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The Cumberland Adventure Program is located in Bronston, near Somerset, in Pulaski County. The Program provides a unique treatment experience for 56 boys ages 12 to 18. The campus includes five residential cabins. Each residential group has its own staff under the supervision of a residential manager who provides clients with individual, group and family therapy. Clients attend an on-campus school under the direction of the Pulaski County School District.
Many of the youth have come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect and most have developed emotional and/or behavioral problems. The Cumberland Adventure Program works with adolescent boys who can benefit from learning the discipline and teamwork needed in making trips into Kentucky's wilderness areas.
This high-intensity, nine-month program helps teen-aged boys who have had troubled pasts find a new lease on life. While in care, the young people participate in service projects, learn to make appropriate life decisions and work with adults to plan for the future. The overall goal is to help the young men get control of their daily lives as they learn to translate wilderness survival skills into skills for daily living.
For clients who do not reunite with family, Sunrise's continuum of care allows staff to refer clients to settings appropriate to their needs, which may include Sunrise's Family Foster Care Program or other residential programs.
In 2010 the CAP Program cared for 135 boys and provided 16,994 days of care.
We invite you to take a tour of our Cumberland Adventure Program.
Located on 100 acres near Lake Cumberland, the therapeutic outdoor adventure program helps clients experience a variety of adventure activities, including primitive camping trips, backpacking, hiking, flat water canoeing, initiative group games, an outdoor classroom, woodcrafting and the Alpine Tower/Multi Level Odyssey Course. The Alpine Tower and the Odyssey course provide a challenging high ropes course that is a major tool in helping youth increase self-esteem and group cohesion.
With a full-service campus small groups of boys and counselors embark on hiking, camping, and canoeing trips. As the young men learn to survive in Kentucky's wilderness areas with coping skills learned during individual and group therapy, they learn teamwork, build self-esteem, and develop a respect for other people and the world.
The program provides treatment for oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD and bipolar disorder among other issues, through therapeutic outdoor adventure experiences connected with clinical intervention for more than 50 level 4 and 5 boys with IQs of 65 or higher.
500 New Start Road
P.O. Box 498
Bronston, Kentucky 42518
FAX (502) 538-1159
*After hours placements please contact the program directly
Not Really Ice Fishing
They didn't have to cut a hole in a thick layer of ice, but the boys from CAP cast their lines into the cold waters of Lake Cumberland on a recent January day when schools were cancelled because of the weather.
Christmas at Cap
The Cumberland Adventure Program welcomed a number of church groups who came to Bronston to ensure the boys had a good Christmas. This picture was from a visit by a congregation from East Bernstadt who brought pizza, drinks and blankets. For the boys who were unable to go home for the holidays, a visit to Kings Buffett made for a wonderful Christmas Day meal.
Into the Lake
Some of the warmest days of the summer came in late August and the boys at CAP took advantage of their close proximity to Lake Cumberland for an evening swim.
Meals and Manners
The boys at CAP got a lesson in etiquette and manners during an all-day session by Peggy Stevens, who has been working with Sunrise children over the past year. The highlight of the all-day seminar came when the boys enjoyed a formal meal to practice some of the dining skills and manners they had learned.