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.