Inspirations for Youth and Families Teen Drug Treatment Center goes Rope Climbing
What does a multi-tower 40-foot tall ropes and challenge course have in common with a teen drug treatment center? A lot actually. Inspirations for Youth and Families teen drug and alcohol treatment center – as part of their robust recreational therapy program – took their teens to Tigertail Ropes Course to learn a lesson or two about team building. The teens have become somewhat of regulars at Tigertail Lake’s Rope Climbing facility.
Before even climbing the intimidating ropes, Inspirations for Youth and Families teens took part in some team building exercises to prepare themselves for the main event. There was a lot of trust themed drills where the teens helped each other achieve goals, such as walking down a path with a blindfold assisted by other teens to find their way. The skills they garnered from those exercises carried over to the rope climbing. Teens on the ground encouraged their fellow friends in recovery to fight through their fears and actually walk a tight rope nearly 50-feet from the ground.
“Today the kids had a great time. Despite the fact that they didn’t know what to expect,” said Jose Sierra, who heads the Tigertail Lake Team-building program as well as a rope climbing instructor and educator. “So there was some exploration for them to not only get through the grueling and – frightening to some – rope climbing, but also they needed to learn how to have fun. This is a challenge for this group that may not feel a whole lot of trust.”
“I am so glad I did this and I feel really good about myself.”
Inspirations’ teen after completing tight rope course
Sierra revealed that as they day continued, the Inspirations’ teens from the drug and alcohol rehab loosened up and started to enjoy each others company and themselves. By the time the rope climbing commenced it was all smiles after that.
“They needed to learn how to have fun. This is a challenge for this group that may not feel a whole lot of trust.”
Jose Sierra, Tigertail Team Builder, instructor, educator
“I climbed that huge tower (as the teen pointed to two of the forty foot structures with a tight rope connected),” said an anonymous Inspirations’ teen. “It was scary but fun at the same time. I am still shaking. But I am so glad I did this and I feel really good about myself.”