The Ranch for Boys is a non-profit boys home designed to bring about a change in behavior and attitude for boys who are struggling with life-controlling issues. Our sprawling campus includes a well-equipped gym, professional weight room, soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, fishing, camping, horseback riding and more. The boys receive counseling and a first-class education and our adventure program offers an opportunity to form strong relationships with each boy that is proven to bring about life-change.
Winston Chutrchill said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Horses are an important part of our therapeutic boarding school at The Ranch for Boys.
Teen Challenge is a Christian-based program for troubled teens that has been in existence for over 50 years. Our program has a history of unparalleled success with boys with life-controlling issues or attitudes.
Washington Irving said, “There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.” We agree with that, which is why the boys spend a great deal of time on Florida waterways and fishing in our own ponds.
Hiking, canoeing, camping, and outdoor activities are usually not a part of the lives of most young people today, but they are with the boys here. God’s great outdoors is a great place for each of us to connect with each other and with God. It is through these fun outings that we so often are able to get the root of the issues in a boy’s life. It’s an easy place to talk and share hurts and pains; then the campfire that evening gives opportunity to further talk and pray for one another. These trips are memory makers that last a lifetime!
Former Attorney General
“I have been a long time support of the work Teen Challenge has accomplished and the help they have provided over the years.”
“Teen Challenge is effective; it is literally changing the lives of young Americans from every walk of life. The work and dedication of Teen Challenge deserves the commendation of every citizen.”
Founder Focus on the Family
“Organizations like Teen Challenge…have a far better record of dealing with social issues and people in difficulty than do the bureaucrats.”
“I truly admire Teen Challenge because of its loving, life-giving ministry to individuals who are bound by life controlling addictions.”
“Teen Challenge is one of the most successful programs in our country.”
Bestselling Leadership Author
“Teen Challenge offers hope and restoration to individuals by exchanging their distorted views on life with God’s perspectives.”
Past Director AT&T
“I have not seen a more effective ministry in leading hurting people to a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Psychologist and Author
“I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Teen Challenge…they really make a difference in lives and each of us can be proud that they are part of our community.”
Former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
“Teen Challenge is doing the job that others only talk about. Teen Challenge is a reputable institution that needs to be highlighted.”
We had tried everything we could think of for our troubled son — all to no avail. Vero Beach taught John self-control, physical work and teamwork, leadership skills and integrity. John received love, discipline, forgiveness, and persistent mentoring from dedicated staff members. This was a God-send for our broken family… restoring our relationship with our son. It is a place of hope, a place of love, and a place of renewal.”
The Ranch for Boys is a Teen Challenge boarding school for troubled boys that is lower in cost than typical therapeutic boarding schools for boys, but it is not free nor government subsidized.