During Summer Camp, each morning will be filled with horsemanship instruction and in the afternoons you will find campers enjoying various activities such as archery, low ropes course, swimming, and camp crafts.
Our 2018 Summer Camp Dates:
Week 1: June 10th - 16th
Week 2: June 17th - 23rd
Week 3: June 24th - 30th
Week 4: July 8th - 14th
Week 5: July 15th - 21st
Week 6: July 22nd - 28th
Week 7: July 29th - August 4th
Typical Camp Day
7:00 AM Rise and Shine!
- Camp Counselors will wake their cabin group to allow them time to prepare for the day.Each camper will choose their morning outfit, brush their teeth, etc.
- Short cabin devotions will be given by the counselors at this point to start our days off right!
8:00 AM Breakfast
- A hot, home cooked breakfast will be served to the campers by our staff each morning. The menu varies each day but could includes pancakes, eggs, and fruit.
8:30 AM Barn Class
- Riding Instructors use this time to allow their students to practice safety, grooming, and saddling. They will also, throughout the week, take time to teach horsemanship theory that applies to their student's level of instruction.
10:00 AM Trail Ride
- Each riding class heads out on trail to enjoy some of God's creation. They may also use this time to continue practicing riding position, proper spacing, and basic control of their horse.
11:00 AM Arena Lesson
- Riding classes head to the riding arena where they will receive instruction pertinent to the level that they are studying.
12:00 PM Lunch
- Lunch is served to campers and though the menu may vary, one popular day is our "Chili & Navajo Frybead" Lunch. On this day, campers may enjoy Navajo Frybread (similar to elephant ears or funnel cake) which they can enjoy with a sweet OR savory twist- choosing between taco toppings, powdered sugar, strawberry/rhubarb jam, or cinnamon sugar.
12:30 PM Rest Period
- Each cabin group will return to their bunks where they will have the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate for their afternoon activities. They may use this time to sleep, read a book, or enjoy some other quiet activity. Campers remain in their bunks so that the rest of their cabin can rest too.
1:15 PM Activity Period 1
- Cabin groups choose activities together and rotate through these during the afternoon.
2:30 PM Activity Period 2
- Allowing for travel time and bathroom breaks, each afternoon activity is approximately 1 hour in length.
3:45 PM Activity Period 3
- Activity options and descriptions can be found below.
5:00 PM Activity Period 4
- This last activity period may either be an 'all camp' activity or an opportunity to accomplish a group challenge.
6:00 PM Dinner
- Dinner is served to campers and menu selections vary each day to provide a variety of well-rounded meal options. One example of a dinner menu would be meatloaf, rolls & butter, green beans, salad bar, and dessert.
7:00 PM Bible Study (Questions about what we believe? Visit Our Beliefs)
- One hour each evening is allotted for Bible Study and worship. Campers have the opportunity to sing songs together out of the camp song book. They will also hear from the camp staff as simple messages are shared, teaching about God's offer of salvation and what that means to us.
8:00 PM Evening Activity
- Sunday Night is our opening campfire with camp songs!
- Mondays are our barn dance or barn games night.
- Tuesdays are Talent & Testimony night where campers get the chance to share something with their friends.
- Wednesdays are overnight and/or cookout, depending on each camper group's choice.
- Thursdays are our Counselor Hunt.
- Friday brings each week's closing campfire with one last opportunity for Bible Study & worship.
9:30 PM Daily Reflection
- Along with discussing what they've learned and experienced throughout the day, campers and counselors alike have the opportunity to share their favorite and least favorite moments from the day as well as the upcoming events they are most looking forward to, often in a game called Rose, Bud, Thorn.
10:00 PM Showers
- Campers are given the opportunity to shower each evening, in order to remove the evidence of a full day of camp fun!
10:30 PM Lights Out
- Each cabin group has the same lights out time, to allow plenty of time for rest. Camp days are long and full which typically makes for a very good nights sleep!
OUR 2018 SUMMER CAMP RATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
$450 - FULL WEEK
$350 - HALF WEEK
$250 - DAY CAMP
High Adventure Horsemanship
With your assigned horse for the week, you will have the opportunity to work on your horsemanship skills. You will gain practical experience as you learn basic horse care during your classwork, in the arena, and while riding out on trail.
Instruction begins with the opportunity to learn grooming, saddling, safety, and basic control of your horse. Participants who transition to upper levels will work on skills such as cantering, jumping, and other advanced maneuvers. Practice of these skills is dependent on completion of the first level.
NOTE: Most campers require more than one week of camp to complete each level. We strive to help your child improve their riding skills but we are more interested in them personally than in what level they are working on.
Completion of the first level includes the demonstration of learned skills including but not limited to walking, trotting, control of your horse, safety rules, and a written evaluation.
