There is no better place to heal and reestablish one’s sense of purpose than in nature. Living simply and under the open sky provides unparalleled opportunities to overcome adversity, increase competence, and learn how everyday choices impact outcomes. Most often these lessons involve taking care of basic needs: eating when hungry, staying dry when it is wet, staying warm when it is cold, supporting others when it is difficult, and sharing expectations to succeed.
Wilderness teaches individuals how to care for themselves. Each day offers an array of challenges, such as living in a community, building shelters, busting fires, tying knots, cooking, cleaning, carving spoons, packing a pack, reading maps, and caring for personal hygiene. Accomplishing these tasks builds resiliency and self-efficacy, which translate to confidence in all aspects of life.