Northwest Passage Riverside held their fourth annual Track and Field Day on Thursday, July 16. The boys at Riverside used different skills as they competed in some lighthearted events both individually and as a team, while also getting to enjoy some treats during the day.
There were five teams; the blue, green, yellow, purple and pink team. Each team consisted of four or five kids and one staff member. During the events, the boys had to work together completely, using all their social and team-building skills. They had to review each challenge and figure out the best way to complete it. They used the problem solving skills they have been working diligently to improve and together came up with the best solution. They were there to help each other and always cheer on their teammates. The team activities included: two relay races, Oreo contest, golf ball toss, the obstacle course, and wet sponge dodge ball.
They also had the opportunity to strive as individuals through a pie-eating contest, punt-pass-kick competition, soccer kick, 40 yard dash, and basketball shooting. These types of activities helped to keep the boys active while also reminding them of good sportsmanship. Each individual showed strengths and had something to be proud of at the end of the day. They all enjoyed themselves immensely and were given praise for their accomplishments.
The boys got the chance to experience the treats of “fair food” for lunch with special treats such as fruit/cool-whip funnel cakes, foot long hot dogs, mini-donuts, deep-fried Oreos and others. Healthy eating is a big deal here at Northwest Passage, so this was a very special thing just for the day and the boys LOVED it!
Erin Hermann, Riverside Teacher
Track and Field day is not the only event that Riverside holds in order to help its residents actively practice team building skills. They also work on life-sized cardboard boats for several weeks that they eventually race across Clam Lake and they compete in derby car races! Sign-up for our newsletter so you don’t miss any of the fun!
The girls aren’t going to let a little rain slow them down. Check out their fourth week of underwater photography. They’re really getting the hang of it!
The boys of Northwest Passage Riverside ran in the City of Trails Trail Run 5K during St. Croix Falls’ Wannigan Days celebration! The team has been training hard in the mornings under the leadership of our dedicated staff: Josh, Ryan, Reid and Austin.
Our residents: Garrett, Westin, Logan, and Carlos had great attitudes and put forth outstanding effort despite getting rained during the race. The boys started in the back of the pack and still managed to grab race places! Garrett placed 2nd in his age group and 5th in the overall race, Josh placed 2nd in his age group and 6th in the overall race, and as a team the boys received a golden shoe to celebrate that they were the fastest team!
Ashley and I were able to work with our residents Andre and Holden to capture some of the memories. We’ll get the photos uploaded soon.
Sarah Bach, M.S. Weekend Supervisor
Today the girls of Northwest Passage stopped into the In a New Light Gallery (where our kids’ stunning photography is displayed) to prepare for their third week underwater. I asked one of our girls how she was doing. She looked down at her feet and pondered her response for a moment. When she looked up, she made my day and she said, “I’ll be better when I can get under the water.”
Here is a peek at their latest adventures under the surface; enjoy!
“I’ll be better when I can get under the water.”
The boys at Northwest Passage reviewed the photos from their most recent trip to Crex Meadows Wildlife Area and Shell Lake, and the results are great!
Garrett captures two Lilly pad flowers at Shell Lake.
Cooper discovers a bumble bee collecting nectar and pollen from a flower in order to make honey.
Andre finds a family of Canadian geese swimming at Shell Lake.
Holden sees a deer running through the water at Crex Meadows.
A cloudy day turned sunny for the girls of Northwest Passage at McKenzie Lake for their very first outdoor underwater photography expedition! Well done ladies!
I gave you everything I had,
I risked everything for you to not get killed by my Dad.
I kept it 100 with you,
But all you did was play me for a fool.
You always told me I was your baby girl & you’d love me to the very end,
But now I just want to forget the entire world.
I forgive you,
But I can’t forget…it hurts
I really LoveHate you.
You were such a disgrace always leaving black and blue,
I tried to play it cool,
But I think everyone knew it was you.
In the end, you always said that you were sorry and you’d never do it again,
I believed you,
But it was never to end.
I forgive you,
But I can’t forget…it hurts
I really LoveHate you.
When I needed you to lend a hand,
You’d said to let ya know.
But you weren’t there.
I tried to leave and I couldn’t stand when you wouldn’t let me go.
My name is Monnee and I’m 16 years old, I am here at Northwest Passage to work on many things. This picture reminded me a lot about a past relationship. I picture myself as the leaf and the raindrops as many things that bothered me such as the abuse emotionally, verbally, and physically and all the stress. But as soon as I let the raindrop go, as in as soon as I let him go, I’ll be okay.
Monnee’s reflection is a part of her work at Northwest Passage, a mental health residential treatment center for kids dedicated to restoring hope through innovative mental health services for children and families. LoveHate is just one of the many great strides she is making on her journey of hope and healing. Thank you for sharing Monnee!
Come rain or shine, the kids of Northwest Passage really enjoy their time with our most lovable staff; the equine therapy horses.
Our Passage kids get to engage in all sorts of unique ways to express themselves and work through their feelings; from the arts to physical activity, we strive to give every kid an opportunity to heal. A program favorite is the opportunity to interact with these majestic beauties, two horses and a pony, through our equine assisted psychotherapy lead by Angela Fredrickson, LCSW and Shannon Brice, LCSW. Angela is a certified mental health and equine specialist through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association or EAGALA.
Our talented staff use metaphorical devices and purpose filled activities with the kids and horses, to allow kids to connect with their feelings. To learn more about the work we do with equine therapy check out an article we wrote last year: It’s magical, but it’s not magic.
This spring, Northwest Passage sought to bring our underwater photography programming to our girls intensive residential treatment center, Prairieview (formerly Passage III). Thanks to an ambitious Kickstarter campaign and its 84 backers, it is happening right now!
The campaign raised $14,392 to bring this project to life and aims to bring the healing qualities of time spent in the water to the kids as a part of their journey towards better mental health. It also got the attention of some pretty cool people. Celine Cousteau, the documentarian and grandaughter of famed explorer Jacque Cousteau, made reference to the healing power of nature and an appeal for support of our project. And Wallace Nichols, author of Blue Mind, a book that helped inspire the project’s creation, also chimed in with support of our work. It was amazing to see people from around the country contribute to our programming and we can’t wait to see the photos the girls come up with this summer.
Watch as the ladies of Northwest Passage hop into the pool to learn to use their flippers, goggles, and snorkels!