DeMarco Adventure Course

The goal of the DeMarco Adventure Course is to help youth diagnosed with behavioral health and intellectual disorders reach a self-reflective transformation that will ultimately transfer to other aspects of their lives.

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Focus: The DeMarco Adventure Course offers the opportunity for students to participate in a range of skill-building activities. Groups are led through a series of safe and structured therapeutic exercises.
Age: All Ages
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
Capacity: To Be Determined
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Ryan Gagne
Site Director
75 Church Street
Thompson, CT 06277
(860) 928-5900
Program Description

The Susan Wayne Center of Excellence is home to the DeMarco Adventure Course, a ropes course that combines Adventure-based Counseling and our trauma-informed clinical model, ARC. The course, which offers both high and low ropes elements, is a team-building experience for students and adults alike. For our students, the adventure course is a wonderful opportunity to build self-esteem and experience positive social interactions, both key components of our clinical model. Students get the opportunity to experiment, try new things, take chances, and experience a sense of pride and accomplishment. In addition, the ropes course is also an invaluable training and team-building tool for staff members, caregivers, community providers, and organizations.

DeMarco Adventure Course


Program Services

Staff Development

Leadership Development

Introduction to Staff Orientation

Corporate Retreats

Staff member on DeMarco Ropes Course
Individual students were so excited to talk about how they pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone, with success and the pride they felt. Students who had not previously connected with each other formed new bonds and came to understand each other a bit differently
Director of the Victor School

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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.