Wellness & Life Skills Program

Where Sustainable Change IS Possible For Young Men 

Northwoods is a uniquely structured, wellness and life skills program assisting struggling young men. We do this by combining the daily responsibilities working on the ranch with wilderness adventure, and physical fitness & sports

We are not a boot camp or an overcrowded institution with limited services. Instead, we are a small, supportive, family-oriented program which offers comprehensive tools and activities necessary for our students’ success. We focus on the benefits of positive reinforcement and recognition using a strength-based approach.

Our goal is to help students identify who they are by what they can do, rather than by what they have done. This approach allows the student to overcome the low expectation he has set for himself, replacing it with pride and self determination. We recognize that each young man is unique, as are their challenges, and we create a distinctive, focused curriculum to help them each achieve their goals.

At Northwoods, our students experience a holistic approach to learning and growth addressing emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and physical needs. Each student establishes personal goals and objectives during orientation which include an initial assessment, a self assessment of strengths and weaknesses completed by the student, an assessment of the client completed by the parents, and a collaborative achievement plan completed by the student and staff. Students meet weekly with counselors where they will go over their goals and objectives.

Our students are required to follow a structured routine, but learn that daily work responsibilities are ever evolving, just as in real life, preparing them to deal with adversity and change.


Northwoods curriculum includes:

Meal Preparation
Nutrition & Physical Fitness
Organic Gardening
Caring For Animals
Interview/Resume Preparation
Goal Setting
Vocational Training
College Preparation
Decision Making
Survival Skills
Business Communication
Community Volunteer Work
Building & Equipment Maintenance
Budgeting & Finance
Social & Behavioral Skills
Reading & Writing Assignments
Positive Study Habits

“Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long-term results.” –Evan Carmichael