3. Remove the undesirable anchors
The last ingredient to make any intervention successful is to remove undesirable anchors - item(s) that could trigger or bring back a specific behaviour or state of mind. We safe keep phones (or any other distraction) at the start of the 5 days. At the back end, we also work with the schoolteachers to know which students should not be grouped together.
Those measures alone reduce the risks of 'relapse'. On the second night, Fred disappeared to look for his friends who were put in other groups. Since each group has a different schedule, he could not link up with his friends. We found him after half an hour of search. I sternly explained to him the implications of his actions before we proceeded for our nightly reflections. After an hour, Fred genuinely shared (without being prompted) that he felt remorseful for his actions and apologised to the group.
Having a synergy among various stakeholders (outdoor educators, teachers, parents and counsellors) helps in creating the best environment for the students.