Announcing Summer at Shelterwood

For struggling teens, summer can bring a variety of challenges. Without the organized activities and rhythms of the school year, summer can be a vulnerable season. When your teen is struggling, all you want is your child back — and Summer at Shelterwood can mark the first step towards real transformation for your teen and your family.

Are you concerned about your teen’s choices? Worried your teen may be headed down the wrong path? Summer at Shelterwood is designed for real restoration. Our program features activity, adventure, therapeutic intervention and top-tier education. Students leave Shelterwood with the tools they need for a strong start to the new school year.

Limited spots are available, and you can apply today. Teens can enroll at Shelterwood at any point, with the academic program running from June 5 through August 3. Reach out to our Admissions team to begin your teen’s application process.

Academic recovery

Does your teen need to catch up on class credits, or retake classes to boost their GPA? Both remedial and advanced students will benefit. Students attend fully-accredited academic programming, which includes flexible dates for enrollment and the opportunity to earn a minimum of 1.5 credits Students can earn nearly a semester’s worth of class credit over the summer! Our accredited school is a supportive and challenging environment where students can learn and grow. Time at Shelterwood means your teen will be ready to re-enter school with confidence in the fall.

Customized therapy program

No two teens are the same, and their therapeutic program should be as unique as they are. Our licensed therapists work as an interdisciplinary team to design an individualized treatment plan for every Shelterwood student. Teens participate in individual therapy with their personal therapist, plus group and family therapy. Our clinical team pulls a variety of therapeutic levers to help teens. Modalities include CBT, art therapy, sand tray therapy, play therapy, attachment and family systems. We use recreation, adventure, art, gardening, music and performing arts to help students uncover issues, build relationships and provide clarity for moving forward in life.

Addiction and substance abuse

Is your teen struggling with addiction? Are you worried about your teen dabbling in alcohol or drug abuse? Our rigorous substance abuse treatment and addiction program combines educational, therapy and experiential elements to help students lead a sober, healthy life. Whether your teen has an unhealthy relationship with technology or is struggling with substance abuse, our program sets the stage for recovery. Teens experience our addiction treatment program in conjunction with our summer program for holistic growth.

Building empathy through service

Our service opportunities help teens build character and grow in empathy for others. Students serve in a variety of contexts, from food banks to nonprofit thrift stores, shelters and even the Christmas tree farm near the Shelterwood campus. Teens learn how rewarding it is to give back and make a difference in the lives of others.

Shelterwood is a place where teens grow and find joy.

For struggling teens, Shelterwood is a place where they can rediscover joy. Teens build confidence and grow in character as they try new activities. Summer at Shelterwood is full of adventure and fun, with activities including music and art, gardening and fly fishing, sports and everything in between. Students uncover strengths they did not know they had and have their gifts affirmed. Teens can learn to smile again and connect with their peers in ways that are healthy and fun.

Shelterwood offers a nurturing environment with a foundation of faith.

At Shelterwood, teens know they are loved, valued and have purpose. Our faith-based approach includes inspirational chapel services, optional spiritual retreats and devotional time. Our young adult mentors create a dynamic environment for real heart change. During Summer at Shelterwood, teens learn that they are loved by Christ.

Summer at Shelterwood is a place where struggling teens can find real hope and real restoration. Students experience unparalleled therapy, boarding school excellence and a supportive, structured environment in a community of people committed to their growth.

This season can be a turning point for your teen. Enroll your teen today. Contact our admissions team.

Why fun matters at Shelterwood

Part of our approach to transformation at Shelterwood is giving our students new experiences and opportunities to step outside their comfort zone. Students learn to try new things, practicing recreation in ways that are healthy and constructive. This past summer at Shelterwood, students had several opportunities for special trips and off-campus activities.

“Our students live in a very structured environment at Shelterwood, and we have created that environment on purpose,” says Daniel Schlenker, Shelterwood Academy Activities Coordinator. “Trips offer students a bit more freedom, still with plenty of structure but in a new context and with new surroundings. Students are able to experience challenges and different opportunities than those they face on the Shelterwood campus, and put what they’re learning in therapy into practice.”

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Young adult mentors also travel with the students, and these trips provide time and space for essential conversations. Students process what they have been learning in therapy and by living at Shelterwood. “We really give the students time for meaningful, intentional conversations with their mentors,” Daniel explains.

Our students had a variety of trip opportunities this past summer. A highlight of the summer for many students was the Shelterwood mission trip to Haiti. Changing students’ environments provides opportunities for their hearts to be impacted with positive experiences and encouragement from the Shelterwood staff.

Students also had the opportunity to spend several days at Camp Barnabas, near Missouri’s beautiful Table Rock Lake. This uniquely-designed Christian summer camp typically serves students with disabilities, and hosts Shelterwood students during off-weeks in the summer season. “Their staff is sensitive to the unique needs of our students, and so it’s a good camp for us to visit,” Daniel says.

The camp experience includes team building exercises, organized sports and a daily spiritual component, plus an evening speaker. “Students were able to participate in high ropes courses, swimming, basketball, tubing and other outdoor activities,” Daniel explains.