Life-Size Scrabble is sure to be a hit, playing on the grassy hill or in the barn in case of rain.
Learn how to draw and shoot a bow & arrow! Safety is our first priority as we teach your child the ins & out of this age-old sport.
Campers can choose a service project if they like. These could include helping clean out rabbit trays, weeding a flower bed, or even marking a walking trail.
With lifeguards and safety vests in hand, campers head out to the "Horse Swimming Pond" for some good ol' fashioned fun! They learn how to steer and paddle as they work together to explore the pond.
Low Ropes Course
Teamwork is the name of the game in our new low ropes course. Campers will test their balance, communication and teamwork skills during this instant favorite.
Cabin groups can choose a "make and take" craft. Past crafts have included paper bag scrapbooks, pony bead bandanas, ceramics painting, and more!
Wish you had a pet at home? Campers can visit the small animals throughout the week and learn about their care. You will get plenty of time to cuddle a few baby animals 🙂
Grab the tackle box and some fishing poles and head out to the pond! You may even catch a bass or two 🙂
Playing Frisbee or Football is sure to round out any activity, especially when they are taken out to a grassy field near the Ranch House.
Camp counselors help their cabin group get creative as they enjoy the simplicity of 'back yard fun' playing games like hula hoop pass, blob tag, and more.
Learn to throw a lariat and practice on the rusty steer. You may learn enough to consider joining a heading and heeling team someday.
From horseshoes to corn-hole toss with walking stilts, YeeHaw ball, and Giant Jenga inbetween; campers are sure to enjoy making memories together with these games!
Learn to trust your counselors and each other as you walk across the monkey bridge, and feel the beautiful breeze as you swing in the shade!
Nature or Creek Walk
Explore the woods and creeks of the property surrounding the Ranch House! There is much to see and do as your counselor uses this opportunity to teach you about the many sights, sounds, and smells of the great outdoors!
Learn all about the care of your horse's tack as you carefully soap, scrub, and oil their equipment.
With several scavenger hunts to choose from, you can travel about the ranch as you and your cabin group work to see who can complete first!
Looking to cool off during a hot summer afternoon? Try out our NEW swimming pool found in a beautiful sunny area!
Team Building Initiatives
Working together as a cabin, challenge yourselves to achieve goals and communicate as a team!
Each year our two horse crazy girls get more pumped to go back to Faith Ranch. It’s their number one priority for the summer. They rave about the way the day flows, so many fun activities to do but not crazy overscheduled. The staff have a firm grip on what’s going on and set a great example in handling matters in a loving, respectful and Christ honoring way. Many of the friendships formed carry on past the summer and really are quite special. The Faith Counselors encourage and challenge the kids to grow in their love for the Lord, and look at how they are walking out their faith.
Faith Ranch grounds are simply a vast and stunning place to be in nature. Our girls’ favorite things include getting to have some independence, the relationship with the counselors, being around and riding horses (of course) and even the food. Yes, they work up a good country appetite! Then the highlight of the evenings, a campfire with songs and devotions and general good ‘ole exhaustion. They find out that they aren’t alone in what they face at school and with friends. They come back home with scriptures that are special to them and fired up for Jesus. The beauty of Faith Ranch is in it’s understated way of bringing out and growing the best in the kids for the sake of the gospel.
Faith Ranch is a paradise for horse loving children here on earth. It was worth the long drive from Cleveland. I think it made my daughter's summer! It reminds us of just how beautiful God's country really is and we should give thanks every day!
I love Faith Ranch! I trust them totally with my daughter who has been there at least 5 times. Their staff is so loving and caring. My daughter remembers them from year to year. They are very knowledgeable and have good values and make it fun for the kids. Thank you everyone for taking such great care of my daughter for the week. God Bless all of you. We will see you next summer.
My daughter has been to other Christian Camps and she really enjoyed the fact that your camp offered more Bible study. I was worried about my seven year old being that it was his first experience away from home for more than one night. However, the counselors were awesome. They made him feel at home and relaxed. The first thing he said when I came to pick him up was, 'Can we come back in two weeks?' Thank you to everyone at Faith Ranch for giving my children memories that will last a lifetime.
My daughter has been to several camps and this is her absolute favorite! Church outside was an awesome experience and Rosita is her favorite horse. I had zero complaints from my child and her experience was positive and she can't wait to go back next summer.
OUR 2018 SUMMER COUNSELORS
Our 2017 summer was a year of restoration for many and we had such a wonderful time with all the people God blessed us with! We all are so excited to begin our 2018 season and wanted to take some time to introduce you to our 2018 Summer Staff!
