Health & Recreation
A Positive outlook on Physical, Mental and spiritual health
Prior to coming to Teen Challenge, many of our clients have neglected their health and as a result, the 12-month program gives them the opportunity to restore their physical bodies as well as their mind, soul and spirit.
Sports and recreation programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.
Many of our residents make use of our onsite weight room and outdoor recreational activities such as ice hockey, football, swimming, basketball, baseball, soccer and cross country running. The residents are also able to utilize the recreational facilities in the nearby town of Allan, including the indoor hockey/skating rink, the school gymnasium, the outdoor swimming pool and the 4-lane bowling alley. Our residents judge goals, keep score and manage the time clock once a week in the winter on behalf of the Allan Hockey League in exchange for access to their ice rink two to three times during the winter.
“The Challengers” the Teen Challenge softball team plays twice a week in the summer against other local community teams in Allan, SK league.
Taking part in these sports is important part of the clients' rehabilitation and is key to the transformation that accompanies the renewal of mind, body and spirit.
Other activities might include an afternoon of hiking on the Weir Train Bridge, a shopping trip to the Christian Bookstore or swimming and high diving at the Harry Bailey Pool in nearby Saskatoon. In the past, our students have even enjoyed attending a Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL Game in Regina, SK, courtesy of a generous donor who gifted the Centre with tickets.
There are many activities that students may be exposed to at Teen Challenge Saskatchewan such as golfing at the Allan 9-hole Golf course, doing set construction for the Allan Parkland Hall theatre, or they may play laser tag or horse shoes.
Twice a year, in the spring and fall, staff and students open and close two Bible Camps called Camp Quest, located in Northern Saskatchewan on Christopher Lake and also nearby Ranger Lake Bible Camp. Students participate in various jobs including collecting firewood, repairing or renovating cabins as needed, as well as setting up and putting away the docks in the lake. During these two week-long work camps, staff and students have the camp to themselves and can make use of the facilities. They may go swimming, canoeing, kayaking, use the gym, make a campfire, enjoy the water trampoline or go hiking in the surrounding forest. It's a lot of work, but a lot of fun too!