“Through this gate passes the future leaders of America and the free world.”
– Stan Brock, RAM Founder
The RAM Rangers Youth Program is a unique humanitarian adventure that engages young adults, especially at-risk youth, to one that can make them feel confident about themselves, as well as an appreciation and respect for humanity and nature.
We provide opportunities and experiences for them to learn skills intended to improve their self-esteem, and generate a new sense of self-worth and knowledge to help guide and prepare young adults to become our nation’s future leaders and role models. When they complete the 2-week program, inner city and at-risk youth will walk away having discovered the great outdoors and the joys of nature, all while learning communication and teamwork skills.
Volunteer adult teachers and mentors lead a small group of 12-14 year-old boys (and girls starting in 2018), in life skills development classes and technical instruction. A core goal within the RAM Rangers Youth Program is to infuse as many young adults with RAM’s core values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion, and Hope.
RAM Rangers Program Activities
- Team Building – Learning to pitch their own tents in teams of four – tents will be built in a circle, around a large camp bonfire, which will become the focal point each evening for reflection and discussion about the day’s activities.
- Trust – Daily horse training and care/feeding skills, including an introduction to foals & horses, focusing on communication, trust, and respect for the horses.
- Respect – Archery lessons; Horseback riding lessons; fishing lessons, and may be shown a demonstration of how to scale and fry the fish at the camp bonfire.
- Health and Wellness – Whitewater rafting or kayaking/canoeing, and hiking will emphasize healthy activity. Urban Gardening, inspired by a partnering organization, such as Growing Power’s Chicago Youth Program; Yoga and Mindfulness sessions. These practices have been credited with reducing stress and improving healthy habits. (Reference the Baltimore City Public School’s successful program)
- Self-reliance – A trip to the RAM airport hangar and/or RAM Headquarters to learn about the RAM the theory of flight, the flight simulator, and different aircrafts. Please Note: Students might also get to experience riding in one of the planes and landing at the RAM Rangers Ranch. If time allows, those who express interest may get a chance to spend a 2nd day back with the airplanes, learning in more detail about the plane engines. At the end of each day, the students will be provided paper, pens and paint to allow them the chance to capture in writing or art, drawing, painting, what they experienced that day. It will be up to them if they choose to share it with the group.
RAM recently adopted several Mustang mares from the wild horse overstocked range in Oregon and brought them to the RAM Ranger Ranch near Knoxville, Tennessee. A few more are on order from the United States Bureau of Land Management. We are going to breed them at the RAM Ranger Ranch, and the colts from these incredibly hardy animals will be donated to native tribal groups in Guyana to revive their livestock industry. Thousands of Wapishana and Macushi Indians in the region and have been a focus of RAM’s charitable programs since 1992.
Current Needs for our RAM Ranger Program
As we continue to expand our services, we require more equipment, personnel, and support.
“We are losing our future Beethoven’s, Rembrandt’s, Einstein’s and Helen Keller’s. They are taking their own lives, or becoming a product of gangs and violence, drugs, alcohol, and despair. They have lost all hope. The RAM Rangers Youth Program can be the key that opens them up, and inspires them to know Yes, I can! I can be whatever I set my mind to. I am safe here.” – Doug Beeler, RAM Board Member and RAM Rangers Program Director.