Programs that provide outdoor adventure courses for individuals struggling with emotional, social and behavioural challenges, with the aim of increasing self-esteem and self-reliance while fostering personal and social responsibility. Through immersion in an unfamiliar environment, group living with peers and the mastering of new skills such as fire-making and backcountry travel, participants are encouraged to push themselves and face challenges designed to be therapeutic in nature. Activities may include hiking, rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking, paddle boarding, mountain biking and horseback riding. Outings may be customized for troubled adolescents, survivors of violence or abuse, military veterans, Indigenous individuals, people living with a disability, people recovering from a trauma or facing a major life transition, or others who can benefit from the experience. High school credits may be earned for some select programs.
Programs that provide creative recreational experiences in cooperative indoor and/or outdoor group living for children, usually age four to 13, or adults who are transported to the site each morning and who return to their homes at the end of each day. Transportation may be provided by the program or may be the responsibility of the family.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.