To describe doctor of physical therapy (DPT) students' perceptions following their engagement in a health promotion and wellness service-learning event (SLE) with boy scouts.
A descriptive study using a sample of convenience examined engagement in an SLE with adolescents. Reflective journals summarized student experiences with the population, confidence in executing a fitness examination and motivational interviewing (MI), and anticipated challenges and benefits before and after the SLE. Journals were analyzed for themes and associated frequencies.
Pre-event themes included expected communication challenges, a mutually beneficial SLE, and increased competency with the population, fitness testing, and MI. Post-event themes included communication barriers not realized, unexpected challenges, and increased confidence with the population, fitness testing, and MI.
Engaging with adolescents in SLEs provides DPT students with skills and confidence for future clinical practice. See the Digital Abstract (available: at: https://links.lww.com/PPT/A347).