Bar 717 Ranch Group Blog

Bringing It All Back Home: A Love Story

May 16th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Staff

Guest post by Rachel Baker, Program Coordinator and Camp alumna. Before age 11, I spent my summers at dance practice, the beach, swimming pools and 4th of July Parades in Southern California. Don’t get me wrong—it was a lot of fun. But when my friend told me about The Bar 717 Ranch, I was instantly […]

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Meet the Staff: Joe S.

April 26th, 2016 | Posted in Announcements, Staff

Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing you to our summer staff for 2016. Meet Joe, a former Bar 717 Ranch camper, who will be joining us as a first-year counselor this summer!  What is your name? Joe Simon Where are you from? I’m from Los Angeles, California, but I currently go to Vassar […]

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Community Stories: Julian Katz

April 19th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni

Post shared by Julian Katz, camp alumnus and former staff member.   I was a camper for 9 years and worked at Camp for 5 summers, from the kitchen crew at 17 to an ill-advised half-kitchen/half-junior counselor experiment at 18 to three years as a full counselor during college. My sisters Heather and Molly were […]

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Camp: A Teacher’s Perspective

April 18th, 2016 | Posted in Campers

Guest post by Erin Haendel, camp parent, middle school teacher, and summer resource staffer. Imagine a circle of friends enjoying their free time. During the school year, I can picture a group of twelve and thirteen year olds, huddled around a phone, looking at the group text, checking recent Instagram posts. Those outside that social […]

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Community Stories: Julie Conway

April 4th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Camp History

Post shared by Julie Conway, camp alumna, parent, family camper, and member of the Bar 717 Ranch Advisory Board.  I started going to the Bar 717 Ranch in 1971. I was 15 years old. My sisters started going the summer before and loved it so much I decided I better try it too. I just […]

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My Camp Counselor Experience

March 25th, 2016 | Posted in Staff

Guest post by Sinead Collins, barn-counselor extraordinaire and member of our 2015 staff.  When I was in high school I would imagine all of the things that I wanted to do when I was older. The list was endless! My summers would be filled with one adventure after another. I had always been around horses […]

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Meet the Staff: Aly L.

March 11th, 2016 | Posted in Announcements, Staff

Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing you to our summer staff for 2016. Meet Aly, a California native, who will be joining us as a first-year counselor this summer!  What is your name? Aly Lamborn  Where are you from? I am from Ramona, a small town in San Diego County, but I am currently […]

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Meet the Staff: Luke D.

February 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Announcements, Staff

Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing you to our summer staff for 2016. Meet Luke, a first-year counselor from Ireland! You’ll find Luke all kinds of places at the ranch, from Small Animals to Riflery to campfires!  What is your name? Luke Devine Where are you from? I’m from the countryside in North Tyrone, outside […]

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Community Stories: Liz & Raymond

February 13th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Announcements

My brother and I started going to summer camp in the late 60’s, early 70’s – it was something we always looked forward to and counted the days until summer came and we could run on the open fields, climb Gates Mountain, or escape to an Outpost. Our mother was terminally ill with cancer and […]

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Meet the Staff: Jasmine

February 8th, 2016 | Posted in Staff

Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing you to our summer staff for 2016. First up is Jasmine, a first-year counselor from Australia! We asked Jasmine to share a little bit about herself and about what she’s looking forward to about camp this summer.  What’s your name? Jasmine Calleja Where are you from? Wynyard, Tasmania, […]

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