Past Stories

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch residents and alumni share their experiences

The 11-year-history of an unusual idea

The 11-year-history of an unusual idea

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

Armando: A family icon

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…

10th annual Boys Ranch cardboard boat races

10th annual Boys Ranch cardboard boat races

Today was the 10th annual cardboard boat races at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. Hosted each summer by Cal Farley’s Adventure Program, the cardboard boat races give Cal Farley’s residents a chance to learn teamwork, express and build out-of-the-box (pun intended) thinking and, of course, to be cheered on by their peers and mentors on the Boys…

Justin: A place where he can let go …

Justin: A place where he can let go …

Justin knew he had a problem. For as long as he could recall, he’d been unable to control his emotions, especially anger. “People would tell me I need to stop,” he said, “but I’d tell them ‘I know I need to stop. I can’t stop.’” As a young child, the modest teen of 14 with…

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