In 1986, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Caruth, Jr., of Dallas, Texas, leased 182-acres of woodlands to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and issued a challenge to develop a childcare, wilderness education program. The Georgia-Pacific Corporation provided an additional 60-acres of land for the project.

For many years, it operated as a wilderness camping program for boys who did not meet the traditional residential childcare criteria. The program, based on experiential learning opportunities, was successful but only served 18 boys at a time. In 1997, the Caruth Camp was converted from a wilderness program to a mirror image of the Youth Camp.

Beginning in November 1997, the Caruth Camp introduced the Project Harmony program. This program is a 5 day leadership retreat for middle school students. The goal is to teach children problem-solving and communication skills while addressing racial tension and conflict within the schools. Youth undergo intensive training in conflict resolution, cultural diversity, environmental awareness, group-building exercises, academics and camping. This nationally recognized program, along with Summer Camp and other family programs will serve several thousand boys and girls every year.

Physical Address

14770 SE US HWY 19
Inglis, FL 34449

Mailing Address

PO Box 10
Inglis, FL 34449-0010


(352) 447-0400


(386) 842-1012