Recreational Therapy


Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Recreational Therapy Department focuses on improving the overall physical and emotional health of our youth and to improve their overall quality of life. YBGR offers a variety of activities which includes playing traditional sports along with activities that promote cooperation, teamwork and sportsmanship skills. Each lodge has a scheduled session of recreational therapy, access to individual sessions and able to participate in the intramural programs that occur on a daily basis. Recreational therapists strive to improve overall health through these activities. YBGR strives to instill positive life choices regarding their personal health while in treatment and preparing for discharge.

The Uihlein Center (UC)  center is equipped with:
  • Full-court Indoor Gymnasium 
  • Heated Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Cardio exercise equipment
  • Weight-lifting room
  • Game Room, equipped with Pool, Snooker, Foosball, Air-Hockey tables, large screen TV, and interactive gaming equipment 
  • Bowling Alley
  • Outdoor Athletic Court, equipped for basketball and tennis
  • Baseball Field
  • Soccer Field
  • Experiential Ropes Course
  • Mini-Golf Course
  • Dirt-Bike Riding Track
  • Indoor Arena & Outdoor Recreational Horse Riding

Another area of interest for YBGR youth includes the outdoor programming. The youth are motivated to work on their treatment goals so they can participate in this valuable program. YBGR offers seasonal activities such as hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, fishing, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. There are even occasional adventures into Yellowstone National Park for those individuals that have been consistently working on their treatment issues. 

 “Helps me maintain my behaviors in school,  helps me calm down, releases my anger, learning important outdoor skills, relieves stress, I love being in the outdoors!” ~YBGR youth speaking about the recreational therapy program