Crooked Creek Ranch is owned and operated by Young Life. In 1994, Young Life purchased approximately 1,000 acres of the Murphy Cattle Ranch. Crooked Creek opened for its first summer camping season in 1999. Since then Crooked Creek has welcomed thousands of kids, leaders, volunteers and guests.
Come experience the “best week of your life” with hundreds of other high school kids this summer. Or host a weekend trip anytime throughout the school year for your non-profit group.
Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.
So, Young Life leaders log many hours with kids around the world — where they are, as they are. Leaders faithfully attend football practices in the Minneapolis suburbs, mingle with teenagers at a mall in Stockholm and play pick-up soccer with former child-soldiers in Liberia. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.
We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning, and purpose.
This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader reached out and entered their world.