Bar 717 Ranch Group Blog

Spring 2016 Volunteer Work Weekend

January 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Announcements

Although the Ranch Crew — Geoff, Mike, and Joey (and seasonal resident, former camper and counselor Arly Cassidy!) — are working hard on winter projects including pruning fruit trees, burning brush, and cutting firewood, they sure could use a hand getting ready for the summer! Join us the weekend of April 1st (no April Fools, we promise!) […]

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Update from the Campership Fund

January 15th, 2016 | Posted in Campership Program

This past summer more than 40 deserving children experienced the magic of Camp Trinity on the Bar 717 Ranch thanks to the support of generous donations to our Campership Fund. Nearly every child who received a Campership shared that their camp experience was “the BEST summer of my life!”  Our goal is to be able to offer any child […]

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Views From the Fire

December 13th, 2015 | Posted in Announcements

On July 30th, 2015, a lightning storm ignited several fires in Trinity County. The Pattison Fire began on Pattison Peak about three miles north of the Ranch and burned for more than a month. When updating our camp community about the fires, we found that it was difficult to describe exactly what it was like to […]

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My Bar 717 Ranch Experience

December 9th, 2015 | Posted in Announcements

Guest post by David Scanlon, a first-year international counselor from Ireland in 2015, and a returning counselor for summer 2016 (!).  Last year was my first year of college, and I wanted to take my summers to travel abroad. I also wanted, at some point in my college career, to pick up some experience of working […]

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Prescribed Fire at the Bar 717 Ranch [Video]

October 8th, 2015 | Posted in Off Season

Check out this video to learn more about the prescribed fire we’ve undertaken here at the Bar 717 Ranch. Prescribed fire — otherwise known as a controlled burn — is a controlled way of reintroducing fire into the natural landscape. It is part of responsible land and forest management, and when done well can have a […]

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My Summer Experience at Bar 717

October 6th, 2015 | Posted in Announcements, Campers

This post was shared by longtime camper, Ona. Thanks for sharing, Ona! This year was amazing! I climbed Gates mountain for the 3rd time, I got to experience what it was like to be a ranch kid (I wasn’t a camper for a week of 3rd session) and I had a lot of fun with my […]

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Gates Mountain After the Fire

September 21st, 2015 | Posted in Announcements, Camp History

Shared by Lewis Campbell: Ranch family member, former camper, 2014-2015 counselor, and Gates climber extraordinaire. Since the fire, I know many of us have been thinking about the mountain we all love to admire and climb… well maybe some of us don’t quite *love* to climb it but… I would like to give a brief account of […]

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Smoky End of Summer Reflections

August 28th, 2015 | Posted in Announcements, Staff

Shared by Emma Bundy, Staff Director, Former Camper & Counselor Looking across the valley, I can see Gates Mountain shrouded in smoke. Behind that veil of thick smoke I know that fire has begun to creep down the hill. I’ve seen it glowing at night; growing as it encounters old, tired trees and brittle brush […]

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