They say that young people are our future, and this guides our hearts and aspirations every day during the Whispering Ponies Ranch (WPR) life-changing therapy camps for children of abuse. Kids at WPR come from broken homes (and often much worse), having known extreme neglect, physical and mental abuse, violence, abandonment, and even the nightmare of being sex trafficked.
WPR Camp employs screened, certified counselors who nurture these rescued kids through week-long restorative treatment, displayed through love and acceptance while teaching the necessary skills they will need to grow in confidence, healing, and survival after camp. These kids come to believe they are beautiful on the inside, that they matter to us and God…and that HE has a plan for their lives!
Whispering Ponies Ranch accomplishes this mission in part by employing specialized tools for working with troubled youth, including miniature-equine assisted activities (tiny horses) as well as petting zoo animals to bring positive mental, physical, emotional, and restorative benefits to these hurting, desperate kids. Studies worldwide confirm the extraordinary benefits of using our furry friends—from horses and goats to alpacas, mini-cows, mini donkeys and other hand-picked and well-trained pets—to provide companionship and unconditional love to children dealing with emotional and psychological challenges.
In addition to WPR’s variety of therapy animals, our 280-acre ranch serves up a robust list of activities and amenities from fishing, mountain biking, zip lines, climbing wall, low course, gymnasium, large indoor swimming pool, archery, lodging, transportation by train to and from activity locations throughout the ranch, old west settings with animatronics, excellent food services, and much more ALL AT NO COST TO CAMPERS OR THEIR COUNSELORS! Of course, we can only afford to do this because of YOU, our supporters.
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THE TASK BEFORE US IS GREAT…BUT WE ARE WINNING ONE CHILD AT A TIME
Every year, more than 3.2 million children in America are sex-trafficked, abused, abandoned, or neglected. One in seven Americans are sexually abused as children. Tragically, 1,500 to 2,000 children die each year at the hands of their caretakers. And the remainder are sadly disregarded or experience a combination of these abuses.
But there is hope for many of these victims through the partnership that Whispering Ponies Ranch holds with YOU and the Royal Family Kids Camps (RFKC) and Teen Reach organizations. Over the past 40 years, RFKC has been offering week-long specialized restoration camps and follow-up mentoring specifically designed to restore children of abuse who have become wards of the state. In the past, some of these hurting kids could not benefit from these special services due to the cost-preventative nature of per-child campgrounds’ expenses. But AT WPR, ALL AMENITIES—from food services and lodging to expert recreational and counseling staff—ARE PROVIDED AT NO COST, which means no child ever has to be turned away. We can only do this because of visionary supporters who partner directly with WPR’s healing ministry by contributing to the operating and construction costs of the retreat facility—from the care of life-changing therapy animals to food services, lodging, and maintenance.
By sending a kid to camp you help underwrite these expenses associated with providing specialized services to campers, including around-the-clock supervision, activities and equipment, food service and everything else needed to make a WPR camp a healing and unforgettable experience in the life of a seriously abused child. For kids of trauma, the positive, self-esteem-supporting inspiration of this unique Camp becomes an important part of their recovery. Campership donations are the core of support for these traumatized youngsters.
WILL YOU SEND ONE OR MORE KIDS TO CAMP?
You can send a child(s) to a full week of WPR Therapy Camp to experience the healing, joy, laughter, and recovery from trauma by clicking the graphic below. Choose from a variety of ways to support sending a kid(s) to camp or make a one-time or monthly gift to help these desperate kids—and we thank you for your consideration and cherished generosity!
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