A Day in the Life

Young Adult Program

Helping families chart the course

Compassionate, Highly Trained Guides

The value of the guidance that students receive from our direct care staff is immeasurable. We know that the quality of our guide community is central to our work. Bachelors level, highly trained individuals whom we refer to as guides support the daily life of our students with expertise, compassion, and understanding. Guides are CPR and Wilderness First Responder Certified and undergo a rigorous hiring and ongoing training process to ensure the safety and personal development of our students. Guides collaborate with therapists to provide in-the-moment feedback, intervention, and skill development for students as they identify limiting beliefs and behaviors and practice new coping skills.

Therapeutic Integration

November-May

BASE CAMP MODEL

Students are based on our 250-acre winter campus, participating in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities and sleeping every night in a heated indoor space including canvas wall tents, yurts, and rustic cabins. Every other week, students participate in 4 day expeditions off campus in both Vermont and the Adirondacks in upstate New York.

DAY TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES

Young adults participate in day hikes, snowshoe treks, downhill skiing or snowboarding, cross-country skiing, yoga, cooking classes, indoor rock climbing, and weekly service projects.

EXPEDITIONS

Backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, and other expeditions are planned by students and occur every two weeks. During expeditions students typically sleep in heated yurts or cabins.

OUTDOOR SKILLS AND DAILY TASKS

Young adults learn and master a variety of outdoor living skills including building fires using both flint and steel and bow-drilling methods, knot tying, orienteering, shelter building, and working together to make meals and plan excursions.

 

Academic & Experiential Curriculum

True North students complete a strengths-based progressive phase system with individualized interventions designed to help students to achieve goals. Leadership opportunities are connected to phase progression, privileges are not.

All students complete a written curriculum with an emphasis on personal development, life skills, outdoor living, team building and leadership skills, earth science, local history, and orienteering. The curriculum correlates with the phases of the program and supports the development of insight and confidence as well as honing organization and time management skills. Some young adult students who are just shy of completing their high school graduation may be able to complete the requirements for high school graduation while at True North.

 

Our diverse, nutritionist-approved diet includes local and organic foods. Most meals are backpacking-friendly, and students have the opportunity to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and meat (if they choose) on a regular basis. We can easily accommodate special dietary needs such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, and many food allergies.
Our top-of-the-line gear and clothing has been tested for quality and endurance in varying seasons and weather conditions. All personal gear is brand new to each student and belongs to them upon discharge from the program. Students receive a variety of items that vary in color and fit to ensure their comfort and safety.