ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITIES

Visitors to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch campus often marvel at all the fun activities available for our residents. From horseback riding and kayaking to bicycling and even indoor rock climbing, there’s a near-endless array of options for the young people we serve.

But, as fun as these activities may be, each of them serves a significant purpose in helping our residents work through their individual struggles. In this way, experiencing healthy risk-taking in a positive, controlled environment serves as a bridge to allow the hurting children we serve express their natural need for excitement and accomplish very tangible therapeutic needs.

“It creates an opportunity for (residents) to get outside their comfort zone in a safe, measurable way,” explained Luke Benton, who heads Cal Farley’s Adventure Program.

Benton said sometimes a child who isn’t comfortable connecting with others can do so more easily in the context of a fun activity. It’s just one of many techniques Boys Ranch professional staff will use to reach children who otherwise might be unwilling to actively participate in their placement at Boys Ranch.

“I’m all about relationships. That’s our biggest intervention, getting a relationship between staff and the (youth),” Benton said.

Adventures that inspire

Adventures at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch abound. For some of our boys and girls, adventure is the first step towards a brighter tomorrow. 

Isaiah enjoys the Boys Ranch Rodeo spotlight

“Having thousands of people watching me will be a wonderful experience,” Isaiah, 13, said, excited about this year’s Boys Ranch Rodeo. Isaiah has performed in three prior rodeos, and enjoyed the support from the crowd as …

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Amaya gives her best effort, in rodeo and in life

Cal Farley’s understands every child needs to experience adventure, to feel the thrill of pushing his or her boundaries and the exhilaration of trying new things. Meeting this universal need is one of our core values. …

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Kadan: Helping others do their best the biggest ‘win’ for Kadan

“ Seeing how we all work together and not compete against each other, but with each other — that’s my favorite part. With five successful rodeos under his belt and the 2016 Senior All-Around Cowboy title, …

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Sydnee: Moving toward hope

A huge grin spread across Sydnee’s face as she recalled her first Christmas at Cal Farley’s. “When I first got (to Cal Farley’s) … it was really nice, because we came together as a home.” Without hesitation, Sydnee, …

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At Cal Farley’s, fun has a purpose

Visitors to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch campus often marvel at all the fun activities available for our residents. From horseback riding and kayaking to bicycling and even rock climbing, there’s a near-endless array of options for …

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Shannon: ‘A better woman’

“(Cal Farley’s) helps girls out,” said Shannon, 22. “It helps them find God. It helps them become better women that they might not have had the chance to become in their home lives.” As a Cal …

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