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Tribe Outside Debuts New Youth Wellness Program

Tribe Outside Communities That Care

Shorter days with less sunlight and a pandemic causing anxiety and isolation can cause sadness and depression for all ages.

KPCW has these details of a new program through Communities that Care to help young people navigate this difficult time.

Betsy Bothe has lived in Summit County for decades and has spent much of her career guiding outdoor adventures. When COVID-19 hit the Wasatch Back, and people began to suffer from the social and economic impacts, she began to look for ways to share her skills. She's partnered with Summit County Communities that Care to build the program, Tribe Outside.

"I just know how much better I feel when I get out in nature, especially during COVID, how important it was for my mental health to get outside. And it was actually my only form of social communication was to get outside with friends and be able to hike. That really saved me during COVID. And I just thought, you know, kids are on their devices all the time, and you know if they're not getting outside every day. No wonder there's so many mental health issues that we have if they're just on their devices or staying inside.”

Tribe Outside winter offerings include snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing. It begins Monday, Jan 25, and will run every other week until March 22. They are limited to eight spots due to COVIID distancing guidelines. Bothe explained the winter program plan.

"Snowshoeing and Yoga on snowshoes, We'll be doing ringing bowls in nature, nature bathing, meditations, all kinds of really fun events."

Pamela La Luz Butters said she is an alchemist of sound. She uses singing bowls to help people manage emotional health. She explained how crystalline sound and using singing bowls can enhance feelings of wellbeing physically and emotionally.

"And the thing that's interesting about crystalline sound is our bodies are crystalline in nature. Our blood is a saltwater combination. Our bones have a crystalline nature; even the rods in our eyes have a crystalline structure, very much like what you would find in our appliances. And it's kind of almost like booting up your system. When you play crystal singing bowls, they actually add light into the cells as well with a vibrational tuning, almost so you can bring added benefit to creating light within the structure of the human body with the power of sound as well because it raises the vibrational frequency of your cells."

The Tribe Outside program is open to kids 11 to 17 in Summit and Wasatch Counties. There's no cost to participants. Thanks to White Pine Touring, snowshoe and ski rentals will be available.

The first meeting is Monday, January 25, from 3 to 5 P.M. A link to Communities that Care sign up can be found on KPCW.org.

Meet at the White Pine Touring Center next to the Hotel Park City. Parent consent forms are required and can be found online.


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