Patriot Resilient Leader Institute

Helping those who served bounce back in mind, body, and spirit

Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI), a 501 (c)(3) organization, recognizes that those who have served their country and communities often need a helping hand in order to recover and maintain their mental and physical health. By running Camp Resilience retreats for service members, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones, PRLI does its part to help those who have served bounce back in mind, body, and spirit. Located in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Camp Resilience retreats combine outdoor experiential learning activities, facilitated peer-to-peer counseling, and life skills workshops and are often facilitated by active/retired VA clinicians. PRLI is devoted to tackling an array of issues affecting veterans and first responders—we offer a wide variety of tailored retreats that take the healing process out of the clinic and stress the importance of camaraderie and wellness in fostering resilience and recovery. We have found great success in running retreats for families, couples, and veterans coping with military sexual trauma, post traumatic stress, or moral injury.

Founded in 2014 by a small group of veterans and local citizens, PRLI has welcomed over 570 participants to 59 Camp Resilience retreats. The grass roots nature of our programs sends an important message to our attendees—their service is appreciated by their fellow citizens. PRLI is a primarily volunteer organization with one full time staff member and a small but dedicated Board of Directors made up of a combination of veterans and mental health professionals.

The New Hampshire Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA‐NH) awarded Camp Resilience the 2017 Granite State Warriors Award for improving the quality of life of our military forces and their families.

The Mission Using the scenic beauty of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, the Patriot Resilient Leader Institute runs Camp Resilience for service members, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones. Camp Resilience retreats combine facilitated peer-to-peer counseling and outdoor experiential learning activities to help attendees to improve their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

The Goal We wish to develop in our attendees a strong sense of:
Resiliency: Participants strengthen their abilities to bounce back from adversity in mind, body, and spirit.
Self-Improvement: Participants develop goals based on their new experiences and implement at least one into their daily lives
Camaraderie: Participants realize they are not alone in their struggles, build lasting friendships with their fellow attendees, and leave with a renewed sense of connection to their peers
Community: Participants return home and give back to their community and peers

Owner Profile

Kurt Webber

Kurt Webber is a retired U.S. Army officer. He graduated from West Point in 1979; completed Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces training; and served in several Infantry and Special Forces units in 22+ years on active duty. He also had two 3-year tours teaching at West Point. Kurt retired from the Army in 2001 and starting teaching Computer Technologies at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, NH. After 9/11, Kurt volunteered to go back on active duty and served in Iraq in 2005 where he helped train and advise the Iraqi Army. In 2014, he helped found Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI) which runs the Camp Resilience program for military, veterans, first responders and their families. Kurt retired from full-time teaching in 2017 to devote most of his time volunteering to run and grow the Camp Resilience program. He does this because he passionately believes that we all should help those who are serving or have served bounce back from the emotional and physical issues arising from their service. He lives in Gilford, NH and is married with two sons, both also West Point graduates.