Program Bradford Woods is offering free weekend retreats for military families through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs TANF Program. Participants simply register with Adryanne Bonner from the TANF program and she [...]
Bradford Woods is offering free weekend retreats for military families through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs TANF Program. Participants simply register with Adryanne Bonner from the TANF program and she will provide the voucher and facilitate the process of signing up and securing reservations. The program is called Family Battle Buddies and it aims to enhance family functioning through shared recreation experiences in a weekend retreat format. The retreat includes challenge activities, recreation, and purposeful activities for families to discover and develop skills to successfully navigate reintegration challenges. Recreation therapists accomplish family resiliency and strong familial bonds through systematic experiential learning through ground initiatives, low and high ropes courses, equine assisted learning, art interventions, and shared family leisure experiences. Families are guided through a series of experiential learning activities that serve as metaphors for the challenges they are currently experiencing. All activities are designed to be fun, engaging, and applicable to real life. Eligible families are military members who have experienced active duty.
The family belief systems used at Bradford Woods looks at:
- Accomplishing meaning out of adversity and how to persevere
- Knowing how to keep a positive outlook by focusing on the family’s strengths and potential
- Remaining flexible and adapting to new circumstances
- Learning how to connect and support one another based on the individual needs of the family member
- Understanding a purpose to all transformation and growth
- Utilizing outside resources to strengthen and balance the family, such as friends and extended family Program
Families will stay at Bradford Woods’ Historic Manor House, Agape Lodge, or Ryan Cottage and engage in family programming throughout the weekend. Enjoy time with other military families while engaging in meaningful family recreation.
Parents or guardians and children 4-20 years old with at least one parent or guardian that has experienced active duty. Application is required.
The goal of the program is to build a network of social support between military families by engaging in meaningful family recreation while exploring ways to build family togetherness post reintegration.
TANF Scholarship Funding Available ($750 per family). To register, contact:
Indiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs
For questions about Bradford Woods or the program, contact:
Jordan McIntire, M.S.
29 (Friday) - 31 (Sunday)
5040 State Road 67 N
Jordan McIntire firstname.lastname@example.org
History of AE
Adventure Education was born out of the concept that play can be purposeful – through natural forms of recreation and leisure one can attain personal growth. As this form of education evolved, it became more defined.Outward Bound used the natural environment for youth development programs in the 1940s that included activities like orienteering, expeditions, service and simulations. In fact, it has been said that the concept of “ropes” courses actually started on sailing ships!
The disequilibrium created by “looking risk in the face” produced a perfect platform for introducing leadership and life skills. Project Adventure brought simulated activities into the classroom in the 1970s and then transferred learning into other areas of life. The concept of transfer of learning is the most important purpose of adventure education: taking what is learned in a simulation and transferring it back to the school, home, field, court, office, or other environment. Bradford Woods began using challenge courses (or ropes courses) in the early 1980s during summer camp and then extended their use to environmental education programs. Soon after, Adventure Education became its own program area.
Adventure Education Timeline
5th Century BC— Greek Philosophers: Plato & Aristotle
§Understood importance of adventure, recreation, leisure and play
§3 elements of play
§Leisure and recreation is the way to personal growth and attainment of the good life
Late 1800s-early 1900s—Philosophers: John Dewey& William James
§True behaviors surface during adversity (speech given in 1907:The Moral Equivalence of War)
§Freedom to develop naturally, interest is motive of all work (Dewey)
§Making the outdoors the classroom for outdoor activities (Dewey)
§Founded coeducational, residential school in Germany
§Focused on respect, social justice, service in community, and equality
§Closed by Nazi’s and Hahn imprisoned
§Released to United Kingdom
§Asked to find reasoning in decline of youthful sailor’s attitudes and ability to survive as an effective sailor
§Intended to provide experiences through adventure to turn attitudes around
§Program for youth
§Participants sponsored by shipping companies, police and fire departments, local governments, and schools
§30 day courses
§Orienteering, search and rescue, athletics, sailing, mountain and ocean expeditions, service to community, and obstacle courses designed to simulate tasks and risks on a sailing vessel
§Predecessor of modern challenge courses and high elements
1962—First OB America founded in Marble, Colorado
1965— National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) founded
§Train Outdoor Leaders
1971—Project Adventure (PA), Jerry Pieh
§Adventure in Classroom
§Key component: Transfer
§Lessons learned in cooperation and problem solving during P.E. classes
§Directly used and applied in school projects
1976—Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
§Conferences, workshops, publications
§Resource for the outdoor professional
§Appalachian State University
1977—Wilderness Education Association (WEA)
§Membership based on colleges and universities departments
§“Wilderness Preservation Through Education”
§Western Illinois University
1982 – Bradford Woods
§Summer programming and outdoor education utilizing challenge courses
§Challenge course training begins outside of outdoor education programs
Today, Adventure Education at Bradford woods seeks to provide innovative learning opportunities that enable individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to maximize their potential. These program designs may focus on team and community development, interpersonal reflection, personal skill growth, outdoor technical skills, leadership and adventure therapy. Professionally trained instructors facilitate participants through challenge courses and adventure-based activities.
Adventure education uses unique situations and purposeful activities to provide an environment for learning. Specific activity sequences and program outlines are created based on the group’s desired outcomes described in a group profile form. Our goal at Bradford Woods is to create a safe simulated environment where learning may transfer directly to the school, community, home, or workplace.
While we love to use our facility at Bradford Woods, we can easily go to your location of choice for a program.
A paramount principle for all activities at Bradford Woods is Challenge by Choice©. This term originated with Project Adventure and has since become almost universally adopted by the Challenge Course industry. It means that we as facilitators offer both physical and psychological challenges to individual participants but they choose their level of engagement in the particular challenge. Our challenge courses and activities are designed to offer differing levels of challenge to participants. We operate inclusive programs meaning anyone of any ability is able to join.
We seek to be innovative and continue connecting with like-minded professionals in the industry. Most recently,
Bradford Woods was host to the 2010 Association for Experiential Education AEE Mid-States conference. We attended and presented at the 2010 American Camp Assocation ACA Mid-States conference. We attended the 2010 Association for Challenge Course Technology ACCT International Challenge Course Symposium and remain active in the industry through a variety of affiliations. Our challenge courses are inspected annually by an approved vendor of the ACCT and we train our facilitator according to industry accepted standards.
Bradford Woods5040 State Road 67 NMartinsville IN, 46151