Outdoor Education


Hiking, sailing, whitewater rafting, fishing trips, camping, and other outdoor activities are usually not a part of the lives of most young people today, but they are with the boys at Flying H Youth Ranch.  At the Ranch we have an emphasis on outdoor activities.  Spending time outdoors is a great place for each of us to connect with each other and with God. It is through these fun and challenging outings that we so often are able to get the root of the issues in a boy’s life. It’s an easy place to talk and share hurts and pains.  These trips are memory makers that last a lifetime!

At the Flying H Youth Ranch outdoor activities, training and recreation involve both boys and staff in a wide range of experiences, including adventurous activities on land and water.  Annual Trips include:  Sailing Trip, 8 Day Hike, Fishing Trips, Multi Night Backpacking Trip, and a 5-Day Camping Trip that includes White Water Rafting.  Methods used include skills-focused learning, problem solving, team building and self-reliant journeys and activities.

Experience in the outdoors provides rich opportunities for personal and social development through carefully structured group work in challenging situations. Trust, care, tolerance and the willingness to give and accept support are all encouraged and anti-social behavior is challenged. Opportunities are presented to exhibit and develop effective inter-personal behavior and to work cooperatively and effectively in teams.

Challenging outdoor experiences promote the development of communication, problem solving and decision making skills which have currency across a range of occupations.  These experiences will encourage resident’s intellectual, physical, spiritual, social and moral development.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.  They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.  Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4