The Homeward Bound Wilderness Program is one of the oldest wilderness therapy programs in the country, it is a highly structured 27-day outdoor experiential education program for court-acquainted adolescents. The program is home based at the Stephen L. French Youth Forestry Camp on 26 Acres inside Nickerson State Park, Brewster, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The program is funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Youth Services and operated by the contracted vender, Accept Inc. Approximately 216 youths participate each year. In operation year-round since 1970, Homeward Bound continues to evolve and expand experiences for each participant. During the course of the program youth learn to value their health, cook meals for themselves, take responsibility for their actions, practice household chores, run a 10K marathon, team building skills, conflict resolution, and much more. Instructors do everything with the youth and are present the entire time.