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Tour Rawhide

Tour Rawhide. Please contact us to set up a guided tour.

REAP Center

Wisconsin is one of the most beautiful places in the rural United States, and a great way to experience its natural beauty is to tour Rawhide.

We are located just south of New London on over 700 acres of picturesque property. Our Ranch features wildlife, beautiful landscape, and the famous Wolf River. You will also be amazed at the welcoming atmosphere and wonderful facilities Rawhide has to offer to the young men in our care.

We would like to welcome you or your group to come visit our ranch and see if for yourself. We take pride in what we do and we would love for you to come see why. Please contact us to set up one of our scenic tours today!

In the mean time, please take a virtual Rawhide tour.

Rawhide Grounds Map

ABC Boys Home

This home was built with the support of the Associated Builders and Contractors. The ABC Home houses young men in the standard residential program.

Aylward Boys Home

This home was built with the support of the Aylward Family Foundation. The Aylward Home houses young men in the standard residential program.

Cornerstone Group Home

The Cornerstone provides a transitional living program for young men transitioning between their time at Rawhide (or in another facility) and their home.

Counseling Resource Center

Occupational Therapy Services.

Equestrian Center

Rawhide’s equestrian center is comprised of many buildings including an indoor riding arena, a small animal barn, stables and more. Many generous donors have come together to make the equestrian center a beautiful and functional part of the ranch.

Fine Arts Auditorium

The Fine Arts Auditorium was opened in 2004 and funded by major donations from Jack and Ethel Keller, Thrivent Financial along with individuals.
The auditorium seats up to 282 and is used for chapel services, guest speakers, performances and is available to the general public.

Frontier Cafe

Provides food service to Rawhide staff, visitors and general public. Also the home of the Friday Night Fish Fries. Upper level houses Human Resources and training facilities.

Gillespie Boys Home

This home was built with the support of the Aylward Family Foundation and named in honor of Rawhide founders John and Jan Gillespie. Gillespie houses young men in the Starr Academy program.

Keller Education Center

Opened in 1998, the Keller Education Center was funded by Jack and Ethel Keller of J. J. Keller and Associates in Neenah, Wisconsin. This portion of the school contains a library, computer labs, and eight educational classrooms including a science lab and art room. Title I math and reading classes are available for students who are deficient in these areas.

Louise House

A small home on the ranch that serves as transitional living quarters for houseparents and other staff as needed.


A small home on the ranch that serves as living quarters for utility houseparents. Utility houseparents fill in for youth homes staff that are on vacation or on days off if needed.

Pennau Prep Center & Schrodt Production Center

This area provides work space for the vehicle donation program as well as valuable job training for the young men.

Petit Home

This home is occupied by the executive director and his family.

Pieper Maintenance Shop

Students can work with job trainers as groundskeepers and in buildings and maintenance as part of the work experience Program.


Smith Boys Home

Built with the support of the Kimberly-Clark Foundation, the Smith Home houses young men in the About Face program and staff.

Snap-on Auto Center

Provides work space for the vehicle donation program as well as on-the-job training for young men. Students learn how to make minor mechanical repairs to vehicles and help to maintain Rawhide fleet vehicles.

Starr Academy

Rawhide’s on-grounds school is home to the Keller Education Center, Krause Fieldhouse, and the Gabrielse Woodworking Shop. Student’s residing at Rawhide attend school Monday-Friday, year round

The Lodge

The Lodge is the original boys home that was on the ranch when the land was purchased in 1965.

Thompson Center

Named in honor of Gary and Kay Thompson, who served Rawhide from 1969-2002, the Thompson Center is home to the social services staff. The building was funded by Chester L. Krause, Thrivent Frinancial for Lutherans, and Frank C. and S.F. Shattuck.

WATDA Carriage Boys Home & Visitors Center

The Carriage Home was built with the help of the Wisconsin Auto and Truck Dealers Association (WATDA), the upper level is a boys home and the lower level provides office space and a visitor’s center.

Youth Services Train Station

The Train Station was opened in January of 2011, and houses the youth services department.