April 6, 2020

Dear Friends of Timberline Ranch,

It was with sadness but also with great faith in God and hope for the future that we temporarily ceased our operations as of March 20, 2020.

Most of our full-time team and part-timers are on layoff, though we have been able to bring some back with the promise of an upcoming 75% wage subsidy. These employees will continue to look after the horses, care for the facilities, and work on the many projects needed to be done around the Ranch.

A few things we would like you to know:

Support Appreciated

  • This is a very tough time for Timberline, as for many other charities and small businesses, since our revenue comes almost exclusively from our guests and campers. Our weekly costs are considerable, given the need to feed and look after 50+ animals, to look after a large facility, and to pay numerous fixed costs (certain utilities, insurance, and so on).
  • If you are able to support Timberline at this time so that we can be in a healthy position when we can finally reopen, we would greatly appreciate it. Please follow this link if you are interested in donating to this work. Tax receipts will be issued in 2021 for all donations of at least $20.00.

Spring Guest Groups

  • All spring guest groups are cancelled, right through until the summer.
  • We suggest that guest groups secure their 2021 dates by leaving their deposits with us for the duration.
  • We will return deposits upon request; however, that will open those dates to be booked by other groups in 2021.

Spring Camps

  • All upcoming spring retreats are now cancelled.
  • This includes Spring Mother & Daughter Camp and Spring Family Camp.
  • Refunds will be given upon request, or we are able to roll your application into next year’s camp.
  • To request a refund, please email registration@timberlineranch.com.
  • Please consider a donation of either:
    • The full amount to help us through this tough time, or
    • $20 or more to cover credit card fees (which we are unable to recoup) and administrative costs (each registration has to be manually refunded or transferred).
  • If you would like to donate all or part of your fees, please let us know in your email.
  • Tax receipts will be issued in early 2021 for all donations of at least $20.00. Thank you so much.

Camp Tours

  • Camp tours for April 26, 2020 are cancelled.

Summer Camps

  • We are still retaining hope for our summer camps, though we realize that this may not be possible.
  • We continue to pre-hire summer staff and prepare the facility and programs for the summer, so that we are ready to go.
  • We will decide on running summer camp (or it will be decided for us) no later than May 31.
  • If we cancel the summer camps, we will give families the option to receive a refund or leave the payment with us for summer camps 2021.
  • Those who leave their fees with us will:
    • Guarantee their spot for next year in that same camp,
    • Pay 2020 prices instead of 2021 prices, and
    • Earn our thanks and appreciation!
  • Again, if you decide to cancel, please consider a donation of either:
    • The full amount to help us through this tough time, or
    • $25 or more to cover credit card fees (which we are unable to recoup) and administrative costs (each registration has to be manually refunded or transferred).
  • If you would like to donate all or part of your fees, please let us know in your email.
  • Tax receipts will be issued in early 2021 for all donations of at least $20.00. Thank you so much.

Fall Camps & Guest Groups

  • At this time, we are certainly hoping that our camps and guest groups will run as normal, but we realize that there are no guarantees.

Thank you for your understanding and for your support of Timberline Ranch. We will get through this crisis together, and we will adapt as necessary to the new realities we find ourselves facing.

Holding the Faith,

Craig Douglas

Executive Director