Taking the next step in finding support requires great courage and love. We are glad you found us! Our team looks forward to answering your questions and helping you further explore if our program is a good match for your family.
In 2020, we will be providing two intensive 5-week programs
from May 26th to July 2nd and July 14th to August 20th
in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness & Helena National Forests.
We will review applications beginning in January 2020.
Please note that we are currently set up to accept both private & Montana state insurance, including Medicaid. Recognize that there may be additional costs if applying from out of state.
We are honored that you are interested in donating to Inner Roads. This program would not be possible without the generous support of our donors, volunteers, and community.
Many families that Inner Roads serves are not in a place financially to get the help they need. We offer sliding-scale admissions to accomodate families that would otherwise be limited. Donations go towards operations costs as well as essential outdoor gear, food, and therapeutic services for the youth in our care.
By donating, you will be helping adolescents and their families in their journey from surviving to thriving.
"[When] we picked up [our son] at the end of his experience, he was taller, a bit more stinky, and he probably had the biggest smile that I have ever seen on his handsome face. He accomplished something amazing… I notice these changes with him that I know are a direct result of spending time with Inner Roads. He spends times outside, riding his bike and running. He tells me honestly what he thinks. He shares with me how he feels. He challenges me in ways that I know are in an effort to make our relationship better. While we still fight and argue with each other, we are working on it. We are also now fighting for our relationship."
Rebecca Pettit, Parent of an Inner Roads Graduate
Who We Serve
Inner Roads works with youth aged 14-17 and their families. The adolescents in our program often have been labeled as “troubled” or “at-risk,” and are struggling with significant behavioral and mental health issues. However, we are also open to admitting teens that are not in crisis, yet would benefit from increased empowerment, self-worth, communication skills, and accountability.
The youth we admit are identifiable by
• Defiant or out-of-control behavior
• Negative peer relationships
• Low self-esteem
• Dishonest or manipulative behavior
• Poor academic performance
• Depression or anxiety
• Substance abuse
• A loss of direction and accountability
• Poor anger management
• The effects of early childhood abuse or trauma
We are unable to admit youth who
• Are at high risk for suicide
• Are at significant risk for harming others
• Are experiencing hallucinations or psychosis
• Do not pass our medical evaluation
There may be additional screening criteria, both medical and mental health related, which we would be happy to discuss with you prior to your application. Please contact us with specific concerns.
Ways to Give
Your donation to our state-licensed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is tax-deductible, EIN #36-4896780.
$17,550 sponsors one low-income student's expedition
$5,000 covers nutritionist-approved food costs for a season
$500 sponsors one shift for an Intern
$350 covers transportation costs to the field
$150 outfits one student with expedition gear
$50 provides letter-writing supplies for weekly student-parent communication
$15 outfits one student with a re-usable shelter
$5 provides one week of water treatment for the field
A Typical Day
Students wake & pack up their campsites.
Group hand wash & setting of daily intentions
Breakfast around the campfire.
Morning medications & foot checks.
Camp break-down chores split between students.
Daily hike lead by the student Leader of the Day.
Morning Circle and lunch. Set daily goals, practice mindfulness skills, or have intentional discussions.
Game, swimming, berry-picking, fishing, etc.
Setup camp and split chores between students.
Personal time for writing assignments, journaling, drawing, academics, etc.
Individual check-ins with staff.
Work on "hard skills": creating fire by friction, carving spoons, primitive crafts, etc.
Group hand wash and naming "gratefuls".
Dinner with your cook group. Each student is a prep cook, cook, or cleaner for the day.
Truth Circle: Staff-led therapeutic discussions.
Night medications & foot checks.
Bedtime at your personal shelter site.
Students are met in the field by a licensed therapist once per week, during which individual sessions are conducted and letters
between the student and their family are exchanged.
Gear Donations & Volunteer Opportunities
We collect new or gently used
gear items throughout the season:
We are in particular need of:
backpacking stoves & fuel
zip-off hiking pants
water treatment (eg. Aquamira)
sleeping bag liners
foam sleeping pads
new synthetic underwear (all genders)
15-degree sleeping bags
If you shop through Amazon,
be sure to check out our Charity List, where you can choose to purchase
much needed expedition gear
directly for our students.
Join Our Board!
Board members are expected to attend monthly meetings and be a part of at least one committee that works independently. Everyone on the board be seeks financial opportunities, represents Inner Roads appropriately within the community, and is able to commit a few hours per month working towards our communal goals. If you are interested in joining us, please submit the following application.
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We are also excited to receive gift cards to local businesses to be raffled at future events! This is a great way to support our community as a whole!