“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”– Proverbs 27:17 NIV
Whetstone Boys Ranch is a therapeutic Christian school that serves struggling boys and their families. Here boys live, learn, work and grow as they experience essential individual, group and family therapy, excellent academics, exciting outdoor adventures, and useful hands-on tasks. We believe in sharpening young men to become true servant-leaders in their families and communities.
Since 2011, Whetstone’s purpose centers on the reconciliation of boys (ages 12-16) and their families. We treat struggles such as anger, depression, low self-esteem and trauma with a loving, systems-based approach. And this comprehensive methodof treatment and restoration sets us apart.
We focus on issues young boys struggle with, including introductory misbehavior (vaping, negative video game-technology/pornography), anger, depression, low self-esteem, and trauma related issues. Whetstone is an opportunity to intervene now, before these issues grow deeper. Boys receive therapy based on their needs, after going through a screening process.
Therapy and counseling includes individual 1 hour sessions, once a week, led by a LPC therapist. Individual treatment includes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) –originally designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. It is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences…and helps activate their natural healing processes. (EMDR.com)
Group counseling occurs 2 times a week.
Family therapy includes an intensive 2-3 day session during a boy’s stay at Whetstone with our licensed therapist.
Boys who suffer from not being able to form healthy emotional relationships, including RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder)
Boys who are unable to remain focused, ADHD, (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Boys who display signs of early rebellion, refuses to obey, shows argumentative behavior, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder)
Boys who simply need a change of environment, separated from the negative impact of internet addictions, and harmful relationships.
During their 8-10 month stay, troubled boys will experience a loving home-like environment, rewarding studies, invigorating ranch work, outdoor learning, and true character-building adventure. You are invited to partner with us in guiding struggling boys back to the path that God has laid out for them.
“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.”
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. He deserved to be with people who could be consistent 100% of the time and he needed to feel understood and have access to people who could help him process his strong emotions as he was experiencing them. He sounded happy and healthier during our first phone calls, he said to us, ‘Why did you wait so long to send me here? Why did you show me so much grace?’
After completing the Whetstone Boys Ranch program, our son returned home a profoundly changed young man. Praise the Lord! He started Whetstone at a 5th grade academic level, while he was in 8th grade. Just last week, he graduated top 10 in his class, earned Academic and Technical honors, and accepted an apprenticeship with a local HVAC company. Just as important as his academic success, our son’s ability to relate with family members, peers and those in authority dramatically improved. He is beloved by employers and family members, alike. His spiritual growth is a testimony to the love and nurturing he received at Whetstone.
Some great guys making a difference in this world…
I would HIGHLY recommend Whetstone to anyone who has a son who’s struggling. We sent a 15 year old boy to the ranch and he came back a confident young man! The staff is wonderful – so full of grace & love for these boys. It was worth every penny we spent and I am so thankful for them!!
I’ll keep this short and sweet. My son went to Whetstone because he was out-of-control at home. Details aren’t necessary, but suffice it is to say the home life situation was untenable. Through the love, patience, and wisdom of Whetstone staff, my son was basically transformed over nine months. All the exact factors that drove that change can’t be reduced to a formula, but his time there being surrounded by godly men had an absolutely profound impact on him. He’s been out for about six months now, and, while there have been brief moments of him exhibiting past bad behaviors, they have been just that – brief. He quickly catches himself and course corrects. He is even quick to apologize when he’s been wrong; something he never would have done before. I cannot endorse this program more highly.
A great and life- changing experience. I miss the place.
Speaking from the point of a past kid who ended up going to whetstone when I was 16, this ranch is a miracle and so are the staff. They helped me to find my way back to God and showed me how to be a great sharp young man and without them I would never have made it where I am now they Teach you sharpen you and build relationships with you when I was there I hated everyone close to me and got it I some scary things but now I have found how to love my family and be mature I also was given a second chance and joined the marines some who have gone here would say otherwise just to do damage to people who fed clothed and taught them and offered their help but this place is a miracle and it saves lives and families!
I highly recommend Whetstone Boys Ranch. The staff are individuals of high character, very loving and very good at what they do. The ranch provided a positive and supportive environment for my son to heal and grow.
Overall we had a positive experience. There were many difficult days but in the end it was what our family and son needed – a break, an opportunity to change a negative pattern. Our son is thriving now and I’m not sure we would be where we are without Whetstone’s help. I can see how it might not be the right setting for everyone but it was for us. Our son was known, held accountable, challenged, and rewarded.
Without Whetstone in my life, I would be a mess. Whetstone has taught me many ways to control emotions and actions. I have become a better worker and person because of whetstone Boys Ranch. The staff are always there for you, and will do anything to help you thrive physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Whetstone is truly a life changing experience that can change a troubled teen into a man. Proverbs 27-17 stands wide and clear with Whetstone. ” As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.” Being a brother at whetstone means being a leader and becoming someone who the boys look up too. As a leader you don’t only lead, but you also sharpen the character on other boys. And that’s what becoming a Whetstone gentleman is all about. I am a graduate of Whetstone, and now a thriving young man because of whetstone.
Whetstone was definitely the right place at the right time for our son. It may not be right for everyone but it was the perfect fit for our family. It wasn’t easy but Whetstone made a huge positive difference in our son’s personal growth. The men and women who work at Whetstone are amazing individuals who guide the boys to the very best of their ability.
Few people can understand the chaos and hurt going through your family when making a decision that your young son can’t and shouldn’t live at home with you. Shortly after taking action and getting a few days of peace in your home, you begin to pray that you made the right decision and that he is in the hands of professionals who will love him with discipline and therapy. You’ve put enormous trust in the people running the school. My wife and I did not and have not regretted our decision for a second. These are trustworthy, Christian men who will pour into your son.
I highly recommend Whetstone Boys Ranch. The Whetstone staff are individuals of high character. They are very loving and are very good at what they do. The ranch provided a positive and supportive environment for my son to heal and grow.
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 is a wonderful place where boys become men, under the influence of the godly men working with them! love all the Whetstone team!
Its Wonderful what to see a trouble 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 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.