• 1,439 teens willattempt suicide.
  • 15,006 teens will usedrugs.
  • 3,505 teens will runaway. (1)
  • 1,511 teenpregnancies.

Some of the issues young people are exuding include:

  • Lack of Respect
  • Hostility TowardLoved Ones
  • Defiance TowardAuthority
  • Lack of Direction orPurpose
  • Unmotivated
  • Truancy
  • Drugs
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • UnpredictableBehavior

To parents of troubled teenagers

Many of the behaviors mentioned subsequently, and the fear of the statistics mentioned above, may seem all too familiar.  Today’s teens are under tremendous peer pressure to participate in self-defeating and self-destructive behaviors.  As they search to find their own identity, inundated with negative influences, frequently their attitude and behavior will spiral out of control.  Teens are exposed to an environment where drugs, violence, sex, money and peer pressure are an ever-present force that affects both their behavior and perception of life.  Today’s teens are more deceived, protected and sheltered from the consequences of their behavior than ever before.  Unfortunately, often their judgment has become temporarily clouded, rendering them incapable of comprehending the direction of their life choices.

Our camp features:

  1. Daily equine therapy/counseling
  2. Outdoor and indoor horse riding
  3. Campers of all riding levels
  4. Scheduled activities meet specific physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of our campers.
  5. Campers and staff cook and share meals together over a fire.
  6. Single gender camp facilities. Women staff are with the girls 24/7 and men staff are with the boys 24/7.
  7. A rustic cabin set in the Ozark Mountains.
  8. An environment removed from modern conveniences.
  9. 21 day terms

Why you should choose New Hope Wilderness Camp:

  1. A holistic approach to growth and healing makes New Hope Wilderness Camp unique. New Hope is the only program that combines Christian Counseling, Wilderness Therapy, and Equine Assisted Learning.
  2. Higher Success rate.
  3. 1 mentor to 2 campers ratio.
  4. We build relationships to maintain long term investment and accountability.
  5. Build relationships to maintain long-term investment and accountability.
  6. New Hope is effective and efficient.  You can spend $30,000.00 to $50,000.00 for a long-term program and still need to send your child somewhere else, or you could come to New Hope and spend only $7,000.00, which is lower than other Wilderness Programs.



All dress must be modest and appropriate for weather conditions. Jeans must be worn with the horses, as well as shoes, such as tennis shoes or boots. No sandals, or flip flops while working with the horses. A detailed packing list is sent when one is enrolled.

Washing Clothes

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 campers in the process. We have has literally 30 years of experience cooking on an outdoor campfire. Everyone is responsible to collect firewood.

Sleeping Quarters

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.

Personal Hygiene

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, shampoo, and any other necessary items pertinent to personal hygiene.

Typical Daily Routine

  • 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

Items Not Permitted

  • No weapons of any kind (knives, guns, razor blades etc.)
  • No smoking at all
  • No drugs or alcohol
  • No electronic equipment such as cell phone or iPod