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Lone Star Expeditions

Wilderness Program

Lone Star Expeditions Program Information

Gender: Single Gender Groups
Ages: 13 up to 17
Grades: 7 through 12
Estimated Enrollment: 32
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2002
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Lone Star Expeditions Contact Information

Address:
1728 Forest Road 5101
Groveton, TX 75845
Phone: (866) 573-2002
Fax: (936) 831-3136
Email: admissions@LoneStarExpeditions.com
Website: www.LoneStarExpeditions.com
School Contact: Linda McKinney
Alternative Contact: Melvin Cates, MA, LCCA, WEMT
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Lone Star Expeditions is a therapeutic intervention that combines traditional therapy with a wilderness setting to engage students in exploring their character, in a safe, but challenging environment. Employing licensed doctorate and masters level therapists, Lone Star is a licensed treatment program with a focus on assessment, intervention and aftercare. The forested, camp-like surroundings remove modern distractions and simplify choices to help students gain insight into their values and accept responsibility for their decisions.

Lone Star Expeditions is a therapeutic intervention program in Texas that combines traditional therapy with a wilderness setting to engage students in exploring their character in a safe but challenging environment. Our program-specific model employs the use of a national forest, ropes course, and base camp to provide one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective wilderness programs in the nation. We accept students ages 13 to 17.

Lone Star is a licensed wilderness treatment programs with a focus on assessment and intervention. We work with adolescents to transfer the knowledge learned in the wilderness to other areas of their lives. The forested, camp-like surroundings remove modern distractions and simplify choices to help students gain insight into their values and accept responsibility for their decisions. As the students and their parents progress through the program's four phases, they experience success and develop healthy self-esteem while working to improve relationships. Lone Star Expeditions is conveniently located near in the Southern Pine Forest near Houston, Texas.

Students work through emotional, behavioral, and learning issues by developing new skills and effective communication strategies. As students work through the four phases, they acquire new skills and have the chance to practice each skill, experience success and build self-esteem. As they face each new challenge they are supported and encouraged by their guides, therapist and peer group.

Level Program Objective Student Focus
-Settler Assessment Accept Placement
-Pioneer Habits & Patterns Personal Responsibility
-Explorer Skill Development & Internalization Relationship -Skills
-Tracker Ownership Leadership

Settler: Focuses on accepting placement. Students observe the group, interacting only with staff.

Settlers work the land discovered by others. They are skilled at learning from those who came before them. However, they also view themselves and their lives as restricted by others. The LSE Settler, likewise, may view his or her own life as restricted or restrained by the opinions, rules, stereotypes and pre-conceived notions of other people. Therefore, this level is symbolized by the brand of barbed wire.

Pioneer: Focuses on identifying behavior patterns. Students begin taking responsibility for their choices.

Called by the promise of new lands and new adventures, pioneers bravely set out for recently discovered lands. Historically, a sense of community was vital for the survival of new pioneers. They depended on those who came before to understand their new lands but developed their own survival strategies once they arrived. Pioneers often arrived at their new environments by traveling in large groups and trusting a leader. Not unlike these pioneers, the LSE Pioneer has found the desire and promise of new destinations and rewards of a healthier lifestyle. Because of this desire, the pioneer is awarded the brand of the fire pit.

Explorer: Focuses on interacting with others. Students practice positive relationship skills and reinforce healthy communication strategies.

Before a land can be populated, it must first be mapped and understood. This is the role of the explorer. Explorers boldly reach new environments, confident in their ability to adjust to new situations. Historically, explorers were master problem solvers and decision makers. Explorers generally lead teams of adventurers and their success often depended on their leadership skills. Likewise, the LSE Explorer has begun to plan for the future and has drawn his or her attention to the horizon. For this reason, the explorer is awarded the brand of the rising sun.

Tracker: Focuses on leadership skills. Students reinforce positive skills and find success through group leadership opportunities.

Trackers are able to live and work independently while acknowledging their interdependence. They are masters of woodland crafts and skills. Historically, trackers would move ahead of the main party in search of food or shelter. The rest of the party depended upon their abilities. Trackers traveled light, carrying only enough to live comfortably in any weather or terrain. Such as the cougar, indigenous to East Texas, the LSE Tracker demonstrates complete control of self and surroundings, thus being awarded the brand of the cougar.

Rolling Admissions Policy Creates a Positive Peer Experience

Students join an exisitng group with others on various levels. The rolling admissions process allows them to enter a positive peer culture. Groups are small and have strong 1:4 staff-to-student ratios. Students participate in daily group processing sessions and individual and group therapy on a weekly basis.

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