At Mountain State, boys live in a family setting with house parents and other children overcoming ODD and RAD. This allows the boys to learn effective communication and appropriate behavior in a peer group facing the same challenges. This rare environment helps the boys better understand themselves and others.
MSTS program participants live, complete chores and attend school at our home. The home is a short drive to natural wonders such as Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Lush and beautiful, the Flathead Valley is cradled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and offers hiking, swimming, horseback riding, skiing, boating, and many more exceptional outdoor activities.
Our natural environment gives the boys a chance to grow and refocus their emotions into practical everyday activities such as chores, schooling, and outdoor recreation. This environment compliments our common sense, relaxed approach and sound moral base that contribute to building a successful lifestyle.
Boys in the program participate daily in adult-supervised chores; teaching them how to embrace a safe and healthy lifestyle. Learning to help cook, clean, do housekeeping and laundry are just some of the tasks associated with maintaining a home. There are always plenty of opportunities for our boys to gain critical life skills in the many tasks required to run our program. Our projects are continuous and varying such as grounds work, maintenance, and daily tasks involving their environment.
Every boy is encouraged to develop their own personal talents and an awareness that each has something significant to contribute to making the world a better place.
Strong work ethics are instilled in the boys as they work alongside the staff members on various projects including home improvement and landscaping. The skills needed to accomplish a given task are taught and often carry over into their adult lives.
Mountain State is a Christ-centered, non-denominational ministry. Children are encouraged to attend church and spend time developing their spiritual life. Small groups and Bible studies are also available on site as well as church services in our local community which fosters further spiritual growth.
Both physical and mental, there is a wide range of recreational activities for the children to participate in at the home. Summer activities include fishing, swimming, soccer, dodge ball, horseback riding, hiking, and camping. Winter activities include ice skating, and sledding. Arts, crafts, music, expressive writing, and theatrical performances are encouraged and promoted.