Our behavioral and addiction recovery teams develop a personal relationship and therapy plan with each boy.
Boys with life-controlling issues typically experience academic failure, so we help them get caught up and retake courses.
Boys are able to focus on their future again, as they break addictions and bad behaviors and learn new positive ways of thinking.
We feature adventure in our therapeutic programs, both on our sprawling campus and in the Ozarks.
Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch helps boys, ages 14 – 17 1/2, recover from various issues that are causing them to seriously damage their future or their physical or emotional well-being. We help boys who are self-destructing due to trauma, adoption issues, negative peer influences, abuse, or substances that are controlling their life.
As the first Teen Challenge® therapeutic boarding school for teenage boys, TCAR was founded on the philosophy to help troubled teens become mentally sound, academically strong, and prepared for a strong future.
Our optional 90-day addiction treatment program professionally treats boys addicted to drugs, marijuana, opioids, alcohol, gambling, pornography, or online gaming. Most troubled boys have a history of addiction.
The campus features private bedrooms, not dorms, which we believe is important for each boy’s well-being and safety. The energetic team of therapists, educators and direct care staff outnumber the boys on campus, working everyday, throughout the day, to encourage each boy to apply appropriate solutions to his problems.
Unlike most other similar programs, we offer an extensive Aftercare Program, without added cost that ensures each boy’s ongoing success. Boys get an extra six months of support, training, phone counseling, and encouragement. Regular contact is made with each boy and family after graduation — we visit their home and establish local resources for both the parents and the boy to maintain and strengthen their treatment.
If nothing else is working for your boy today, enrolling him in this residential program may be the best chance for his future, before he becomes an out-of-control adult.
✓ His behavior is dangerous and out of control
✓ Counseling and other outpatient treatments are not working
✓ His problems are worsening, despite promises to change
✓ Inappropriate behaviors are placing his (or your) health or life at risk
✓ He was expelled from school or is facing legal problems
✓ He is deeply entangled with friends who are a negative influence
✓ He keeps returning to negative behaviors after periods of improvement
✓ His behaviors, actions or attitudes could endanger his life and future.
We can't begin to express how grateful we are for your program and how it has impacted not only our son's life but ours as well. He began there as an addict who was defiant and angry. He left as a kind, thoughtful young man with a purpose of pursuing God.
Thank the Lord I had a bold Mom and Step-dad who really wanted the best for me and cared about me so much to make this hard decision to send their kid out for a year, hoping I would come back a changed man. Well not only did I come back a changed man, I will never go back to my old ways.
At age 16, I was an intravenous meth user and meth cook. I had given my life to drugs and would have done anything for them. Today, I am drug free, saved, and loving Jesus. I am married and have a child. God has done a miracle in my life.
On campus, boys experience therapy-based, indoor and outdoor activities and CrossFit physical training. Off campus, we go camping, backpacking, rappelling, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and spelunking (rock climbing and cave exploration). We have a certified therapeutic ropes course and equine therapy. Boys learn the importance of teamwork, goals, and perseverance while developing better communication skills and improving their ability to work cooperatively with others.
“Teen Challenge 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.”
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. Teen Challenge works to change young people’s lives by changing their hearts.”
“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.”
Former US Drug Czar
“Of all the 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.”