Therapy, Wilderness and Scouts

There is something really therapeutic about just being outdoors. Hiking, swimming, climbing, backpacking, boating…it doesn’t matter, being out in God’s creation can be incredibly healing and building.

One thing that has really stuck out to me as I’ve met clinicians from outdoor wilderness programs is how many of them have a background in Scouts. I haven’t kept count, but probably between 2/3 and 3/4 of these folks I have met either were scouts or are now scout leaders with their kids. I often recommend that my clients join scout groups, and to me this only confirms that recommendation. There is inherent value in learning how to work and be independent in the outdoors, and scouts and therapeutic wilderness programs both recognize this and are doing great work with youth.

It makes me miss my days working at Scout Camp.