Developing Self-Esteem is a Key to Strong, Healthy Relationships
One of the most effective treatment programs Boys & Girls Town provides children in our residential treatment program is therapeutic recreation. When children are given the opportunity to interact in play, bond with an animal, sing or play an instrument, they uncover talents and and begin to identify strengths, improve self-esteem and practice problem-solving – all of which are keys to developing strong, health relationships.
Boys & Girls Town recreation therapists utilize a variety of programs and group activities to enhance a child’s self-esteem and develop positive coping skills and emotional expression. Unlike traditional physical education that focuses on improving skills, therapeutic recreation focuses on accomplishing treatment goals and objectives through ongoing recreational activities.
Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch
Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch is the therapeutic adventure and experiential center of Boys & Girls Town’s therapeutic recreation program. Situated on 1,200 pristine acres in the heart of the Ozarks, the Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch offers three miles of riverfront, wooded hills, fields, streams, bluffs and caves, as well as state of the art recreational facilities. It offers a secluded haven perfect for the youth at Boys & Girls Town of Missouri to experience therapeutic recreation program.
Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch blends high adventure and wilderness activities with the chance to have fun and be a kid in a safe supportive environment. We use these “out-of-the-norm” experiences and relate them to real life situations, helping individuals find their way, not just in the woods, but in life. All activities are planned, executed and processed to accomplish therapeutic goals. These rigorous, yet exciting, activities help interrupt negative behavior patterns and provide the opportunity to adopt alternative behaviors and make better choices and leading to enhanced self-worth.
School in the Wilderness, Boys & Girls Town’s therapeutic summer camp experience program,
brings the best of therapeutic outdoor programs and adventure therapy together with an incredibly exciting summer camp-type experience designed to produce dramatic positive results in troubled children. Children in Boys & Girls Town’s care and other therapeutic programs participate in a week-long program filled with hiking, challenge courses, waterfront activities, rappelling, horseback riding, land navigation and canoeing. Along with these activities, youth are able to participate exciting summer camp activities in a safe structured environment that allow them to make positive decisions and changes in their lives and at the same time, build memories of “camp” that will last a lifetime.