“Children need to explore life in a playful, non-threatening and adventure-oriented manner.” —Michael Priour
Experiential therapies, based in adventure and play, have always been part of Ranch life. From swimming, to hiking, to riding horses, children develop through experience.
Recreation for all children is a core value, an inherent aspect of childhood, an essential component of healing and growth. It’s a proven formula. Trauma is stored in the body and mind in ways that influence behavior. Recreation provides life-changing experience through adventure, challenge, exercise and play. It offers healthy replacements for destructive behavior patterns. Physical development goes hand in hand with emotional and psychological healing.
HCYR has state-of the art recreational facilities, where skilled specialists, also adept at mentoring children, supervise a host of activities — horseback riding, basketball, baseball, volleyball, swimming, fishing, kayaking, weight lifting, gymnastics, and playground exercise. The horse program includes riding as well as showmanship training. The ropes challenge course offers adventure, while building trust and confidence. The beautiful landscapes of the ranches provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Community centers are for casual gatherings and play.
Our motto in the recreation department is that every child’s need is a challenge for the program’s growth. To meet the varied needs, we offer both structured and leisure time with coaches and specialists. Activities are intended to develop skills and knowledge, to foster values and character, and to maximize independence.