Learn More About Momentum
What is the Trails Momentum difference?
Trails Momentum is different from other wilderness therapy programs because we balance shorter outdoor expeditions with time on campus, where students attend educational classes and participate in group therapy. We provide an alternative to many traditional wilderness programs that solely focus on camping. Momentum focuses specifically on helping young adults with social anxiety and depression, whereas other programs may also work with more acute behavioral problems or drug addiction issues. As a relationship-based program, we value creating a safe and nurturing community to help young adults grow.
How much is family involved?
Parents are encouraged to stay engaged in their young adult’s journey through letter writing (done via the computer), family therapy calls and a parent workshop where you can connect with other parents in our program. We believe that growth is beneficial for the whole family, not just the young adult, and we work to help families rebuild trust and change their communication styles. Our goal is to help you reconnect and set healthy boundaries with one another.
How might this program help me?
- Unplugging from chaos of everyday life
- Breaking out of your comfort zone and trying new things
- Setting realistic personal goals
- Learning new skills related to emotional regulation and communication
- Building resilience
- Strengthening social interactions
Can I receive any academic credit?
Trails Momentum integrates accredited academics with adventure activities to help you stay on track with academic plans and offer additional support. We offer Inquiry-Based Experiential Education for students completing high school, preparing for their GED, or enrolled in college. Our qualified teachers create flexible lesson plans focused on helping students apply classroom learning to real life experiences. In our two academic seminars, you can earn up to 6 elective credit hours (3 hours for each course) during your stay. All students attend the classes as they are applicable to your daily life here, but you do not have to earn credits unless you’re interested in doing so.
What are amenities like on campus?
As we follow a campus model rather than an exclusively backpacking model, you have access to more amenities than you might typically expect. Our campus is a lake-front property, formerly a summer camp and home to a commercial-grade kitchen, a dormitory, classrooms and a dining hall. On campus, students sleep in beds and have access to showers. We operate on a two week schedule where time is split between campus, nearby base camps, and tent camping during your wilderness expeditions.
Can I choose to leave?
We believe that you always have the option to leave if you choose. As an adult, you are capable of making that decision without your parent’s support. We may offer guidance in your decision-making process and offer suggestions for alternative resources if you ask, but ultimately, it is up to you.
What is included in tuition?
Tuition covers all individual and family therapy, academics, adventure activities, field staff support, outdoor gear, clothing and food.