Adventure Ranch understands that you want him to experience important life changes and healing. That’s why we offer comprehensive, personalized therapy, treatment, and challenging adventures that help him learn and grow at our therapeutic residential ranch and school in rural northwest Arkansas.
Our behavioral therapy and addiction recovery teams develop a therapy plan for each boy and work from day one to establish trust, and a caring relationship.
Boys with life-controlling issues typically experience academic failure, so we help them get back on track academically, plus career counseling and vocational training.
Boys are able to get excited about their future again, as they break addictions and bad behaviors and learn new positive new ways of thinking.
Welcome to Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch! Our year-round program combines the proven Teen Challenge approach for helping struggling teens with expert therapy, a solid academic education, and adventure in the beautiful outdoors. Our goal is to help at-risk teenage boys become mentally sound, academically strong, and prepared for a positive future. Our sprawling campus, located in the beautiful Ozarks of Northwestern Arkansas, provides an effective training ground for boys, ages 14–17 1/2. We work exclusively with boys who are experiencing behavioral or motivational issues due to a history of trauma, adoption, negative peer influences, physical abuse, substance abuse, or gaming and/or pornography addiction. We offer a faith-based model of care, family restoration, spiritual renewal, and personal recovery. We are a licensed facility that works with most insurance companies, to help boys recover from self-destructive behavior and dangerous substances while they continue their education.
Whether your boy needs emotional/behavioral therapy, or residential treatment to break free from harmful addictions, consider what Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch offers that other programs may not.
Wilderness therapy has long been a powerful therapeutic tool to help troubled teens turn around in their behavior. Our program combines wilderness therapy with a therapeutic boarding school and sober living environment, plus ongoing mentoring by our expert team. We use adventure and physical activity because boys tend to listen and communicate more as they are active, versus sitting in a counseling room. We regularly go camping, backpacking, rappelling, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and spelunking (rock climbing and cave exploration). Through shared adventure in the wilderness, the boys learn the importance of teamwork, goals, and perseverance while developing better communication skills and improving their respect for each other and our staff. On campus, boys also experience therapy-based activity through our certified ropes course and zip line, rock climbing wall, equine therapy, team sports, CrossFit physical training, and various indoor and outdoor sports.
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.
“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.”