“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. This comprehensive method of 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.
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.
Mission (What we do)
Sharpening the Character of Young Men
Vision (Why we do it)
To glorify God by guiding young men to truth and grace, helping them to discover the men they were created to be, and working to restore hope and healing to their families.
Core Values (How we do it)
“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?’
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. They are all in and do everything they can to help each boy and their parents. Their program is the real deal. You will not find another boarding school with a finer team or program.
Some great guys making a difference in this world…
A great and life- changing experience. I miss the place.
It’s 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 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.
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