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Adventure Challenge Experience (ACE) Program


Program Snapshot

Our innovative Adventure Challenge Experience (ACE) Program is a highly successful therapeutic recreation program that helps our clients to overcome the deep-seated trust issues that can result from trauma and abuse, while developing problem solving and communication skills. 

The foundation of therapeutic recreation is experiential education.  Our ACE Program also aims to teach its participants healthy conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving. The program works to increase self-esteem, and encourages youth to build trust with peers and adults, while teaching appropriate social and physical risk-taking. The ACE Program is based upon the concept of challenge-by-choice – giving youth the power to choose their level of participation as they are presented with each new challenge.

The ACE Program employs a wide variety of tools and techniques to accomplish these results, from games that utilize sports equipment, to group activities using items like Chiji processing cards, dice, mini treasure chests, and more. The ACE Facilitator uses his or her training to incorporate these tools into the activities in a manner that will be most effective for each unique group. In addition to the games and activities which can be accomplished in a classroom setting, the ACE Program features a licensed, state-of-the art ropes course located on the grounds of our Cottage Hill Academy in Baldwinville, MA. This safe and exciting Challenge Course is an outstanding tool that helps any child overcome great emotional challenges, and for many it can be a turning point in their treatment. The Challenge Course is also an extremely popular visit for clients participating in the agency’s various summer programs, as well as for Y.O.U. Inc. staff and outside groups who may rent the facility for team-building exercises.


The ACE Program is a key component of many Y.O.U., Inc. therapeutic and educational programs; please note that individual clients participating in ACE activities must be enrolled in another Y.O.U. Inc. program.

Rentals of the ACE course are available for school groups, businesses, and other interested parties, with required instruction by our certified ACE Facilitators.