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An Opportunity for Struggling Teen and Pre-Teen Boys
(Ages 12-16) to Be Shaped into Godly Young Men

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“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”– Proverbs 27:17 NIV

Whetstone Boys Ranch is a therapeutic boarding school that has served struggling boys and their families since 2011. Boys live, learn, work, and grow as they experience life-changing individual, group, and family therapy, a rich and rewarding academic curriculum, exciting outdoor adventures, and useful hands-on tasks. We believe in sharpening the character of young men so that they can become true servant-leaders in their families and communities.

Whetstone’s purpose centers on the reconciliation of boys (ages 12-16) and their families. We specialize in treating struggles such as anger, depression, pornography, screen-addiction, entry-level substance abuse, low self-esteem, and other trauma/pain-based behaviors. Our loving, systems-based approach, our comprehensive and immersive method of treatment, and our very low boy-to-staff ratio (3:1) all serve to set us apart.

Whetstone Boys Ranch Helps Troubled Boys

Whetstone offers families an opportunity to intervene now, before these issues get worse. Boys, along with their parents, receive counseling based on their needs identified through a detailed screening process.

Individual therapy involves weekly, 1-hour sessions with a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Techniques range from the cognitive to the behavioral, and each boy develops an individualized/goal-based treatment plan. Many of our boys go through EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) – an effective psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the emotional distress that results from traumatic life-experiences, helping them to activate their natural healing processes. Visit EMDR.com to learn more.

Boys who struggle to form healthy emotional relationships.

Boys who are unable to remain focused in school because of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Boys who display signs of rebellion, refuse to obey, and/or demonstrate consistently argumentative behavior that may result from Oppositional Defiant  Disorder (ODD).

Boys who simply need a change of environment to be separated from the negative impact of internet/screen addictions and harmful relationships.

From Whetstone Boys Ranch Executive Director

“I tell new boys on the first day they arrive at Whetstone Boys Ranch that being enrolled at Whetstone is an opportunity, not a punishment. Young boys have a tendency to think that because of their actions their parents are punishing them by sending them to Whetstone. The truth is that parents are providing their son with a great life opportunity. An opportunity to be further equipped to become the man that God is calling them to be.”

Jeremy Thompson
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Student & Family Testimonials


Marcus Allen
Sr. Minister, Pomona Christian Church

Whetstone Boys Ranch is an incredible organization that I’ve seen change boys’ lives firsthand. The focus on work, education and life skills makes a huge impact in the lives of young boys who are struggling in their normal environments. The time they spend at Whetstone hits a “reset” button and also helps them understand themselves better so they can better face their struggles. I’ve become Facebook friends with several of the young men who have been through the program and can see the changed lives as they go home and are reunited with their family!

Chrys Fisher
Attorney / Owner, The Fisher Firm

There is much work that takes place on the grounds of Whetstone Boys Ranch that we may never see. But what I do know and have witnessed myself is the transformation of a young boy feeding on trouble to a young man hungry for God’s love. In this sense, Whetstone’s mission is realized when each boy graduates from the program; however, Whetstone’s vision is accomplished when a young man leaves the ranch seeking opportunities to share God’s love in the service of others. I cannot think of a more worthy cause.