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New Perspectives - Feb, 1997 Issue #44

Powell, Wyoming
Gerald and Mickey Schneider, Owners
By: Lynn Ekstrom - Assistant, Woodbury Reports 

This Christian based Family Ranch is a group home for up to 7 boys, located on a working 40,000 acre cattle and bison ranch. The ranch is located 30 miles north of Cody Wyoming in the wilderness northeast of Yellowstone National Park. It offers young men of all ages a place where they can begin again. The average stay at the Ranch is 2 years. 

Those who would do well with Gerald and Mickey are young men who may have been diagnosed with learning differences, low self esteem, and mild to moderate depression as well as those who may be having problems dealing with anger and fear. The family home environment does not allow public television, rock music, or tobacco or alcohol use. Church services are attended by all every Sunday. 

The ranch terrain varies from desert and farm land to high mountains. This wide variety provides the young men with vast opportunities to learn from nature and all kinds of animals. This is not just a dude ranch for fun! The boys must attend to their academics with either a certified home school program or public school at nearby Fort Shiloh. The young men can receive academic credits through a nationally accepted school program as well as industrial arts credits from the training and occupations they become involved in on the ranch. These include cattle drives, training stock dogs, helping veterinarians, mechanics, welding, carpentry, farm operation and equipment, plumbing, farming and computers as well as activities such as basketball, boxing, skiing, fishing, hunting and roping. The Schneider aim to provide a safe, loving family environment for all their boys with a low cost tuition. Gerald told me “They have never had a boy who didn’t find something he likes to do, and we’ve found that these activities develop responsibility, cooperation and self esteem faster than anything else we can say or do.” 

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