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. We decided to formally close and sell the residential treatment facility (now Woodford Inn/The Paddock Restaurant) and move to the farm property. We re-opened our doors at our current address in 2005 as the new Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass. Since completing a strategic plan by our board in 2012 (updated in 2019), LAC has proved free and greatly-reduced camps and retreats to vulnerable and underserved populations, in addition to our work with mainstream and corporate groups. Thanks to our board's excellent stewardship of John Cleveland’s estate (which now covers most of our "overhead" each year), 100% of your tax-deductible gifts go directly towards our life-changing programs!
Judge Field McLeod
Mission and Vision Statement
- Life Adventures Center uses outdoor adventure to transform lives affected by trauma and build more resilient people for a better world.
We are committed to making both the emotional and physical safety and well-being of children, individuals and families a priority.
We seek out and provide best practices of trauma-informed care to our participants that is humane, evidence based and research supported.
We believe every individual deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, color, family, marital status and life circumstances and regardless of religion, political affiliation, and viewpoints.
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.