We are committed to facilitate growth and awareness by the individual young man or young woman of their need.  We are exclusively Christian staff and although our program places the young people, as well as the staff, in an environment removed from modern conveniences, it is all focused from a Biblical perspective.  We are NOT a bootcamp or bratcamp.  We do not disrespect the young people in any way.  Our focus is to facilitate a better relationship between them and their parents.

We use horses to reveal their behavioral problems, or emotional issues, whether it is:

  • Lack of respect
  • Hostility toward loved ones
  • Defiance toward authority in general
  • Eating disorders
  • Abuse issues
  • Self-injury issues
  • Mild drug, substance abuse
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Unpredictable behavior
  • Etc.

Horses mirror human behavior, and the client readily recognizes, and acknowledges his/her individual need.  We have many case studies that demonstrate the viability of this program.

We are NOT a CO-ED program.   The programs are completely separate.  The guys and girls never meet, see each other.  Women staff are with the girls 24/7 and men staff are with the young men 24/7.  Dr. Paul Griffis will always be there to work with the horses, and do all of the actual counseling.

We are committed to safety, and will do everything possible to minimize accidents.  We are dedicated to the safety and well-being of both the young people and the horses.

We, as a Christian organization, are fully cognizant that ultimately the client must make his or her own choices, and our focus is on Jesus Christ.  For that reason we do use some visual aids and do not leave God out of the equation, since only He can truly change the heart.


At New Hope, the values that are important to us include:

  1. We are a Christian-based program, convinced that only God can change the heart.
  2. The safety of all participants, human and animal.
  3. We will not disrespect anyone, but we ask each to reciprocate.
  4. The courage to try new things without judging the outcome.
  5. Cooperation and negotiation with others.
  6. Personal growth and learning.
  7. Balancing consistency and flexibility.
  8. Develop responsibility, accountability.


It is important to us that we provide a safe environment in which to:

  1. Facilitate a heart change.
  2. Discover and nurture strengths, interests and talents.
  3. Support effort toward change.
  4. Establish consistent and stable relationships.
  5. Improve interpersonal skills.
  6. Understand self-worth and empowerment from a Scriptural perspective.
  7. Identify and develop individual learning styles.
  8. Gain knowledge, communication and coping skills through the program.
  9. Conduct Equine Assisted Activities/Equine Assisted Therapy (EAA/EAT)


Each participant will be introduced to safety aspects of being around horses during the initial session.  Attention to safety issues by all involved will be a regular part of each session.  Please notify the therapist of any significant behavioral/emotional or physical changes, which may impact activities.

It is important for us to have an understanding of the participant’s physical strengths and weaknesses.  This information might include flexibility, hearing/sight impairments, endurance, balances, allergies, skin sensitivities, cardiac problems, and dexterity.  Please let us know of any problems which arise during physical activities so that we may develop sessions accordingly.


All dress must be modest and appropriate for weather conditions. (Time of year.)  Jeans must be worn with the horses, as well as shoes, such as tennis shoes or boots.  No person will be allowed to wear sandals, or flip flops while working with the horses.  A detailed packing list is sent when one is enrolled.


Clothes are washed at the campsite, and hung up to dry on a clothesline.


All of the cooking is done over a campfire and is done in a safe manner.  The Mentors are responsible for the cooking and may involve the kids in the process.  We have has literally 30 years of experience cooking on an outdoor campfire.   Everyone is responsible to collect firewood.


The 4 young people will be in a one-room cabin, along with 2 staff mentors.  The mentors are with them 24/7.  The cabin is well insulated and set up with wood heat for the winter months.


We encourage all of the young people to maintain good hygiene.  We have a nice outhouse that is well maintained.  Showers are taken in a camp shower tent. (It is very modest.)  Each camper is required to bring a toothbrush, toothpaste, camp soap (which you can get at WalMart), shampoo, and any other necessary items pertinent to personal hygiene.


·      Wake up and gather firewood for cooking

·      Cook all meals over the campfire

·      Do Therapy with the horses

·      Watch some visual aids

·      Daily counseling session

·      Hike on a daily basis

·      Every other day hike to the creek

·      Journal work and reflection of the day


·      No weapons of any kind (knives, guns, razorblades etc.)

·      No smoking at all

·      No drugs or alcohol

·      No electronic equipment such as cell phone or ipod