MSCH Allows Children to Look to the Future
When children first come to us, they are typically focused on one thing, daily survival. As they adapt to the safety and security of their new surroundings, the children can finally experience hope and look to the future. They become ready for new opportunities for growth. Their decision making changes as they learn to cope based on the new abilities they acquire from the successes they have made through the balance of programs and guidance.
Some recent new opportunities the children experienced are Cross Fit and a Camping Trip.
Cross Fit came to MSCH as a new opportunity, but was so successful it has been added as a permanent part of the Education program. Cross Fit encourages children to work on physical fitness for health. They improve on set goals with an understanding of the importance of becoming supportive as a team. Whether working to surpass a previous running time or finding the nutritional value in certain foods that we eat, Cross Fit has given children a chance to expand their physical and mental abilities while finding success. Learn more about Cross Fit at Mountain States Children’s Home.
The boy’s houses experienced a two-night three-day trip into the mountains, where they became a part of a life-changing experience in nature. They learned to rely on self and others, as they embarked on a journey of hard work, self-discipline, perseverance, and courage.
They hiked in the mountains, played group games, and cooked meals as they learned valuable lessons of working while enjoying time together and strategizing as they built camaraderie.
The goal of the trip was to encourage the discovery of their self-identity by learning who they are at a very basic level. This excursion fostered self-confidence through accomplishing deep goals on personal and group levels.
Dustin Smith, Nick Mears, and Randy Schow from the staff along with Steve Haskew, one of the Directors from the Board, shared talks to inspire the young men to greater accomplishments in their lives.
Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NIV) and in Proverbs 27:17 the Bible says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”.
The camping trip was a great opportunity for the young men to grow individually and collectively with memories that will serve them for a long time.