Our IGNITE Adventure Therapy Youth Camp last week was a rip-roaring success! Next one coming up on the Term 2 school hols (3rd-7th July) so sign up now!
What is the IGNITE camp? It’s five days, four nights of outdoor adventure activities (kayaking, zip line, high ropes, hiking) mixed with group therapy activities (facilitated discussions, group activities, one-on-one chats with our qualified mental health professional, etc.).
IGNITE is perfect for young people (15-18 years old) who might be struggling at the moment, maybe dealing with anxiety or depression, stress at home or school, etc.
Below is one of the updates that we received during the camp last week from Emily, the qualified mental health professional on the programme.
“Our campers have really challenged themselves over the last couple of days. They have been paddling down the Puhoi river, where they had some great conversations with both the instructors and each other. Today we hit the high ropes course and each person had a go at Jacob’s ladder [a giant wooden ladder that you climb up in pairs], and the zip line.
“We headed off into the bush this evening and everyone set up their own tents and joined in on group conversations around the fire.
“Alongside the activities we have held space for conversations about self-worth, self-acceptance and strategies for coping with difficult feelings/emotional regulation.
“Connections have been made amongst the campers and they are enjoying (device-free!) spare time playing card games, chess and chatting with each other.
“We are looking forward to going coasteering tomorrow!”
If you’re interested in finding out more about IGNITE, then check out our website (www.adventurespecialties.co.nz/programmes/ignite-north-island) or contact Brenda the programme co-ordinator (email firstname.lastname@example.org attention: Brenda or call 09-837-6033).