Outward Bound programming at Portage Elora uses the metaphors that are found in nature to reinforce what the youth are learning throughout their drug rehabilitation therapy at Portage.
From seven-day camping trips in Algonquin Park to activities and challenges at the centre and in the surrounding areas, residents are putting into practice the leadership, communication, and teamwork abilities that they have been working on in therapy.
All residents nearing the end of their treatment program had the opportunity to go on a canoeing trip this past May. During these trips, residents take responsibility for setting and working towards personal goals, just as they have learned to do in residence, only in a more challenging wilderness environment.
They discuss how each challenge makes them feel, and staff members help them relate their experiences back to what they have been learning about themselves and others while in rehabilitation therapy.