Summer Programs

The Bar SZ Family Is Passionate About Providing A Unique And Life-Building Opportunity For Kids Of All Ages Who Demonstrate An Eager Spirit To Learn While Growing Character, Going On Adventures, And Having Fun.

 

Live the country lifestyle while learning the ropes of a ranch

The Bar SZ summer program is a residential camp for all kids ages 8+ as well as young adults. We are excited to welcome campers into the ranch community which is full of adventure, friendship, and exploration!

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2019 Schedule

Wrangler Camp: July 8th-11th
- Drop-off Monday at 9am, pick-up Thursday after dinner
- Open house and potluck for parents at pick-up
- $400/wrangler, 10% sibling discount
- Ages 8-12

Colt Academy: July 15th-18th
- Drop-off Monday at 9am, pick-up Thursday after dinner
- Open house and potluck for parents at pick-up
- $400/wrangler, 10% sibling discount
- Ages 12-16

 
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Bronco Internship
- Drop-off Monday at 9am, pick-up Sunday at 10am
- Must have previously attended camp at Bar SZ
- Active members of 4-H and FFA may also apply with a letter of recommendation from a project leader
- Ages 16+

Bar SZ Internship Stint
- Must be a college student pursuing a career relatable to the ranch lifestyle
- Must have previously attended a camp and internship
- Available April through October
- Minimum commitment, 1 month
- Maximum length of stay, 3 months
- Ages 18+

 
Over all the experience was amazing and eventful. There was always something to do whether it was feeding the animals or riding the horses or trying to cowboy joust one of the counselors. It was a lot of fun. My favorite part of the week was riding the horses and eating a lot (thanks Debbie!! ) and learning about farm animals and how they work and what makes them tick, and also practicing my riding skills and improving them. I would totally recommend going to a camp at the Bar SZ Ranch.
— Natalie, Jr Wrangler Intern
My son can’t wait to go back next summer! He enjoyed all the animals, but Pomegranate, the cat, was his favorite. He also had a blast playing with the chickens. He made many new friends and everything was very well organized. Colton is a very kind and polite young host that helped everyone feel welcome. Thank you for such a wonderful experience. And the best part for momma, no video games!
— Andrea, proud parent of a Jr Wrangler Camper
 

The summer program provides an extraordinary week of experience on the ranch, interacting with amazing animals and phenomenal staff. We are so excited to welcome campers onto our property and into the ranch community of adventure, friendship, and exploration!

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At the Bar SZ Ranch we believe in:

- Getting out into the country and experiencing the wilderness in a new and exciting way
- Putting technology away to avoid distraction
- Building friendships through shared experiences
- Encouraging character by challenging and supporting each other
- Developing an appreciation for country life and animals
- And just having some good old fashioned fun together!

Each summer builds on the previous year’s experience with challenges and activities increasing as a camper returns year after year.

There’s something new to do every summer, we work hard and play hard every single day!
— Exhausted Camp Counselor
 

Wrangler Camp

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Campers will be introduced to ranch concepts and horsemanship while participating in fun and exciting activities:
- Roping lessons
- Craft projects
- Archery and BB guns
- Branding wood rounds with a Bar SZ branding iron
- Wilderness skills
- Geocaching
- Animal education lessons
- Hayrides
- Swimming in the country waterhole, slip-n-slide, and/or pool

Campers will be riding and learning how to care for horses, including:
- Tacking up and grooming horses
- Horseback riding in an indoor arena
- Trail rides together as a team
- Learning how to play gymkhana and rodeo games
- Certified campers as Level 1 Certified Horsemanship Youth

Campers will participate in our Agricultural Olympics, which includes events such as:
- Poop scooping
- Hay bale relay races
- Egg toss
- Cow-pie frisbee
- And more!

By the end of Wrangler Camp the campers will have learned the fundamentals of wrangler life and will be ready to graduate to our Colt Academy where they will continue to grow in their animal expertise and ranch knowledge.

Colt Academy

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The colts will continue to grow their horseback riding skills and participate in horse activities:
- Longer and more difficult trail rides
- Barrel racing
- Pole-bending
- Tacking up their own horse
- Learning how to trot and canter
- Training a horse to follow directions
- Continuing to move forward in their Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) levels

Colts will help develop ranch projects and be using different tools and equipment to:
- Create their own structures
- Build fences
- Paint murals and buildings
- Learn how to fix pipe lines and work with PVC pipe

Colts will participate in advanced Agricultural Olympics with challenging events such as:
- The blindfolded obstacle course
- Egg and spoon races on horseback
- Sheep racing
- Goat milking
- And even more!

During Colt Academy campers will continue to build on their knowledge and skill sets of farm livestock:
- Provide for the care of goats, sheeps, pigs, poultry, horses, and cows
- Learn about common diseases in livestock
- Hear about different and important veterinary care techniques
- Have interactive lessons with staff about the anatomy, body systems, and uses of different animals  

By the end of their time at Colt Academy, campers have a deep and developed knowledge of how a ranch works and how to care for animals. In addition, they will have had the chance to participate in many different fun and exciting activities and are prepared to move on to our Bronco Internship!

Bronco Internship

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The Broncos will take the skills taught in Wrangler Camp and Colt Academy to a higher level of application, participants will:
- Learn advanced skills pertaining to horses and livestock
- Participate in the hospitality aspect of a guest ranch
- Assist with running the Bar SZ ranch and business
- Help staff run horseback rides and trail riding experiences
- Shadow full-time staff in their positions around the ranch
- Help maintain and fix facilities around the ranch

The goal for the Bronco Interns is to have the skills needed to get a real job working in service, hospitality, and animal care. The ranch will invite those interns who are motivated, hardworking, and have a great attitude back to the ranch for a three month Bar SZ Internship Stint.

Bar SZ Internship Stint

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Bar SZ interns get to have the amazing opportunity to live for three solid months at the ranch. During that time, the interns will be able to help run the business during weddings, guest weekends, and every other event hosted onsite. Interns will be responsible for helping with animal care, guest relations, facility maintenance, and other ranch activities. For interns who desire, our staff can also help certify you as a riding instructor through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). We offer CHA Certification in levels 1-3.

Being an intern at the Bar SZ means lots of hard work and sweat but also involves having fun and being part of an amazing team. Our staff loves getting the chance to know interns and working with them in such a fun environment. Interning at the Bar SZ gives you some invaluable skills and experiences and also allows you to have a great time and make some incredible memories at the same time.  

 
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 Packing Tips: All wranglers need  to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight, sunscreen, hat, cowboy/cowgirl boots with a heel, tennis shoes, jeans (required EVERY DAY while onsite, no jeggings), layers for cooler nights, bathing suit and towel, any medication as noted on their registration form (with written instructions, must be in original packaging), personal toiletries, chapstick (2), and any other pertinent accessories.  Please don't pack an abundance of stuff or tank tops, we like to keep the ranch lifestyle simple and sunburn free.  No electronic devices allowed.  If your wrangler does not bring a pair of boots with a heel they will not be allowed to ride horses.  This is a safety issue and required by CHA certification.

 

Meet Michelle

our horse trainer, CHA certified instructor, and Animal Science major

Michelle and the Bar SZ Horses
 

Contact us with questions and inquiries
Rebekah@BarSZranch.com