Support during transition has lasting effect

Rock Solid Retreat is a support program that aims to help students with the transition into high school

Rock Solid program supports students as they transition to high school.

Justin Telfer

Golden Family Centre

Rock Solid Retreat is a community based school program organized and run by East Kootenay Addiction Services Society.

It is aimed at supporting students as they start their education at Golden Secondary School.

The program is designed for “learning while doing” in the outdoors and includes activities focused on team work, leadership, supporting each other and respecting differences, while introducing them to a supporting adult community.

Rock Solid is based on research that suggests students are more likely to do well in school and avoid high risk behaviors such as alcohol and drug misuse if they receive support while transitioning from intermediate school to high school.

The program also addresses parent and community concerns related to substance misuse as their children move towards independence.

We know that the majority of grade 8 students do not use substances and it is our goal to support this healthy choice.

Rock Solid Retreat includes one classroom session with the learning goal of opening up a conversation about substance use, followed by one non-traditional classroom day on at Camp Wenman.

We hope students will have lots of fun and be reminded of the importance of substance free play.

Students get the opportunity to explore their personal strengths, meet community support people who can be a positive influence in their lives, make healthy connections that contribute to a safe environment in which they grow, and share facts of substance abuse, including possible ways to deal with the new social and emotional challenges of high school life.

Rock Solid is steered by East Kootenay Addiction Services Society and works in partnership with School District #6, Child and Youth Mental Health and Golden’s youth serving agencies.