DAY CAMPS AT THE RANCH – Ages 8-15
Monday – Thursday – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Summer day camps at the ranch are a great way for your child to spend their summer days. Our day camp offers an experience your child will not forget. While our camp is based around horsemanship and arena activities, there are so many other things to learn, see and do on the ranch. Our working ranch offers kids with many opportunities to learn new skills, play and make friendships which all increase personal growth and confidence. As they put their hands to new tasks they may be inspired & find passions they didn’t know that they had. Campers will participate in activities that include gardening, archery, crafts, cooking and jamming, and of course riding and caring for horses.
Horsemanship is the center of our summer day camps. Your camper will learn everything from horse anatomy and care, barn and stable upkeep, tack and saddle care and several small group riding lessons and trail rides. With our full-sized outdoor arena and round pen, youth will split into smaller riding groups for lessons and skill sections. Lessons are level appropriate to each group bud kill and age. We have a nice balance between learning and play. Campers will also enjoy arena games and trail rides throughout the week.
Lessons are level appropriate to each group. We have a nice balance between learning and play. Campers will also enjoy arena games and trail rides throughout the week.
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 all the animals on the farm.
Gardening & Cooking
Youth spend time in the gardens learning about soil nutrition importance of composting. We have several hothouses we care for while on the ranch. During Alaska’s abundant growing season, we will focus on different crops each some of which include broccoli, zucchini, cabbages, kale, and lettuces, snap peas (my favorite) and potatoes. Our farm favorites are in the berry patch where we grow two kinds of raspberries, strawberries, rhubarbs and crab apples and blue berries.
Our cookhouse segment teaches youth how to make jam, raise breads 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 in all she does.
Our Newest Addition Annabelle
We are very excited for you to meet our newest addition, Annabelle! She is a Holstein Dairy cow who is calving in November 2021. Meet and milk her and get all your cow snuggles! She is so friendly, loves kids and we can’t wait to show her off!
Fridays on the ranch are comprised of outdoors activities. These will be decided as we get closer to the spring. Activities could include wagon rides, playing at the pond, ropes course and possibly 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 & large nutritious lunch and snacks. Light snacks may be provided depending on current health mandates. 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. Our daily cleaned equestrian helmets are available for your child to use. 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 at camp and during activities at the Ranch. 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 of our camps 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 on 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 and staff and rules.
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. Follow 3 step instructions
6. Enjoys horses and farm lifestyle and wants to be here
Sunderland Ranch is a safe place for you 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.
SR CANCELATION POLICY
Terms and Conditions of Sale:
• Non refundable deposit at time of booking of $100.00
• All sales are final
• Use our facilities 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 tour 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 to 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.