The Program

Sunny Crest is a working ranch and each boy will be assigned responsibilities which could involve care and feeding of animals, gardening, recycling, or other day-to-day duties of maintaining the grounds and outside environment on the ranch. 

Life on the Ranch


Hands On Skills Development

Hands On Skills Development offers the youth the opportunity to experience a multitude of work activities in order to develop a sense of personal responsibility and pride in his effort. The activities help teach the youth patience, planning, work ethic, teamwork, and valuing the outcome of effort. Success in small projects like raising a 4-H animal for the fair, building a birdhouse or selling produce raised in the organic garden nurtures confidence by giving the youth a taste of the satisfaction that comes from work well done. Other activities such as sports, metal shop, welding or driving a tractor may also be offered to provide exposure to a wide range of experiences.

Animal Assisted Programming

Animal Assisted Programing is one of the cornerstones of the SCYR program.  When each Rancher moves in, it is determined which program is best suited for him.  The program is carefully selected from the beginning to the end of his stay at SCYR. Each Rancher will learn the proper care, feeding and handling of his animal. This experience provides a safe opportunity for the Rancher to gain compassion, gentleness and respect for animals, other people and themselves.

Using a variety of animals, large and small, Animal Assisted Programming enables a boy to enjoy the healing magic of giving and receiving unconditional acceptance and love. He will also learn that living creatures, whether animals or people, respond positively to a human touch.


SCYR founders, Ron and Ellyn Coppess, have spent their careers in public education and know the critical importance education plays in building a successful life. We understand that most of the children that come to Sunny Crest will be credit deficient, or behind in their academics, and will have a need for credit recovery and a tailored tutorial program designed just for them.

Upon acceptance to the Ranch, each boy will be given a battery of tests to assess his level of academic knowledge so that this academic progress can be closely supervised. Most Ranchers will start classes at the Ranch and earn the privilege of attending Lakewood Public Schools. Within their Sunny Crest family, ranchers will experience the structure of homework supervision and tutorial support when needed in order to advance academic skills. We will provide, through the school and at home, a complete battery of services that could include but are not limited to counseling, tutorial, E2020, learning Virtues, and learning how to work independently and with others, just to name a few.

The Sunny Crest Youth Ranch Academics
The Sunny Crest Youth Ranch Academics

The Trading Post

The Sunny Crest Trading Post is a charming thrift store located in historic downtown Sunfield. The Trading Post offers a wide variety of quality gently used items including clothes, jewelry, housewares, furniture, books, toys, and fine antiques and collectibles. We are now also featuring Antique and Consignment Booths.

The purpose of the Sunny Crest Trading Post is to provide retail job experience for Sunny Crest Ranchers. It also helps with training in business operations and customer service skills and building a work resume that becomes a bridge to future employment success. The Trading Post provides an avenue for the community to support the Ranch, in which all proceeds support SCYR programs. Volunteers are essential for the Trading Post's success. It is our goal to provide an affordable, comfortable shopping for area residents.

The Trading Post Store Hours

Wed thru Sat: 10am–3pm
124 Main St
Sunfield MI 48890

Emily Waidelich (517) 667-0528
Fran Courser (517) 898-1525

Donations accepted during store hours. Follow us on Facebook!

The Sunny Crest Youth Ranch Trading Post
The Sunny Crest Youth Ranch Trading Post