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Experiential Wilderness Therapy for Adolescents and Young Adults.

WHO WE ARE

Since 1980, BOE has provided life-changing therapeutic wilderness experiences to adolescents and young adults. Under the care and supervision of our founder, Dr. George Bright, we continue to provide meaningful outdoor experiential programs to those struggling with substance abuse, depression, ADHD/ADD, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, behavioral problems, academic challenges, low self-esteem, and poor social & coping skills among others.

ADOLESCENTS

YOUNG ADULTS

FAMILIES

WHY BLACKWATER?

BOE is the only Expedition Based Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare provider in Virginia. We have been pioneers in experiential, therapeutic wilderness programs since 1980, and we will continue blazing trails with our participants to brighter futures…

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SKILLS

Participants challenge themselves to evaluate, eliminate, and cultivate wilderness, daily living, and coping skills.

SELF REFLECTION

Through exploration of self, family, and the environment, participants tackle their self-image, choices, and priorities for the future.

AWARENESS

Participants become mindful of their experiences and develop greater insight and motivation through journaling and a 72-hour solo experience.

HEALING

By developing skills, reflecting, and developing a greater awareness of themselves students find confidence, peace, answers, and direction.

OUR 22 DAY EXPEDITION

BOE specializes in providing therapeutic wilderness expeditions to adolescents and young adults with substance abuse and mental health issues. Over the course of our flagship 22-day expeditions, participants find themselves canoeing, backpacking, and climbing their way to sounder mental health and sobriety.

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