Past Stories

Cal Farley's residents and alumni share their experiences

Boys Ranch youth participating in national hawk conservation program

Boys Ranch youth participating in national hawk conservation program

Counting kestrel hawks is now on the mind of some of the youth at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. Many of the adults who are aware of the national Kestrel Nest Box Project are also excited about the ranch’s participation. “What an awesome opportunity for our young people to get some real life, scientific experience,” says…

Boys Ranch youth take time to reflect

Boys Ranch youth take time to reflect

A group of Boys Ranch girls recently set out on a picturesque prayer ride over the rugged mesas of the Texas Panhandle. As the group rode towards their destination, the crisp autumn air poured over the countryside and the glow of the setting sun blanketed the riders with a quiet peace. At their destination, an…

The 11-year-history of an unusual idea Cal Farley's Cardboard Boat Races

The 11-year-history of an unusual idea Cal Farley's Cardboard Boat Races

It all began with an idea. Way back in 2007, the boys living in Rafter R Home wanted to go canoeing. Unfortunately for them, not only was it the middle of February, but a particularly cold winter had frozen the surface of the lakes around Boys Ranch. There was always the indoor swimming pool, but…

Armando: A family icon For Armando, senior tradition a symbol of accomplishment

Armando: A family icon For Armando, senior tradition a symbol of accomplishment

Armando eyed the tanned-leather boots inside their glass case. The bright blue of the shaft stood out, even 29 years after their creation. When Armando came to Boys Ranch six years ago, he learned that a brand-new pair of Boys Ranch-branded cowboy boots were among the gifts our graduating seniors receive. But, he didn’t know…

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