At Oak Hill Ranch, character development is very important. Being a person of good character is something we want to model and encourage. We ask that each child and family display good character, so that every rancher feels safe.

If we notice that good character choices are not being made, our policy is that we will  try to resolve the problem with the child, through redirection and discussing character expectations. If the behavior continues the child will be given a verbal warning. Second, the child will be asked to take a break from the group. Third, the parent will receive a call to discuss a plan of action for resolution of the concern.

Our goal is to make sure that all of the children feel safe at the ranch, and that good choices are encouraged. If a resolution cannot be resolved children may be withdrawn from the session.

Six Pillars of Character is a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. Instructors, Ranch Helpers, and families are encouraged to display good character, not only at Oak Hill Ranch, but as an essential part of daily living. A person of character:

  • Is a good person – someone to look up to and admire;
  • Knows the difference between right and wrong and always tries to do what is right;
  • Sets a good example;
  • Makes the world a better place;
  • Lives according to the “Six Pillars of Characters”

The Six Pillars of Character


Think “true blue“ • Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country


Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements


Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Be diligent • Persevere • Do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act • Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes • Set a good example for others


Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly


Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need • Be charitable and altruistic


Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer