Teen Challenge Ranch


Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch was the very first Teen Challenge® therapeutic boarding school for teenage boys. We are the only such program that provides private bedrooms for the boys, which we believe is important. Our energetic counselors and caring staff encourage the boys to apply faith-based solutions to life’s problems, and we actively teach that a personal relationship with God is the primary means and source of power for change. We endeavor to help troubled boys become mentally sound for a lifetime, not just for the short time they are on our campus.  Our extensive Aftercare Program ensures your boy’s ongoing success, entailing an extra 6 months of support, training and encouragement and a visit to your home, plus help in finding local resources for your boy.

If nothing else is working for your boy today, enrolling him in our residential program may be absolutely the right choice and the best chance for helping him before he becomes an out of control adult. Our program is designed to help your boy when:

boarding school His behavior is out of control
troubled teen school Counseling and other outpatient treatments aren’t working
school for boys His problems are persistent or even worsening despite promises to change
boarding school Inappropriate behaviors are placing his (or your) health or life at risk
boys ranch He is involved in illegal activities or drugs
boarding school He was expelled from school or is facing legal problems
therapeutic ranch He is deeply entangled with friends who are a negative influence
adventure therapy He keeps returning to negative behaviors even after periods of time when he has been doing well
therapy When your boy’s behaviors or attitudes could endanger his future.

dual-ziplineWe are a dual-diagnosis facility, helping teenage boys recover from either or both addictions and self-destructive, out of control behavior. Addiction recovery services and drug and alcohol addiction counseling are offered as a regular part of our treatment, since substance abuse often co-exists with troubling behavior. According to multiple outcomes studies, our success rate in dealing with addictions tops the adolescent rehab industry.

Private Rooms – Teen Challenge Ranch is one of the few programs of its kind that allows students to have their own rooms.  Students have a quiet place to do homework, enjoy some privacy, and relax.

Strong Academic Program  – Teen Challenge Ranch has had tremendous success in helping young men further their education.  Boys who were not able to progress in other learning environments often make great advances at Teen Challenge.  TCR has fully accredited classes which can be transferred to other public or private schools after completion of the Teen Challenge program.  There is also have a GED preparation track.  So far, all of the students who have completed our GED preparation classes have obtained their GED on the first testing.

Relapse Prevention – TCA Ministry has sought special training and certification in order to help your child be successful after he leaves Teen Challenge.  Staff members will work with you to develop the best possible after care plan for your child.  Emphasis is placed on developing a plan that prevents relapse and maintains positive future momentum.

A Christ-Centered Approach  — Teen Challenge is a faith-based, Christ-centered organization.  Its curriculum, teaching, program format, and style of intervention are all Biblically based.  This is the reason for the incredible history of success that Teen Challenge has had over the years.

An Established Program and Organization – Teen Challenge Ranch was the very first residential Teen Challenge center for teenage boys.  They have been helping young men and their families for over 38 years.

A History of Success – Based on federal and university studies done on various Teen Challenge centers across the United States, the Teen Challenge Program has been shown to have one of the highest success rates in the world.  Success rates are regularly 20 times higher than other similar type programs.

Low Student to Staff Ratios – In order to provide the best possible intervention to your child, Teen Challenge maintains low student to staff ratios.  Their organization requires that at least one staff member be present for every 9 boys during the hours that students are awake.  It is common practice to have one staff member present for every 5 boys.

Success Where Others Have Failed – It is not uncommon for TCR to take in students who were dismissed from other programs.  They have had good success working with students who failed to make progress in other centers or similar type programs.

State Licensed and Accredited with Honors  — TCR is licensed with the state of Arkansas and has the highest possible level of accreditation with Teen Challenge International, USA.  Our center received a perfect score (a 100% rating) on our last accreditation review.

tcranch-adventureAdventure Based Learning –Teen Challenge Ranch adventure program is affiliated with the Boys Scouts of America. We have received recognition as a Boy Scout Venture Crew. Their students have regular opportunity to experience fun and challenging outdoor activities. Students enjoy camping, backpacking, rappelling, canoeing, and spelunking (cave exploration). All activities are led by experienced staff and are conducted in a safety conscious manner.

An Advisor who works directly with you and your child – He/She will meet regularly with your child, assist him as he addresses life issues, and track his progress throughout the program.  Your advisor will be available to communicate with you and your family about your child’s progress, the challenges that he is facing, and other matters of importance while he is at Teen Challenge.

Vocational Education and Hands On Skills Training – Students are given the opportunity to learn basic vocational skills such as:   woodworking, basic electrical, construction and carpentry, welding, basic automotive, and a variety of other skills.

Missions Trips – Students are given the opportunity to take part in a Missions trip.  It may be difficult to imagine your son being involved in such an endeavor at this point, but as God works in our students lives, their attitudes and desires change.  Young men who were once selfishly motivated become more interested in the well-being of others.  They have an intense desire to work hard and serve others on these trips.

Family Breaks and Home Visits – Unlike many other residential programs, students have the opportunity to visit their families during our regularly scheduled breaks.  Extra home visits are made available as students advance through the program.  These home visits and breaks give students the opportunity to try out new living skills in the real world.  They also help to prevent students from becoming “institutionalized” and are indispensable to preparing for a successful life after Teen Challenge.