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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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FSBR Day Camp (Non Equestrian) - Week 1: June 8–12, 2020
Deadline to apply: May 29, 2020
FSBR Day Camp (Non Equestrian) - Week 2: July 6–10, 2020
Deadline to apply: June 26, 2020
Cost is $125 and $100 for siblings.
- Available space for 60 children ages 6–12
- Camp begins at 8:30 a.m. with drop off at the Boys Ranch gymnasium (turn left on A.W. Bud Smith Place, the gym is at the end of the road on the left). Signs will be posted
- Camp concludes with pick-up at the Boys Ranch gymnasium no later than 4:00 a.m.
FSBR Cowboy Camp (Equestrian) - Week 1: June 22-26, 2020
Deadline to apply: June 12, 2020
FSBR Cowboy Camp (Equestrian) - Week 2: July 27-31, 2020
Deadline to apply: July 17, 2020
Cost is $200 and $175 for siblings.
- Available space for 16 children ages 8–16
- Camp begins at 8:15 a.m. with drop off at the Boys Ranch Arena (The Arena is on the left once you enter the campus). Signs will be posted.
- Camp Concludes at 5:15 p.m. with pick-up at the Boys Ranch gymnasium (Monday-Thursday). Camp concludes on Friday at the Boys Ranch Arena at 12:00 p.m. after the event showcase.
Equine Arts and Activities
Cowboy Camp is an equestrian camp providing youth an opportunity to learn how to work with and ride horses.
Day Camp and Cowboy Campers will take part in activities such as: arts and crafts, wood working, swimming and hiking.
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
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
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Closed-toe shoes; boots if possible for Cowboy Camp
It is recommended that Campers wear long pants and suitable footwear while they ride. No camper will be allowed to ride in open-toed shoes.
To download a brochure, click here.
To download the application packet, click here.