Blazing the Trail is an intervention program aimed at providing the growing number of very challenging teens at the Emunah Afula Center with an opportunity to experience success and build self-esteem through outdoor activities and segments of the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that traverses the entire country from north to south.
Blazing the Trail is an experiential program which provides the children with opportunities to achieve and succeed in an enjoyable framework, fulfilling emotional, social and educational needs. Since hiking the Israel National Trail is regarded as a very prestigious and valued activity within the country, the children’s self-confidence and sense of achievement is greatly reinforced.
The program includes 25-30 young men and women, both full time residents and teens in Emunah’s afternoon care program, aged 14-18. The target is to complete the entire trail within 3-4 years (as a group, although some individuals may graduate and not complete the whole program). The teens volunteer to take part, and then are obligated to participate in training sessions and bi-weekly or monthly one or two day hiking sessions on various segments of the trail. During two day hikes the children will camp out along the trail.
The program is co-ordinated by a senior member of staff, who has completed the national trail a number of times as well as additional adult staff members. The program adheres to all Ministry of Education regulations, acquiring permits for each segment and fulfilling all security and safety requirements. The students are involved in the planning and implementation of each stage of the trail and are divided into three task groups in advance of the trail, each responsible for a different aspect; guiding, first aid or morale.
The total cost of the ‘Blazing the Trail’ program is NIS 175,000.
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