Why Wilderness Works

Children coming from impoverished conditions almost always struggle with issues of abandonment and esteem. Such children are desperate for love and attention and some sense of worth. Children in despairing, neglected circumstances find any attention, positive or not, to fill the gap.

Wilderness Works is a needed positive alternative.

Children participating in Wilderness Works programming are more interested in and better prepared for school, showing improved academic performance, have better school attendance, better grades, and improved classroom behavior. Additionally, these children show improved relationships with adults, a new sense of options for their future, improved self-control and ability to express their feelings. Children in Wilderness Works programming exhibit increased self-confidence and a heightened interest in hobbies.

With continued experiences in a positive setting with caring chaperones and mentors disadvantaged children develop a sense of self-worth and hope for the future. Children that might be otherwise tempted now choose to avoid substance abuse, truancy, delinquency and disruptive behavior in school and community.

Children eagerly seek and respond to Wilderness Works.

Wilderness Works is an indispensable community resource as it effectively channels at-risk children toward a bright and productive future.

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