Variety Show Allows Students to Learn About Themselves by Pretending to Be Someone Else During Parents Days at Discovery Ranch for Boys in February, the young men performed the musical “Newsies” for their parents. The performance represented weeks of dedicated practice in which this diverse group of boys learned to work together. For many of…

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Getting into the Right Headspace: How to Recognize, and Avoid 6 Unhealthy Ego States by Trenna Ahlstrom   Being the parent of a troubled teen is anything but easy. While trying to manage your teen’s problem behavior, it can be difficult not to engage in problematic behavior of your own. You might find yourself being…

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Discovery Ranch Olympic Games 2018 by Trenna Ahlstrom   While the weather in Utah turned cold, the creativity in the Ropes Coordinator Team heated up. The boys of Discovery Ranch have participated in their own Olympic Games. The Discovery Ranch Olympics started in early February. Recreational Therapists (RTs), Tessa Olsen, Jenica Limb, and Megan Stotts,…

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The 2nd Annual Pioneer Day Raft and Run was held on July 24th on the Provo River in Provo Canyon  and ended at Canyon Glen Park. Participants were loaded onto buses at 7:45 a.m. then were transported to the launch site just below Deer Creek Dam. Teams of eight and twelve disembark on the Provo River with…

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By Stephen C. Schultz There were a few sprinkles, but not too many as I walked in the office at Discovery Ranch for Boys. The rain was just enough to put those annoying droplets on the inside of my glasses. So, I went through the ritual of pulling my glasses off, opening my glasses’ case…

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With the clear skies and cool weather, we decided to take advantage and cook some delicious food.  The boys went out and dug a  fire pit, then filled it in with wood chips leaving the area ready for Fridays activities. The fire was started using wilderness techniques, with a bow and hand drill. After letting…

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The Path Less Traveled It was a hazy January day with the moon just coming up over the mountains. (I get a little confused because mid-afternoon in the winter time can also be called dusk.) I had just spent the day at Discovery Ranch for Boys with the clinicians. Now, you may be saying to…

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Teen Boys and Media Tools not Toys program at Discovery Ranch As many parents know, new devices, technology and media become more and more part of our lives each day. Learning to use it brings us face to face with a crossroad of choices. With direction, and with some help and practice, these tools –…

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Salman Kahn has been dubbed, the world’s teacher.  As inventor of YouTube’s, Kahn Academy, he’s created more than three thousand videos that provide free tutoring for math and science. More than 350,000 students have viewed his on-line lessons. It started quite by accident in 2004 when Kahn began tutoring his cousin through on-line learning.…

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Alexandra’s Story   She was seventeen and a half and we felt that if we didn’t do something soon she was not going to have any chance of becoming a happy, healthy adult. Dan from Connecticut recently talked about his family’s experience at Discovery Ranch. We’d had behavior problems in her sophomore and junior years…

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