Wheaton College Study Results


At Wildwood Hills Ranch we are passionate about developing leaders. To instill leadership skills in our students requires a well-equipped staff. We are grateful to be blessed with impactful full-time and summer staff to mentor our hundreds of students each year.


This past year, we were honored Wheaton College Graduate School chose us to participate in a longitudinal study measuring staff growth. It was valuable to have an objective third-party review our staff and monitor development.

Wheaton College chose 12 of some of the top organizations from across the country for the comprehensive study. Wildwood was the only organization within the study that offers a full scholarship to students.

The Study

The study focused on four staff growth areas to monitor: teamwork, spiritual growth, social intelligence, leadership and emotional intelligence. Participating staff took two in-depth surveys: one at the beginning of our summer program and one at the end.

The Results

We are excited to share that Wildwood showed the highest increase of staff growth over the course of the study!  It is humbling how God is developing the Ranch and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.

We believe experience and example are two key components to impacting the lives of our youth. The results of this research study encouraged our staff that they are growing as leaders which helps them shape the many students that look up to them.

To God be the glory, great things He hath done! “Sing to the LORD, for He has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.” Isaiah 12:5