Circle R Ranch residence camp provides an opportunity for personal growth and development. Living in a community setting offers campers a physically and emotionally safe venue for developing life-long friendships, a strong sense of belonging and increased self-esteem. Campers gain independence, learn about responsibility, and come to understand how their own actions can impact other people.
Residence campers enjoy the wide variety of programs available at Circle R Ranch. Additionally, overnight trips on our 220 acre site, evening programs such as all-camp wide games, individual choice interest sessions, campfires, skit nights. Residence campers can earn a variety of awards, including the Kind Camper Animal Care Award, Archery levels, and Master Kayaker! Campers are placed in groups of eight according to age and grade and have their own counsellors who live with them. The overall ratio of campers to staff in Residence camp is 2:1.
Facilities, Meals and Accommodation
Circle R Ranch facilities include a spacious, two-story main lodge, newly renovated showers and bathrooms, a crafts centre, horse corrals, and a number of smaller buildings. Outdoor program areas are located in the woods and fields throughout the site, including our very own spring-fed pond for boating and swimming.
We serve three well balanced family-style meals each day, including vegetarian alternatives, with a snack before bedtime. A salad bar or breakfast buffet table is offered at every meal, with fresh fruit, milk, juice and other nutritious items.
Campers live with their group and counsellors in large canvas tents set on wooden floors. Tent areas are nestled comfortably in the woods, and living with friends in a natural setting often provides campers with memories that last a lifetime.
When Residence campers are not riding, they select their own activities. This allows campers to concentrate on the activities they enjoy, building more skills and confidence in these areas. Depending on age, options may include:
- MeowTown (Humane Education and Adoption Centre)
- Mountain Biking
- Tree Climbing
- Farm animals
- Arts and Crafts
- Nature Exploration
- Fire Building & Camp Craft
- And much, much more!
All Circle R lifeguards are fully certified and have designed a great program of fun activities and games along with early morning and free time aqua-fit sessions for all our campers no matter what their swimming ability.
Horses and the Riding Program
Residence campers ride every day, morning or afternoon, with options for additional horsemanship sessions. Circle R has created a progressive riding levels awards system, whereby campers are encouraged to challenge themselves and increase their skills and knowledge. New campers who have little or no riding experience as well as returning campers have appropriate opportunities to build upon their skills and past experiences.