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Ekone Ranch

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Ekone Ranch offers a one-of-a-kind camp program on 1060 acres of canyonlands, forests and meadows near the Columbia Gorge. Our residential, co-ed camp program features small groups of no more than 24 children per session and a 6:1 camper/staff ratio or better. Horse camp sessions emphasize the special relationship between children and horses. Campers spend many hours each day with our wonderful horses, grooming, learning groundwork, practicing in the arena, and going on long trail rides through spectacular country. We ride bareback and western. When not with the horses, campers are engaged in a variety of art projects, nature explorations, swimming, ranch activities and chores. Our garden-fresh, from-scratch food is a highlight of the camp experience (many a camper has learned to love their vegetables in the Yummy Tummy Cafe). Campers sleep in our A-frame longhouse, in tipis, under the stars, or in the hay barn where we listen to the horses breathe all night long. We offer two special programs with less of an emphasis on horsemanship: Passage for Girls: A Coming-of-Age Journey in Nature, and Homestead Week. All of our sessions emphasize creating a supportive camp community, healthy peer relationships, and a positive work ethic. Campers have an unforgettable immersion experience in healthy lifestyles, good eating, and great friends. They learn that good work can be great fun, and they come back year after year for more! Due to our small session size, we are happy to accommodate some children with special needs or dietary considerations--please contact us for more information. Please visit our website at www.ekone.org or call 509-773-4536 for more information. Facilities description: Ekone's facilities are full of rustic character and charm! The spacious octagonal Lodge greets all visitors when they arrive in the Ekone valley. The first thing you notice is the giant hole in the ceiling...which allows us to have campfires year round! We circle around the fire several times each week, and have our talent shows and other special activities in this space. The Lodge also holds our craft area, tack room, and ranch offices. Most campers sleep in the Longhouse, which is an A-frame structure with lower bunks and upper lofts. Kids eyes go wide when they see this place! One end of the Longhouse is attached to the straw-bale Roundhouse, where there is always at least two staff members on-call all night long. Some campers sleep in Tipis, which are near the longhouse and just that much closer to being outside. Of course you can always just sleep... Outside, where many campers roll out their bedrolls to enjoy the stars and the sounds of crickets and frogs all night. The Yummy Tummy Cafe is our scrumptious camp kitchen, that cranks out delicious, abundant, from-scratch meals for all, highlighting fresh produce from our own garden and from area farms. We eat as much organic and local food as possible.

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