The Battle of the Bands Triumph

Months in advance, students from our Discovery Ranch for Girls, Oxbow, Discovery Ranch for Boys, and Discovery Academy programs practice their musical talents in preparation for our yearly Battle of the Bands. With five rounds to woo the judges, each program put together five different band performances.  (For a glimpse of previous Battles go here: https://discoveryranchforgirls.com/battle-of-the-bands/)…

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Rock Climbing, Turning to Teamwork: on the face of a challenge

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A Real Life Changing Experience By Suzette McPherson, LCSW Life at Discovery Ranch for Girls offers many opportunities for growth and development. One experience is rock climbing. The people who took part let themselves be open, caring and supportive. The experience helped the girls to believe in their potential. The weather was amazing. The best…

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Navigating the icy walkway of adolescence – Winter CoEd Social

Navigating the icy walkway of adolescence – Winter CoEducational Social By Stephen C. Schultz Author The morning was cool as I made my way across the snow packed driveway. It wasn’t a fresh snow pack, but one that had been there a couple of weeks and was now essentially ice. I stepped through the door…

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A Taste of Space

Rocket science and residential treatment? Oh, yeah! In 1962, with NASA barely four years old, President Kennedy declared the United States’ determination to land a man on the moon, saying boldly that we choose to do these things “not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because [they] will serve to organize and…

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The Potential in a Piece of Paper

At a residential treatment center for troubled teens, students and employees learn unexpected lessons through the art of folding paper. I arrive later than I meant to—it’s my first academic experiential, a weekly event held by the school to give the students hands-on learning opportunities. I’m relieved to see that a few of the girls…

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