SUMMER DAY CAMPS AT SUNDERLAND RANCH

DAY CAMPS AT THE RANCH


Monday – Thursday – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm

Cost: $550/pp

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 that 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 canning, and riding horses.

Horsemanship

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 of course 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.

Riding Lessons

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.

Feeding Animals

Campers at our summer day camps will learn about feed sources for our ranch horses and stock.  We will learn to grow hydroponic barley fodder which is a major nutritional supplement for all our 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.

Gardening

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 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.

spend time in the cookhouse learning to can, make jam, crisps and pies to share or bring home.  The cookhouse is a great place to meet, chat, and hear about each other’s day.  This is where parents meet staff to pick up and drop off, and where we will spend meals together.

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 labeled with your child’s name.

SATURDAY RANCH DAYS

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

Cost: $75/pp

NOTE: Your child must be independent. This is a drop off event, parents may not stay as it is somewhat disruptive for our 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 second Saturday in June, July and August. This is a great time for parents to schedule their own trail riding adventure!

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