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Summer Camp makes 65 year postive Impact in Florida

Florida has changed a lot in the last 65 years, but one Florida institution that has stood the test of time is Circle F Dude Ranch Camp. This classic sleep-away camp and guest ranch, which still looks much like it did when it started in 1952, is situated on a private lake among 500 acres of oak trees in central ...
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4 Steps for Better Play with a Purpose

4 Steps for Better Play with a Purpose by Ben Moss Not long after I started as the director of Circle F Dude Ranch, I found myself in a conversation about the camp’s mission with Paul Wells, owner of camp. We discussed many things but one of the things we came back to often was that children do not have ...
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“I light the Pillar of Experience”

“I Light the Pillar of Experience ” by 7 Year Camper, Coral. This week we bring you a Campfire Speech from the 2016 Season. At the closing of each session, campers and staff gather to reflect on the true meaning of camp. Pillar torches are lit and campers speak on a chosen topic. It is an honor to be selected ...
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CAMP HAS BEGUN!!!

“Really me? I can’t believe it; I am so honored,” were the excited words of Dori a 15-year-old third year camper selected to light the 2016 opening campfire at Circle F Dude Ranch Camp. Her contagious positive attitude mixed with an amazing approach to camp made her the perfect representative to be honored with the opening of our camp season ...
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COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR CAMPER DURING THE SUMMER!

We have all become accustomed to instantaneously communication with our friends and loved ones through our phones, computers, and other devices. I recently saw a refrigerator that can receive text messages and display them on a screen on the door. I am not sure how I feel about this, but it is clear that electronic communication is part of our ...
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Exciting Week at Circle F Dude Ranch Camp

Last week was a super exciting and busy week here at camp. With just two weeks to the start of staff training and a little over three weeks to the start of summer camp, everything is abuzz with activity in the office. This week saw the arrival of extreme sports Department head Jeremy Freeman and other leadership team staff will ...
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OVERCOMING HOMESICKNESS AT CAMP

OVERCOMING HOMESICKNESS AT CAMP! By Ben Moss The number one reason parents give for not sending their child to sleep away camp is that the child is not ready for camp. Most parents fear their camper will face homesickness and not be able to handle the camp setting. In a recent blog post I wrote about techniques that parents can ...
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PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR SUMMER CAMP

It may be hard to believe that the sleep-away camp season is right around the corner, but in our case at Circle F Dude Ranch Camp we are only little over six weeks from the start of our first summer session. Many parents ask us how does our overnight camp deal with homesickness issues? While there are many techniques that ...
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IS YOUR CHILD READY FOR SUMMER CAMP?

As a director at Florida’s premier summer camp I often get asked the question by parents “Is my child ready for sleep-away camp?” While there is no simple answer to that question there is a few things that any parent can look at to evaluate their child’s readiness for camp. Most parents need to start by asking themselves if they ...
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