This campus, once known as the Manatee River Youth Ranch, was founded in 1984 through the joint efforts of concerned individuals, the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton and the Manatee County Commissioners. In 1991, the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches merged the program into their statewide network of residential childcare facilities.
The Youth Ranch is set on 65 naturally beautiful acres. The buildings and facilities available to the youth in residence include: a community center, two cottages, administration building, maintenance/vocational building, livestock pavilion and a high ropes course. Currently the capacity is for 20 boys and girls.
With a supportive and caring donor family, the Youth Ranches continues to meet the needs of children and families throughout Florida.
The Bradenton/Sarasota campus also offers to the public a Summer Day Camp. Boys and girls ages 5-15 experience many different therapeutic camping activities. Canoeing, archery, swimming and many other recreational activities allow them the opportunity to build basic teamwork and peer communication skills. Additionally, they can spend the week enjoying the beautiful, tranquil outdoor environment.
The camp also provides an opportunity for Deputy Sheriffs and other Law Enforcement Volunteers to get personally involved with the youngsters to form positive, healthy relationships.
Physical and Mailing Address
751 Rye Wilderness Trail