The Boys Ranch Academy is boarding school for boys ages
13-17 who are demonstrating life-controlling, life-threatening
behaviors. Length of stay is six-nine months, or longer
if needed. The facility is located in Fulton County near
Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania, 8 miles south of Breezewood,
Pennsylvania. This location is strategically positioned
with Pittsburgh only 2.5 hours to our west and Philadelphia
3.5 hours to our east.
The campus is situated on a fairly secluded 70-acre property
adjoining 6000 acres of State Forest. The boarding school
is part of a setting of rolling green lawns, pastures, and
adjacent wooded areas nestled between two mountains. In
these tranquil surroundings, with spectacular views and
fresh, clean air, our residents find a friendly, non-threatening
environment in which they can slow their pace with the assistance
of caring staff in order to refocus and discover a new and
better direction for their lives.
Boys Ranch is a staff secure boarding school. Residents
are under 24-hour supervision. The only exception is when
boys are on an approved home visit. Our purpose is to help
develop positive character in at-risk boys. A structured
boarding school under the direction of a caring, supportive
staff is where our residents will be held accountable for
the past choices they have made. They will be encouraged
to evaluate the decisions which have brought them to this
point. A new positive value system will be made known to
them. They will be encouraged and guided to act upon this
new knowledge by putting on new behaviors as they shed the
old. When they fail, they will be encouraged to examine
the character flaws which brought about the negative incident.
The staff will help the residents realize gifts and talents
that are operative in their life and how they can use and
develop these into life long strengths.
Ultimately, through staff members modeling positive character,
teaching, and counseling, there will be a direct impact
on the relationships the residents have in their homes,
their future vocations, and their communities.
Character development is the core of our boarding school
and the key to any long- term change. Our goal is to instill
in each youth the character traits of respect, responsibility,
honesty, caring, self-control, courage, and punctuality.
Life-skill development is an integral part of the program.
Various skills are enhanced through practically participating
in cooking, purchasing, health care, and money management
and general duties necessary for independent living. On-campus
academics provides youth with a positive learning environment
where they can excel academically. The school is an approved
Alternative Educational School with the Pennsylvania Department
of Education. The school also provides GED instruction for
those residents who meet the requirements. Vocational instruction
teaches proper work ethics and skills. This is an important
part of the program and is accomplished through our on-campus
vocational program. It is designed to help the residents
learn responsibility as they follow through and complete
given assignments. The vocational program is also designed
to help our youths develop proper work ethics. This will
enable them to become successful once they enter the workforce.
Residents will acquire hands-on experience in construction
and automotive fields by participating in many different
building or mechanical projects. There are also opportunities
for constructing practical wood-crafts and furniture in
the on-campus carpentry shop.
Therapeutic equine program helps build character and develop
Character Development Goals
Self-Control: The ability to control
oneself for the sake of improvement. Dedication to following
through on a commitment. Being in control of your words,
actions, impulses and desires.
Courage: The strength to practice positive
character traits. HONESTY: Being truthful with yourself
and others. Refusing to lie, steal, cheat, deceive or take
advantage of the trust of others.
Respect: Showing consideration for self,
others, and property. Understanding that all people have
value as human beings. Our respect displays our belief in
their importance and worth.
Puncuality: Being on time for appointments
and meetings. Handing in assignments when due. Making plans
ahead of time to ensure being punctual.
Resposibility: Being accountable for
ones actions. While we are accountable for our actions and
decisions, we are also accountable for the results of those
decisions and actions. Being dependable in carrying out
obligations and duties.
Caring: Treating others with kindness
and compassion. Acting out of concern and thoughtfulness
for self, others and property. Being considerate, courteous,
helpful, and understanding of others. Treating others as
you would like to be treated.
We strive to provide a safe and secure residential environment
for troubled teens, while equipping them with the needed
tools to develop positive character traits, along with academic
and vocational education programs that will enable them
to lead productive lives.