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October 6-8 - Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Mending Lives and Healing Hearts at this year's 60th Anniversary Boys Ranch Open House and Horse Show.
For camping, vendor, and program information contact Joanne Thomas at (386) 842-5501.
Registration for camping at the 60th Anniversary Boys Ranch Open House and Horse Show includes one parking pass for one vehicle. Additional vehicle passes cost $10.
Additional campsites are being made available. Sites can be purchased at the registration tent for $10 per night, payable in cash only.
For an event flyer, click here.
For a one-page schedule of events, click here.
For the event program, click here.
To make reservations camping and trail rides, click here.
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ServiceMaster 24 Hour of Tampa, FL, a client of RestorationMaster, held their first annual P&C on the Sea Fishing Charter event and successfully raised money for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches organization.
To read more click here.
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Blink and you’ll miss him! Jerrel, the lightning-fast, wise-beyond-his-years seventh grader at our Safety Harbor campus, is always active. Whether he is on his bike or running around the campus, Jerrel is always moving. When he joined the track team, he really began to shine.
“I was always running around,” Jerrel said in starting his story. “One of my friends at the Ranch said jokingly that I should try out for the track team.” He thought it might be something fun to do, but hadn’t expected to be the third-fastest out of all of the kids who tried out. “I would always try to run faster than my older brother, so I guess I’ve always been a little competitive.”
Two years later with numerous first- and second-place finishes under his belt, Jerrel is something of a track star, but he is humble about it all, reiterating that he just loves to run. To be on the track team, he has to maintain a pretty impressive GPA in all of his classes. His favorite subject is science. “I love that there is a method to it. I like seeing one thing be able to change into another.”
It’s no surprise that Jerrel is a fan of transformation. Since he came to the Youth Ranches, he has witnessed an incredible change in himself. “I was troubled,” Jerrel admits. “I was stealing, fighting. I was getting into a lot trouble.” He was at another children's home before he was given the opportunity to come to the Youth Ranch. “I was curious about the Youth Ranch, but I mostly wanted to come because I knew I would be safe,” Jerrel said. “My siblings were here already, so I knew I was coming to a place where I would be safe and protected.”
While he may have only been looking for a safe place to call home, Jerrel got so much more.
“It’s been amazing to see how much I can change even with just the power of words,” Jerrel said of his new attitude toward life since he came to the Youth Ranch more than three years ago. Work, Study, Play and Pray have been a daily part of his life at the Ranch and have definitely made an impact on this awesome young man. “The Ranch has taught me to grow. It is so great to look back at where I came from to where I am now and who I know I can be.” He still has a few years in school before he has to make any decisions about a career, but right now, he is looking at law enforcement — maybe even something like a SWAT team.
Jerrel plans to continue on the track team, but being as active as he is, he is looking forward to trying some new sports in the future as well. “I think I’ll definitely try out for football once I’m in high school and maybe even something like rugby,” he says with a smile. He does know one thing for sure, though: He will always keep running. “I like to put on my music and just go run to clear my head.” He adds, “It’s a time where I can just be with my thoughts.”
As fast as Jerrel runs, he still likes to slow down every now and then, and look at his journey and the transformation he has already made in his young life. “This is a great place to be,” Jerrel said. “I’ve changed so much and I know that I am safe. I am so grateful to get to be here.”
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Week 1: June 5-9
Deadline to apply: May 22, 2017
Week 2: June 19-23
Deadline to apply: May 29, 2017
Week 3: July 10-14
Deadline to apply: June 26, 2017
Cowboy Camp is a day camp for boys and girls ages 8-15. The cost of camp is $100 for the week. Payment is required with your application.
Space is limited to the first 16 applicants. Registration fees will be returned after the first 16 campers are confirmed.
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Cowboy Camp begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday at the Boys Ranch.
Transportation will be provided to and from the Live Oak Sportsplex Pavilion. Campers can also be dropped off at the Boys Ranch Administration Office.
All campers need to arrive at the Sportsplex Pavilion between 7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
All campers need to be picked up at the Sportsplex Pavilion between 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Equine Arts and Activities
Cowboy Camp is an equestrian camp providing youth an opportunity to learn how to work with and ride horses. Campers will also learn about the responsibilities of owning their own horses.
Cowboy Campers will also take part in activities such as: wood working, swimming, and hiking.
Before the first day of camp, each guardian will be asked to complete the application form, riding release, photo release and medical form.
It is important for us to be aware of any special needs, whether they be health, behavioral or allergies to better accommodate your child.
What to Bring
- Closed-toe shoes - Preferably boots
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
Campers must wear long pants and suitable footwear. No camper will be allowed to ride in shorts or open toed shoes.
To download a brochure, click here.
To download the application packet, click here.