A year-round interdenominational Christian Ranch; family-oriented & personal; providing youth with a safe & suitable Christian environment. Western horseback riding, swimming, archery, cooperative games, 1 week hockey camp & more! Highly motivated & caring staff (2:1) whose patience & good humour instill a sense of well being & a spirit of cooperation. 3rd generation campers!
I was a camper at the Ranch from 8 – 14 years of age, and also worked at the Ranch from 14 to 18 years old. I found out about the Ranch from a friend in grade 3 and we went together, and when she stopped going, I continued. There were always so many campers to meet that even going alone was not a problem. -Playing “Capture the Flag” or “DC”. I loved dressing in camo from head to toe and trying to infiltrate the other side and find their flags or pegs was something I always looked forward to. -I liked hanging out beside the pool. It was refreshing on a hot day. -I usually went to the Ranch on the week that my birthday fell in. As a summer birthday, many of my friends at home were away so celebrating at the Ranch was always fun and special. -The large water fights were always fun too. -As a staff member, I felt like part of the Ranch family. I went up on weekends to help with groups, and also other holidays. I worked out or swam at 6 am with Karen, Kirsten taught me how to knit and make my first sweater, and Bill made me feel comfortable in the barn. Everyone was so caring. Meeting good friends, many of whom are now Facebook friends as we keep in touch, as well as one very close friend who I see when I come home to ON, and who flies out to visit me. Camp friendships are special. Camp was my first time away from home overnight for a week and it helped show me that I could do this. I learned more about my faith and many individual lessons of how to live my life as a Christian. I learned not to be afraid of horses, and to love them by the time I stopped working at the Ranch. I went from riding a pony bareback to teaching others how to groom, saddle, and ride horses. I will never forget “head, tail, sky, ground” when it comes to tying a knot to hold the cinch. I learned that having the Ranch kids on your team for Capture the Flag usually resulted in winning, they knew all the good paths through the playing area. I am very grateful for the years that I attended camp at RRR. I have happy memories that involve horse back riding, swimming, walks in the woods, yummy meals, and just an over riding feeling of being welcome and safe. Camp helped deepen my faith. When my daughter is old enough, she will definitely attend camp. I think it is an essential life experience for children/teens.
The love and attention the owners and staff put into the young lives here is nothing short of amazing. I loved going here as a camper and was encouraged and molded into a man as a teenager and when my kids are of age I will not hesitate to send them here!!!!!!!
Went here as an early teen, was such an amazing experience
My girls went to sleepover camp here for 1 week. They loved it! We were blown away how really nice and rustic this place was, and never even knowing it was so close to home. Very friendly owners/operators. Girls loved learning about, and riding their horses.
Our daughter had a wonderful time at this camp. Lots to do and see, and meet new friends. The camp days are filled with so much fun! The staff are simply wonderful, but in control for safety. The moment our daughter came home after the camp, she wanted to go right back. We were unsure at first because it was a new camp for us, but when our daughter came home from camp she had nothing but great things to say, and upon attending the Rodeo on the final day of camp and meeting the staff first hand, we were convinced that we would send out daughter back again and again. We would highly recommend this camp for anyone! We don't usually write reviews but we felt that this camp earned it.
Always an amazing experience. Fantastic staff and stories. Beautiful scenery on the rides, and great accommodations. An awesome family tradition.
Bruce R. Chapman, Chief Operating Officer
Bruce and Patti, his wife, direct Rocky Ridge Ranch, a family-run facility.
The Ranch has operated year-round coming up to our 50th year!!. We invite you to visit our website to become more familiar with our multi-dimensional programming.
Our summer Ranch camping season offers a new lifestyle adventure for our special guests. We include them in balanced activities for their personal development - physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and social. Each week has a theme developed by campers and staff. Friendly competition culminates with the winners capturing the "Bob Hardy Memorial Cup". The ending of each week is celebrated at our rodeo where campers demonstrate the skills they have learned in a fun "gymkana" event.
Parents register their camper with anticipation. The campers enjoy an enriched experience. They depart with indelible memories and immediately plan their next visit to Rocky Ridge Ranch!
