4 Ranch - Youth Camp
- July 14, 2013
Mountain Horse Camp
Wilderness Camping and Adventure
Horseback Riding, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Navigation,
Map Reading and Orienteering,
Riflery, Axemanship, Wilderness Skills
The Diamond 4 Ranch
Youth Camp is a ten-day horse camp in the wild country of Wyoming's
beautiful Wind River Range. This uniquely western adventure focuses
heavily on horsemanship, but our campers also learn numerous skills
important to surviving in the mountains. Campers of all levels are welcome.
The experienced staff of Allen's Diamond 4 Ranch provides a safe and
fun learning experience for every child, from campers without any experience
to seasoned cowboys and cowgirls. Our average counselor-to-student ratio
is more than 1:2.
Diamond Four campers will learn all of the basics of working with horses,
including catching and saddling their own horse. They
will become experienced young riders and horsemen in a safe environment
(most of our riding is done at a walk due to the rough terrain). Other
activities may include feeding, hobbling, packing, and even riding
bareback when opportunities arise.
We use our own legs as much as we ride our horses. Some days include
a short nature hike during which we learn about trees and flowers, while
others involve a longer trek. Campers learn what clothing to
wear and what survival objects and clothing to pack in a day pack. Orienteering
and map reading are learned skills essential for each member
of the group to help navigate the way to our destination. Campers are
also introduced to the idea of good expedition behavior, or simply
put, looking out for each other. This is a very basic (yet extremely
important) attitude when the success of a group depends on each individual;
it is also a valuable tool in society that campers can use for the rest
of their lives.
We also have lots of opportunity for mountain fishing. Campers receive
instruction in fly fishing and/or spin fishing, but some
opt for leaving their gear at home and taking a cold dip in the lake
or stream instead.
Campers learn basic skills and safety in both axemanship and
riflery. The remote wilderness trails were (and still are) cleared completely
by hand; axemanship is a fundamental skill for backwoods travel.
Although we don't carry firearms on routine excursions, a basic knowledge
of rifle safety and marksmanship are wilderness skills
utilized by early mountain explorers for their survival and sustenance.
A basic knowledge of firearms and gun safety is just as important for
are given expert instruction and are monitored very closely when using
axes and rifles.
Our number one goal is safety for everyone.
Any camper can be removed from the activity by behaving carelessly.
The highlight of the trip is a 5-day camping expedition into
the wilderness from the Diamond Four Ranch. The campers get to utilize
the skills they have learned so far and continue to build their knowledge
while surrounded by the beauty and peacefulness of this virtually untouched
country. We stress low-impact practices, leaving the wilderness
as untouched as we found it.
CAMP Itinerary and printable Gear List
"The trip Ira
and Erin had with you this past summer was a thrill for them. They retell
each other stories from the trip with great fondness for all of you
and the other campers, and the wranglers. Thank you for all the guidance
and care you gave them. We all think of you and those spectacular mountains
when we think of Wyoming." Neil
to a very excited kid - 'Mom, we learned TONS!' Thanks so much for giving
her a great experience - hope I get to come along next time." Kelly
wonderful with Nick. And where did you find Brittney and Peter? They
are two of the most impressive young people I've met. Funny, smart,
caring and challenging. Nick hopes they'll be back next year because
he certainly plans to be! At one point Nick said, 'They're like my other
family.' And I think that says it all." ~Ann
CAMP Itinerary and printable Gear List
July 5 - July 14, 2013
information and reservations, please call:
Jim and Mary Allen