At-risk youth reunite after life-changing summer camp


It was a reunion for young men – who just last summer attended a camp that would change their lives forever.

Their motto – Daring boys to become men.

Young men from across the Central Valley reunited after spending a summer at R.M. Pyles Boys Camp.

It’s a wilderness camp experience, teaching at-risk youth the values of hard work, education and respect for the environment, and themselves.

“We’re reconnecting now that their back into the city and back in the real world trying to remind the goals and lessons of Pyles,” said Adam Bell, the Executive Director for the camp.

“It honestly got me through the worst of time, of lessons I learned from camp. I not only went from, an at-risk teen to right now I’m at UCSB studying for, trying to major in psychological and brain sciences,” said Ivan Trigueros Ramirez, an alum of the camp, and counselor.

The camp has served more than 27,000 California boys, and is funded entirely by charitable donations.

The boys participated in the program at no cost to them.

For more information on the best kept secret in Southern California or how to donate, visit

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