“Camp Barnabas is a chance for our students to experience rest and recreation in a healthy way.” Students learn to spend their free time in ways that are constructive, breaking the habit of running to isolation activities like video games, social media and television.

Evenings at Camp Barnabas are spent listening to dynamic faith-based speakers. For example, during the boys’ week at camp, they heard from a speaker, who went through the Biblical story of Jacob. “Every evening focused on how Jacob was wrestling with God and finding his identity,” Daniel added. “Many Shelterwood students wrestle with the idea of having a relationship with God, and who they are and these evenings caused students to think through what this relationship looks like in a consistent way.” The boys continued to discuss this topic long after they returned to Shelterwood.

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While the boys were at Camp Barnabas, the girls back on campus enjoyed a “staycation” week. During the “staycation,” students and mentors enjoy fun and constructive activities around Shelterwood and the Kansas City area.  They enjoyed bowling, rock climbing gym, miniature golf, sporting events and other special activities around the area. When the girls headed to Camp Barnabas, the boys enjoyed their own “staycation.”

Also part of summer at Shelterwood was the canoe trip. Students traveled to the Ozarks of Missouri, and spent time canoeing, hiking, preparing meals and spending time together as a group. “Canoeing is actually a great opportunity for conflict resolution,” Daniel says. This experience in teamwork allowed students to practice healthy problem solving in a hands-on way.

Daniel recalls a moment from the girls trip when the river narrowed and increased in intensity — and one canoe capsized! “It was a rough start, but the girls got to practice dealing with a difficulty and making the best out of a tough situation. The challenges could have been handled negatively, but so many positives came out of the trip.”

Summer activities add balance to teens’ healing journeys, which is an important step towards en route to a promising future. “As students try new things on these summer trips, they learn the joy of accepting challenges and the rewards of trying new things,” Daniel says. “They practice spending their free time in ways that are both fun and healthy, so they’re equipped for life after Shelterwood.”

Summer at Shelterwood: A time of transformation

Summer can be a great time for positive change in the life of a teenager. Under the right circumstances, and given the right combination of positive experiences, we have seen many young people take great steps forward. However, without organized, positive activities, and the framework of the school year, the summer months can often be a vulnerable time for teens.

That is why we at Shelterwood have designed a special summer program for teens who might be struggling at home, or struggling with poor choices during the summer months.

We work to provide a safe and structured summer for teens, combining activity, adventure, therapeutic intervention and stimulating education. Students leave Shelterwood’s program renewed and restored — and ready for their best year yet.

Limited spots are available. Teens can start as early as June 1. Contact our admissions team today to start the application process.

Academic Recovery

Students can earn nearly a semester’s worth of class credit during the summer in our award-winning boarding school. Teens who are academically behind can catch up and get back on track — and advanced students can retake classes to bolster their GPA. Time at Shelterwood Academy means they’re ready to re-enter school with confidence.

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Therapy

Because no two teens are the same, our licensed therapists work with an interdisciplinary team to create an individualized program for each student at Shelterwood. Students engage in individual therapy with a personal therapist, plus group therapy and family therapy. Our clinical team is trained in a variety of modalities that include CBT, Art therapy, Equine therapy, Sand Tray therapy, Play therapy, Attachment, Substance Abuse and Addiction, and Family systems. To maximize impact, all activities at Shelterwood are designed to be therapeutically strategic. We use recreation, adventure, art, gardening, music and performing arts to help students uncover issues, build relationships and provide clarity for moving forward in life.

Is your teen struggling with substance abuse? Our rigorous substance abuse treatment program combines educational, therapy and experiential elements to lay the foundation students need for a sober, healthy life.

Students experience substance abuse treatment concurrently with the summer program, so they’re growing and healing holistically.

If your child is wrestling with substance abuse, Shelterwood can lay groundwork for a life of joy and sobriety.



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Service

At Shelterwood, our service opportunities help teens move beyond lack of empathy. Teens serve in a variety of environments, from food banks to nonprofit thrift stores, shelters and even the Christmas tree farm near our property. They learn to give back, grow as leaders and make a difference in the lives of others.

Personal Growth

Summer at Shelterwood is full of adventure. Teens try new things and build confidence — from music and art classes  to gardening and fly fishing and everything in between. Students uncover giftedness they didn’t know they had, or have their strengths reaffirmed. For struggling teens, Shelterwood is a place where they can learn to laugh again, to engage again and to connect with peers in a way that’s healthy and fun.

A Foundation of Faith

During Summer at Shelterwood, the stage is set for heart transformation. From inspirational chapel services to optional spiritual retreats, our faith-based approach gives students opportunities to grow. Our young adult mentors offer life-on-life discipleship. Teens learn that they are important, they are valued and they are loved by Christ.

Summer at Shelterwood is a place where struggling teens can find real hope and real restoration. Students get the best in therapeutic counseling and boarding school excellence — all in a residential community of people committed to their growth. Let this summer be a fresh start for your teen and for your family. Limited spots are available, and teens can start as early as June 1. Contact our admissions team today to enroll your child.