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Take Ownership of Your Screen Time

Digital Wellness

Our Mission

Empower young people to create a more healthy relationship with technology.

Why We Exist

We believe in the benefits of authentic, human experiences: Talking around a campfire, interacting with others in the physical world, adventuring outside, enjoying a peaceful sunset. Moments like these shape our perspective forever.

Tech’s persuasive design has had a dramatic impact on the way young people spend their time and the 'real-life' skills they develop. Technology has changed the relationship of young people to one another and to the natural world.

Program Outcomes

Youth Development Communication Screen Time

Communication + Relatedness

Devices Youth Health and Wellness

Wellness + Health

Screens Focus and Attention

Focus + Mindfulness

Expertise

Dr. Pete Allison Penn State University

Dr. Pete Allison

Associate Professor, Penn State University


River Mountain’s curriculum and program journey have been developed in partnership with Penn State University, under the guidance of  Dr. Pete Allison. Dr. Allison is an associate Professor at Penn State University, Director of the Kurt Hahn Consortium for Values and Experiential Learning, and a respected authority on the study of values, youth development, and experiential learning. Throughout his career, Dr. Allison has worked with internationally recognized outdoor adventure and experiential learning providers to develop programs that have a life long impact on individuals.

Penn State College of Health and Human Development
Dr. Michael Rich the Mediatrician

Dr. Michael Rich

The Mediatrician, Center for Media and Child Health


Curriculum is supported by the research and recommendations of Dr. Michael Rich and Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Experiential Learning

Adventure and outdoor experiences push guests out of their comfort zone and increase their willingness to learn.

Experiential Education Digital Wellness

Retreat Types

7 Day Residential Stays

One Week Retreats

3 Day Residential Stays

Weekend Retreats

Field Trips + Overnight Stays

Schools & Groups

Typical Day

7:30AM Rise & Shine

Wake up as the sun visits east-facing, panoramic windows of your cabin -- surrounded by new friends and your guide.

8AM Breakfast

Start the day with a hearty breakfast, friends, and learning more about your next adventure.

9AM Stretch & Yoga

We’re headed out for fun -- grab your backpack, we’re headed up Warrior Ridge!

9:15AM Warrior Ridge Summit

Pack your backpack, grab your map, and don’t forget the compass. The hike to Summit Warrior Ridge is a right of passage at River Mountain.

11:30AM Free Choice Chill

Listen to music, relax at the creek, add to your adventure story, hang out with friends… It’s your call.

NOON Lunch

Lunch is prepared fresh, locally-sourced, and it tastes great. We promise.

1PM Free Choice Adventure

Choose from a number of fun-packed, guided adventures -- creek snorkeling, rock climbing, hiking, caving, canoeing. It’s up to you!

4PM Forest Bathing

What? Yes, forest bathing. There’s a secret forest out there, somewhere. Find it with your small group, take in the vibe of your surroundings, and create your own story.

6PM Dinner

Let’s share! Stories from the day, over a family style dinner.

7PM Adventure Awards

River Mountain staff and guests take time to recognize group and individual accomplishments of the day.

8PM Night Wander & Bonfire Gathering

Grab your flashlights, we’re taking the long way around to the bonfire.

8:30PM Bonfire & Storytelling

Gourmet s’mores, music, and tales from this Valley.

10PM Journal Session & Lights Out

What a day! See you in the morning!

Journal

Self-determined goals from the retreat are supported at home through River Mountain’s 21-Day Guide Book. Guests begin using their Guide Books on site to make the transition to home use seamless. The journal-style books are designed to help young people maintain the positive habits that will contribute to improved focus, attention, communication, relatedness, health, and well-being

Back at Home

River Mountain programs are designed to give our guests  healthy tech goals for daily life at home, school, and play. Goals from River Mountain continue to take shape as daily habits form, leading to a more balanced relationship with technology and the natural world.

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Screen Time Resources

It is our mission to empower young people to create a more healthy relationship with technology. We aim to help communities and those who serve young people through education, advocacy, and deployment of resources to help create a more informed dialogue.

For Parents & Families

Screen time has become one of the most important discussion topics for families. We hope you download and share our Digital Landscape Facts with your partner, or with other parents and caregivers in your community.

The Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital has created downloadable tip sheets to help parents better understand the impact media can have on children.

For Schools

What happens on screens at home has an impact at school. Our nation's great teachers and school staff are dealing with screen issues daily. To help support schools and open the dialogue with parents, we've put together some top-level screen time facts for teachers to pass along to parents.

River Mountain is committed to following the guidelines and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and sharing that with families.

To receive Screen Time Facts for the Family brochures for your medical office, please email meghan@rivermountain.org.

River Mountain programs are supported by the research and data from the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital. For additional resources, research and screen time data, please visit their website.

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