About the Program

Dates: September 18-22, 2022

The Dude Ranch Program gives campers the chance to have an authentic experience like no other — living, working and participating in real ranch life. Campers learn horsemanship as they brush, saddle, and then ride horses. We take campers ages 11-16 with all levels of experience, from those who have never touched a horse to experienced riders. Even though campers will be away from school for the week, they will have built in homework time each day!

The program takes place at Woodside Ranch in Mauston, Wisconsin where kids may participate in horsemanship classes and other activities such as (horseshoes, miniature golf, tennis, pony rides, nature hikes, basketball, volleyball, and line-dancing). Woodside Ranch is known for their breakfast rides into the woods surrounding the ranch, with breakfast made to order in their outdoor kitchen. Besides all of the fun and activities, our campers also get the chance to just hang out together which can be as much fun as anything they do.

A special thank you to the Helen Brach Foundation for helping to support the 2022 Dude Ranch Program!

Top Safety Guidelines to Know

  1. Help create a healthy start to camp: make sure your camper can cover their coughs and sneezes and knows proper hand washing techniques before arriving on campus!
  2. Screening: campers, staff and volunteers should expect to participate in screening pre-camp, upon arrival, during camp, and post-camp.
  3. Testing: campers, staff and volunteers will require testing prior to camp and upon arrival. 
  4. Vaccination: All participants (campers and staff) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate.
  5. Face coverings: Disposable face masks will be provided on campus. Campers and staff will wear face masks when indoors, except when eating or drinking, and outdoors if unable to physically distance from individuals outside their cohort.
  6. Cohorting: Small groups of campers and counselors will eat together, participate in activities together, and are assigned to the same housing space.  Multiple cohorts may come together for group activities in the outdoor setting only as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
  7. There will be increased cleaning on campus by professionals and the camp team.

COVID-19 Vaccination Deadlines

All campers and staff need to be up to date on their COVID vaccines to attend Camp One Step Programs. Up to date is defined as the primary vaccine series plus a booster if eligible. Please refer to the CDC website (Vaccines for COVID-19 | CDC) for information on COVID vaccines. It takes 6-8 weeks to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 so start your vaccines early.
If you are not currently vaccinated against COVID-19: COVID vaccine series must begin no later than August 13th, 2022. 
If you require a COVID booster: Booster shot must be given no later than September 3rd, 2022.

After registering you will begin to receive the following information from Program Leaders

  • Camper Welcome notification
  • Packing list & “What to expect”
  • Pick up/Drop off times
  • Bus transportation information

You must submit this paperwork in order for your application to be complete

  • Physical exam form
  • Health insurance information (front and back of insurance card)
  • Covid Vaccine Card

If you have questions, please contact Devin Ryan, Director Program Operations: [email protected], or Jessica Hopper, Director Program Operations: [email protected]

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