Wilderness Camps for Young Adults

New Hope has had amazing success with young adults.  We primarily schedule young adults during the fall/winter/spring months to adapt the program specifically for them.  Our approach is more of a Life Coach.  We still use Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Therapy (horses to do activities as well as riding).  All of our approach comes from a Christian/Biblical perspective.

Our expertise in counseling issues include the following issues (So far we have been 100% successful with young adults):

  • Search for meaning
  • Lack of self discipline/self-control
  • Respect issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Self harm
  • Learning disorders
  • Lack of coping skills
  • Relational issues
  • Low self-worth/self-esteem
  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Etc

“With Paul’s help I was able to see that I’m not worthless.  I am loved by God and no matter what had happened in the past, I am valuable to Him.  What an amazing experience it was for me to see how important I am to God.  Paul’s example and encouragement didn’t stop with that.  I was also able to work out at camp as well, and the love he has for each person is incredible.  I have seen and heard of other programs similar to New Hope Wilderness Camp, but I have yet to see anyone else with enough love to reach out to each person who comes to camp and to really love and care about them.  Paul not only teaches about love, but exemplifies it in every aspect of his life.”  Jennifer (age 24)

There is nothing worse than being stuck in constant despair. Wandering around with your head down, knowing life was falling apart, is not how things are supposed to be. My life had gotten there, though. It had come to the point where I could no longer think about moving forward; from suicide letters, unresolved abuse, self harm, and doing poorly in school, I found myself hopeless. The people around me were worried and decided to take matters into their own hands. After searching many programs and camps, they came across the Griffis Family New Hope Wilderness Camp. Wondering if only 21 days would help, we discussed things and decided we would give it a chance. During those 21 days my life completely changed. I found a peace that I had never experienced before, understood the concept of love and the power it has in my life, healed and forgave those who had hurt me, lost all desire to harm myself, got off 5 medications, and finally realized that there are good people that can be trusted. Paul and Velma transformed my thinking by simply loving the way Christ would love, living what they taught, giving tools for me to use, and most importantly, helping me discover the extent of God's love in my life. They helped me understand that God is a counselor, helper, healer, friend, but most importantly, the perfect Father. To them I thank, from day 1, for touching my life in a way that can't be justified with words. The camp changed my life and offered me with the hope that I can make a difference in the lives of others. I now see myself as a beautiful young lady that deserves to be loved and has a purpose on this earth. God has blessed Paul and Velma with many gifts, but especially with the gifts of love and understanding. If you feel like change can't happen, and life is no longer worth living, I challenge you to take a chance, make a choice, and take the life changing 21 day journey that New Hope Wilderness Camp has to offer.—Amanda (21 years of age)

Before I went to camp I was struggling with my faith. I didn't understand why Jesus died for us and I didn't really care much. Paul and the staff there showed me why, and helped me understand that God loves all of us.  -Ryan (age 17 when attended camp)