DAY CAMPS AT THE RANCH – Camps vary from Ages 7-15

Ranch Camp $475.   Tuesday – Thursday – 9:00am to 4:00pm

Ridge Riders Adventure Camp $625.   Tuesday & Wednesday 9-4 Thursday 9am overnight to Friday at 1pm

Summer day camps at the ranch are a great way for your child to spend time away from electronics. Our day camps offer an unforgettable experience based around trail riding and horsemanship. Interacting with the working ranch offers kids with opportunities to learn new skills, ride horses and make friendships which all increase personal growth and confidence. As they put their hands to new tasks they may be inspired and & find passions they didn’t know that they had. Campers may participate in activities that include gardening, archery, crafts, cooking and jamming, and of course riding and caring for horses.


Trail Rides are the center of our summer day camps, but your camper will learn everything from horse anatomy and care, barn and stable upkeep, tack and saddle care. They will participate in small group riding lessons and trail rides. Sunderland Ranch has a full-sized outdoor arena and round pen where we teach skill sessions and play games. Lessons are level appropriate to each groups skill and age. We keep a nice balance between learning and play.

Riding Lessons

Signing up for additional lessons will help your child to continue growing confidence. Campers will also enjoy arena games and trail rides throughout the week.

Feeding Animals

Campers at our summer day camps will learn about feed sources for our ranch horses and stock. Learning the importance of proper nutrition, caring for our barn and tack are strong elements of our camp. We believe in educating young people about all parts of owning a horse and other farm animals. Youth will have the opportunity to help feed the horses on the ranch.

Gardening & Cooking

Youth spend time in the garden learning about soil nutrition importance of composting. During Alaska’s abundant growing season, we will focus on different crops each some of which include broccoli, zucchini, cabbage, kale, and snap peas (my favorite). Our farm favorites are in the berry patch where we grow two kinds of raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, crab apples and blue berries.

Our cookhouse segment teaches youth how to make jam, raise bread from scratch and make butter to share or bring home. The cookhouse is a great place to meet, chat, and have lunch together during the day. Our cookhouse chef is an incredible teacher and focuses on health and nutrition.

If your week includes a Friday, these are comprised of outdoors activities. Activities could include wagon rides, playing at the pond, and possibly AZAP’s smaller zip lines. SR will not guarantee which of these activities will be included in your week of camp.

Things To Know

With so many dietary needs arising, lunches will not be provided. Please pack labeled water bottles & a large nutritious lunch and snack. Make sure your child is dressed in long pants and boots or sneakers for riding and also has appropriate gear for the weather. Absolutely no riding in sandals. Helmets are provided and must be worn by all participants. If you choose to bring your own, please make sure that it is a regulation equestrian helmet and properly labeled. Bicycle helmets are not suitable to substitute for riding helmets.

Safety is a priority during all activities at camp. SR will modify daily activities to accommodate safety standards of each group on the Ranch. Please understand that when you sign your child up for camp and he or she is unable to meet these basic levels of behavior and motor skills, it does affect the whole group’s ability to enjoy and complete planned activities. If your youth does not meet the age requirements, or skill requirements for our programs, please hold off on signing them up until they do.

Riding at the Sunderland Ranch is a privilege, and youth that do not demonstrate skills needed for safety while on horseback will not be able to ride. These skills range from motor skills to behavioral skills like following basic directions also respecting animals, staff and other children at camp.

SKILL ASSESMENT: My Youth Can do the following without help
1. Is independent and leans into their brave
2. Listens and follows directions
3. Has age-appropriate motor skills
4. Has age-appropriate social skills
5. Follows 3 step instructions
6. Enjoys horses and farm lifestyle and wants to be here

Sunderland Ranch is a safe place to enjoy horses and the outdoors. We will strive to meet the highest standards of cleanliness. We have several handwashing stations throughout the ranch. SR cleans restrooms and shared equipment daily as well as between each use. You are
welcome to mask while you are on the ranch, however this is not a requirement for either our guests or our staff. Activities on the ranch allow for natural social spacing as well as being in the open air even while in the barns.

Terms and Conditions of Sale:
Cancellation Policy:
• Non refundable deposit at time of booking of $100.00
• All sales are final
• Use our facilities and ride horses at your own risk
• We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone
• We have a 14-day cancellation policy. If you cancel your reservation outside 14 days prior to your camp date, your payment, less a $100.00 deposit, will be refunded to you. If you need to change your reservation date or time, you may do so one time, up to 48 hours prior to your camp start date, at no charge.
• No refunds or reschedules will be given with less than 48-hour notice. To reschedule inside of the 48 hours to tour time you will be charged a $25 per person fee. Your camp reservation is transferable, so you can give it away or sell it if you choose provided, & they fall within the allowable weight range and health guideline’s.
• If Sunderland Ranch cancels your camp due to weather or other unforeseeable condition, we will reschedule your activity for another available time, or give you a full refund…your choice.

Parents are not allowed to stay past the point of drop off. We find that youth adapt and are easier and engage in activities when parents are not on site. If your child is not ready to be dropped off, perhaps you will want to reconsider if this program is a right fit for them.


Tuesday & Wednesday 9am to 4pm / Thursday drop off 9am overnight to Friday pick up at 1pm

Ages 12- 15 ( Must be entering grade six or higher to participate – Prior experience is not necessary) Day one and two will consist of riding basics and horse skills. We will start our day with running horses up form the pasture, haltering them and barn chores. Saddling and working in pairs for skill sessions. Trail rides will happen daily in smaller groups of 6-8. There will be emphasis on horses and saddle time, although campers will still participate in other activities around the farm. On Thursday your teen will come prepared to stay overnight at the ranch. We will provide a pack list which will include some items not to bring.

The opportunity to cook meals and campfire together will strengthen the memories and friendships they are making. Friday we will be picked up in the Alaska Zipline Adventure Park Hummers and taken to our final adventure. Six tandem tower zips with AZAP!!. Throughout the week youth will have opportunities to earn coins for spending in the gift shop but you are welcome to send them with cash for snacks and other trinkets. Youth will build confidence overcoming obstacles and learning new skills throughout their week. They will have plenty of guided outdoor games as well as time to hang out and enjoy the peace of the woods the horses and the ranch.

Sleeping accommodations will include separate lodging for boys and girls. However they will continue to share the same barn bathroom or outhouse for their overnight. Visit to learn more about AZAP. We are super excited to partner and bring this next level of adventure to your kids!


Saturdays – 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages 5-10

Cost: $85/pp

NOTE: Your child must be independent. This is a drop off event, parents may not stay as it is somewhat disruptive to the flow. We are happy to set up a private horse introduction time by phone if that is a better fit.

Ranch days combine many of the favorite things about our ranch camps, we can offer this experience to ages 5 through 10. Kiddos will experience gardening, barn skills and brushing and caring for horses as well as crafts and games.  Our goal is to increase a love of learning, farming and outdoors to a younger age group. Please pack lunch and water bottle. We also require all kids to wear close-toed shoes when on the ranch for any activity. Per Insurance guidelines, horse riding is limited to the arena for these sessions.

Ranch Days will be held the some Saturdays from May through August. This is a great time for parents to schedule their own trail riding adventure!