Parents FAQ

The following information has been formulated over many years of camping on the Bar 717 Ranch in hopes that it will clearly define our policy guidelines as well as offer you helpful suggestions as you plan for your child’s stay at Camp this summer.

We ask that you read it all carefully and if you have any questions, please feel free to call the Ranch office:

Bar 717 Ranch
17197 Hyampom Rd.
Hayfork, CA 96041

Ph: (530) 628-5992
Fax: (530) 628-9392

You can also always contact us via email.

Parent-Camp Communication show

Parents are encouraged to communicate with the Camp Directors about any concerns they may have relating to their child's Camp experience. Parents will receive a card of introduction from their camper's counselor at the beginning of the session and a personal letter from the counselor after the session.

Parent Notification In Case of Illness or Injury show

In the event a camper becomes ill or is injured the Camp Director, Assistant Director, or medical personal will call the camper's parents, guardian, or, in the event they are unavailable, the designated adult at the alternative emergency number. Situations in which parents would be notified are: serious illness, injuries such as cuts requiring stitches, sprains, broken bones, or other care that required a camper be transported away from Camp.

Homesickness show

It is normal for some campers to miss their family and home environment for the first day or two after they arrive at Camp. Getting involved in Camp activities is the age-old solution to these problems. Many times we are aware of homesickness and often call parents to ask how we can work together in giving the camper guidance during this difficult time. Our usual approach will be, "Do you, as a parent, support us in our efforts to help your camper work out this problem and feel successful in solving it so that the next roadblock will be easier to cope with?" If so, we believe your response to the camper who is homesick might be: "I know this is a miserable feeling, but we would like for you to work it out with any person or persons at Camp with whom you feel comfortable." For the camper whose homesickness is not obvious to us but who writes home about it, we need to count on you to let the Camp Directors know about the situation. Telephone calls from home are very hard on homesick children and for that reason they are discouraged.

We have found that writing frequently and focusing the content of your letters on Camp (e.g., Who is your counselor? What are your friends' names? What animals have you seen? Have you ridden a horse? What was its name? We are so happy that you are having this time at camp) rather than focusing on home (e.g., The house seems so empty without you. Your kitty misses you. Grandma is here for a visit and wishes she could see you, too.) is most helpful in gearing your child's thoughts away from homesickness. While only a very few parents will be writing to homesick children, focusing letters on your child's Camp experience is a generally good tip for all parents.

Money & Other Valuables in Camp show

Counselors will collect money, cell phones, iPods, radios, CD players, and other electronic equipment from campers. All valuables will be stored in the office safe. Please do not allow your camper to bring personal sports equipment, hair dryers, battery or electronically operated games, fireworks, pets, food, drink, or gum to Camp. Also, please discourage your camper from bringing any valuable jewelry to Camp. There is no need for money at Camp. The Camp is not responsible for any items that are lost during your camper's stay.

Camp Store (The Trading Post) and Postage show

Items for personal hygiene, i.e. shampoo, toothpaste, etc., are listed on the clothing list and we ask that you please send your camper fully equipped with these items and other incidentals such as extra flashlight batteries, shoe laces, film, pencils, writing paper and envelopes, chap stick, hand lotion, postage stamps, etc. An important item here at Camp is sunscreen, which is on the clothing and equipment list. We do have a Camp store called The Trading Post, which is stocked with essential items only. These items are available to campers, in cases of necessity. We strongly urge you to make sure your camper comes well-prepared with a good supply of postage stamps or stamped envelopes and all other personal items he or she will be needing, in order to avoid extra charges and billing to you at the close of the Camp session.

Fees show

The Bar 717 Ranch/Camp Trinity provides in its fee such services as in-camp medical and nursing services (including medication as need), laundry, horseback riding, special food for backpack trips, and all supplies for such craft programs as ceramics, jewelry, metal and wood shop, and black & white photography. The only additional cost to you is for transportation to and from camp, and charges, if any, at the Trading Post. Plain white T-shirts for silk-screening or tie-dyeing are sold to campers at cost (2 per camper), but you might want to provide your own.

Health & Accident Insurance show

All services provided by the R.N. and M.D. are included in your Camp fee, as well as medication prescribed by them. All campers are covered by our Camper Health and Accident Insurance which provides a limited amount of coverage if a camper needs treatment beyond what can be provided by our Medical Staff at camp. This coverage is provided to augment, not replace, your family medical insurance.

Visitors show

We welcome parents of campers to visit the Bar 717 Ranch. Visitations are limited to one night. We have limited guest accommodations; therefore, advance reservations are necessary. We suggest a tax-deductible donation to our campership fund in the amount of $75/single and $95/double. This donation includes all meals while you are visiting. Please make arrangements for any visitation through the Camp office prior to arrival. To help you plan your trip, a map and directions to Camp are available on this website. It is best if you wait to visit until at least a week after the beginning of the session. It seems to work best if you plan to visit around the middle of the session, to allow your child time to feel at home here. We ask that visitors not bring dogs or other pets to the Ranch. It is best if all campers arrive together on the opening date of the Camp session, and we encourage you to make use of the scheduled Camp transportation. If you decide to bring your child to Camp, please do not arrive before 1:00 PM. If you want to pick your child up on the last day of Camp, please arrive between 9 AM and 12:00 PM.

Program show

The daily program is open to choice. We offer skilled leadership in horsemanship, arts and crafts, photography, ceramics, woodshop, metal-shop, gardening, archery, camp craft, backpacking, ranch maintenance and improvement projects, nature study, animal husbandry, music, dance, cooking and baking, water activities, and leadership training.

Our string of horses is used every day except Sunday on trails and in the riding rings. Campers participate in grooming, saddling, and in tack and barn maintenance. For safety reasons, campers are grouped according to riding ability. In addition, we require campers to wear helmets when riding. If your child owns a riding helmet, please send it with him/her to Camp as this will supplement our supply of riding helmets. Riding, like all other programs, is available to all campers.

We take many overnights and extended backpacking trips to areas around Camp. On these trips, campers are responsible for carrying their own things as well as a portion of the group's food supply. If you have an internal or external frame backpack, please send it to Camp with your child; it will make these outings more enjoyable for all. If your child is interested in an extended backpacking trip, please make sure to look over the Optional Equipment List For Extended Backpacking Trips.

As part of our Out-Trip program we offer extended backpacking trips to campers in the Trinity Alps Wilderness located approximately 30 miles northeast of the Bar 717 Ranch. The trips run from 4 to 6 days, covering at least 25 and up to 40 miles round trip. The closest medical assistance is in Weaverville, which is approximately 30 miles away. The trails are moderate to difficult and participants will be expected to hike a minimum of 5 and no more than 10 miles on any given day. Due to the physically challenging nature of the hiking and the added weight of a backpack, campers choosing to go on an Alps Trip should be in good physical condition and feel confident in their level of fitness. We will be aware of the camper who finds it difficult to put together his or her daily program and will have someone help him or her to schedule activities. Please encourage your camper to tell us when he or she finds it difficult to get involved in a chosen program.

Cigarettes, Alcohol, Drugs & Weapons show

Cigarettes, alcohol, non-prescription drugs, and weapons are absolutely out of bounds at Camp for both campers and counselors. Anyone, camper or counselor, who brings in or has in his or her possession cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, or weapons will be asked to leave the Camp immediately. Parents will be billed for added transportation costs that such action necessitates. As stated in our Camp contract, NO FEE REFUND WILL BE MADE if a camper is asked to leave for violation of these regulations. Your camper's signature on the camper contract tells us that he or she has agreed to respect the Camp rules.

Showers show

If your child is not accustomed to taking showers, please teach him or her to wash his or her body and hair in a shower in these next few weeks before camp. Each living area has its own shower room. Our only bathtub is in our medical facility and is not available for everyday use. Sandals or thongs may be worn to and from showers, but at all other times closed shoes must be worn for safety reasons.