For teen boys dealing with anger, emotional issues, depression, behavioral problems, legal problems, or drug use or addictions, hope exists. An opportunity for a new path is possible through Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. We lovingly train at-risk boys to choose a different path in life, leading them to be godly and upright young men.
If you would like to find therapeutic boarding schools or boys ranches in or near Shawnee, Kansas, take into account that Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch may be exactly what you are searching for. Located in Northwest Arkansas, it is obviously a distance from Shawnee, Kansas, but that may be a good thing. Think about this: For teenage boys in need of intervention, time spent away from your hometown–away from the pressure of friends and familiar places—could be exactly what he needs to cause a transformation. Parents from all over the nation, including Shawnee, Kansas,decide on Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch for their sons.
Since we became the very first residential Teen Challenge program for boys, Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch has been helping families more than 45 years. We feel that a relationship with Jesus Christ is the primary avenue for change in the lives of the boys we serve. Every main portion of our program is biblically based. We feel that centering our program on Christ is the reason numerous boys have found success here, even where other programs didn’t work.
Several factors show the difference between Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch and other therapeutic boarding schools:
MORE STAFF — First, we keep student-to-staff ratios low in order that boys receive an abundance of supervision and individual attention. Our staff are highly trained and most have bachelor or master’s degrees in their area of work.
ADVENTURE-BASED LEARNING — Our outdoor adventure program is second to none. Our students have regular opportunities to experience fun and challenging outdoor activities. Students enjoy camping, backpacking, rappelling, canoeing, and spelunking (cave exploration). Students are challenged physically and learn the importance of goals and perseverance.
MORE PRIVACY FOR EACH BOY — Rather than housing all the boys in a large dorm filled with bunk beds, our students have their own bedrooms, separate from the noise and influence of the other boys.
MORE FAMILY VISITS — Residents are allowed to make visits to home on regularly scheduled breaks.
MORE MISSION TRIPS — Mission trips form a key component of the program, for this reason: as boys mature, they naturally want to give back and serve others.
EXTENSIVE AFTERCARE PROGRAM — After successfully finishing Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch, boys go back home followed by a strong aftercare program to continue their positive growth. Aftercare is included in our tuition package.
Education means a lot to us at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch for Boys, because we feel education strongly supports future success. In our private Christian school with fully accredited classes, boys study on courses led by certified teachers, with individual tutoring available to help those who are struggling. We offer a GED option for anyone with not enough credits to finish high school on time. Credits earned can transfer to private or public schools at home. Boys can also learn basic vocational skills including woodworking, basic electrical, construction and carpentry, shop skills, basic automotive, and others. After graduating from Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch, many boys choose to continue their classwork at home through dual enrollment with Alpha Omega Academy distance learning.
Residents at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch participate in numerous recreational activities, both on and off campus. We operate an adventure program second to none. Besides being fun and physically challenging for the boys, it teaches them about reaching goals, communicating and dealing well with others.
Many boys have turned their lives around and have gone on to make an impact for Christ after successfully finishing Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. We would be happy to talk with you to help you decide if our boarding school is the right fit for your son. Whether you choose Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch, a school in Shawnee, Kansas, or another alternative, we hope your family can experience the transformation that Christ can bring. Please read the rest of our website and use our inquiry form or call us today.
We are glad you chose to look at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch as you search for therapeutic schools in or around Shawnee, Kansas.
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Shawnee is a city located in northwest Johnson County, Kansas, United States and is a western suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 62,209. Shawnee’s fur trading and pioneering heritage blends histories of these Kansas Territory townships: Monticello and Shawnee. Shawnee has been recognized by Money Magazine in its annual “Best Places To Live” survey- placing 17th in the United States ranking, Shawnee was recognized for its affordable housing, air quality index, and median commute time. BusinessWeek selected Shawnee as one of the Best Affordable Suburbs in 2006 and 2009.Citation needed
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“Not only does Teen Challenge help our young people deal with their substance abuse, but is also gives our kids something to live for – a relationship with God, a healthy self-esteem, and a direction in their lives that finally leads somewhere. I sincerely appreciate your efforts to reach and rehabilitate the many young people who have, at present, no hope in life.”
Former Attorney General
“Teen Challenge changes the world one person at a time.”
Founder, Prison Fellowship
“The Teen Challenge program succeeds when all of the government programs have failed.”
“Too many young [people] have already lost their lives, and too many others have suffered serious injury for us to ignore the problems of juvenile alcohol and drug abuse. Programs such as Teen Challenge work to change young people’s lives by changing their hearts. I commend you for your work with young men who are addicted to drugs or alcohol.”
“In my opinion, Teen Challenge is doing the best all-around job of providing the kids with something meaningful in their lives. And that’s what they all need. . .I thank you for your continuing support for Teen Challenge.”
Former US Drug Czar
“Of all the drug programs reported to the Commission, the most successful is the program conducted by Teen Challenge.”
Past Director, AT&T Corporation
“Teen Challenge is one of the most successful programs in our country.”
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Darren Reynolds (pictured with his wife Mary) has worked with youth since 1990 and became the Executive Director of Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch in 1996. He is a graduate of Central Bible College and has a Master’s Degree in counseling from Liberty University.
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