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Why Wilderness Works

Wilderness Works provides disadvantaged children a safe and enriching alternative with friends and experiences that last a lifetime.


hildren coming from impoverished conditions almost always struggle with issues of abandonment and esteem. Such children are desperate for love and attention and some sense of worth. Children in despairing, neglected circumstances find any attention – positive or not – to fill the gap. 

Wilderness Works is a needed positive alternative.

Children in Wilderness Works programming are quite eager to return to the next camp weekend or field trip. Wilderness Works is busy leveraging great enthusiasm. Excited campers make receptive students.  The result is Wilderness Works equipping and preparing children with character development, cultural enrichment, experiential education and face-to-face relationship building.

Children participating in Wilderness Works programming are more interested in and better prepared for school, showing improved academic performance, better school attendance, better grades, and improved classroom behavior. Additionally, these children show improved relationships with adults, a new sense of options for their future, improved self-control and ability to express their feelings. Children in Wilderness Works programming exhibit increased self-confidence and a heightened interest in hobbies.

With continued experiences in a positive setting with caring chaperones and mentors, disadvantaged children develop a sense of self-worth and hope for the future. Children who might otherwise be tempted, now choose to avoid substance abuse, truancy, delinquency and disruptive behavior in school and community.

Wilderness Works is an indispensable community resource as it effectively channels children – particularly at-risk children – toward a bright and productive future.

Serving The Community Since 1997

Wilderness Works has kept unique outdoor adventure experiences available for at-risk Atlanta children since 1997.

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