West Texas Boys Ranch utilizes a family-based model of care. Boys live in individual homes or “cottages,” with up to eight boys in a cottage and married “cottage couples” who serve as parental role models. Each boy has his own room and enjoys the camaraderie of other boys in the house. In this environment, boys can learn responsibility and help with cottage chores. Positive behavior is reinforced.
The Boys Ranch offers an enjoyable, yet structured living experience for boys. A well-balanced, study-play-work program develops a sense of responsibility and dependability. The boys attend local public schools and participate in the ranch education program, designed to enhance academic skills. Tutors are available to help with homework and basic skills. Many of the boys play on school or community athletic teams, participate in 4-H shows and learn farming and ranching techniques just like other boys. On the ranch property itself, a number of recreational facilities are available- a pool, tennis courts, gym, playing fields, driving range, horseback riding, fishing and wide open spaces. Boys learn vocational skills and earn spending money for their work on the ranch. Older boys may have the option to work in town.
For each boy, a plan of service is designed to address specific needs. A family visitation schedule is developed that is best suited for each boy and his family. One of the goals is to reunite the boys with their families if and when possible. West Texas Boys Ranch encourages a minimum stay of one year because this gives the boys, their families and our staff an opportunity to make progress. West Texas Boys Ranch provides career counseling for boys when they graduate from high school. College scholarships and vocational training are available through the West Texas Boys Ranch Foundation. Many of our alumni move on to college, to the military and to successful careers in a variety of fields. At West Texas Boys Ranch the hearts are big and the sky’s the limit!