Thrive in the wild

Thrive in the wild

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Whats-new | 0 comments

More than a dozen Ranch staff took the opportunity earlier this month to learn how to better survive and thrive in Saskatchewan’s north.

The multi-day training exercise took staff to Ranch Ehrlo’s Chitek Lake campground to gain further education and experience in the remote wilderness.

Between June 15th and 17th a group of staff representing all the programs scheduled to camp at Chitek Lake this summer participated in an onsite camp training experience. During the three-day period, staff were divided into groups and rotated through a series of training sessions including safety, supervision, participation, canoeing, orienteering, health and hygiene, fire building, boating and UTVing, and toilet cleaning.

“A total of 19 staff enjoyed the training and everyone had an opportunity to develop some new skills, learn from each other, develop new relationships, exchange some great ideas and resources, and have some great fun during the process,” said Karl Mack, senior director of residential treatment.

Fly-in camps such as Norbert and Dryer, and even the land-accessible Chitek Lake, are remote camping destinations for many Ranch youth and staff during the summer months. The beautiful, yet isolated locations offer campers the opportunity to challenge the conveniences of modern day technologies.

Help isn’t always a phone call away and the nearest aid isn’t around the corner. Up in the north, staff and youth are very much self-reliant and require special skills to successfully “live off the land” and meet daily challenges.

The northern destinations demand a great amount of competence and confidence from the staff who are responsible for keeping the youth safe and secure, explained participant and unit manager Ron Schlamp.

In these remote locations, knowledge is power.

“All these efforts are aimed at ensuring the young people at Ranch Ehrlo and our staff have a safe and meaningful summer camp experience,” said Karl.

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Christmas traditions

Christmas traditions

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Our blog |

andreaThe holiday season is a time to gather with friends, family, and loved ones to celebrate the festive season with eggnog, carols, and Christmas movies. But as our world becomes more connected we’ve begun to pick up different traditions – learning about them on social media, adopting them from other cultures, and keeping them alive within our own families.

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Cooking for the holidays

Cooking for the holidays

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Our blog |

Trudy Bosch

Trudy Bosch

The holidays are coming. While they bring with them lots of joy and excitement, for people like me who are kitchen challenged, they also bring in a lot of fear; fear of cooking for company.

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Foundation of the home

Foundation of the home

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Whats-new |

A mother brings heart into the home; she gives support, offers comfort, and provides care. Many youth who come to Ranch Ehrlo have lived without knowing the power of a mother’s love or miss it as they travel away from their homes for treatment.

For this reason, among many others, Ranch Ehrlo Society has put emphasis on the importance of having a mother figure in its homes. House mothers are hired to fill a need that they naturally provide. They are the rock of the ‘family’ and the foundation of the home.

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Five things everyone should know

Five things everyone should know

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Our blog |

andreaWorking at Ranch Ehrlo is unlike any other job. You may be trained in one discipline or another, have degrees decorating your walls, and accomplishments tucked under belt but if you’re not committed whole-heartily it won’t work out.

“I don’t care how much education a person has, if they don’t have the heart, they can’t do the job,” said one program manager.

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