14. What should he bring with him? 2 packages of over the calf socks, Regular plain tee shirts (with short sleeves, not sleeveless with no print or anything on them) and brief underwear (not boxer-shorts, they do not give the support needed for men during ranch activities), gym shorts, and tennis or gym shoes, swim trunks (not brief type) plain hooded sweatshirt, canvas Carhartt style winter work coat, hat and gloves. Wrangler cowboy bootcut jeans at least 5-7 pairs, Western-style snappy shirts 5-7, Cowboy boots the pull on type with riding heal, sturdy work-boots and dress pants for mass and going to town in. All other equipment will be issued once he arrives here. Also we encourage parents to purchase a Kindle Fire HD we use this device for book reading assignments as well as audio and video lessons that we load on the Kindle for the weekly Virtue lessons. The young men do not have any internet access on the ranch so the Kindle cannot be used to send emails or to facebook friends.
15. Are cell phones or iPods allowed? Cell phones, iPods, laptops or any type of portable media devices are not allowed. This is important to let your son know that there will be no electronic media devices allowed at Beartooth Men’s Rehab. If they are brought with them, they will be removed from the young man’s possession and locked away until he finishes the program, they will then be returned at the time of discharge.
16. My sons smokes. Is there smoking allowed at Beartooth Men’s Rehab? We do not allow any cigarettes use at Beartooth Men’s Rehab or anywhere on our ranch. Cigarette use is considered a gateway addiction and we find we are more effective at helping young men learn a healthy lifestyle and make better choices if we keep cigarettes out of their daily environment. If your son smokes a pack or more of cigarettes a day upon request he will be provided nicotine patches to step him down from his cravings for four weeks. After that he should be over his withdrawals from the nicotine.
17. Will my son attend Church services? Yes all the young men at Beartooth Men’s Rehab attend the weekly Catholic Mass at Our Lady of The Valley Parish, a few miles from the ranch. We all attend as a family community. If your son is not Catholic he will still attend mass so as to grow spiritually from the reading of scripture and the words of encouragement from the priest.
18. Will my son get to ride a horse everyday? No we do not ride horses every day, we use horses for ranch work and sometimes for leisure. Also we need time to get to know each young man’s abilities and develop a level of trust and responsibility within him before he is given the opportunity to learn to work with and ride a horse, (this usually takes a month).
19. Will my son get to pick and choose which activities or “jobs” he will take part in while at the ranch? Not until he has completed the first 120 days of the program and has learned to do the work assigned to him with a positive attitude. When the young man has demonstrated that he is responsible and trustworthy in completing the task given to him, he may get to choose which work project that is presently happening on the ranch that he would prefer to work on.
Please note: The programs and therapy listed on our website are aspects of our daily life on a working cattle ranch, and are integrated within our main Catholic Christian Rehab program. Students participate in the daily ranch activities that are an organic part of real ranch life and work. Students do not get to pick and choose what activities they want to do each day. This teaches a young man to go beyond himself, become part of something bigger than himself, and learn to do what is required and needed, not what he finds pleasing to himself. Also note that not every activity listed is offered every day, and many are available only when the season or weather permits.
Our program is located on a remote rural ranch in a back to basics, frontier-style buildings without any frills. If you are looking for luxurious accommodations for your son in a resort-like setting this is not the place to send him.
If you want your son to appreciate and not take for granted what has been provided for him by you, then our Rehab Ranch is the place to help him grow in appreciation and thanksgiving for all that he has received in his life. Young men that engage in our program leave here with a deeper respect for authority, self-discipline, and a new work ethic that will help them be successful in holding down a job or going to college.