Our recreational therapy focuses on your teen’s development as he is exposed to a variety of spiritually, physically, and emotionally challenging experiences. We utilize these experiences to help your teen develop his character, life skills, communication skills, healthy relationship building abilities, and his understanding of how to respect and respond to authority. Our students also learn the value of teamwork, perseverance, and hard work while experiencing success together. Through our wilderness therapy, we take every opportunity to demonstrate the life lessons that can be found in every life experience…both good and bad.
Our recreational therapy includes:
- Recreational Sports
- Team Half-Marathon Runs
- Camping & Hiking
- Mission’s trips
Teen boys have seemingly endless amounts of energy. The goal of our recreational sports program is to help our teens channel this energy in a positive direction while learning team building skills along the way. Our basketball court, weight room, and multi-purpose fields provide the perfect environment for these activities.
Many troubled teens are not on physically healthy life paths, and by participating in sporting activities they can be put on a path toward health and fitness. Our wilderness therapy program helps teach our students the benefits of eating right and staying physically fit throughout their time with us.
By experiencing the challenges of sports, they also learn many life lessons along the way: handling failure, working with others, the value of hard work, and the self-esteem that accomplishing goals can bring.
Our Marathon Teams
In July of 2014, two staff members, nine students, and 3 parents set out to accomplish what seemed to be an impossible goal…run & finish a half-marathon together. In November of 2015, they accomplished their goal by completing the Bass Pro Half Marathon with each member finishing in under 2 hours and 25 minutes.
That first team learned the benefits of hard work, dedication, and teamwork. They learned to push past their limits and to rely on others to help them along the way. The esteem built through this experience will last a lifetime. Because of this success, we now offer our students two opportunities to join a half-marathon team each year. One run takes place in March and the other in November. You can learn more about our marathon teams here: Teens Overcome Addiction by Running Marathons Together
Our marathon teams are just one example of the many ways in which our wilderness therapy focuses on utilizing physical challenges to teach our teens emotional and spiritual truths that help them experience lasting life change.
Camping & Hiking
Located on over 200 acres within the Ozark Mountains, our center is the perfect location for numerous camping and hiking experiences. Our teens are able to experience the beauty of nature and to step away from the busyness of life.
We encourage our students to utilize this time to think about where their current life path is leading them and to consider another way. Through devotional times around the campfire and the many talks along the way hiking, we are able to focus these experiences on spiritual growth and development.
Located within ten miles of Table Rock State Park and the beautiful Table Rock Lake, fishing is a must! Table Rock Lake is a destination that attracts fisherman from all of the country, both professional & recreational alike. Trout fishing along the lake is an opportunity for our students to learn the benefits of patience and strategic thinking. It also provides our staff with plenty of opportunities to connect with our students through positive mentoring relationships.