If you’ve been looking for Bushcraft and outdoor programs for youth, you’ve probably seen the term “immersion” thrown around here and there. While it’s great to see more young people spending long periods of time in the outdoors, a lot of these programs don’t truly meet the standard we think of as an “immersion”.
” they also meet their daily needs by interacting with the landscape they are participating in “
Our programs, (Like the Teen Wilderness Immersion) however, aim to do just that. Students not only spend an extended period of time living on the land, but they also meet their daily needs by interacting with the landscape they are participating in. They learn about the ecology of plants and animals in it, and how to interact responsibly with them.
The immersion doesn’t end when students leave our courses either. They walk away with a set of systems to replicate that experience wherever they are. This is what we believe really sets our programming apart from other self-styled immersion programs. While can and often do immerse a student in an outdoor lifestyle, they often focus on the skills and knowledge-based specifics of the environment and ecosystem in which they occur.
Our students, however, are taught a “process, not product” approach, and there is a strong focus on using methods of field and academic research that the groundwork is laid to apply their processes and skills to any environment by researching it. This creates an understanding of the principles of outdoor living an applying them, no matter the ecosystem.
An immersive program shouldn’t end when students finish it. It should stick with them for years, and do so in a tangible way that benefits them for the rest of their lives. That’s what the programs at School Of The Forest aim to achieve.
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I cannot agree with Tim’s statement enough! My son started at Jack Mountain on a week family trip with his Dad. He was a struggling teen at the time and not sure what to make of life. Jack Mountain and Tim’s programs give so much more than he even states, the learning and the love of nature are deep and committed. The immersive programs fill the soul as well as the mind and give the student not only practical life skills but a sense of purpose. My son is using Jack Mountain as his “college” experience and it has been a thrill for me as a mom to see what a kind, intelligent and capable young man he has become because of it… This place and Tim are the real deal.
My husband is the director of a small school in South Berwick,ME and this would be a great opportunity for some of his students to experience.