Situated in some of the most scenic forested area in the country, outdoor activities are both a vital and natural extension of our program. Showing young men new and positive outlets for their energies is another tool for them to use in a sober and manageable lifestyle. From backpacking, hiking, mountain-biking, rafting, rock-climbing, fishing, and water skiing in the summer, to ice fishing, sledding, skiing, and snowboarding in the winter, we offer ample opportunities for our students to experience the great outdoors. Each experience is designed to both provide a healthy outlet for their energy and provide an opportunity for learning and growth. While many of our excursions are day-trips, several – especially over the summer months – may last up to two weeks. Being located in the Lolo national forest, within walking distance of the Clark Fork River and within a short drive of the Thompson, Flathead, and Bull Rivers, as well as from some of the best snow-skiing in the country, these activities are readily available options for us on any given day.
All of our staff are accustomed to playing in this expansive and scenic country and truly enjoy the times they spend with the students, showing them the grandeur of northwestern Montana. Each excursion also offers numerous opportunities for personal growth, whether it is from a structured Treatment Plan over one of our longer summer treks, the opportunity to face and overcome a demanding challenge, the acknowledgment of a job well-done after a community service project, or simply the bonding and positive reinforcement that is a natural effect of such outdoor activities. Whatever the activity, we recognize the power of Nature’s Classroom and take advantage of every opportunity to let our students grow in that environment.