Our program is all built around providing the boys with a program of adventure and physical activities, indoors and outdoors. Outdoors, we go horseback riding, camping, backpacking, rappelling, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and spelunking (rock climbing and cave exploration). Upon entering our program, the boys are taken on a three day camping trip with staff and several seasoned residents. Additionally, there is one outdoor adventure a month, and twice a year, we spend a week at Camp Orr, the Arkansas Boy Scouts Camp. We also have a certified ROPES COURSE on our property where the boys learn the importance of teamwork, goals, and perseverance. They develop better communication skills and improve their ability to work cooperatively with others.
We are the first Teen Challenge program to install a certified ROPES COURSE and CLIMBING WALL on our property. Our staff are professionally trained and equipped to offer this effective form of adventure-based intervention to our students.
The ropes course allows the boys to meet a number of goals by focusing on positive achievements and confronting personal fears and anxieties. Some of the therapeutic achievements they will experience while participating in our ropes course include positive risk-taking, improved self-confidence, expanding comfort zones, improved leadership skills, overcoming fears, and an overall increase of personal and team development.
The course is designed, built, maintained, and operated by our own ropes course experts using state of the art safety equipment. Everyone can participate in the ropes course, no matter how physically fit or athletic they are.
An Active Recreational and Physical Activity Program is Important for Behavioral and Addiction Recovery
Students at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch take part in many different kinds of recreational activities and outdoor trips during their stay here. They go to concerts and conferences, visit theme parks, go fishing, rock climbing, camping, hiking bowling, ice skating, and many other outdoor activities.
A variety of activities are offered on campus as well. Students regularly play basketball in our gymnasium, use our weight lifting equipment, play Frisbee golf or flag football, or use our expert supervised, low ropes/adventure-based training course, etc. We are also an official affiliate of CrossFit Training.