Wilderness Programs

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Elements Traverse

We envision a world where everyone has the support and skills necessary to live a full and healthy life. Our mission is to provide young adults with the most engaging and effective treatment program in the outdoors. As an intentionally small owner-operated company, our program and our company culture are centered around our four core values
  • Empowerment: We believe that we all possess the power to be the person we want to be and to live the life we want to live. Once we harness our personal power, we can change the world.
  • Passion: There is something that sparks all of us to dream, to wonder, to work, to live. We believe that once we tap into our personal passions, we are better able to articulate what we want to do with our lives, and what impact we want to have on the world.
  • Connection: We believe that life's meaning comes from our connection to others, to ourselves, to the natural world. We believe that we are strongest when we are connected to a community of friends and family.
  • Character: We believe that one’s character is the foundation of one’s personal legacy. We believe that every second of every day we are who we are. Both how we treat those we want something from, and how we treat those from whom we have nothing to gain. Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
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Elements Wilderness

On the surface, our students may be angry, depressed, anxious, or withdrawn, taking little or no responsibility for their actions.  They cope with these feelings by avoiding their responsibilities, shutting down, blaming others, or engaging in maladaptive mechanisms such as gaming, substance abuse, or overuse of electronics.  However, this presentation is simply symptomatic of a deeper struggle to cope with life’s stressors.  At Elements, we recognize and address these behaviors, but the real focus is on development of actual, healthy skills to encounter life differently.
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