The Ranch for Boys
Gender: all male
The Ranch for Boys is a residential boarding school in Florida, just for troubled 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 Ranch for Boys provides a safe haven for boy’s ages 12-17 years of age with out-of-control 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.
The property features 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. They have horses on the property that are often ridden, and at times taken on camping trips. They form strong relationships with each boy and much of the life changing experiences take place while involved in these outdoor activities.
The Ranch for Boys provides focused and individualized academic attention for the students in its care. Education goes on and credits are earned, 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 on campus and when the boy returns home.
Individual and Group Therapy
Therapy is ongoing at Vero Beach Boys Ranch – all day, every day. Individual counseling sessions are not as frequent as the many 10-15 minute life coaching lesson that take 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. The same can be said for a day on the lake fishing with a good mentor.
The Spectacular Finish
At the end of their stay with us, each student at our ranch has an opportunity to spend time in the mountain wilderness of North Carolina. 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.
The Ranch for Boys is a year-round 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. It is a safe haven or boys ages 13-18 years of age with out-of-control or at-risk behaviors. These 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.
The Ranch for Boys specializes in solving the following behavioral issues:
- Skipping school, resulting in failing grades
- Abnormal lack of ambition and care for the future
- Risky behavior
- Outbursts of anger and destruction of home property
- Running away from the home
- Stealing from or threatening family members
- Poor choice of friends and suspected drug use
Lives are transformed here. They help the total person with spiritual, emotional, physical, social and educational challenges to prepare them for their new life.