Cost: $645 /week
|Deposit required with acceptance||Yes|
|Credit card payment||Yes|
|Discount if paid early||$20|
|Discount for 2nd child||$20|
|Discount for 3rd child||$20|
|Discount for 4th child||$20|
|Discount for resident base||10%|
I posted this article on our website but thought it would be a good addition here as well!!
I was reading Erin Davis’ blog (CHFI 98.1) about their time broadcasting from Tim Hortons for the Tim Hortons Camp Day. Erin writes, “We also got to spend time with the amazing Hannah Alper, who shared advice for kids going to camp for the first time. Her opening tip was the one that touched me most, like the line from the Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram song ‘Somewhere Out There’: if a child is missing his or her parent, simply look at the moon and know that they're both looking at the same thing, seeing the same moon. A lovely thought, isn't it? If you'd like more of this 13-year-old's incredible wisdom (she really is phenomenal) - go to www.callmehannah.ca.” So I looked up Hannah’s blog and here’s what I found. Good ideas even for repeat campers!!
MY 10 PIECES OF ADVICE FOR KIDS WHO ARE GOING TO OVERNIGHT CAMP FOR FIRST TIME
By Hannah Alper (http://callmehannah.ca/my-10-pieces-of-advice-for-kids-who-are-going-to-overnight-camp-for-first-time/)
Last year I went to overnight camp for the first time. At first I was really nervous about being away from home for 10 days. I won’t lie and tell you that it was all easy. But I will tell you that after the first two nights I started to get comfortable at camp. I was supposed to be there for 10 days and then my parents were coming for Alumni Weekend (my mom went to the same camp) and the plan was that I would go home with them. But you know what happened? I loved camp so much that when my parents arrived, I asked if I could stay for another 12 days.
Here is some advice for people who are going to overnight camp for the first time:
That is my advice for people who are going to camp for the first time. I am so excited to go to go back to camp and to see my friends. I’m not nearly as nervous as I was last year. I am going to have so much fun and hope you do, too!
Sorry it has taken so long to write since our retreat weekend. As soon as I got home I had 2 weeks of studying for exams. But now I'm finished for the semester.
I just wanted to say THANK YOU from my small group members and myself for a great weekend. My group really enjoyed our time with you and the message you shared with us!
Thanks to everyone for making us feel so welcomed, and for the extra bonus for both the ladies and gentlemen to have attached bathrooms in our accommodations! This was a nice treat to have!
Thanks to Bill for the extra ride we got in on Sunday, it was really nice to go out twice!
Thanks to everyone who cooked, my group is raving about the delicious food served!
We've really enjoyed coming up the past 2 years, and hope this will be a staple for years to come.
Thanks so much for our relaxing and enjoyable time. What a wonderful opportunity to renew and refill. You all have been a blessing.
Thank you so much for giving my children the time of their lives every summer. Nothing can compare to the confidence and the independence they gain from going to Rocky Ridge Ranch. All three of them were so sad to leave camp this year and they are already planning for longer stays next summer! : ) We feel so fortunate to have found this hidden gem!! I feel such gratitude to each and every one of you for the experience you give our children.
Thank-you to you ALL!!
See you next summer!!
I just wanted to say a big thank you for giving S such a wonderful week at the Ranch last week. I have never seen her so excited about camp before and she has been to several. S even cried going home ....I guess next year seems so far away. S really felt like she spent a week with her second family as you all made her feel at home and part of your family even though you all just met her. She felt that she could really be herself. Bruce...she especially enjoyed your talks during chapel every night and mentioned that it was one of her favourite parts of camp. Kerstin treated S like one of her kids and took wonderful care of her special gluten free meals and everyone else was great as well....I could go on and on. You all care deeply for all the campers and S really felt loved. (She is a very sensitive girl)
It was great seeing you all again and please pass on my thanks to the rest of your family, your wife and to the staff. I will include your ministry in my prayers and S will of course be back next year. She is even talking about volunteering there when she is older. I have to say, the Ranch was the highlight of all my summers growing up and I'm pleased that my horse/animal loving daughter has a chance to enjoy some of what I experienced as a kid.
All the best and have a great summer.
November 20, 2015
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