The Cleveland Home (TCH), still our legal 501(c)3 entity, began as an orphanage in Versailles, Kentucky, shortly after the end of the Civil War. John Cleveland wanted to give back and cared for his community in Woodford County. He established the home and willed his estate to its success. Our current property was partially owned by Judge Field McLeod, an early board member of the home. At the end of his lineage, Judge McLeod willed his 300+ acre farm to the TCH.
Life Adventure Camp
In the 1970s, a group of community leaders joined together to form “Life Adventure Camp” in Estill County, Kentucky. The camp worked with “behaviorally challenged” youth and was often one of the final options for youth before more restrictive measures were taken. The Browns (of which the Brown Pavilion is named in honor) and their fellow leaders worked to instill resiliency and self-efficacy (ahead of their time) by creating a wilderness experience to teach communication and coping skills.
Life Adventure Center today
In the early 2000s, TCH and Life Adventure Camp began discussions of a merger. It was decided to formally close and sell the residential treatment facility (now Woodford Inn/The Paddock Restaurant) and move to the farm property. We opened our doors at our current address in 2005 as the new Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass. Since 2012, upon the completion of a strategic plan by our board, LAC has been providing free and greatly-reduced camps and retreats to vulnerable and underserved populations, in addition to our work with mainstream and corporate groups. Thanks to the excellent stewardship of John Cleveland’s estate, 100% of every tax-deductible gift goes directly towards our life-changing programs.
Judge Field McLeod
- Life Adventure Center programs transform lives by enhancing growth, improving communication, and building resiliency for both individuals and groups, especially underserved youth through professionally supervised outdoor group challenges and shared reflection opportunities.
- LAC will be a recognized leader in providing outdoor based, experiential education and a premier knowledge resource as we constantly research and develop new empirically proven programs to meet our objectives.
- We are committed to making both the emotional and physical safety and well-being of children and families a priority.
- We believe individuals learn best about themselves and others when physical challenge is combined with directed reflection that allows for personal introspection.
- We believe every individual deserves to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, color, family status, marital status, and life circumstances.
- We aspire to maintain programs with high standards of community and social responsibility.
- We are committed to teaching appreciation for all living things and an understanding about the interdependent relationships within the natural environment while encouraging sustainability principles.