What is Crown Valley Youth Ranch and what do we offer?

Crown Valley Youth Ranch is a place for children to be mentored and learn important life skills. When you sign your child up with our ministry, they will be placed with a Session Leader that best fits them. Your child will then pick an area (program) they are interested in being apart of and learning about. A Session Leader will mentor your child and teach them about the program they are interested in. Everything at CVYR is free of charge, as we are a non-profit ministry. These programs include:

Horses

We have some wonderful horsemen to learn from here at Crown Valley. If your child chooses to be involved in this program, they will learn the basics of horsemanship. Each of our mentors are trained and ready to teach your child the skills and safety they will need to ride a horse. We believe that horses are very therapeutic animals that give children a chance to open up in ways that they may not be able to with people.

Horticulture (gardening)

Our Horticulture program is perfect for the kids that love to garden. We use the square foot gardening technique, which allows kids to have their own garden box to take care of. They will learn how to garden and harvest a variety of flowers and crops. Learn more here.

Arts & Crafts

In Arts & Crafts, there are so many different activities your child can do. We offer painting, drawing, crafting of any kind, woodworking, and much more. Anything you can craft, we offer. Learn more here.

Small Animals

Our small animals department is a wonderful place for animal lovers. We have a pig, sheep, alpacas, goats, and donkeys. Your child will be able to learn more about these animals and also the proper way to care for God’s creatures.

Nature/Outdoor Survival

If your child loves nature then this program would be a great start to introducing them to the outside realm. Here is where your child will learn the basics of outdoor survival. We also take hiking trips in the Sequoias that our CVYR kids can participate in.

What does a Session Leader do?

Each Session Leader is paired with a Session Intern. They work as a team with each student. Together they design and create a plan towards achieving certain goals that have been established by the student and parents, with regard to what the ranch offers.

During their time with each student, they teach, encourage, give hope and empower each student from based on the child’s understanding. This is achieved by “LISTENING”. We offer so much fun here at the ranch but this is only for the reason of creating an environment that earns trust.  After this we can begin.

In advance the Session Leading Team will put together a “Session Plan” based on the information first received by the parent interview and interest form. The first session will be an orientation which helps us become more familiar with the student and it allows the Session Leader to hang out and show you all of the possibilities the ranch has to offer. Our staff always looks forward to this day! After orientation, a customized plan will be developed by the Session Leader. They will use the interest request form, parent interview, and the orientation session as a starting point in the student’s plan development. After a plan has been made, it will be shared with the ranch director before finalizing the student’s plan.

At the end of each session, each mentor will follow up with an evaluation sheet. This will help understand if what we are doing is working. Also, any further information from the parent would be quite useful. We realize the value of team work, and you are part of this team, teachers, grandparents, youth pastors, counselors, and anyone else around a student can be helpful… so we encourage everyone to help add to these sessions. Feel free to contact your mentors via email or at the ranch.

What does my child do during their session at the ranch?

Each student is paired with a mentor that best fits them. This will be the students mentor throughout the entire program. We believe that consistency and reliability is important for our kids.

We always start in prayer. This is important to us at CVYR. Your child is encouraged, but not forced to pray. This is an area that we believe is personal and must be a desire from the heart and not forced.

Both the mentor and student will begin with a small ranch chore. (i.e. weeds, raking, grooming horses, cleaning after livestock, construction and many more opportunities.) We hope to encourage our student, your child, in contributing to the overall enjoyment of what the ranch has to offer them personally. Here at the ranch we say, “It’s free to your parents but not to you.”

After the chore time is completed the student can participate in an area that they have chosen to be a part of. The areas that we offer are the following; Horses, Small Animals, Nature (bugs, frogs, snakes, and lizards), Gardening, Crafts, Wood Working/Construction, Sports, Outdoor Survival, and Music (guitar). We ask each student to choose one of these for at least four sessions before choosing another subject.

15 minutes before session has ended both the student and mentor will begin to clean up and close in prayer.

Prior to leaving, please check-out with the front office and verify your next scheduled appointment.

What is my responsibility as a parent or sponsor?

Parent, guardian, or sponsor must provide transportation to and from the ranch. Please be on time.
Each student has an opportunity to have a full 90-minute session here at the ranch.  When a student arrives late it will take that time away. SESSIONS BEGIN PROMPTLY AT SCHEDULED TIMES.  WE ONLY HAVE 90 MINUTES WITH YOUR CHILD AND WE WANT THEM TO HAVE EVERY MINUTE.  If you find that you must cancel your child’s session, please inform us as soon as possible.  This will allow us to make room for another student who may be on our waiting list.  If a cancellation occurs, session cannot be rescheduled but will be continued at the next pre-scheduled date.

When you arrive at the ranch, please go to the main office and sign in at the front desk. Make yourselves comfortable. The mentor will be informed that you have arrived. When your student leaves for their session, feel free to relax in our parent lounge or take advantage of the time and run an errand. One little reminder: be back on time to pick them up. During the hours from 1 pm-5 pm Monday- Thursday, the session areas of the ranch are off limits to the public. This is to ensure the safety and privacy of your child.

How do I sign my child up?

First you must fill out an interest form. To access this form online, click here or click on our “Join Us” page. Once you fill out the Interest Form, please email it to aaron@cvyr.org. Our preferred method is via email, but if you are unable to email us then mailing the form is permissible as well.
Email:                    aaron@cvyr.org
Mail:                      P.O. Box 728, Woodlake, CA 93286
Location:              19880 Avenue 376, Woodlake, CA 93286