Q & A about Ranch Day


Over Spring Break the religious education (R.E.) and recreation departments worked together to bring CORE to the Boys Ranch campus.  This event included outside recreational activities and a community dinner at the Ranch.

We spoke with Nicole Ehler, Director of Program Services at the Ranch, and Kim Hammitt, R.E. Director, to learn more about the event.

Q: Kim, can you tell us about CORE?
CORE is our optional Wednesday evening event.  It is designed to offer a variety of opportunities for youth to encounter God communally and interactively.  CORE is not an acronym, but a name that our youth chose to describe this smaller core group who choose to fellowship together.  Every week is different.  We offer Bible study, youth group games, skits and art.

Q: Nicole, what was the purpose of having this type of event at the Boys Ranch?
RE and recreation try to create opportunities to get the different campuses together as a community and let the youth try new things.  The Ranch youth enjoy having their friends from the Waco campus come out and see where they live and experience what makes the Ranch unique. 

Q: Nicole, what were some of the activities the youth were able to participate in during Ranch Day?
Youth were able to go kayaking, fish, repel the Alpine tower, and play horseshoes, football and volleyball. For some of the youth this event was the first time they were exposed to these types of activities. One of the youth caught a 10-pound fish and everyone was able to celebrate with him.  Being out at the Ranch was a great setting to get our youth from different campuses together and fellowship and have fun.


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