Bug SlingerTM Warriors

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ADAPTIVE FLY FISHING

Definition: Bug SlingerTM Warriors

bug • sling • er
Noun

1. A person who finds solace on the water (freshwater or saltwater), fly fishing for that special catch that eludes us all.

war • ri • or
Noun

1. Warriors are men or women (youth, teens, adults & seniors) that are fearless, strong, brave fighters.
2. A person who shows or has shown great vigor and courage while engaged in battle.

Our Mission

Bug SlingerTMWarriors (BSW) exists to support persons of ALL ages and abilities by providing quality adaptive fly fishing instruction and adaptive guide services.

Our Commitment

Recognizing the important therapeutic benefits of fly fishing, we provide support, leadership, instructional programs, adaptive guide services, special camps, and therapeutic retreats to educate, to challenge, and to inspire Bug SlingerTM Warriors. What differentiates Bug SlingerTM Warriors (BSW) from other programs is: (1) our unparalleled experience serving individuals with a wide diversity of disabilities; (2) our broad scope of educational and rehabilitation – programs~projects~events; (3) our guiding core values and operational ethics; and (4) our commitment to safety and service.

Our History

For more than 12 years, Therapeutic Adventures (TA) in partnership with Thomas Jefferson Trout Unlimited (TJTU) have been serving Bug SlingerTMWarriors.

Therapeutic Adventures, Inc. has developed a unique and integrative approach to instruction using: our IndependencePlus Model, our adaptive Circle of Courage model, and our Adaptive Outdoor Skills Mastery System. Through our unique approach to teaching, coaching, guiding and mentoring, we embolden our adaptive students/clients to set goals and to strive for functional independence. Our belief that ALL persons learn and benefit by being provided with opportunities to develop self-awareness, self-confidence, and self- reliance – has provided Therapeutic Adventures, Inc. with a proven framework for success. TA supports individuals and families, helping them to make positive lifestyle choices in the environments where adaptive sports and outdoor adventure activities are offered and enjoyed.

Our Programs

Bug SlingerTM Warriors may take advantage of opportunities for fresh water and salt water fly fishing (rivers, mountain streams, lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and other salt water waterways). We offer 1/2 day and full day programs (stream-side, wading, kayak fishing, and other special adaptive watercraft), special camps and therapeutic retreats.

Bug SlingerTM Warriors – Adaptive H2O Sports – Ambulatory ©

Instructional progressions are adapted to address the needs of those individuals who have the torso, upper extremity and lower extremity strength to support, to balance, and to coordinate movements while standing upright. Generally these individuals ambulate (walk) with minimal to moderate assistance or independently. These individuals may have one or more of the following: motor/sensory impairments, range of motion (ROM) limitations, or motor planning deficits in one or more limbs – either upper extremities or lower extremities or on one side of the body (hemiplegic). These individuals may also, from time to time, use prosthetic or orthotic devices and/or assistive aides such as (cane{s}, forearm crutches, or a walker, etc.) A partial list of ambulatory individuals who may use our Bug SlingerTM Warriors – Adaptive H2O Sports progressions includes: persons with developmental disabilities, stroke (CVA), traumatic brain injury (TBI), upper extremity limb deficiency/amputees, lower extremity limb deficiency/amputees, mild cerebral palsy (CP), multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic health impairments (diabetes, cancer, etc.) blind/visually impaired, deaf/hearing impaired, etc.

Bug SlingerTM Warriors – Adaptive H2O Sports – Wheelchair Users ©

Instructional progressions are adapted to address the needs of those individuals (a) who use a wheelchair as their primary means of mobility, and/or those (b) who fatigue and may require periodic use of a wheelchair split with some standing/walking. These individuals may have one or more of the following: (a) strong upper extremities, (b) impaired upper extremities, (c) impaired lower extremities, (d) good torso/trunk balance, (d) impaired torso/ trunk balance, (e) within normal limits (wnl) for motor/sensory, range of motion (ROM) and motor planning, (f) deficits in motor/sensory, range of motion (ROM) and motor planning in one or more limbs – either upper extremities or lower extremities or on one side of the body (hemiplegic). A partial list of wheelchair users who may use our Bug SlingerTM Warriors – Adaptive H2O Sports progressions includes: persons with lower extremity amputations, spinal cord injury (paraplegic), stroke (CVA), traumatic brain injury (TBI), spina bifida, cerebral palsy (CP), multiple sclerosis (MS), friedericks ataxia, etc.

Bug SlingerTM Warriors – Adaptive H2O Sports – Blind/Visually Impaired ©

Instructional and Guiding progressions for our Bug SlingerTM Warriors – Adaptive Water Sports utilize a variety communications techniques, assistive technology and instruction/ guiding to help the individual become aware of their ever-changing environmental surroundings. In addition to orienting the individual to their environment, guiding techniques assist persons to achieve functional independence through the use of verbal, auditory, tactile and proprioceptive cues. Throughout the course of this unique partnership between the guide and blind/visually impaired client, all efforts must focus on developing a strong trusting relationship with a foundation that includes mutual respect, safety, fun, and common goals.

A Program of Therapeutic Adventures, Inc.

A non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable education organization

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