How much experience do I need to attend camp?
We welcome beginners and up, ages 11 – 18. Most of the girls come from Alberta but we also get girls from across Canada, US, UK, Germany, France, Hong Kong and China.
How much time do I get to spend with the horses?
Wildhorse Ranch Programs are horse immersion and have four to five hours a day of horse time which includes catching, grooming, groundwork, saddling, riding, untacking, horse management lessons and playing with your “own” horse for the week. We sometimes go for horse walks in the evening as well.
Our staff ratio is very safety oriented; 1 staff/3 girls.
Can I bring my own horse?
No we have a closed herd so we don’t allow you to bring your horse. We have a large herd of well trained horses of many different breeds and sizes to choose from.
Where do we stay? Can I bring a friend?
You stay in Rustic Cabins, 4 people/cabin and yes you can stay with your friend(s). Definitely you can bring a friend but you don’t have to. About 75% of the girls do not bring a friend and it does not take long to make friends as you have a LOVE of horses in common. We let you pick your own cabin mates and we consider this camp a “growth experience” so there are only the camp girls in each cabin. The evening counsellors stay in a cabin close by and they are on call to handle any problems that might occur.
Can I come to more than one camp?
Yes, we welcome you to stay for as many weeks as you would like, the more time spent with horses the better your horsemanship becomes! Over the weekend you can help with ranch chores, walk n talk with the herd or just relax, catch up on sleep, read or play games. The horses need time off during the weekend so we don’t ride, sometimes you can help out with some groundwork on the new horses.
Do we have chores?
Absolutely, we have a list of daily chores that you will do as a group. There are horse chores, dining hall chores and evening chores.
Free Time Activities
Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist writes “unstructured play on a daily basis gives children the time and opportunity to practice their social and play skills, use their imagination, and challenge their bodies.” Our activities may include: campfires, campfire songs, a variety of games, a wagon ride to Thunder Lake, quiet time for reading or conversation with friends, a hike, games, crafts, movie night etc.
Is This a church camp?
No. We have no religious affiliations. We are a camp focused on Horses, Nature and FUN!
Can I bring my phone?
We prefer that there are no phones or phone calls during the week, some exceptions apply for severe homesickness, anxiety or special occasions. If you do bring a phone it is for a night check in with parents or for photos during camp. No texting, watching videos etc. any abuse of phone privilege and we will keep your phone until the end of the week. The girls do not need an alarm clock – our staff do a wakeup call and a goodnight – lights out.
Bear spent 15 years working as a fireman/fire chief so his medical training is excellent. Diane and key staff members have First Aid and CPR. Our closest hospital is in Rocky Mountain House which is only 15 minutes away and it has a large number of doctors.
Registration and Refund Policy
Registration: Please call: 1-403-729-2910 to check availability, register your child’s name and then the registration package will be emailed out to you. Payment: We accept e-money transfer and credit cards (add a 5% convenience fee to use credit cards). Booking Policy: Full payment (payment plan set up) needs to accompany the application, non-refundable, but may be transferred (must have a signed doctor’s note stating medical reason for not showing up) to be used within a year. See Policy info on the website or contact us.
Where are you Located?
We are 2 hours NW of Calgary, or 45 minutes west of Red Deer, 2 hours SW from the Edmonton International Airport, 10 miles south east of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta Canada. If you are flying in we can pick you up/drop you off at the Calgary YYC, contact us for details.
When are Drop Off and Pick Up Times?
Drop off: 10:00 am, please come to the office on the deck to check in.
Pick up: On Friday afternoon you can watch your child as she shows you the skills that she gained during the week but please remain as an observer not an instructor. This is an excellent opportunity to take photos. Catching horses starts at 1:30 pm and we are finished by about 3:00 pm.
Please do not let dogs out of your vehicle, we have 50 horses, 4 resident dogs and 2 cats. Thanks for your cooperation.
What do I need to bring
We provide well-trained horses and western tack. You just need to bring your own gear – We will send out a Packing List once you are registered.
What if my child is on medication?
We cannot administer any kinds of medication whether prescription or non-prescription. Your child must be able to handle all medications on their own. We can keep medicine safe but the child must remember to come get it and take it.