Legacy regards every young man who enters our program as having within himself the potential to become an honorable and responsible adult.  We guide each client on his personal journey of self-discovery to identify the honorable man he is at his core, and lead him through the process of acquiring the mindset and developing a plan to make that transition to responsible adulthood.  


Each young man learns that there are parts of the child within him that he must let go of and new responsibilities he must embrace to become a man.  During his time in the wilderness, he has the opportunity to take on many of the responsibilities of adulthood in a small structured community.  The result is a clearer vision of honorable manhood and the self-confidence, skills, and motivation to make the transition to responsible adulthood and personal fulfillment.

Life Success Plan

True success doesn’t happen by accident; it is the culmination of a well thought out and executed plan.  While at Legacy Outdoor Adventures, each client creates a thorough and comprehensive Life Success Plan (LSP). With the support of the treatment team and family, each young man creates a written plan to be used as a roadmap for his personal journey to manhood. Each young man’s LSP starts with the creation of a vision statement for the man he wants to be. Throughout the program he continues to add to the LSP as he learns new skills and gains new insights.  By the completion of the program each young man has created a plan for success for his future and gained ownership and confidence in it by living it daily. Upon graduation, the LSP serves as a guide for the next step in life and a positive course for the future.

Effective Adventures 

As a team we have been intimately involved with the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBHC) and their research.  We use that data to inform our practices. This data illuminates a few key areas to focus on. For example, client relationship with staff, field guides, and their peers is very important.  Because these relationships are so influential, we are very deliberate about our field guide mentorship and therapy relationships.  The research talks about a “soft fascination” that occurs in wilderness programs, which is the slowing down of thinking allowing for insight to occur.  Completion of tasks and accomplishments builds resiliency and self-efficacy in clients.  Adventure also enhances self-efficacy as well as leadership abilities.  Studies also show there is an “un-definable” aspect of wilderness that has a positive effect on the development of the core self, differentiation of the individual, and development of a healthy self-image.

Modeling Honorable Adulthood

Legacy clients are immersed in a community that lives and practices an intentional way of being. Legacy's therapists and guides exemplify this way of being.  Our staff is constantly coaching and guiding both in group settings and individually. As part of the bigger treatment team, a guide mentor is assigned to every client to help facilitate carrying out the weekly treatment plan and provide support in developing and implementing a personalized Life Success Plan (LSP).  Research bears out that the therapeutic alliance between staff and clients is one of the most effective agents of change.