of change and success.

SUWS Seasons
SUWS Seasons is a licensed, clinically focused treatment program designed to identify the limiting beliefs and unhealthy behaviors that often can prevent the pursuit of constructive goals and personal achievement. The goal of SUWS Seasons is to create reference points that each child may tap into later for positive self-reinforcement. The staff and daily curriculum give students the tools they will need to chart a course for future growth and success and begin making progress in their lives.

Using a goal-based system, students are continually presented with opportunities to learn and practice skills that increase their understanding of personal responsibility and improve self-esteem. As the program progresses, students ascend through a network of levels designed to challenge, test, and encourage emotional and physical growth.