“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 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.
“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.”
Even the Wind tells the inspirational true story of a community struggling to survive and overcome disaster. In the days, weeks, and months that follow, trauma takes its toll. But along with suffering and struggle comes transformation. A house is rebuilt. A home is restored. And all those tested by the storm—staff, boys, and families—learn lessons in relationship and resilience, which only a tempest can teach.
Before I entered the program at Whetstone I was troubled, angry, and disrespectful to my parents. I learned how to control myself in difficult situations, and go by the phrase ‘it’s hard, but it’s good.’ Most importantly, I got my life back.
My son went to Whetstone because he was out of control. Our home life situation was untenable. Through the love, patience, and wisdom of Whetstone staff, my son was basically transformed over nine months.
The Whetstone staff are individuals of high character. They are loving and are very good at what they do. The ranch provided a positive and supportive environment for my son to heal and grow.
Whetstone Boys Ranch was everything we couldn’t give Caleb. He deserved to be in an environment where his temptations didn’t exist. He needed to be in a place where he had opportunities to explore new interests, challenge himself, and find a purpose…
Whetstone Boys Ranch offers an exceptional, caring, and expertly executed program to help young men who struggle with ADHD, family, or other issues. The staff members and counselors are absolutely top notch and put the needs of each resident first, as if they were their own children…
Some great guys making a difference in this world…
A great and life-changing experience. I miss the place.
It’s wonderful to see a once troubled youth find his way like a EAGLE, he can FLY …
I am so proud of these young men who have dedicated their lives to helping boys become men. God bless you Axle and Jeremy as you serve Him.
Whetstone is a wonderful place where boys become men, under the influence of the godly men working with them! Love all the Whetstone team!
As the mother of a young man who graduated the program (and returned two years later as an intern), I cannot sing the praises of Whetstone enough. Thank you for transforming lives and infusing hope.
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!
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.