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Small Residential Program & Outdoor Therapeutic Program

Explorations Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 12 to 18 and Young Adult
Grades: 7 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 10 - Residential Program 30 - Outdoor Program
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Program was founded in: 1989
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Explorations Contact Information

PO Box 1303
119 S. Hill Road
Trout Creek, MT 59874
Phone: 406-827-3863
Fax: 406-827-4072
School Contact: Penny James-Riddell/Lorne Riddell
Alternative Contact: Penny James-Riddell/Lorne Riddell
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Explorations is an imaginative outdoor, travel, and living experience that is a catalyst for changing the lives of teens experiencing trouble at home or in school.

Our innovative learning opportunities can motivate these troubled teens to view themselves as capable and successful.

Our program has made a difference many young people's lives. We believe in their innate strength, value, and potential just as strongly as we believe in the value of family in our society.

Explorations is here to help young adults discover their inner worth and assist them in the search to find the spirit and energy that sparks from within. Over the years, we have witnessed hundreds of teens confront their innermost doubts, embark on journeys of self-exploration, and begin to imagine the things they once thought were beyond their grasp.

At Explorations, we measure our success by the number of young people who courageously open the door to a future that makes those ideas a reality.

Explorations is a dynamic small program for teens and their families. We provide meaningful and challenging life experiences through innovative outdoor, residential and travel adventures. At Explorations, our 20 years of experience provides guidance and direction to families experiencing difficulties and teaches our students to navigate life without relying on unhealthy and destructive former behaviors.

Students accepted into our summer offerings benefit from a summer filled with conquered challenges and opportunities to strengthen poor self-esteem and self-confidence. They are young people who are floundering at home and in school, but often are not emergent in their behaviors.

Our summer students may have issues with depression, adjustment problems, drug, alcohol or sexual experimentation, abuse, life transitions, relationship difficulties, or negative self-image. They are intelligent, often highly manipulative, and generally are successful in creating turmoil at home.

Students are mentored by experienced, caring outdoor instructors and each small group is supported by a therapist. At Explorations, we prioritize students emotional and physical safety and allow them to explore self-imposed limitations hands-on through adventure activities and individual and group therapy.

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