About Blackwater Outdoor Experiences

Blackwater Outdoor Experiences (BOE) is an experiential therapeutic program dedicated to creating valuable and meaningful outdoor experiences while simultaneously fostering personal growth and development.Founded by Medical Director, Dr. George M. Bright, an outstretched hand, ready smile, and willing ear convey the prevailing culture. The philosophy is to treat adolescents and young adults as people instead of patients, assess their strengths, and build on those strengths to accommodate their relative weaknesses. Blackwater’s program is designed to facilitate growth in the areas of:
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Discipline
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Personal Strengths and Values

We believe in the therapeutic benefits that exist in removing ourselves from the distractions of our modern-day society and create an environment where nature is dominant and decisions have immediate consequences.Unlike boot camp/military programs, our therapeutic approach is to build upon our participants’ strengths, not to break down participants and then re-build.  We see our participants are bright individuals, possessing various strengths, and we see the value in helping them recognize their individual strengths and build upon them.We differentiate ourselves in the industry by having a master’s level therapist in the field full time.  All of our clients are willing participants who choose to take part.  This perception of freedom and choice translates to higher levels of intrinsic motivation and greater success rates.  We do not accept escorted participants; we are a hands off program, no restraints.  Our therapeutic expeditions include three modes of transportation; paddling, backpacking and rock climbing.

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  1. B.O.E. Testimonial

    The Blackwater Experience gave me so much I’m not sure where to start. Prior to the program I was at a definite low point in my life, and had some difficult decisions to make, some of which I wouldn’t have complete control over. The 22 days at B.O.E. really helped slow things down for me and enabled me to reflect on how my lifestyle and bad decisions leading up to that time had put me in such a dilemma. The isolated environment allows you to get in touch with your true self and what your strengths and weaknesses as a person are. Blackwater removes the distractions of everyday life, and instead surrounds you with the beauty of nature that you’ll learn to appreciate and then truly miss once it’s all over as I did.
    Sharing this experience with others my age that were going through problems of their own gave me valuable insight, while the counselors that were roughing it right there with us were able to give great direction and life skills for us to take back home. Enough cannot be said about the great staff at Blackwater. While they had my trust and respect from day one, by the end they were people I truly admired and looked to as role models and examples of how I wanted to live my own life.
    Thank you for everything Blackwater, and I would recommend this gift of an experience to anyone who wants to get more joy and fulfillment out of life.

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