About The Boys Ranch
About the Boys Ranch in Florida
The Ranch for Boys is a residential therapeutic boarding school designed just for at-risk boys. It is an accredited, private school registered with the State of Florida. The ranch property is located on a 30-acre parcel, 10 miles west of Vero Beach, Florida in cattle and orchard country. The boys begin in a dorm setting and finish in a large home with house parents.
The property features everything a boy would want. We have a well equipped gym and weight machines, soccer field, baseball diamond, basketball court, pool, game room, fishing ponds, and professional sport fishing boats to take frequent fishing trips. We an equine program and horses on the property. We take pride in forming strong relationships with each boy in our care and much of the life changing experiences take place while involved in these outdoor activities.
We help at-risk boys who are struggling with behavior and troubling issues such as: falling grades, school suspension, anger, defiance, depression, attention deficit or attachment disorders.
We also resolve drug and alcohol abuse and addictions, which often coincide with behavioral issues. Our staff works with each boy in cooperation with and participation of their family, bringing to the table a vast amount of experience. Our therapeutic team helps repair the significant catalysts in each boy’s life that are bringing on their poor choices and self-destructive attitudes and behaviors.
Our Educational Program
In addition to therapy, we provide focused and individualized academic attention for our residents. Education goes on and credits are earned, year-round, but education is not our program’s primary focus. Character, integrity, hard work, and respect for others are what we concern ourselves most with. If those attributes are in place, education is more easily accomplished.
Individual and Group Therapy
Therapy is ongoing at The Ranch for Boys – all day, every day. Individual counseling sessions are not as frequent as the many 10-15 minute life coaching that takes place during school, work, or a sporting event. As was once said, the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man. A simple horse ride can provide a life changing conversation in a young man’s life at our boys ranch. The same can be said for a day on the lake fishing with a good mentor.
Each student at our ranch has an opportunity to spend time in the mountain wilderness. In the mountains each boy will experience camping, whitewater rafting, hiking the Appalachian Trail and other wilderness adventures. This experience is to show students that life can be exciting and adventurous without the negative influence that was a part of their life in the past.
Positive Peer Culture
The Ranch for Boys promotes and cultivates positive peer pressure. There are times when the students are taking charge. They run the chapel service every Tuesday evening. They take turns running work programs around the property. They are part of most everything that takes place on the property. It’s their home for the time they are here and we want them to be involved in making and keeping the a Christ-centered culture.
The Ranch for Boys understands that success in life transformation depends on a strong loving family atmosphere when going home. Unconditional love with clear well defined boundaries are just a few of the family dynamics we focus on teaching the family while the student is here.
We provide a safe haven for boys ages 12-18 years of age with out-of-control or at-risk behaviors. The program includes on-site schooling in a classroom setting, daily discipleship, chapel and worship. The young men are presented with opportunities for group and individual counseling, family counseling, organized sports and recreation. Leadership skills, developing integrity and the importance of work are learned through indoor and outdoor chores and responsibilities.
Common concerns of our parents have been the following
- Skipping school, resulting in failing grades
- Abnormal lack of ambition and depression
- Outbursts of anger and destruction of home property
- Absence from the home for extended periods of time
- Stealing from family members
- Poor choice of friends and suspected drug use
We believe that the first change is a heart change…a knowledge that Jesus Christ has a purpose and a plan for each individual’s life. Guided biblical studies, exciting chapel services, the daily discipline of chores, and regular attendance in our state-registered private schools give a once “out-of-control teenager” a second chance at attaining a bright future of successful living.