The overall goal of our session program is to love and encourage children toward Hope. This process takes on as many unique forms as there are kids. However, there are some choice components that are generally included in each session.
*Chores: Every child and leader pair will complete a small chore at the begininning of the session. This time is designated to teach the importance of serving others by giving through the work of your own hands. Often this opportunity empowers children in knowing that their efforts can make a difference to those around them. It enables leaders to better understand each child, each day, and gain perspective for the best use of time to follow.
*Working with horses: The majority of children who come to WAYR are drawn to the ranch because of the horses. These children will learn to correctly handle, groom, ride, round pen and even vet horses during their sessions. Again, each session depends on the needs of the child and of the horse on any given day.
*Crafts: For those who do not wish to spend time with the horses or for inclimate weather, the ranch has some wonderful craft options for a child and leader to use.
*Play: Often the most valuable time in a child's life is to allow and encourage them to be a kid by playing. Many children choose to spend their entire session just playing games.
*Serenity Garden: Some children prefer to sit quietly and/or talk to their session leader. The serenity garden offers the privacy and quiet solitude that some may need.
Sessions can include one or many of the above components, or even sometimes something entirely unique. Together, the leader and child determine the best course of action for each session time. Session leaders do their best to listen and creatively respond by using the resources of the ranch to support and encourage children in need.