Who we are: Using the transformative power of the wilderness and adventure, Meramec Adventure Ranch is dedicated to serving individuals and families whom much of the world has given up on, including youth struggling with traumatic pasts, youth in residential treatment, youth on the Autism Spectrum, and Wounded Warriors.
– Youth in Residential Treatment struggling with traumatic pasts
– Youth in the Foster Care System
– Youth on the Autism Spectrum
– Wounded Veterans.
Since 2006, the Ranch has grown to be one of the most extensive adventure bases in the Midwest and has served over 100,000 youth and families.
– Located on 1,200 acres in Steelville, right in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest.
– Last year the Ranch served over 7,000 participants in programs running all but a few days of the entire year.
Our Mission and Goals:
We use adventure and wilderness to enable people to realize who they were truly created to be.
We work to accomplish this by intentionally working toward and growing:
2. Personal Efficacy or the Belief in one’s power to produce an effect
3. Healthy Relationships
4. Purpose through service
The process that we as humans go through as we grow, change, and heal is similar. Our program follows this progressive process. It looks like this:
1. Develop awareness, respect, and interdependence among the individuals in the group.
2. Recognize and apply their unique design in the service of others.
3. Reconstruct perceptions to nurture hope.
4. Transform brokenness into meaningful purpose and direction.
5. Experience joy in living.
It is our belief that everyone has a unique purpose and calling in life that can be found and fulfilled through a transformed life of Character, Service, and Vision. Regardless of events of the past, decisions made, and challenges of the future, we wholeheartedly believe that each person is able to achieve that purpose. This begins by recognizing that each of us, first and foremost, is simply a human being…a person. Each of us have hopes and dreams, pasts and fears, strengths and challenges, and desires to be impactful, purposeful, and to belong. Recognizing each other as people first instead of by our labels, we can recognize that while our pasts, behaviors, diagnosis, and other labels may play a part in our lives, they do not have to define us.