Campus Life

campus life 1024x683 Campus Life

Life at Shelterwood

We know that all teens are searching for purpose, direction and significance, and it is our conviction that these things are best found in loving community and through life giving relationships. At Shelterwood, we believe that teens are going to follow someone they think is cool. So, we have a central philosophy that involves hiring a bunch of dynamic young adult mentors to live in community with our teens and model life, love and faith for our teens. Since we opened our 40 years ago, this has been a distinctive value in our philosophy of care and treatment.

Our team works hard to create a safe, engaging environment — the right setting for personal growth. And because we want to see teens engage in life beyond their smart phones, we offer a wide variety of activities.

We also recognize that real change does not just happen in a therapist’s office but in the daily life of relationships. So we strive to put our teens in unique situations which demand social awareness and responsibility. Our teens serve locally and regionally to impact the lives of others — and, in doing so, they transform their own lives. Through service projects, our teens take the attention off themselves and become more aware of the joy in serving others. This has a powerful effect on their attitudes, often impacting their future decisions in a more responsible, caring direction.

Through campus life opportunities at Shelterwood, teens identify and build on their personal strengths. In addition to our strong academic program and excellent therapy, other student opportunities at Shelterwood include:

Community service and mission trips

Through Shelterwood service projects on and off our campus, your teen will engage with different people, gain valuable life skills and help others. Shelterwood offers day-long service opportunities, called “Beyond Shelterwood” days, as well as mission outreach experiences. In these new environments, your teen not only makes wonderful memories, but they often grow in their awareness and love for others.


Blending leisure and recreational activities with clinical and scholastic elements, we set the stage for your teen’s recovery. Shelterwood’s recreational activities are planned to help each teen to take positive personal risks, engage in healthy self-expression, build self-confidence and promote greater trust among their peers. We have wonderful activities on our campus, including a full gymnasium, fitness/weight room, outdoor basketball court, sand volleyball court, soccer field, mountain bike course and more. In addition, we often take teens  to movies, local recreation centers (IBEX, Sky Zone, Fittness Club and more)  parks, and other “off-campus” outlets to re-engage your teen with healthy alternatives.


We intentionally structure activities to minimize your teen’s screen time and other  isolation activities such as video games, social media and television. Our desire is to engage teens in physical and outdoor activities and adventures such as camping, fishing, biking, hiking, long boarding and rock climbing. These healthy, fun activities push teens outside their comfort zone and towards new experiences.

Shelterwood provides teens with a unique environment, taking a multi-faceted approach to treat the whole child. Campus life adds balance to your teen’s healing, an important step en route to a promising future.