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Blue Ridge’s Footsteps Program Continues to Evolve by Enriching Family Involvement

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Blue Ridge first opened our Footsteps group for pre-teens in 2006, as one of the first wilderness therapy programs to work with this younger adolescent age group. It has always been developmentally focused to fit the needs of 10-14 year-olds, with an emphasis on nurturing these kids through every interaction. Our field staff balance supporting students through tasks while not rescuing them from what needs to be done. In this way, our students develop new skills while having the “safety net” of caring adults. We are a co-ed group led by co-ed field staff. This mirrors the traditional school setting where students develop their communication skills and build healthy relationships with peers and staff of different genders. These young students spend most days backpacking, but every ten days, they get to regroup and spend time at our hybrid base camp, called The Fort.

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Your Travel Checklist For A Trip To A Rainy Destination!

vacation used to be a luxury. Today, it is an absolute necessity.  We forget to live a little for ourselves in all our daily hustle. Several trips we plan for become a no-show, thanks to those high hopes or that overblown preparation. There’s never the perfect time to travel. That dream vacation will never happen if the weather is what’s worrying you. All it takes is the mood for a holiday, a mindset for recreation and a get-go attitude.

Trips require a travel-friendly packing.

A well thought about the backpack is a definite necessity. It’s even crucial to carry just the right amount baggage. Missing out on the essentials for that rainy destination is the worst kind of disaster. If you thought the sunshine was enough to bring out your happiness, you probably never danced in the rain. Here’s a compilation of items that will serve you a great deal to travel towards a monsoon hit location...   Read More

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