• Why Pivot Adventure?

    Consider the statistics:

    • 25% of Utah teens are feeling sad enough to consider suicide and 8% report having tried at least once to take their own lives. 
    • Since 2016, the number of adolescents who experienced at least one major depressive episode has leaped by 60%.
    • Since 2010, adolescents have seen a staggering 30% increase in depressive symptoms, suicide-related outcomes and suicide rates.
    • The leading cause of death for 10-17-year-olds is suicide.

    Meanwhile, it has left families stunned and wondering,


    "What can I do?"


    "Where do we go?"


    There is now an answer.


    Pivot Adventure is an adventure-based mentorship course designed to help students develop resiliency and overcome life's challenges. Pivot Adventure is a medium for change. It’s an experience for students and their families that want to shift their perspective, draw a bigger box and lead.

    What is included in the course fee?

    We’ll deliver everyone course materials on the first day the course begins. Most of the readings are non-optional, and we trust Pivot Adventure students and parents will keep each other on the hook for doing the work.


    In addition, the course fee covers:

    • Eight adventure activities across the Wasatch range with a cadre of mental health professionals and adventure guides.
    • During the workshop, parents participate in weekly webinars with guides to talk about experiences on trail and tactics to become better choice architects.
    • Limited to six participants per course. 3:1 student to guide ratio to maximize attention and impact.
    There are no hidden fees, add-ons, individual tariffs, tolls or other surprises.

    Why not traditional therapy?

    The traditional therapy model is broken. There are three major problems.

    1. Therapy is not a voluntary experience. Students are often forced to meet with therapists. In addition, therapists use what's called a deficit-based model where they must diagnose their patients. That is a problem. 
    2. Therapy is expensive. Consider the options. You can either look at couple hundred dollars per week for a 50-minute session or programs like residential treatment centers or wilderness therapy that costs over $50,000. Who can afford that?
    3. There is no time commitment. Real change requires time.

    At Pivot Adventure, we have purposely built our course to be different. Pivot Adventure is a voluntary experience. We use a strength-based model to identify what contributions students can make to the group (and ultimately to the world). Pivot Adventure is heavily subsidized in what we do. The cost of the course is $1,500 for 8 weeks. That is a bargain when you consider the time spent with guides, curriculum, gear, instruction, transportation and so much more. Finally, students spend on average 4-5 hours per week with Pivot. It is an investment.


    Pivot Adventure isn't counseling. It's not a punishment. It's not grownups telling you how to live your life. ​It is an opportunity to be seen, to be heard, to become your best self. To be part of a community, a second family.

    What can I expect?

    Eight adventure activities in eight weeks (with an exception to major holidays). Students will meet once per week and spend most of their time in situations of 'perceived risk', meaning students will practice how to respond rather than react in the face of adversity. It is an intense experience that can immediately be put into action.


    In addition, students and parents will complete a workbook throughout the course. Some of these assignments include reading, watching videos and journaling. The work involves receiving feedback and providing constructive criticism.


    Most of our families have busy schedules. We know there is not enough time. Do it anyway.


    We’ve created an intensive timeline that is designed to stretch you and your child. But it will still be manageable given your real-life responsibilities and you’ll be surrounded by a supportive community that is truly passionate about learning and creating meaningful change.

    What is the curriculum like?

    Together, students learn to act. Act first. Act often. Once we commit to action, it gets easier to see. To see who we are and who it is we want to become, how people listen to stories, how difficult (or easy) it is to make an impact. And then, once we can see, we open the door to real learning.


    There’s more information available to more people than ever before in human history. But if you’re not thirsty to learn and you’re not aware of what you need to know, it does you no good at all.


    Students and their families who are transformed by this process will discover that there are enormous resources just waiting to be tapped, opportunities that were always there but never noticed before.

    Was it worth it?

    Pivot Adventure is a sprint. Eight weeks with people like us, all moving in the same direction towards change. The notion of a sprint, of leaning in and committing to growth means Pivot Adventure is not for everyone. Pivot Adventure is for families who want to create change.

    Who is the ideal student?

    It is for students and families who are tired of the status quo and want to make deep and meaningful change. It's for families that want to stretch and grow together, who are looking to make a giant leap forward and are looking for a place to launch. All the families we work with come from different walks of life.


    Many of our students struggle with:

    Regardless of the struggle, students are human beings first, deserving of dignity, opportunity and respect--and are treated as such. One bad chapter doesn't mean your story is over.
    It doesn't matter where you came from. What matters is where you are going.

    Who should enroll?

    Consider the cost of traditional wilderness therapy programs and residential programs: students are pulled from their families for several months, costs are enormous (up to $50,000). It is highly likely you will then be recommended to a residential treatment program as a follow up (often a sister company that isn't necessarily disclosed).


    The results of a typical wilderness therapy programs are mixed. Teenagers are not given the opportunity to practice the skills they learn in the environment they live in. Trust is lost between parents and children. And far too often, we hear guides and therapists say, "It's too late for them."


    There is now an alternative...


    The Pivot Adventure experience is transformative. It exposes students to a new way of thinking. Our goal with Pivot Adventure is to assemble families, to connect them, and amplify their efforts. Without leaving home. Without losing trust. In just eight weeks of intense effort, we provide a space to learn.


