Lessons from the Peaceful Pasture

Seeing kids come out of a camp day with something that they are super proud of is one of my favorite parts of camp. Whether it is an art project, or a new skill, they tend to radiate this smiley, joyful pride when the day is over, and each day, I see something new from Indian Lore that the children…

Safety First

Our challenge course offers so many wonderful elements. We have the peanut butter pit, where campers need to get each member of their group across the pit to a log using only a swinging rope. We have the traverse, where the whole group must get from point A to point B along a wire. We have the “up…

Lessons from a Bow

Archery is a unique sport in many ways, however what I think is particularly cool about it is that, while in many settings it is a competitive sport, it isn’t reliant on physical strength. At camp, this opens the door for any and every kid to be able to participate and succeed. The mental stamina…

Sharing the Real World

Another summer has flown by. Another group of incredible staff from all over the world who came here to be camp counselors have left as so much more. Another group of campers who came here to be at camp have found their way into this giant family that keeps growing and may never stop. Another ten…

Nature's Reminders

Nature has this unbelievable way of reminding us to s l o w. d o w n. At the Ranch, especially this time of year, our mindset is inevitably summer. We spend the fall, winter, and spring months preparing and talking and interviewing and thinking and feeling CAMP. So much of our lives revolve around…

Importance of being KIND

I’ve been recently reminded of the importance of being kind, and spreading kindness has been on my mind a lot. Humans are so unique in the way that we feel emotion so deeply. Whether the emotions experienced are positive or negative, they all affect the way we live our lives, and everything about…

YOLO

One night a few years ago, I was visiting Kansas from Vermont. My friend Emma and I went out to a field to get away from the light pollution so we could see the stars. As we were lying in the field, we were reminiscing about the summer and how much we missed the mountains, and the view of the stars…

How Dogs are the Ultimate Companions

Many people believe that dogs are a person’s best friend, and at the ranch this theory is strongly supported. Having a bunch of dogs running around playing, snuggling up to kids when they don’t feel well, and showing off their silly personalities is a luxury we feel very lucky to have. Our dogs…

Reflections on a Foggy Day

It’s the end of the summer, and there has been a mysterious change in the energy around camp. The kids are excited to get back to school [although they may not be willing to admit it], and the staff are anxiously trying to figure out and finalize their plans for the coming season.…

Happy Official Winter!

I’m taking my first vacation in a long time, so my current view is of my sister making chocolate at her candy store in Bozeman, Montana, rather than the mountains. It’s a different kind of beautiful sight, but it makes my heart happy to be here.

Just before I got here I received some…