Our Boys School opened in 1998 on a 318-acre campus in the rolling hills between Scottsville and Dillwyn, VA. There are four campsites with eight to twelve boys at each site. Assigned to each campsite are two adult group leaders and one supervisor who are readily available to the students’ needs twenty-four hours a day. Multiple layers of additional highly experienced staff work with groups and individual students throughout the day..
Life at the School centers on the campsite group, as the boys learn to live, play, and work cooperatively with each other to create a positive campsite experience. Each student is working on personal goals as well. Evaluated daily, these goals are selected to help students grow personally, academically, and as members of their families and broader communities.
A typical day begins with making beds, cleaning up the campsite, and preparing for breakfast. On most days, students and staff members share family-style meals together in the Lodge.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays, meals are prepared at the campsites. The group determines their menu the prior week and prepares a grocery list. Students take turns in the tasks of table setting, meal preparation, and clean up following the meal.
Daily psychoeducational or problem resolution group meetings frequently include topics such as anger management, substance abuse, understanding emotional and behavioral patterns, and trust in relationships. Weekdays include participation in classes at our accredited on-campus school, group projects constructing and maintaining campsite, and a weekly recreational night out. Weekends may include on campus recreation, campsite building projects, and off campus community service activities within the Central Virginia area.