Bar 717 Ranch Group Blog

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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A Lifetime of Family Experiences at the Bar 717 Ranch

May 30th, 2015 | Posted in Announcements

Shared by Dave Polkinhorne, Camper/Counselor Parent and Family Camper: My wife, Alison re-discovered camp back in about 1999 while looking through a copy of Sunset magazine.  Her excitement was palpable once she realized that this was the same Bar 717 that she went to as a child.  Sure enough we signed up and headed up […]

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Silkscreening at Camp

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Camp History, Program Areas

Silkscreening at Camp Guest Post by Jennifer Lootens How I learned to silkscreen was in the very same room that the silk-screening program is today, with the basics easily at reach, and it is no surprise to me that the craft of screen-printing is popping up in many places that I see. I really give […]

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A Recollection of Camp

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni

This reflection was shared anonymously by a member of the camp community. Places matter a lot to me, the geography of things.  I can never seem to remember a person’s name when I first meet them, or what someone told me at a party. But I can visit a place one short time and remember […]

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Call for Submissions: 85th Reunion Memory Book!

March 28th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Camp History, Events

The 85th Reunion is just around the corner! In preparation, Tori Nourafchan, a camp alumnus, supporter, and former camper parent has volunteered to help put together a book of memories that will be available to all camp alumni and attendees of the Reunion. Please see Tori’s letter below, and if you’d like to submit something, […]

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Study Finds Campers Really are Happy

March 25th, 2015 | Posted in Announcements, Campers

During the summer of 2014, Bar 717 Ranch took part in a study led by Audrey Monke, Director of Gold Arrow Camp. Audrey’s research was aimed at discovering what impact summer camp has on child happiness and social skill development. Feedback from our campers was included in Audrey’s study, and we are thrilled to share […]

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2015 17 Year Old Backpacking Trip

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Announcements, Backpacking

A few years ago, we organized our first backpacking trip to the Trinity Alps for 17 year old campers who were too old to attend regular camp, but wanted a way to connect with the camp community over the summer. The trip was a great success! In fact, one of the participants, Tessa Westfall, wrote […]

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Reflecting on My Summer at Camp

March 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Staff

Reflecting on My Summer at Camp – Guest Post by Alex King Alex King was a counselor for the first time in the summer of 2014.  He is currently in his second year of a Primary Education degree at a university in the North West of England. He will be joining us this summer as […]

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