Become a Camper
Now Accepting – Summer 2020 Ranch Camp applications
Check-in starts Sunday at 5:00 pm.
Closing ceremony is Friday at 11:00 am.
- First Session: June 7 – 12
- Second Session: June 14 – 19
- Third Session: June 21 – 26
Become a counselor
We are now recruiting for the 2020 Ranch Camp Counselors.
If you are at least 18 year old, check out our Jobs page to learn more and apply. This is a seasonal position for the month of June, and includes a week of training and three weeks of camp. This is a paid position that requires you to stay overnight on the Ranch.
If you are not interested in working all weeks of camp, we will consider those with extensive camp or teaching experience.
Become a counselor in training (CIT)
For those between 13 and 17 years old, we offer a Counselor in Training (CIT) internship program. The CIT program teaches general skills of leadership that can be used at home, at school and just about anywhere else. CITs are usually students who are needing to complete service or volunteer hours for school, or are interested in being a counselor in the future.
To apply for the CIT program, please complete a standard volunteer application. This is a unpaid volunteer position that requires you to report to the Ranch each day of camp.
The CIT program gives teenagers, age-appropriate challenges that build their skills, confidence and capacity for working with people of all ages and abilities.
Become a volunteer
Ranch Camp is looking for people of all ages and talents to help us in the 2020 season. Whether you’re able to volunteer for a day or all three weeks, we’d love to have you on board!
New skills and New Friends
There will be lots of games, singing and dancing starting June 7th and continuing on through the three sessions of camp. For the 2020 season, we are offering 40 spots per week-long session. We offer so many opportunities to learn new skills and make new friends.
What fun we have! Every year we add more opportunities to the list. We take care of animals and learn how to fish. We swim, run races, toast marshmallows, paddle a boat, go for hikes, put on plays and sing camp songs. It’s everything summer camp should be – and so much more.
- Campers are 18+ years old and have a range of cognitive disabilities.
- Ranch Camp is for campers who enjoy group activities and the hustle and bustle of camp life.
- Campers who are disturbed by loud noise, crowds of people and disruptions in routine may not enjoy Ranch Camp.
To meet the needs of all Campers, we are assembling a crew of the finest, most qualified camp counselors, making sure that everyone has a fun and enjoyable camp.
Start of Ranch Camp
Ranch Camp began in 1995 with two sessions: one for adults and one for teenagers.
Seeing as the Ranch was just in the beginning stages, we borrowed tents and cots from the Texas National Guard, rented a few port-a-potties, got together a trusting bunch of friends and their teenaged kids and opened for business!
We went to Taylor to swim, fed the baby calves with bottles, fished at Harken’s pond, hunted for eggs, did drama and sing-a-longs around the campfire and rounded up the donkeys when they got out of their pen. That summer we served 23 campers in all, and agreed we’d never worked so hard, slept so little or had so much fun. The campers agreed, and every year Ranch Camp grew, serving several hundred campers through the years, living in comfortable, air-conditioned bunks and swimming in our own 52’ pool.”
The campers agreed, and every year Ranch Camp grew, serving several hundred campers through the years.
- The cost of camp is $900 per session.
- If the camper is receiving a stipend or General Revenue (GR) funding to attend camp, please ensure the last question on page 5 of the camp application is completed.
- For those interested in using Respite Funding, there were some new billing guidelines that were put into place in November that have changed the requirements for accepting Respite Funding. Currently, Down Home Ranch is in the process of researching this change and figuring out how we as an organization will have to move forward with the requirements. It is recommend that you move forward and submit your application. As soon as we have more details, we will provide updates on this website and the DHR Facebook page.
- Submit your application and $50.00 application fee as soon as possible. The $50 application fee will be applied towards the overall cost of camp. New this year, application fees can now be paid online!
- There are limited spots available. Once your application and application fee are received, it will be evaluated by DHR staff in order to make sure that your Camper would thrive at Ranch Camp.
- If approved, your Camper will receive a welcome email from the Camp Director, complete with info on how to pay for camp and any applicable deadlines.
- A waiting list will be formed after all 120 camp spots are filled.
How to Pay for Camp
- Private Pay
- Contract General Revenue (GR) rates from the Local Intellectual Development Disability Authorities (LIDDA), such as Bluebonnet Trails Community Services and Integral Care