Summer Camps 2021
It’s been a very different year at Timberline Ranch, and Summer 2021 will be different as well! We are excited to announce that we will be running a full summer of Day Camps! Please scroll down for details on the different camps available.
1. DC Launch (9-14 years; extended day)
These two 3-Day camps at the beginning of the summer are especially designed for those who do not want to drive out the Ranch each day for a whole week. Each day is packed with outdoor activities. In fact, there will be more activities than ever. Every day, campers will have two hours doing barn activities, such as trail rides and vaulting, and four hours doing other great activities, such as zip lining, archery, and swimming pool (as allowed by regulations at the time). These camps end after supper, so that evening activities and campfires can be enjoyed.
2. DC Extreme (9-14 years; extended day)
These are our regular Day Camps, this summer, and there will be four weeks of them. They run Monday to Friday, morning until after supper, and are also packed solid with outdoor activities. Five-day camps allow campers to enjoy a wider range of activities and also become more skilled in specific areas such as horsemanship. If your camper wants the full camp experience while still being able to get a good night’s sleep at home, this might be the camp for you!
3. DC Fusion (7-8 and 9-12)
These shorter five-day camps are designed with younger ones in mind. They are basically two types of camps running simultaneously – one for the 7-8 year-olds, and one for the 9-12 year olds. These camps will end before supper time, which means a shorter day, and they are also priced cheaper. The younger groups will still have barn activities, but their horseback riding will be “ponied,” with a wrangler there holding their horse for safety. The older groups will do the same activities as in the other camps, but will not stay for suppers, evening games, or campfires.
4. DC Ultimate (13-17; extended day)
Calling all teenagers! This day camp is designed with teen campers in mind and replaces, for one year, our regular overnight Teen Camp. We are even opening them up to campers one year older than usual for the sake of those whose 2020 summer would have been their final one. Like the Extreme and Launch camps, they are five days long and finish after supper. Expect special surprises for teen camp only!
Very Important Information
Cohorts & Activity Groups
This year, you will choose from one of three times to start and end your camper’s day. There will be up to 40 campers in each cohort, and these cohorts will not interact with the other campers attending at the same time.
Cohorts of 40 will be split into 4 groups of 10 for their activity blocks, based on age and friend requests (which we will do our best to accommodate). The cohorts of 40 will be together for the big group activities (such as Morning Show, Lunch, Tuck, Supper, Evening Game, and Campfire).
Choose Your Option (Cohort) Carefully!
If you are sending multiple campers for the same week, please make sure you choose same colour cohort for them, based on what time you want them to start and end. Start and end times are as follows:
|Red Cohort||8:30 to 6:30||8:30 to 4:30 for Fusion weeks|
|Blue Cohort||9:00 to 7:00||9:00 to 5:00 for Fusion weeks|
|Green Cohort||9:30 to 7:30||9:30 to 5:30 for Fusion weeks|
Remember, within each cohort, campers will be split into age groups for their activity blocks, so 9-year-olds and 14-year-olds may be in the same cohort, but they will do their activities separately.
A Typical Day
This is the likely schedule for the Blue cohort. Red will be 30 minutes earlier, and Green will be 30 minutes later. Order of activities will vary from day to day, while keeping cohorts in different parts of the camp (eg. groups will have their pool activity at different times each day, not just in the mornings).
|10:00||Lower Camp Activities (e.g. Swimming Pool, Game Zone, Crafts)|
|12:30||Barn Activities (e.g. Trail Rides, Mounted Games, Vaulting)|
|3:00||Upper Camp Activities (e.g. Zip Line, Archery, Challenge Course)|
* Does not apply to Fusion camps, which end at supper times.
Early Drop-Off Option
This year, we want to accommodate working parents by allowing them to drop off their campers at 7:30 a.m. Conditions apply:
- The camper must be signed up for the RED cohort, which starts at 8:30 a.m.
- Cost is an extra $5.00 per day, paid for the whole camp (i.e. $25 for a week-long camp).
Photos and Videos
We will not be producing or selling camper photos or videos this year, due to the difficult task of filming and photographing three separate cohorts and the compressed/packed schedule.
There will be no Closing Ceremonies this year, due to COVID and the type of schedule we need to run.
Timberline will be providing lunch, “tuck” (snack from the store), and supper for most camps. DC Launch camps will have lunch and tuck and then end before supper. If your camper has food allergies or dietary restrictions, please ensure that is clearly shown on your medical form. We maintain a nut free kitchen and tuck shop, and all campers and staff are instructed to avoid bringing food or snacks onto the property.
COVID Checks, Masks, and Distancing
As we near the summer, we will communicate with families how we will meet and/or exceed all BC protocols for having guests/campers on the Ranch property. We anticipate the rules will change, but for now, we are planning to have COVID check-ins when campers arrive, to keep staff and campers in small cohorts, and to use masks whenever 2 meters separation is impossible. Most of each day will be spent outside, regardless of the weather.
Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocols
Timberline will continue to meet and/or exceed all COVID protocols in order to present a camp that is as safe as humanly possible. While there is never any guarantee that a virus such as COVID will not be passed at camp, we believe camp is significantly safer than schools due to the majority of the time being spent outdoors, as well as the size of the cohorts. We will have staff dedicated to regular cleaning and sanitizing, and the campers will also be reminded to regularly wash and sanitize their hands as well.