Community and Therapeutic Recreation

School of Health and Human Sciences

Enjoy the restorative properties of nature as you celebrate the trail to recovery with fellow cancer survivors and caregivers. celbrate logo

The Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation at UNCG understands that a cancer diagnosis comes with a number of challenges that affect identity, physical ability, and emotional well-being.

Coping with these life transitions requires significant support from your family, friends, medical staff  –  and your community.

What is the Celebrate the Trail to Recovery program?

Justin Harmon with “Worry”

The Celebrate the Trail to Recovery (CTR) program is another tool for your battle with cancer  –  or the adjustment to your “new normal” after radiation, chemotherapy, and rehabilitation are complete.

What is it based on?

Based on principles of nature-based therapy, the CTR program offers opportunities to get out on the hiking trail systems of the greater Greensboro area to embrace the restorative properties of nature and build new relationships on the trail to recovery.

About the hikes:

Hikes are offered on a weekly basis with faculty and graduate students from the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation at UNCG. For more details about hike locations and times, email or call Justin Harmon at harmon@uncg.edu or (303)875-3977.

Directions for all hikes can be found here:

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  • Waiver

    ASSUMPTION OF RISK, RELEASE, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT: To be signed by Participant if over age 18 and by both Participant and Parent/Guardian if Participant is under age 18. Participants under the age of 18 are referred to as “child/ward.” Celebrate the Trail to Recovery program, and its associated outings. The Program, and all associated activities, are referred to as "program," “trip,” "The Program," or "The Activity.” Activities vary from trip to trip, and may include, but are not limited to, hiking/trekking, backpacking, mountaineering, climbing, whitewater kayaking and rafting, canoeing, sea kayaking, skiing, caving, and mountain biking. Travel may occur by motor vehicle, raft, canoe, kayak, and other boats, swimming, aircraft, bicycle, bus, train, skis, foot and by other means. Participants may travel over rugged unpredictable terrain, including boulder fields, downed timber, rivers, rapids, river crossings, high mountain passes, snow and ice, steep slopes, slippery rocks, ocean tides and currents, waves and reefs. Attendant risks include, but are not limited to, collision, falling, capsizing, drowning and other risks typically associated with such travel, as well as environmental risks. Environmental risks include, but are not limited to, rapidly moving, deep, cold water; insects, snakes, and predators, including large animals; falling and rolling rock; lightening, avalanches, flash floods, and unpredictable forces of nature, including weather which may change to extreme conditions without notice. Possible injuries and illnesses include hypothermia, frostbite, high altitude illnesses, sunburn, heatstroke, dehydration, death, and other mild or serious conditions. Celebrate the Trail to Recovery program activities occur in remote places, and may be located many days from medical facilities. Communication and transportation are difficult, and sometimes evacuations and medical care may be significantly delayed. Decisions are made by the program staff and participants in a wilderness setting, on the basis of a variety of perceptions and evaluations which by their nature are imprecise and subject to errors in judgment. Throughout the program, participants are responsible for their own safety and for the safety of other members of the group. I acknowledge that the Activity entails known and unanticipated risks, which could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to me, or my child/ward, to property, or to third parties. I understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the Activity. I, on behalf of myself and my child/ward, expressly agree and promise to accept and assume all of the risks existing in the Activity. My, or my child/ward’s, participation in the Activity is purely voluntary, and despite the risks. I certify that I have adequate insurance to cover any injury or damage I, or my child/ward, may cause or suffer while participating in the Activity, or else I agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage myself. I agree to carry my personal insurance card with me during the duration of the Activity. I, or my child/ward, have the necessary skills to participate in the Activity, and I, or my child/ward, is fully capable of participating in the Activity without causing harm to myself, or my child/ward, or others. I further certify that I, or my child/ward, have no medical or physical conditions that could interfere with their safety, or the safety of any other participant in the Activity, or else I am willing to assume--and bear the costs of--all risks that may be created, directly or indirectly, by any such condition. I authorize UNCG or Celebrate the Trail to Recovery program staff to obtain or provide emergency hospitalization, evacuation, surgical or other medical care for me, or my child/ward, as necessary in the discretion of UNCG or Outdoor Adventures staff. If I, or my child/ward, require accommodations in order to participate in the Activity, I will contact UNCG OARS at 334-5440 no later than 21 days prior to departure to determine what, if any, accommodations can/will be provided. Should UNCG, its trustees, agents, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, and all other persons or entities acting in any capacity on its behalf, be required to incur attorney's fees and costs to enforce this agreement, I agree to indemnify and hold such entities and/or persons harmless for all fees and costs. In exchange for the promises and undertakings of the parties, and UNCG’s services provided to me, or my child/ward, in connection with the Activity, I, on behalf of myself, and on behalf of my child/ward, hereby knowingly and voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless UNCG, its trustees, agents, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, and all other persons or entities acting in any capacity on its behalf, from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action which are in any way connected with the Activity, including any such claims which allege negligent acts or omissions of UNCG, its trustees, agents, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, and all other persons or entities acting in any capacity on its behalf. I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document. I have read and have understood it. By signing below, I agree to be bound by its terms.
  • By checking "Agree" below I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the contents of the Assumption of Risk, Release, and Indemnity Agreement for participation in the Celebrate the Trail to Recovery program.

 

Contact

Contact Justin Harmon, PhD

Email : harmon@uncg.edu
Phone : 303-875-3977