Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch believes that teenagers should be actively engaged in life. Our outdoor adventure program, ropes course, physical strength training and an active outdoor recreational program will provide students with many challenging and enjoyable experiences. These experiences build confidence and help create positive momentum toward life success.
Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch uses Adventure-Based Learning throughout our program. Troubled or addicted boys are often resistant to more direct methods of communication (i.e. talks, lectures, etc.). Parents and helpers often feel shut out or completely ignored. Adventure Based Learning helps students learn through discovery and experience. Students are encouraged to conquer their personal fears and surpass their preconceived limitations. They are challenged to take new approaches to problem-solving, and they learn to work with others toward a common goal.
Students at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch participate in many different kinds of indoor and outdoor physical activities and adventures. These include camping, backpacking, rappelling, canoeing, and spelunking (cave exploration). We have even traveled to the Rocky Mountains for mountain climbing, white water rafting, and other activities. Students regularly play basketball in our gymnasium, use our weight-lifting equipment and CrossFit training exercises, play Frisbee golf, play flag football, or use our low ropes/adventure-based training course, etc. We have also taken ministry trips and performed service projects outside of the United States.
All of our activities help students to re-engage in life. They build character and provide amazing experiences that they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Students learn to interact with each other, with authority, and in society in a much more productive manner. Teen Challenge emphasizes the value of cooperation and consideration of others. Students are not only encouraged to manage their own behavior, they are also encouraged to be a positive influence on others.
Teen Challenge students take part in activities that encourage students to have concern for others. Students have the opportunity to take part in missions trips and community service projects. We have worked with needy children in impoverished countries, built houses for families in third world nations, helped feed homeless people in our local area, and taken on other types of service-oriented activities. The lives of our students have been profoundly impacted as they learn to serve others in need.
Several aspects of our program (dorm life, ropes course, service projects, etc.) require students to work together toward a common goal. Students who have had interpersonal difficulties in the past learn new ways to work cooperatively with other people. Opportunities are also made for students to work cooperatively with their parents at the Reconnect Weekends. Students and their families take part in fun and challenging activities that encourage communication, consideration, and cooperation.
Teen Challenge emphasizes the importance of leadership. With humility and out of genuine concern for others, students are encouraged to positively influence those around them. Students do have the ability to affect their environment for the better, and they are encouraged to be role models for others. As students are making positive changes in their own lives, they can also help motivate others to grow in both character and maturity.
We adamantly believe that God loves every boy who comes to us for help. Regardless of what they may have done in the past, God loves them, and He wants the best for their lives.
Teen Challenge provides a loving Christian atmosphere where young men have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with God. There are many facets to the Teen Challenge program. Throughout every activity we do and in every class we offer, there is a Christ-centered element and a firm belief that God wants to do something amazing in each boy’s life.
Many of our regular activities are spiritually oriented. We have daily chapels, Bible studies, special retreats, missions trips, and other activities. We attend church services off campus and frequently go to Christian conferences and other events. Many of our students choose to join our ministry team and take part in community outreaches and missions trips. Our drama team has performed in churches, youth groups, and other venues.
God’s ability to heal hurts and transform lives is unparalleled. He has a way of breaking through oppositional attitudes and touching a boy’s heart. His love and grace help students to want to change. As students grow in their relationship with Christ, they become more motivated to make positive changes in their lives. God also provides a source of strength and power that is beyond anything that traditional interventions offer. He helps make change possible for boys who are trapped in dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors.
We value education and academic success, considering it key to long-term life success. Most of our staff have advanced degrees. Many of the students who come here lack sufficient high school credit to obtain their diplomas in a timely manner, but we help them get caught up and even to retake classes for a higher GPA. Every boy on campus is taught and tutored several hours each day. Our disciplined and structured approach to learning, with individualized academic goals and progress, helps the boys get back on track with their education and our courses are fully accredited and transferrable.
Our outdoor adventure program is second to none. Our students have regular opportunities to experience fun and challenging indoor and outdoor physical activities. Students enjoy camping, backpacking, rappelling, canoeing, and spelunking (cave exploration). They are challenged physically and learn the importance of goals and perseverance.
“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.”
Darren Reynolds, MA, is a tireless innovator and team-builder. He has worked with troubled youth for nearly 30 years. He became the Executive Director of Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch in 1996. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling.