Bar 717 Ranch Group Blog

Ode to a Kitchen

August 25th, 2017 | Posted in Camp History, Kitchen Project | 6 Comments

Don’t forget that before there was a salad bar there was peanut butter and fry bread and candy bars on Tuesday, or was it Wednesday? A cracker-wrapper can on each green table and Florence’s table chart. Don’t forget Carol McCutcheon’s tooth marks in the Jack cheese in the walk-in and remember the wooden trough behind […]

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Community Stories: Julie Conway

April 4th, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Camp History | No Comments

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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Gates Mountain After the Fire

September 21st, 2015 | Posted in Announcements, Camp History | 3 Comments

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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Silkscreening at Camp

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Camp History, Program Areas | No Comments

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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Life at Camp Trinity 76 Years Ago

March 28th, 2014 | Posted in Camp History | 2 Comments

Life at Camp Trinity 76 Years Ago Seemed Like Heaven Even Then By Robin C. Harris “Agoutapflah.” That was the nonsense word that campers used to greet each other in 1938. Funny, the things you remember. This story begins the previous winter of 1937-38. I would not turn five for three or four months yet, […]

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