Friday, October 11, 2013

Ranch Stampede 2013

Family members, Boys Ranch residents and staff came together during a special visit for Ranch Stampede 2013. During the gathering, families spent time with the youth and were able to join in on nurture groups and activities to better understand the principles of Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and how it is utilized when working with youth.

“Our hope is that we provide a fun, interactive, and easy going environment for them to learn some new skills and techniques they can use in their relationships,” said Nicole Ehler, program coordinator at the Boys Ranch.  “When it boils down to it, we want to showcase our boys and enhance our connections with their families.  The afternoon is filled with smiles, fun, and many great memories for all.”

In each home unit, groups participated in nurture groups and reviewed TBRI rules and concepts. They also had an interactive and amusing trust or team building activity such as the target practice activity, a game where boys used straws and cotton swabs to hit a target on their peers’ head.  

After the groups, everyone was treated to dinner in the dining hall. Youth who participate in vocational agriculture were invited to give their families a tour of the facilities and show them their animals.

Around 42 family members attended the Ranch Stampede. Ehler said the families and parents loved the activities and had nothing but great things to say about the day.

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