Vero Beach Ranch for Boys is a nonprofit year-round residential program designed for boys who are at risk or otherwise struggling. Our residents enjoy a well-equipped campus, including gym, professional weight room, soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, rafting, horseback riding and more. We go on mission trips and the boys go on frequent fishing trips in the area waterways and Atlantic ocean. We use adventure as an opportunity to form strong relationships with each boy with a goal to bring about life-change.
Vero Beach Ranch provides a safe haven for boy’s ages 12-17 years of age with out-of-control behaviors. The 15-month program includes on-site schooling in a classroom setting, daily discipleship, chapel and worship. The young men are presented with opportunities for group and individual counseling, family counseling, organized sports and recreation. Leadership skills, developing integrity and the importance of work are learned through indoor and outdoor chores and responsibilities.
Their primary goal is to help residents grow in their Christian faith through Bible study, retreats, and mission trip opportunities. But more importantly, residents are encouraged to challenge and encourage each other to live out their faith in everything they do and say. Residents pray for one another and challenge each other through positive peer pressure to walk in the righteousness of God, which is demonstrated through the Godly character traits such as purity, honesty, and generosity.
The property features a well-equipped gym and weight machines, soccer field, baseball diamond, basketball court, pool, game room, fishing ponds, and professional sport fishing boats to take frequent fishing trips. They have horses on the property that are often ridden, and at times taken on camping trips. They form strong relationships with each boy and much of the life changing experiences take place while involved in these outdoor activities.
They believe that the first change is a heart change… knowledge that Jesus Christ has a purpose and a plan for each individual’s life. Guided biblical studies, exciting chapel services, the daily discipline of chores, and regular attendance in our state-registered private schools give a once “out-of-control teenager” a second chance at attaining a bright future of successful living.
Hiking, canoeing, camping, and outdoor activities are usually not a part of the lives of most young people today, but they are with the boys here. God’s great outdoors is a great place for each of us to connect with each other and with God. It is through these fun outings that we so often are able to get the root of the issues in a boy’s life. It’s an easy place to talk and share hurts and pains; then the campfire that evening gives opportunity to further talk and pray for one another. These trips are memory makers that last a lifetime!
Vero Beach Boys Ranch provides focused and individualized academic attention for the students in its care. Education goes on and credits are earned, but education is not our program’s primary focus. Character, integrity, hard work, and respect for others are what we concern ourselves most with. If those attributes are in place, education is more easily accomplished on campus and when the boy returns home.
Individual and Group Therapy
Therapy is ongoing at Vero Beach Boys Ranch – all day, every day. Individual counseling sessions are not as frequent as the many 10-15 minute life coaching that takes place during school, work, or a sporting event. As was once said, the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man. A simple horse ride can provide a life changing conversation in a young man’s life. The same can be said for a day on the lake fishing with a good mentor.
The Spectacular Finish
Each student at our ranch has an opportunity to spend time in the mountain wilderness of North Carolina. In the mountains each boy will experience camping, whitewater rafting, hiking the Appalachian Trail and other wilderness adventures. This experience is to show students that life can be exciting and adventurous without the negative influence that was a part of their life in the past.
Positive Peer Culture
Vero Beach Boys Ranch promotes and cultivates positive peer pressure. There are times when the students are taking charge. They run the chapel service every Tuesday evening. They take turns running work programs around the property. They are part of most everything that takes place on the property keeping a Christ-centered culture.
Vero Beach Boys Ranch understands that success in life transformation depends on a strong loving family atmosphere when going home. Unconditional love with clear well defined boundaries are just a few of the family dynamics we focus on teaching the family while the student is here.
A safe haven is provided for boys ages 13-18 years of age with out-of-control or at-risk behaviors. The program includes on-site schooling in a classroom setting, daily discipleship, chapel and worship. The young men are presented with opportunities for group and individual counseling, family counseling, organized sports and recreation. Leadership skills, developing integrity and the importance of work are learned through indoor and outdoor chores and responsibilities.
Vero Beach specializes in helping boys who exhibit any of the following:
- skipping school, resulting in failing grades
- abnormal lack of ambition and depression
- outbursts of anger and destruction of home property
- absence from the home for extended periods of time
- stealing from family members
- poor choice of friends and suspected drug use
Lives are transformed by the power of God that is stronger than the bonds of rebellion or addiction. They help the total person with spiritual, emotional, physical, social and educational challenges to prepare them for their new life.
Spiritually: The student’s symptoms are indicative of deeper problems and conflicts; we understand that a new life in Christ will give them the power and ability to overcome these problems and live a more productive life.
Emotionally: The healing of the past is necessary. Bible studies enhance mental growth and serve as a foundation for creating new lives.
Physically: They care for the physical needs of the students.
Socially: Students learn to work through relationship problems with their peers and with their families at home. They will learn to apply the character qualities they learn in the classroom to their everyday lives.
Educationally: Vero Beach has developed a curriculum specifically designed to teach students about God and help them develop the skills required for them to become successful Christians.