Gwyneth, a native of Lewis Center, OH, will be a part of the summer staff for the second time in 2018. She is a rising senior at Marietta College where she is going for Biology and Environmental Science. Gwyneth has some previous camp leadership experiences as well as riding instructor. She is most looking forward to seeing how God has worked in the lives of the campers since last summer and what they can teach her as they grow closer to God and each other.
"She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future"
From Carrollton Ohio, this will be Megan's second summer with us at Faith Ranch. She has experience lifeguarding, working with youth groups, and is currently a level 2 rider. Megan is looking forward to impacting the lives of the campers with God's Word.
"For I know the plans i have for you" declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Abbie will be joining us for her first summer at Faith Ranch. She is from Albany, New York, but is currently pursing a counseling degree with a Youth ministry minor at Grace College. Abbie has ridden horses since she was a little girl and had the privilege of going on mission trips in High School. She is most excited to share the love Jesus has shown her throughout life, to the young campers that will be attending camp.
"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
~1 John 4:8
Marissa is joining us from Portland, Oregon for her first summer at Faith Ranch. Marissa spent her childhood at various camps and has 7 years of riding experience, where she assisted in teaching lessons. She is attendingFranciscan University and dual Education major. Marissa is looking forward to spending time with campers doing what she loves and seeing how the camper's faith will be strengthened through their camp experience.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
For the third summer, Phillip is joining us from Dorset, Ohio. He attends Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania and is working toward a degree in Religion, Theology/Youth Ministry. Phillip is looking forward to seeing old friends and campers as well as meeting new friends and creating new experiences. He has taken up a minor in Equine studies, shown on the Equestrian team during college, and has been riding horses for the last 12 years. Currently, while at college, he is working toward certification as a higher level instructor.
Now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
After quite a few years as a camper, herself, and the past two summers as a M.I.T., Natalie will serve as a part of our Summer Ministry Team. She is from West Chester, Ohio and is enrolled at Sinclair Community College where she is working toward a Liberal Arts degree, but has not yet decided on a major. She has previous experience working camps as well as horseback riding, where she currently is a level 3 rider as well as a certified stick pony rider. Natalie is excited for camp as a whole, but especially to make new friends, memories and praise God with friends and ponies.
Elspeth will be joining us from Lewis Center, OH for her first summer as a M.I.T. She spent 5 years as a camper at a string camp before she became a counselor with them. She is most excited to spend time with horses, meet new people and be able to share the love of God with the campers.
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~Romans 8:38-39
Mackenna is joining us from Parkersburgh, West Virginia. She is a senior in high school and hoping to attend college for Therapy. This will be her first summer with us, although she has volunteered in the past. She has been riding horses since she was 8 years old and has gotten the opportunity to assist with lessons and work with various trainers. She is looking forward to the positive atmosphere that feels like home, seeing old campers and friends, while making new relationships and spreading God's glory.
"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."
Christian will be joining us from Harlem Springs, OH for his first summer as a counselor. He was a camper at Faith Ranch for 4 years before becoming a M.I.T. last summer. He is a rising Junior at Jefferson County Christian School. Christian is most looking forward to the whole camp experience, especially, meeting and bonding with the campers and other counselors. He has about 11 years of riding experience and is currently in level 2.
"If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.Yea, the darkness does not hide from me; but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to me." ~Psalm 139:11-12
Rachael will be a member of the summer staff for the first time, this year. She is from Eden, New York, but attends Grove City, majoring in English Secondary Education. Rachael worked at a camp last year and has six plus years of horse experience. She is most excited to be able to use animals and nature to minister to the campers in the unique setting Faith Ranch offers.
"However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name."
1 Peter 4:16
This will be Sydney's second summer as a M.I.T. at Faith Ranch. She is from West Chester, Ohio. She is currently still in high school, but is talking college classes and leaning toward a Liberal Arts degree. Sydney is looking forward to having fun with the campers and horses as well as her fellow ministry team members and strengthening her bond with Christ. She has been riding at Faith Ranch for the last 7 years and is currently a level 3.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
WANT TO BE A CAMP COUNSELOR?
Here at Faith Ranch, we spend our summers working with campers, helping them to grow in their walk with Christ and to develop positive, encouraging relationships with each other and their counselors! If you are interested in spending your summer here with the opportunity to minister to children ages 7 - 18, please prayerfully consider filling out the application below! There will be about 3 weeks of Staff Training, followed by 7 weeks of Summer Camp!
We are now offering a M.I.T. (Ministry Member in Training) Program. With this program, applicants will be able to learn counseling techniques, and be able to help and lend a hand in various tasks, such as stables, kitchen, housekeeping, crafts etc. This program will allow applicants to learn these skills while still providing them the opportunity to participate in the evening activities, such as barn dances, hayrides, games, etc.
*To be a counselor, you must be at least 18 years old.
**To be a M.I.T., you must be 16 or 17 years old.