    Pivot Adventure doesn’t pretend to make you an expert in parenting or that everything will be okay once you're done. We don’t even try. Instead, we’re organized around action, around change, around vulnerability and learning from it.


    Pivot Adventure is not just an adventure-based mentorship course. It's an experience. We don't make promises of waving a magic wand to make things all better. Instead, we are focused on helping students and their parents see new opportunities for growth, making better decisions, and leveling up in all the areas that matter to you.


    If this sounds like it might be part of the change you’d like to see in your life, we hope you’ll apply.

    What kind of support do you offer students who are having trouble with the adventure activities?

    Everything we’re building revolves around this question.


    Most learning is ‘take it or leave it,’ and too often, the answer is ‘leave it.’ In the case of Pivot Adventure, we’ve put a lot of effort into creating an environment where students are supported with guides and one another vigorously.


    Pivot Adventure provides access to an encouraging community of peers. People like us do things like this. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

    What are the frustrations some participants have with Pivot Adventure?

    We've have found that some participants have difficulty finding the discipline to over-deliver when no one is demanding that they do so.


    Fortunately, our students and parents usually discover that this is all part of what we're trying to teach, what we're working to create. Pivot Adventure isn't a course with a fixed curriculum. Instead, it's a process, one that gives people the room they need to level up.


    It's not for everyone but it might be for you.

    What is your attendance policy?

    This is an eight-week sprint, and the other participants of the program are counting on you to be fully present. We ask that each student and parent allocate the time to make this process as seriously as the rest of us. During the eight weeks, students will participate in at least eight adventure activities and additional time to complete the workbook. Students can remain in school and extracurricular activities. Parents are asked to do the workbook and to attend the webinars once per week.

    Do you provide transportation?

    Yes, Pivot Adventure provides transportation to and from activities that are all over Salt Lake Valley, Utah Valley and Park City. A calendar of activities will be emailed to all participants so that there is advance notice.

    What is the usual class size?

    Pivot Adventure keeps a 3:1 student to guide ratio with up to six students per expedition. By capping our classes, we're able to pay attention to our students and the experience they create.

    How safe are the activities?

    Students are placed in situations of perceived risk. For instance, if a student is afraid of heights, hanging in the air 40 feet off the ground will feel dangerous even though they are safely tied to a rope through an anchor. The very nature of these activities is what makes it relatable to the challenges students face. Each student is properly trained by an experienced guide on all the equipment we use.


    Risk cannot be completely eliminated. Students will be participating in action sports like outdoor and indoor rock climbing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking. Due to the nature of these activities, all families must carry health insurance that covers their child.

    What items do we need to bring?

    Pivot Adventure provides all of the equipment needed. You don’t need to buy or bring anything unless you want to. If your student requires glasses, retainers or orthotics those items should be brought on your own. Students will need to provide their own clothing. Most prescription medications are fine to bring, for the safety of our students please let Admissions know to make special arrangements. Here is a list of odds and ends you'll want to consider bringing for each activity.

    Is there an application fee?

    Nope. All you have to do is complete and submit our enrollment forms. Once we've reviewed your enrollment form, you'll be contacted within a couple of business days and be sent a welcome email with more details.

    How much does it cost?

    $1,500. It's an investment. And it’s not just the money, it’s the time you’ll be spending as well. Including the decision to overcome your status quo. Every section of Pivot Adventure has an organizer behind it. Our goal isn’t to be big, it’s to be small. Small in size, but huge in our decision to create a difference. We’re investing in people.


    Pivot Adventure is the most affordable alternative to residential or wilderness therapy programs. You won't need to sacrifice your retirement or take out a second mortgage to participate.


    If this sort of change or investment is too much, we totally get it. Pivot Adventure probably isn’t for you. The good news is that all the content is in the world, free online or accessible by book. There are no secrets.

    Does insurance cover any of the cost?

    One of the biggest fallacies that have been perpetuated in the wilderness therapy/residential treatment industry is insurance will cover the costs. In our experience, this hasn't been the case. Insurance companies are more inclined to partially cover therapy sessions but not the wilderness activities itself. So, that's is why we have built Pivot Adventure the way we have.

    What is your refund policy?

    Pivot Adventure is a mutual commitment. We commit to welcoming you into a small, focused cohort, and doing everything we can to deliver on the promises of the course. In return, we ask you to commit to spending the time, money and passion it takes to level up.


    We understand that life can interfere and that plans change, and we’ve tried to create a refund policy that respects you, our students and our mutual commitments.


    After the enrollment period, we require full payment to secure your spot in the course.


    TUITION: $1,500 for our teen course and $150 per hour for our adult course. No refunds are possible one week before the course begins. We do appreciate the notification of withdrawal as soon as possible so that we can attempt to fill your spot with another student who may be on the waitlist.


    If you’re unable to participate, we’ll donate a portion of your Enrollment Fee to another student's tuition who really needs a leg up.


    WITHDRAWAL: If in the opinion of our guides, you’re not contributing to the culture and forward motion, we’ll let you know. If you’re still not able to actively participate, we’ll ask you to withdraw from the course. In this situation, no refund is possible, and we’ll donate a portion of your Enrollment Fee to a future student in need.