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After School Programs

5-14 years old

Day Camp Programs

5-12 years old

Preteen/Teen Programs

12-18 years old

McDonald Ranch

Founded 30 years ago

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1993, McDonald Ranch is relocating from northern California to Brazos County, Texas. This beloved youth program is known for being a home away from home for the many children who consider Mrs. McDonald, the Executive Director, to be a grandmother figure and their camp counselors and friends as extended family. McDonald Ranch has been compared to “visiting Grandma’s farm.” Parents can be confident that their children are safe and engaged in enriching, wholesome activities while having a great time being active outdoors.

Programs and services at McDonald Ranch are funded by private donations, corporate and foundation grants, public agencies, and fees for participation.

One Child at a Time

What We do

McDonald Ranch teaches youth ages 5 to 14 life and social skills through hands-on, outdoor activities that build confidence and help children reach their full potential. Whether participating in summer camps or after-school programming, campers enjoy caretaking livestock and other farm animals, archery, experiential learning on a ropes course, go-karting, swimming, and child-friendly cooking sessions.

PreTeen/teen program

develop compassion, responsibility, social skills and confidence

Summer Day Camp

McDonald Ranch is a top choice for parents needing out of school care

Meeting Special Needs

scholarhips available to children in foster care

Getting Involved

become involved with the program as a volunteer or a board member