About Summer Camp
Birch Bay Ranch is a fun, activity-packed summer camp that allows children to experience adventure, connect with other youth and upbeat role models, and enjoy a natural outdoor setting. We do our best to provide a unique, exciting program to ensure that each camper has the best week ever! During the day, the summer campers will participate in our many activities, including rock climbing, ziplines, horseback riding, field and gym sports, archery and other target-shooting activities. At night, they will sleep in dorm-style cabins with attached washrooms and showers.
At Birch Bay Ranch, we strive to provide activities and facilities that encourage campers to grow physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually as they develop self-esteem, teamwork skills, independence and a love of nature, physical activity and the outdoors. All of this takes place in a warm, Christian atmosphere with positive and encouraging staff members.
Drop-off and Pickup
Parents can drop off their children between 4:30 and 5:30pm on the Sunday of their week of camp. At drop-off, parents will meet their child's cabin leader, get them settled in their bunk and finish up registration. There will be a BBQ supper available for the campers during this time. Camp officially begins at 6pm, which is when we ask all parents to say their goodbyes.
Parents can arrive to pick their children up on Friday night around 6pm. At this time, we will have another BBQ supper for everyone to enjoy, and then the campers will participate in a riding demonstration to show their parents what they've learned on horseback that week! It's a great photo opportunity! During this time, the souvenir shop and concession stand will be open as well. The evening usually wraps up around 8:30pm.
A Typical Day at Camp
10:00am Interactive Chapel
4:00pm Tuck Shop (Candy Store)
7:00pm Wide Game/Cabin Time
10:00pm Cabin Time
10:30pm Lights Out
Key Aspects of Summer Camp at Birch Bay Ranch
In all facets of the program, campers are encouraged to search out a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Staff use Bible discussions and real life examples to encourage campers to consider God’s Word as a guidebook for the decisions they face at camp and in their daily lives.
Campers at the Ranch are given the opportunity to acquire skills in Western riding under Certified Horsemanship Association standards. They will ride a horse every day, learning great physical skills while getting the chance to connect with animals and nature. On the final day of camp, campers will demonstrate their riding ability to their family and friends during a simple riding demonstration. For teen camps only, horsemanship will be an optional activity.
High Ropes Course
Each day, campers are given the opportunity to experience our state-of-the-art high ropes course. Our exciting ropes course provides hours of fun, adventure and challenge to people of all ages. Not only does the ropes course benefit one physically, it also contributes to the development of self-confidence, movement expression and understanding one’s own capabilities. Obstacles include climbing walls, ziplines, rapelling, ascending and much more!
Each day, campers will also get the chance to try archery and other target-shooting activities, play field and gym sports, and participate in camp-wide games. They will also enjoy campfires, skits, songs and many other fun activities such as fort-building, nature hikes, arts and crafts.
Birch Bay Ranch staff come from various backgrounds and churches. What they all have in common is their love for God, for young people, and for fun! All staff are carefully screened and taught to be sensitive to campers, not only providing supervision and safety, but providing positive role models. Senior staff members are all First Aid and CPR trained, and all staff are thoroughly trained to operate the various activities at camp. The ratio of campers to staff members is one staff member for every six campers.