Minnesota’s natural beauty and rugged northern wilderness offer a suitable setting for troubled teens to learn self-awareness, team participation, responsibility, and coping skills through guided programs and activities. Specialized summer camps combine skill-building and therapeutic approaches with traditional fun and healthy summer camp activities in a secluded natural environment to help teens learn to make good choices, build self-esteem, and become a successful part of their community. Outward Bound offers month-long programs for troubled teens ages 14 to 17. The program targets at-risk youth who have issues with poor academic performance, defiance and anger management, low motivation, truancy, and engaging in risky behaviors like experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Teens learn team building and participation skills, responsibility, strength, and self-esteem through canoeing, camping, and rock climbing in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. Participants build valuable skills and confidence through these physically challenging activities designed to conquer self-limiting thought patterns and negative behaviors.
When adolescent boys and girls are at-risk with substance abuse, or behavioral issues, behavior modification programs, as well as cognitive therapy, can result in the positive changes he or she needs for a long lasting transformation.