Bar O Boys Ranch

Pride in work....Pride in self

Located in Del Norte County, along the majestic Smith River, our residential treatment facility accepts boys ages 13 to 18.   All boys at the ranch must be court-committed. The ranch does, however, contract directly with parents for the placement of their children who are currently in the juvenile justice system as described in section 602 of the California Welfare and Instititions Code.  Our screening committee will normally not accept wards with a history of arson, or who have physical limitations that would prohibit participation in our active program.   We provide a structured environment wherein our wards work on self-image, rule following, work habits, and values clarification.   As each boy progresses through a three step program, he is able to accept more responsibilities.   Excuses are not heard and accomplishments are rewarded.   An individual's personal issues are stressed and focus is placed on those behaviors that led to his incarceration.   Through this intense living experience the boys are continually forced to look at their personal weaknesses and strengths and encouraged to take responsibility for them.   Our boys begin to develop the self-image of being "contributors" rather than "takers".
About Our School
We have a school that is fully staffed by the Del Norte County Unified School District.   In addition to regular academic classes, our school offers certification in the Culinary Arts, Construction Technology, Computer Sciences, and Landscape Maintenance.   What's more, we offer additional classes in photography, kayaking, small engine repair, pottery, woodshop, welding, screen-printing, and stained glass.   We believe in a "hands-on" approach to learning.
Counseling Services We Offer
    • Anger Management
    • Emotional Awareness
    • Problem Solving
    • AA/NA Meetings
    • Substance Abuse Group
    • Individual Counseling
    • Group Counseling
    • Victim Awareness
Program Projects
    • Contract work for the U.S. Forest Service:
      •  Habitat Restoration
      • Trail Building
      • Noxious Weed Eradication
    • Construction of redwood picnic tables
    • Metal fabrication/welding for CA Parks
    • Christmas gifts for underprivileged children
    • Adopt-A-Highway Program
    • First Aid and C.P.R. certification
    • Community basketball & baseball teams
    • Coastal clean-up projects
    • Community Projects:
      •  Senior center work
      •  Setting up for non-profit events
    • Habitat For Humanity
    • Catering weddings and organizational meetings