White Pines Ranch is a co-ed, sleepaway summer camp for kids ages 8 to 15, uniquely located on a 200-acre ranch in the beautiful Rock River Valley 90 miles west of Chicago. We offer a traditional, classic camp program, where our unique summer camp philosophy allows campers to bond and become like family through the many activities we provide. 65 Summers Family Owned and Operated.
Our enrollment is limited to 70 campers per session. Keeping our camp family small makes it easy for everyone to feel included and make genuine connections. With the help of our returning campers, a strong sense of family develops quickly. As a part of the family, each camper is invited to contribute to the positive environment of encouragement, caring, and connection. Making friends is easy when you are in an environment that celebrates uniqueness and authenticity. White Pines Ranch is a place where fears are conquered and identities found.
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In today’s high-pressure world of screens, we all need a chance to take a step back and really rest- take time to just be, listen to the sounds of nature, and take time to process. As we unplug from technology, we find joy and peace. Summer camp at White Pines Ranch is a perfect way to decompress and make life-long memories.
We believe a connection to nature is crucial for all children and our program provides the opportunity to fall in love with the great outdoors. The nature surrounding the ranch beckons exploration and adventure. Opportunities for new experiences that expand physical and social skills abound.
Daytime Activities include:
- Horseback Riding
- Taking care of animals
- Arts n Crafts
- Capture the Flag
- Fossil Hunt
Nighttime activities include:
- Night Hikes
- Ranch Bingo
- S’mores by the campfire
- Skits & Talent Shows
- The Big Dance on Friday Night
Opportunities to experience and learn are abundant. A variety of horsemanship experiences are available – from grooming and saddling to feeding and equine health. Hunting for fossils in the natural limestone quarry provides a look into rocks formed a long, long time ago and a possible souvenir. Hiking in the naturally formed sandstone canyon provides great photos with different plants and trees – and a cool spot on a warm summer day. Youth also enjoy the Critter Corral with our retired horses waiting for some senior feed and petting.
Moms and Dads appreciate the wonderful aspects of the Ranch program.
- Our dedicated and caring staff that includes teachers and college students. Most of whom are former campers.
- The all-inclusive fee includes food, lodging, and all activities.
- Our certified lifeguards for the clean, stainless-steel pool that provides hours of fun with friends
- The all-you-care-to-eat buffet, prepared by licensed cooks in our modern kitchen, provides 3 meals and a snack daily. Drinks and a fruit bowl are always available, too – and our souvenir shop offers additional options.
- Our family’s commitment to young people. We three sisters continue to provide a safe, welcoming environment for young people, just like our parents, who started the Ranch 65 years ago.
The all-inclusive weekly fee for 2023 is $800.00 per week; check-in on Sunday, and check-out is the following Saturday.
Campers staying for more than one week has an additional day included for free. We include a special ride, activities, and food at no additional cost.
A $100.00 DEPOSIT PER WEEK IS REQUIRED WITH REGISTRATION. This deposit is refundable if cancelation is made at least 30 days before your arrival date – no exceptions!
Dates and Themes for 2023
Sunday, June 25 – Saturday, July 1 SOLD OUT
Wilderness Survival Week
Sunday, July 2 – Saturday, July 8
Happy Holidays Week
Sunday, July 9 – Saturday, July 15 SOLD OUT
Mad Scientist Week
Sunday, July 16 – Saturday, July 22 SOLD OUT
Wild West Week
Sunday, July 23 – Saturday, July 29 SOLD OUT
Can You Feel the Beat Week
Sunday, July 30 – Saturday, August 5 SOLD OUT
Each week of summer camp includes all of the listed activities and includes the same amount of horse time. The themes are for the counselors to spread their creative wings during game time and craft time.