Outdoor Recreation Program

The purpose of this program is to offer individuals the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities. This is a program for people with disabilities, including individuals with more involved physical disabilities who may require assistance.

One of the main premises of the program is that individuals learn a lot about themselves when they learn something new, in a new environment, together with new people; stretching themselves outside of their "comfort zones" enables them to be open to further learning experiences. Exercise and outdoor activities offer long-term health benefits that are fun accessible and affordable.

This program has been developed along the lines of the best practices in the field. This program’s staff will consist of the Trip Leader and Assistant Trip Leader. The Trip Leader is certified in Wilderness First Response, American Red Cross (ARC) Life guarding, ARC Small Craft Safety for Canoes and Basic Water Rescue Instruction, Basic First Aide and CPR as well as American Canoe Associations (ACA) Canoe Instructor Certification and also having completed the ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop. The Assistant Trip Leader has ARC certifications in Basic First Aide, CPR, and Small Craft Safety for Canoes and Basic Water Rescue.

Participants as well as the other staff and volunteers who accompany them will need to meet the program’s non-discriminatory Eligibility Guidelines. The Trip Leader will review with each individual a Medical Information Sheet and an Assumption of Risk form. At this time the participant will be given the opportunity to discuss how their disability may affect their ability to participate.

Year Round Activities

Relaxation Techniques
Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
Walking and Hiking
Snow Shoeing and Cross Country Skiing
Field Trips to Outdoor Events
Canoeing and Camping
Whitewater Rafting
Horseback Riding
Downhill Skiing
Swimming
Game Days
Tennis

Participants will be instructed in such a way so that they will be able to take what they learn and pursue outdoor activities on their own or with others and know the how to do so safely.

Click here to view a schedule of our upcoming activities.

For more information please contact Jim Williams at jim@cpnorthcountry.org or call (315) 379-9667.