October 14, 2007
In 1974, Johnson County sheriff Donald Meeks served as secretary of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch Committee, which was organized to explore the possibility of establishing a ranch for underprivileged boys. Approximately two years later, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch was incorporated. By 2005, the organization administered four ranches located throughout the state. In 1977, a camp was established for girls, and in 1998, the name was changed to Arkansas Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranches.