Sky Ranch Foundation


Sky Ranch is a camping organization with its head office near Van, in East Texas. Its primary activities encompass three types of events: (1) Summer camp primarily for children ages 7-15, (2) Outdoor education programs primarily for elementary students from public and private schools, and (3) Retreat facilities for church, civic and private groups. Sky Ranch operates facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. When speaking of "Sky Ranch" in a generic sense, it is made up of at least five organizations; however, the financial profile below only includes financial data of Sky Ranches, Inc.

Contact information

Mailing address:
24657 County Road 448
Van, TX 75790-5790


Phone: (903) 569-3482


Organization details

EIN: 756004483

CEO/President: Melinda S. Paulk

Chairman: Mr. Walt Byerly

Board size: 8

Founder: Mel and Winkie Brewer

Year founded: 1955

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Sky Ranch is a camping organization with its head office near Van, in East Texas. Its primary activities encompass three types of events:

  • Summer camp primarily for children ages 7-15
  • Outdoor education programs primarily for elementary students from public and private schools
  • Retreat facilities for church, civic and private groups
Sky Ranch operates facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. When speaking of "Sky Ranch" in a generic sense, it is made up of at least five organizations; however, the financial profile below only includes financial data of Sky Ranches, Inc. (EIN: 75-6004483). The five known organizations are the following:

  1. Sky Ranches, Inc. (EIN: 75-6004483) (Internal Revenue Code section (IRC) 501(C)(3), Public Charity)
  2. Sky Ranch Foundation (EIN: 75-2147444) (IRC 501(C)(3), Supporting Organization)
  3. Sky Ranch at UTE Trails, Inc. (EIN: 20-2579906) (501(C)(3), Public Charity)
  4. Sky Ranch at Cave Springs, Inc. (EIN: 20-1147040) (IRC 501(C)(3), Public Charity)
  5. Sky Ranch Cave Springs Holdings, Inc. (EIN: 20-1147298) (IRC 501(C)(2) Holding title to property and collecting income from it.)
Sky Ranch youth camp is an accredited member of the American Camping Association, Christian Camping International/USA Member, Camp Horsemanship Association, and Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). They are also licensed by the Texas Department of Health. Sky Ranch maintains memberships in the Texas Association for Environmental Education, Texas Outdoor Education Association and is a member of Tyler, Van, and Mineola Chambers of Commerce.

Mission statement

Sky Ranch uses the following to expres its mission:

"Impacting Lives Forever"

Statement of faith

Sky Ranch uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

1. That the Godhead eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and these are one in nature, attributes and perfection.

2. That man was originally created in the image of God; but that he fell from this sinless state through sin and therefore possesses a nature of sin.

3. That, as promised in the Old Testament, the eternal Son of God came into the world to show God to men and become the redeemer of a lost world. To this end He was born of a virgin and received a human body and a sinless nature.

He was perfect, suffering life's temptations and trials yet He was sinless. He re-tained His absolute deity, while He was completely man.

He voluntarily became the sacrifice for the sin of the world by His death on the cross and that He arose the third day and reigns now in Heaven interceding for all believers.

4. They believe that, due to sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he has personally believed in and trusted himself to Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of Jesus Christ through one's acceptance of His gift.

5."All Scripture is given by inspiration of God", by which one understands that Holy Men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the Holy Bible, which is without error in its original state.

6. As a Christian one is to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. One still possess an old sin nature, but that in Christ one also possess a divine new nature; and that a constant war-fare exists within one's life. Knowing that as one supplies the old nature with fleshly interests it grows and becomes dominant and, conversely, as one supplies the new nature with spiritual interests it becomes dominant and also grows.

One will, to the best of their ability and understanding, seek an honest involvement with Jesus Christ and with others.

One will strive for balance in their life in order to enjoy fellowship with God and to promote sharing this experience with others.

7. Christ will return to receive to Himself all those who are His. They also believe that this is the blessed hope set forth in Scripture and that we are to be constantly looking for and desirous of this, the rapture.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating681 of 76749 of 56
Fund acquisition rating530 of 76833 of 56
Resource allocation rating479 of 76836 of 56
Asset utilization rating723 of 76749 of 56

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$345,342$405,740$382,807$644,443$736,710
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,047,205$1,297,919$2,420,595$3,647,774$4,242,423
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$12,645,755$12,525,363$12,139,011$12,320,002$12,346,817
Other long-term assets$804,687$715,995$841,619$1,740,178$1,775,065
Total long-term assets$13,450,442$13,241,358$12,980,630$14,060,180$14,121,882
Total assets$15,497,647$14,539,277$15,401,225$17,707,954$18,364,305
Payables and accrued expenses$950,773$998,624$1,222,357$1,760,314$1,194,323
Other current liabilities$1,038,981$1,161,481$1,437,396$1,315,472$1,417,733
Total current liabilities$1,989,754$2,160,105$2,659,753$3,075,786$2,612,056
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$31,816$6,627$578,396$74,690$49,515
Total long-term liabilities$31,816$6,627$578,396$196,760$139,291
Total liabilities$2,021,570$2,166,732$3,238,149$3,272,546$2,751,347
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$462,586$145,863$145,164$657,695$486,095
Permanently restricted$479,964$479,964$479,964$479,964$479,964
Net assets$13,476,077$12,372,545$12,163,076$14,435,408$15,612,958
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,779,711$1,745,353$1,199,066$1,334,405$1,354,493
Program service revenue$12,702,661$12,058,764$11,644,033$11,314,301$10,858,190
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$49,860$4,625($10,134)$363$391
Other revenue$888,019$838,451$803,078$745,776$776,028
Total other revenue$13,640,540$12,901,840$12,436,977$12,060,440$11,634,609
Total revenue$15,420,251$14,647,193$13,636,043$13,394,845$12,989,102
Program services$10,834,044$11,025,053$11,807,941$11,921,473$10,222,433
Management and general$3,001,969$2,944,759$2,617,192$2,162,571$1,847,766
Total expenses$14,316,719$14,437,724$14,929,525$14,572,395$12,530,323
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$1,103,532$209,469($1,293,482)($1,177,550)$458,779
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,103,532$209,469($1,293,482)($1,177,550)$458,779


Melinda S PaulkCEO & President$306,332
Joe WidnerVP of Fin & Adm$198,792
Tamora LawsonSecretary$87,468

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2019

Response from ministry

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Since 1955, Sky Ranch has provided life-changing experiences for thousands of children and young adults. Sky Ranch was founded near Denton, Texas, by Mel and Winkie Brewer, and moved to its current location in 1975. What began with 66 campers and a few dusty cabins is now enriching the lives of more than 30,000 guests each year in our three areas of service.

Today, with a dedicated and outstanding staff and an experienced Board of Directors, Sky Ranch continues to serve more guests each year. In fact, as the needs have grown greater, Sky Ranch has answered the call to expand and improve its remarkable campus and programs.

Program accomplishments

Sky Ranch has had the priviledge of enriching over 30,000 lives each year in their three areas of service.


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