Children's Home dedicates aquatic center, breaks ground

ENTERPRISE—The Margaret R. Scully Aquatic Center has been completed at the Madison Youth Ranch, part of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. A dedication ceremony was held May 2 and attended by Margaret Scully, and her daughter, Johnna Ware. Additional guests included members of the board of trustees from the Children’s Home, as well as donors and supporters that made the aquatic center a reality.

The Margaret R. Scully Aquatic Center, located at Madison Youth Ranch, will provide a new recreational outlet for children, along with swimming lessons. A dedication ceremony was held May 2.

The new addition includes a large pool for the children, covered patio and a pool house. The pool will provide a recreational outlet, as well as provide a location for swimming lessons.

The Children’s Home also recently broke ground on two additional buildings at their Madison Youth Ranch. Guests were on hand for a ceremony that recognized the commencement of construction of a chapel and Counseling and Support Services Center.

The chapel is planned for children attending Sunday services and will include space for music and other activities. Currently, the children attend a local United Methodist church for services. The Counseling and Support Services Center will provide the necessary space for a therapist to meet with and treat children residing at the Youth Ranch. This will include individual and group sessions. The building will also provide space for tutoring, a clinic, a group meeting room and tornado safe room in case of inclement weather.

The groundbreaking event was attended by the Children’s Home’s board of trustees, its staff and about 100 donors and supporters. The Madison Youth Ranch, part of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, was opened in 2014 in Pinetta, Florida. It is located on 300 acres of pristine Florida land that is flush with pine, oak and magnolia trees.

For more information about the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, please contact Mark Cobia, manager of Marketing and Communications at 386.668.4774 or

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