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Is your teen struggling?

Life can be tough as a teenager, but when they're ‘At Risk’, it can be even tougher. Finding a place they feel safe and accepted is hard enough, but sometimes it's not just about finding the right place- it's about finding purpose.


The Finding The Way Off-Grid Wilderness Immersion Program provides a comprehensive, Biblically-based approach by incorporating prayer, scripture, and worship so that participants will find personal restoration with Christ and a hope and purpose for life. 


Differences in denominational doctrine have been set aside for the sake of our calling. The teaching that participants receive will follow the guidelines of the Truth that comes from the Holy Bible.

“I say this because I know the plans that I have for you.” This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will search for me, and when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Finding The Way Can Help. Call Us Today (864) 871-6223

Our Approach:


The Finding The Way program doesn’t operate with the strict guidelines of a military boot camp. Instead, it is more compassionate yet still structured and disciplined under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, using the Bible as the manual for living. Our approach helps build character; putting our faith in God that participants will live a life full of the Holy Spirit that he or she can share with others.


We have designed this program to provide an experience like none other. Here we offer a program where participants can Find The Way and rediscover what matters most. This is the perfect environment for deep conversations, connecting with God and His creation, learning life changing habits and practices, prayer and simply a whole lot of Truth!

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

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Wilderness Immersion

We believe that the wilderness is a testing ground, by testing the participants' limits they will learn more about God's faithfulness.

Family Involvement
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We believe family involvement within the program is both beneficial to the participant and the family. 

Lasting Success

We measure success with the mitigation of challenges and behaviors along with a deeper trust in Jesus Christ. This leaves the participants, going home, with a renewed sense of purpose.

My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy.  You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be. (James 1: 2-4)
How Can You Tell If Your Teen is At-Risk?

If your Teen is struggling with any of the following issues, they be at risk:

  • Immaturity

  • Depression

  • Anger & defiance issues

  • Substance abuse (drug & alcohol)

  • Sexually promiscuous (pornography)

  • Failing in school

  • No sense of commitment to responsibilities

  • Poor family relationships

  • Socially withdrawn/problems with social interaction

  • Negative peer relationships

  • Low-self worth

  • Self-destructive behavior

  • Deliberate self-harm

  • Bereavement

  • Adoption/Attachment issues

Our Plan

Spiritual Growth

  • Daily quiet time for Bible reading, devotion, and prayer

  • Using scripture from the Bible to build confidence and understand purpose

  • Providing time to share their life-story and/or testimony

  • Creating teachable moments throughout the experience

Off-Grid Living & Self-Reliance Skills

  • Gardening

  • Raising Small Livestock

  • Food Preservation

  • Firewood  Collection & Processing

  • Property Care &  Maintenance

  • Carpentry

  • Off-grid plumbing

  • Off-grid heating

  • Off-grid electrical

Wilderness Survival Tactics &
Wilderness First-Aid Certifications

  • Fire

  • Water

  • Shelter

  • Food

  • Lost Proofing

  • Self-Care (First-Aid & Hygiene) 

  • Survival Mindset 

  • Improvisation

  • Wilderness Knowledge

  • Security

  • Equipment (Gear, Tools & Maintenance) 

  • Importance of awareness and conservation

  • Wilderness First-Aid

  • Stop The Bleed


Life Skills

  • Self-discipline

  • Physical fitness

  • Cooking & food preparation

  • Cleanliness

  • Organization

  • Social Skills & Manners

  • Problem Solving, Decision Making, Goal Setting, Prioritizing, & Time Management

  • Work Ethic

  • Coping

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The Bible is full of wild and wilderness accounts. Applications of the stories in our lives help us to grow in faith, engage with God’s Word, explore creation, and experience new adventures.


It was in the wilderness, away from people, that Jesus not only powerfully drew close to his Father, but also stood against the devil and defeated him, so that this seasoned ability would be completely at his disposal as he fulfilled his responsibilities as the Christ.


“And Jesus being full of the Holy Spirit returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.  Being forty days tempted by the devil…”  (Luke 4:1 & 2)

Our program teaches participants to stretch themselves spiritually, physically, and emotionally. The Wilderness is the best place to walk with God and discover God’s purpose for our lives. We do this by reflecting Jesus Christ in all we do and demonstrating His compassion, grace, understanding, forgiveness, mercy, leadership, and unconditional love.

Ultimately we measure success with the mitigation of challenges and behaviors along with a deeper trust in Jesus Christ. This leaves the participants, going home, with a renewed sense of purpose.

How To Qualify:

Participants, young males ages 13 to 17, will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Participants and parents/guardians will need to submit to interviews with the Finding the Way Administration before being accepted.


Joshua Barnes


Licensed Outdoor Minister


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