JH Ranch
For students who have completed 8-9th grade

A Groundbreaking Student
Leadership Experience

Every activity during the Challenge Adventure, from camping in the Redwoods to surfing in the Pacific Ocean to jet boating down the Rogue River, teaches a life lesson that will help transform students into leaders. Whether it is conquering the climbing wall or jumping from platform to platform on the ropes courses, each student will have the opportunity to make new friends and develop strong leadership skills on their very own adventure of a lifetime. 

Throughout the two weeks, students experience content-driven adventures to teach lessons on biblical values and principles that they will carry with them for years to come. Every student will be placed on a team along with an assigned coach. Our coaches share a deep love for the Lord and are committed to bringing about the maturing and training of God’s people. The only requirement for acceptance is that each person has a desire to grow and a willingness to give one’s personal best!



Etna, California

2024 session dates:

JUNE 16- 28
JULY 15 – 27

(Full, add to waitlist or register for 2025)

Program Size:

65 Students
Per session

2024 Program Cost:

Per student


Completed 8th
or 9th Grade

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Adventure Highlights

The first week of the Challenge Adventure features many thrilling activities onsite at the JH Ranch including hiking, ropes courses, lake activities, and sports night! Then, the second week is offsite with a full-excursion experience that includes jet boating on the Rogue River, camping in the Redwoods, and surfing on the Pacific Coast. 

Challenge is a program that will lead to powerful life-changing moments, brought to you by incredible coaches and teachers, all without the distraction of everyday life. 

Transforming students into leaders

What to

7 Areas of Focus
Application is the most important element in the understanding of any truth, principle, or skill. Throughout the two-week experience, students are placed into real-life situations in order to test and apply the things they hear.

1. Life Purpose
2. Problem Solving
3. Goal Setting
4. Guy/Gal Relationships
5. Parent Relationships
6. Spiritual Priorities
7. Personal Standards
Legendary Hospitality
Savor the last bite of a buttery biscuit. Swap stories over a homemade meal. At JH Ranch, dining is such a delightful experience, it’s almost the main event. Our guests share most meals in a gorgeous, open-air pavilion that is truly a feast for all the senses. Original recipes, fresh flavors, and gracious hospitality combine to create a tasty experience for everyone.
Big Top Talks
Every evening, we host a fun community-wide gathering in the “Big Top.” Each night is filled with great music, powerful moments, and inspiring talks. These sessions are a wonderful opportunity for our guests to discover their purpose, experience God’s love, and connect with others in a beautiful setting unlike any other.
A Happening Place
A refuge in the middle of a remote forest, the JH Ranch spans nearly a thousand acres in the Northern California wilderness. Just down the road from a small mountain town, it is surrounded by incredible views of rambling rivers, snow-capped peaks, and wide-open meadows. With unparalleled access to the Russian Wilderness, Pacific Crest Trail, and Klamath River, it is ideally located for all kinds of outdoor adventures from back-country hikes to whitewater rafting excursions. This special place feels almost like heaven on earth.