Outdoor Experiential Expeditions
Rocky Mountain Frontier Boys Ranch and School helps young boys step outside of time, unplug from negative distractions, and wholly live each new day connected to God and His glorious Creation with their distinctive outdoor experiential expeditions and education program.
Here, young boys ride horses to a lake or creek to fish, accompanied by experienced staff who teach them important survival skills. With safety as the #1 factor in outdoor learning, we train boys to leave no trace behind at campsites or trails, and we always avoid camping trips in bad weather or other dangerous conditions.
Working together to survive while camping in the wild terrain of Wyoming for 3-4 days, troubled boys begin to build trusting relationships with staff and each other. Back at base camp, routine tasks like gathering eggs, working with horses and chopping wood for indoor cabin fireplaces lets boys consider their place and purpose in the world. And as the healing power of the great outdoors unlocks memories of trauma, and brokenness, mentors encourage each troubled boy to see who he can become the man God created him to be!
Young troubled boys learn academically in the Our Lady of the Rosary homeschool curriculum, accredited by NISAC, and study both on campus, and during expeditions. Boys also attend Roman Catholic church services nearby and take part in daily prayer sessions on campus.
Do It Yourself!
During the wilderness learning program, up to 10 boys live in rustic log cabins at our base camp that also features chicken coops, a horse pen, and semi-off-grid power and water supplies.
Here on the Frontier, young boys learn how to:
- become self-sustainable
- grow food in a garden in summer
- fish, and set traps for food
- care for chickens, horses, other animals
- cut wood for fireplaces in cabins
- hike nearby mountain trails
- pack horses for 3-4 day camping trips
- make a wall tent
- keep campsites and trails clean.
Go Green and Grow!
Rocky Mountain Frontier is designed as a ‘geo-thermal green’ campus, where boys and staff members adapt to an 1800’s ‘off-grid’ lifestyle. We keep solar electric power working at base camp at all times.
Now Climb the Next Mountain.
Rocky Mountain Frontier’s goal is to:
- Introduce troubled boys to new environments and foster an appreciation for the natural world and respect for animals
- Challenge individuals through use of physical and mental activities
- Promote good communication skills that can be transferred to participants’ everyday life
- Teach constructive interaction with others through the use of role modeling and activities.
- Enhance self-esteem and confidence through use of individual focused activities
- Foster responsibility through individual and group-based activities
- To develop a strong sense of self, including strengths and limitations
- To be respectful to self and others
- To develop a relationship with God
- To enhance conscious awareness
- To increase taking responsibility for own action
- To improve how he values himself, including protection from assault or exploitation
- To increase motivation for moral, wholesome adolescent activities such as school, family, work, peer relationships and extracurricular activities
The program at Rocky Mountain Frontier is built to be a unique alternative to traditional methods of behavioral treatment. Our outdoor program helps teen boys reconnect with the natural world and establish a personal foundation that is rooted in Christian values and principles. Located in the mountains of Wyoming, our beautiful cattle ranch is home to a program that gives them a better way to live life.