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About the Ranch

We welcome you to White Pines Ranch – where our family has been serving thousands of children annually since 1958. Gig, Sue, and Andee, owners and operators of White Pines Ranch (WPR), have an outstanding reputation for providing a camp with fun activities while building personal growth and self-confidence in a wholesome and safe setting. WPR, just 90 miles west of Chicago in picturesque Oregon, Illinois, is an easy drive for parents and group leaders.

Our staff and we are committed to a common goal: Enhance the self-confidence, growth, development, and environmental awareness of each individual. As a result, we have built an environment where encouragement, laughter, and happiness are the norm. The values and traditions began in 1958 when our Mom and Dad started the Ranch and continue now in the third generation, which is involved in multiple ways. Read about the Ranch and the Little family in “Our History.”

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The Beautiful Area

White Pines Ranch covers 200 acres of beautiful woods, pastures, horse trails, and a naturally formed sandstone canyon. All guests are comfortable in our modern facilities and with our enriching programs.

The Ranch house and Bunkhouse are modern structures built along the lines of the Old West. Inside you’ll find a large dining hall where home-cooked meals are served buffet style, a game room and souvenir shop, and comfortable dormitories that house 200 guests. Our carpeted dorms are air-conditioned, fully heated, and have fully-equipped adjoining bathrooms. And, for warm-weather fun, we have an in-ground stainless steel pool. Simply put. . . Our facilities offer you a tremendous variety of activities.

The experienced and dedicated Ranch Staff leads horseback riding, swimming, hiking on our beautiful trails, horse studies with grooming, scavenger hunts, mapping, orienteering, outdoor games, fossil hunts, and studying wildlife. Evening activities may include hayrides, Bingo, country line dancing, and campfire songs during all seasons. Of course, when there’s snow on the ground, we add sledding and LOTS of hot chocolate to your time with us.

Look through our website to discover what we have to offer…weekend retreats, summer camp, outdoor education, and special weekends…the possibilities are endless. We invite you to come out to meet us and tour our facilities. The trip will create a lifetime of memories for your child or group. Give us a call, and we’ll be ready to welcome you for a tour.