Challenge Adventure

A Groundbreaking Student
Leadership Experience

The Challenge adventure covers a lot of ground in just two weeks. Every activity, from camping in the Redwoods 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, we disciple students through lessons on biblical values and principles that they will carry with them for years to come. At the Challenge Adventure, expect to laugh nonstop with hilarious rodeo games, surfing in the Pacific Ocean, “Olympic” competitions, and moments along the way that will leave you saying “I want to come back again next year!” 

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Etna, California

session dates:

June 18 – 30
July 17 – 29

Program Size:

65 Students
Per session

Program Cost:

Per student


Completed 8th
or 9th Grade

“The best week of my life.”

Adventure Highlights

The Challenge Adventure features many thrilling activities both onsite at the JH Ranch and 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

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Adventure Activities
Go on a sunrise horseback ride, bike on a backcountry trail, raft on a wild river, or cruise down a massive lake slide, whatever challenge you choose will be a grand adventure. At JH Ranch, every thrilling activity, from the rodeo games and giant “Screaming Eagle” swing to zip lines and climbing walls, sets the tone for a life-changing week with your loved one. Empowering lessons of teamwork, communication, and leadership are naturally incorporated into each activity, instilling biblical principles in the most practical and applicable ways possible.
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.