Just back from leading a 6 day backcountry canoeing trip with a group of "at risk" students.
I've spent most of the school year getting to know these same students. Seeing them in this natural, wilderness setting cemented my belief that the outdoors changes people. Away from distractions, stresses, influences and being forced to sit in silence, cook their food, set up tents, and sleep out under the stars...these guys thrived.
The label of "at risk" youth gets used a lot to describe a certain demographic. The reality is we're all at risk if we don't make time to get outside and get a little nature therapy.