ADVENTURE THERAPY YOUTH CAMP
Kaimai Ranges, Bay of Plenty
For teenagers 16-19 years old
26-30 April 2022
(5 days, 4 nights)
Keep reading for more info …
COME ON AN ADVENTURE WITH US!
We are taking a group of teens (16-19 years old) on a 5-day-4-night adventure through the stunning Kaimai Ranges in the Bay of Plenty.
If you aren’t familiar with the term ‘Adventure Therapy,’ it is an outdoor adventure programme that uses therapy ‘tools’ (like team-building activities, facilitated group discussions, one-on-one chats, and time for personal reflection) to help participants with personal growth.
Read more about Adventure Therapy further down the page.
WHO IS THIS CAMP FOR?
It is open to any teenagers (aged 16-19 years old) who are finding life hard at the moment.
Maybe you are struggling with anxiety or depression, maybe feeling overwhelmed or uncertain, maybe struggling with anger or other negative emotions, maybe wanting to improve the relationships in your life.
Our Adventure Therapy programmes focus on building health, wellbeing, confidence and connection.
(See the section ‘What is Adventure Therapy’ below for more details)
WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL WE DO?
Outdoor adventure activities are always weather dependent, but the plan is to do the following:
- Mountain biking
- Confidence course/high ropes course
Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th April 2022
Five days, four nights.
Kaimai Ranges, Bay of Plenty
We will either be sleeping in tents (provided) or in a DOC hut (depending on the vaccination status of the group, see below).
The programme costs $1490 per person.
This cost covers the following items:
- A highly qualified, experienced, fully vaccinated instructor
- Transport from Auckland (or meet us there)
- Any outdoor adventure equipment that is required (tents, cooking equipment, mountain bikes, abseiling harnesses, etc.)
If finance is an issue, limited financial assistance may be available. Please enquire with Brenda, the programme co-ordinator.
At Adventure Specialties Trust, we have an extremely thorough Health and Safety policy (including new ‘covid best practices’) and an unblemished safety record.
It is our top priority to keep participants and instructors safe during the adventure.
NO VACCINATION REQUIRED
At Adventure Specialties Trust, it is really important to us that we are as inclusive as possible. So this Adventure Therapy programme is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated participants.
However, some of our activities and accommodation may be affected by the group’s vaccination status, and we will ask your vaccination status at enrolment, so that we can adjust our plans accordingly.
WHAT IS ADVENTURE THERAPY?
If you are having a hard time, or finding life is a struggle at the moment, then Adventure Therapy can help you feel better and also find ways to deal with the hard stuff in your life.
Plus, it is a ton of fun!!!
We use the stunning, wild places of Aotearoa New Zealand, along with therapy ‘tools’ like challenging outdoor adventure activities, team-building exercises, group discussions, one-on-one chats, time for personal reflection, and simply being outdoors in nature.
We use these tools to help you work towards positive outcomes, like increased self-worth, a better toolkit for building hauora (health or wellbeing), stronger whanaungatanga (kinship or community belonging), a greater hope for a future with purpose, and stronger taha wairua (spiritual wellness).
We base our Adventure Therapy programmes around the following five outcomes:
You are worthy. Develop better familiarity of your inbuilt character strengths and a knowledge of your inherent worth.
Build a toolkit for practicing self-acceptance and self-compassion, and the ability to recognise the value that you add to your whanau, your friends and your community.
TOOLS FOR HAUORA (HEALTH OR WELLNESS)
Develop better strategies to navigate through difficult times and better resilience (the ability to bounce back after a setback).
Develop more confidence in asking for help and support.
WHANAUNGATANGA (WOVEN INTO COMMUNITY)
Develop a greater sense of manaakitanga (a Maori concept that means kindness, empathy, generosity and a desire to uplift others).
Improve your social skills and your relationships, so you can feel a greater sense of belonging and connection.
HOPE FOR A FUTURE WITH PURPOSE
Develop a greater hope for your future. Things will improve and you have a central role in making this happen.
Discover the energy and motivation to work towards your personal goals and find a way around obstacles.
TAHA WAIRUA (SPIRITUAL WELLNESS)
Develop a better understanding of your own cultural identity as well as an appreciation of the diversity and bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Reflect on your own spiritual identity (wairuatanga) and how this adds to your health and wellbeing.
Develop a stronger connection to your own place (turangawaewae), to the land, to nature, to the environment.
Read more about Adventure Therapy here
“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”