Recreation and Exploration

The students work incredibly hard in therapy and school, so it’s very important that they have time just to be teenagers. We give them plenty of time to relax and have fun. They are involved in suggesting and choosing a “family outing” each week. These outings may be going to a movie, attending a sporting event, bowling, swimming, hiking, picnicking, or going to a local rodeo or fair. Every month students attend cultural arts events in the community such as plays, dance performances, musical performances, and art walks. They regularly go to the public library. All the Uinta homes frequently get together for games, barbeques, and parties. We provide a large variety of recreational activities so that every student gets to do something that they enjoy.

Every month, the students participate in an Exploration field trip. Exploration activities give them a chance to see new things, try new things, and explore their world. Because of anxiety, depression, negative self-beliefs, poor self-image, or poor distress tolerance, many students have avoided engaging in life prior to coming to Uinta. Explorations activities give them a chance to learn and try something new without competition or rejection from others. These activities include skiing/snowboarding, cave exploration, white - water rafting, and trips to Yellowstone National Park, Arches National Park, and Teton National Park. Girls develop enthusiasm for living life and confidence for trying new things.

"As I was hiking through the trails, I kept telling myself “I can do this.” And positive self-talk was something that I didn’t do for myself at home. Uinta is the only place I’ve been my own self, without feeling ashamed."

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