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As you may know, at Tanque Verde Ranch you never have to be concerned about keeping your kids entertained. So help keep their ‘inner wrangler alive’ with our Kids Day Camp. With a schedule full of fun activities, Day Camp offers a unique experience for kids ages 7-12. At camp, the kids participate in exciting and educational activities that maximize their ranch experience.
Through our camp program, we strive to fully develop horsemanship skills in the campers. Children will learn how to groom, saddle and take care of their own horse as they develop into a more experienced rider. The program emphasizes in horsemanship values as well as advanced skills on horseback so that kids feel comfortable on a horse by working on these skills early in life.
Horseback riding lessons go through every level to ensure the campers are ready to ‘take it up a notch’ when ready. Lessons begin with teaching the riders how to walk and then advances to a trot, closing with loping. Those who graduate at camp get the the opportunity to participate in the coveted “Tanque Verde Lope Check.” The lope check gives you a whole new view of the Ranch and the desert landscape. This is one of the more popular and exciting rides and it allows visitors to truly channel their inner wrangler.
Aside from advancing horseback skills, this camps provides kids with an authentic ranch and western riding experience, complete with events such as working with cattle in team penning, ranch sorting and games on horseback in addition to a “mini-rodeo” appropriately named the “Funkana.”
The fun doesn’t end there, and if your little wrangler isn’t one for riding, TVR prides itself in creating days filled with fun activities for everyone. In addition to horsemanship, campers will also enjoy fishing the onsite lake located near the beautiful Cottonwood and swimming in the outdoor/indoor pool area. There are also several tennis courts, volleyball courts, and pickleball to keep them moving.
An advantage to being located in the Sonoran Desert is that our experienced nature staff gets to take the kids on an unforgettable exploration through the desert that we call “Rick’s Critters.” An experience that allows kids to look, touch, and learn about the unique wildlife that thrives off of the dry, desert atmosphere.
The mission of the Kids Day Camp is to provide an exceptional experience and create memories. The ability to do so contributes to building knowledge of horsemanship, being a wrangler, and appreciation for the desert and our environment. For a day-or-for a week, this fun-filled adventure will engage and entertain children with an individual experience that can only be described, “You had to be there!” Drop your kids off and enjoy a day to yourself! During your stay, use it as a chance to take advantage of the Spa, go on your own horseback ride, or just to relax by the pool. It’s up to you and you can do it care-free knowing your kids are entertained and in good hands.
Kids Camp is offered daily. You can get the schedule upon request at the front desk. Summer hours are 7:00am-3:00pm for only $75 a day and of course include meals. The Camp is organized into two groups, Wranglers (ages7-9) and Outlaws (ages 10-12) allowing Camp leaders to cater the kids individually based on their skill level. Make sure your little wrangler gets the summer experience of a lifetime and sign up soon, as our camps fill early. Hope to see ya’ down at the corral this summer!