About the Program

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.

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, swimming, 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

2021 Dude Ranch Virtual Program.

Program Dates: September 17 – 24, 2022

Applications will open soon for 2022!

*Dates subject to change*

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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