We just received a letter from former counselor Asaf Gefen, who came to Rawhide Ranch all the way from Israel!
It’s already past more than three summers from my first visit as a counselor at your most wonderful camp of Rawhide Ranch. Las week I saw some photos of Rawhide Ranch in my album and started to think how it changed my life, so I decided to write and let you know what happened to me because of this time around all of the amazing people, campers, and animals at Rawhide Ranch.
I decided to connect my adult life with working with children, right now I’m in the middle of my second year at University. My degree is about working with teenagers with special needs (broken families, autism, disabilities, and mental/developmental retardation). I’m also working after University hours twice per week with this type of teenagers, and I spend the rest of my time working with a group of 25 kids aged 8-12.
I let you know all of this because I find myself using all the tools that you gave me while I worked with the amazing staff at Rawhide Ranch, like how to talk with children, how to get into their heart, and how to understand what they really feel and think. In my work with the group of special needs teenagers I love to use animals, another thing I learned at Rawhide Ranch. It’s amazing to see what the healing powers of these animals have done for these teenagers, it’s better than any other cure out there.
Thank you all so much, I miss you all, especially my favorite part of the ranch, the stockfarm and my favorite goat, Heidi.