Adventures in a Caring Community
Adventures in a Caring Community (ACC) is an experiential bullying prevention program that creates a caring community by teaching bullying intervention skills, increasing social engagement/empathy and decreasing stress and anxiety. The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) listed ACC as an evidence-based practice in 2016.
ACC works with the entire fifth-grade level within an elementary school throughout the school year. Students participate in multiple experiential classroom sessions and two ropes-course field trips at local Mountain Center sites. Students work as a class and in small groups, participating in cooperative games, problem-solving initiatives, experiential lessons, role-plays, debrief/reflection time and low and high ropes-course events. These sessions focus on practicing the skills necessary to support healthy peer relationships, create a caring community and increase resiliency skills.
Program results included:
- Greater resiliency
- Healthier peer relationships
- Less bullying
- Safer classrooms
We also offer experiential bullying prevention training on how to implement components of the Adventures in a Caring Community curriculum.
"The Mountain Center provided many opportunities for my students to participate in a safe and supportive environment. My students experienced trust and support among participants and the students were challenged to communicate and cooperate with each other. The Mountain Center was an excellent program for our School."