BOEC serves individuals of all backgrounds and abilities, including those with disabilities and special needs. Their clientele includes, but is not limited to:
- Individuals with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities
- Individuals from low-income backgrounds or disadvantaged environments
- Individuals learning English as their second language
- Youth seeking leadership development
BOEC endorses the view of: “Attitudes are the real disabilities”, and welcomes all who are interested in participating in outdoor adventure. Activities include rock climbing, wilderness camping, whitewater rafting, canoeing, adaptive cycling, high and low ropes courses, team building initiatives, downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. ALL activities are adapted to the needs and abilities of participants.
BOEC is not the only agency of its kind, but it is a very special one. Adventures are meant for all individuals, and BOEC truly makes it a possibility for many. Therapeutic recreation activities, big or small, are meant to restore, remediate, or rehabilitate to improve functioning and independence. As a therapeutic recreation intern, I facilitated or co-facilitated many debriefing sessions following our more strenuous and risk situations, such as mastering the ropes course or finishing a leadership and team-building activity. In all sessions, participants shared stories of their increased self-confidence and self-esteem and related how their experience would affect their everyday lives. It was incredible to be a part of that experience for every single person I worked with, and I am so thankful.
I strongly encourage families and individuals to participate in an opportunity like BOEC’s programming, whether to engage as a participant, work as an intern, or volunteer! Don’t believe me? Check out this video by a recent intern!