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The Courage to Climb

The Courage to Climb

Read the Colorado trip log for heartwarming stories

A group of girls from Great Circle-St. James travels to Colorado on a journey that tests their courage, builds their spirit, and sets them on a new path toward a bright future. Read the trip log...

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Team Development Challenges

Team Development Challenges

30+ team/group challenge elements

Bring your team and be ready to work towards the goals and objectives of your group.  These 30+ elements provide the perfect setting to allow teams to come together and overcome incredible, and sometimes seemingly impossible, challenges.

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Tadpole Lake

Tadpole Lake

There is nothing better on a hot Missouri summer day than a dip in the lake.

There is nothing better on a hot Missouri summer day than a dip in the lake. Are you in the mood for an adventure at the same time? Come, enjoy Tadpole Lake and get the best of both worlds. You may find yourself sliding down the waterslide, practicing your lumberjack…

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Zip Lines

Zip Lines

Climb 40’ and race down one of our dual 800’ ziplines reaching speeds of 40 mph.

Imagine standing on a zipline platform in the middle of the woods as the sky darkens, the only light in front of you being given off by a line of torches allowing you a glimpse of the deep ravine in front of you.  You take a breath and push off…

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Let The Journey Begin!

Are you ready for a life-changing adventure? The Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch, a Great Circle® program, is one of the most extensive high adventure bases in the Midwest. Ranch programs are committed to helping individuals and groups discover and capitalize on their strengths and inspire changes in their perspective. Using outdoor, adventure and wilderness experiences, the natural reflection that they inspire, and committed staff who truly care, the ranch helps those it serves focus on key attributes that lead to the continued growth and development of integrity, interdependence, purpose, efficacy, vision, and hope.
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Camp for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Dealing with children and youth on the autism spectrum is challenging. This camp was created to give families the opportunity to get away from their daily environment and spend positive, fun time together involved in adventure and outdoor activities. This will be a week of extraordinary opportunity for families to relax, enjoy the great outdoors, and more importantly, enjoy and support each other. Skilled, caring and compassionate support personnel direct activities and assist with sensory, communication and/or behavioral support as needed. Activities are designed to foster the development of self-efficacy, wilderness knowledge, teamwork, and family/team interdependence.

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“The Journey is the Thing”

While it is exciting to see individuals, hike mountains, climb sheer rock faces, paddle down rivers, complete challenge courses, learn how to make fire with nothing but what is found around them, and the multitude of other activities offered here, the real reason the ranch exists is not just to give individuals a once-in-a-lifetime experience to tuck away in their back pocket. Every experience on these trips, be it an activity, hiking, cooking, packing, or something totally different is only a catalyst designed and used to help bring individuals to a greater understanding of themselves, where they are in life, and the path that they can and should travel from here.

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