Where can young people today develop work ethic, integrity, and the self-confidence to overcome challenges on their own? Young teens face a growing number of trials in a difficult world, and they are so programed with activity and technology, they are unable to commit the time needed to practice and prepare for independence. Opportunities are rare for authentic experiences in nature, away from smart phones and video games, where kids can build community, work, play, and develop resiliency to even greater problems they may face in high school and the years to come. The focus at BCSR is to teach 12-15 year old boys and girls to value nature and hard work, to think for themselves and overcome challenges, and to be engaged members of a community.
The participants are 12-15 year old boys and girls. This is NOT a reform camp or treatment program. It is a camp for good kids who have not had serious behavioral problems in the past, who wish to have a fun and positive experience in Rural Utah. They will learn to appreciate the outdoors, engage in community, and develop lasting relationships with new friends.
The first BCSR session took place in June 2003. The years of experience since then have allowed us to develop traditions and focus our program to maximize positive outcomes for participants. We have done our best to build on the tradition of the Bennion Teton Boys Ranch, started by Lowell Bennion in 1963, in Teton Valley, Idaho. The Bennion Ranch operated for over 40 years before the nonprofit dissolved in 2005. We rely on generations of participants in the Bennion Ranch tradition to take ownership in our program and support BCSR, so we can continue to provide a similar, rural, character-building experience to young people. The ranch is located in Sanpete County, Utah. The beautiful location facilitates finding genuine work and service opportunities, and spending time outdoors in a variety of spectacular mountain and desert canyon locations, where participants can gain an appreciation for nature.
Appreciation of hard work
Increased sense of civic-responsibility and engagement
New friends and appreciation for human relationships
Increased resiliency to life's challenges
Appreciation of nature
Better attention span and study habits
Increased self-confidence and integrity
Appreciation of simple, principled living