A significant part of a child’s self-image is intertwined with his perception of the physical self. Prior to coming to the Lodge, many of our boys have not felt confidence or experienced success in recreational activities.
The focus of recreation at the Lodge is on having fun and feeling a sense of belonging. Gaining self-confidence through enjoying physical activity and group recreation enhances the overall well-being of the Lodge boys.
Mixing fun and spontaneous activities with the clinical and academic elements of treatment is an essential part of the Lodge program.
The physical education program is supervised by Jody Olson, MA, who has a degree in Physical Education. The program focuses on cardiovascular fitness and skill building in a safe and non-competitive environment.
Sport skill training helps to improve strength, conditioning, and coordination. Many of the indoor activities take place in the recently built Gymnasium. (pictured at right)
The Lodge’s outdoor activity groups are designed to create success and instill trust in oneself and others.
The activity groups encourage a willingness to take healthy risks, allow a chance for positive self-expression, provide an environment that fosters greater self-confidence and expose the boys to new and healthy interests which can be common ground to help facilitate current and future friendships and social interaction.
We are also working to help the boys improve decision making skills and positive sportsmanship/community skills through new and challenging activities.
Our staff teaches activities from downhill skiing and snowboarding to fly fishing and indoor rock-climbing-all while providing a supportive and safe environment to nurture personal growth.
Participation in community based activities such as going to the movies, bowling, attending sporting events, swimming, and other healthy and relationship- focused outlets re-engage the child with healthy alternatives to their prior activities which may have been limited to antisocial hobbies or isolating activities such as internet networking, chat rooms, video games, television, Anime, fantasy websites, etc.
Students are exposed to an endless variety of adventure experiences in the Rocky Mountains including:
Fly Fishing and Cast Fishing
Indoor Rock Climbing
Community Service Projects