Light the Way Annual Campaign
The Light the Way Annual Campaign raises the funds that make it possible to maintain our beautiful ranch and run the unique programs that help our campers overcome the obstacles they face in life. We’d like to invite you to become a part of the Candlelight Ranch family and make a donation at one of the giving levels below.
$5,000 – Zip Line Shades: Zip lines are an incredible experience for a kid, but sun and summer heat can be less than healthy. This spring we will be installing 6 custom shades to protect our campers, volunteers and staff. This level of funding includes a custom sign acknowledging the donor or someone they wish to honor.
$2,500 – Send 25 Children to Camp: We are able to keep group fees extremely affordable by raising money to underwrite our true costs. Send 25 children to experience Candlelight Ranch - Even one day at camp exposes them to a wondrous natural environment and positive activities that help them learn, grow and overcome the obstacles they face in life.
$1,000 – Onsite Master Naturalist: Provides a full summer month of nature hikes, gardening lessons, archaeology and natural history lessons from a Master Naturalist. The campers’ favorite activity last summer was harvesting and preparing their own prickly pear lemonade.
$500 – Equine Programs: Allows us to care for and feed our two “resident” equine friends Rusty and Pepper for 2 months. Our campers work with the horses in many activities that help build self-esteem, trust and teamwork skills.
$250 – Reese’s Treehouse: Underwrites an overnight stay for 2 campers in one of the largest wheelchair accessible treehouses in the country. The best time at the Ranch for the kids is from dawn until dusk.
Please select Annual Campaign under the Program Area for your donation type
Mission & Vision
Candlelight Ranch provides a unique outdoor environment for special needs and at-risk children to learn, play, and heal through the wonders of nature.
Candlelight Ranch works in partnership with community organizations and schools to provide nature based innovative activities that are customized to meet the specific needs of each group of children that we serve.
Through their active participation in these activities and contact with nature, our campers build confidence, self-esteem and skills that support overcoming challenges in their daily lives.
Who we serve
- Physically or cognitively challenged
- Emotionally or behaviorally challenged
- Physically challenged
- Children in the foster care system
- Children who live in economically disadvantaged areas
- High Risk
- Enrolled in Special Ed classes
Programs at Candlelight Ranch include:
- Challenge Course: zip lines and a two-line bridge
- Low ropes team building activities
- Equine Assisted Learning
- Natural science, botany and wildlife lessons
- Hiking and exploring the natural environment of the Ranch
- Art & music therapy workshops
- Yoga and movement sessions
Groups can visit Candlelight Ranch for day excursions as well as overnight stays. Most of the main facilities are wheelchair accessible, including Reese’s Treehouse - a magical place that is nestled in 100 year-old live oaks, 19 feet above the ground. Reese’s Treehouse features 500 square feet of play space as well as bunks that sleep seven.
Candlelight Ranch believes in helping all children and youth overcome emotional, behavioral and physical challenges by providing a supportive environment for them to experience and appreciate nature. Candlelight Ranch’s holistic and innovative program model incorporates the emotional, physical and spiritual health of children and youth.