Miracle Ranch Summer Camps
Looking to have a rugged good time? Miracle Ranch's western-themed property bring the thrills of the wild west right to you with a camp experience like no other!
Our Horse Xtravaganza is perfect for campers who are horse wranglers at heart; but if you'd rather pass on saddling up, our traditional summer camps provide the archery, paintball, high ropes and waterfront fun you've come to expect. Miracle Ranch is where you want to be this summer!
Miracle Ranch prides itself on being a place where campers will form new friendships, try new things, and meet or grow closer to a God who loves them! Register for Summer Camp at Miracle Ranch today -- your new adventure awaits!
Activities | Miracle Ranch
- Free Time Activities: Waterfront, Game Room, Arts & Crafts, Sports, Vaulting
- Group Cabin Activities: Archery, Geocaching, Paintball, and High Ropes Course (Middle and High School only)
- Optional Add-Ons: Paintball, Horsemanship Classes (Western, Trail Rides, Arena Games)
Get the full Miracle Ranch experience by enrolling in our Horsemanship Instruction Electives! Choose from Western Riding, Trail Rides, or Arena Games, or do all three to grow your skills! Riders need to wear long pants and sturdy shoes with a closed toe and heel. *Weight limit of 220 lbs. Pre-registration required. One hour per day.
Western: If you've been to a rodeo or watched old Western Films (John Wayne anyone?), you've seen Western riding. Working in our very own arena, Miracle Ranch wranglers teach campers the basics of safety, equitation (how to sit balanced on a horse) and control. Campers learn to walk, jog and lope their horses. Yeehaw!
Trail Ride: Everybody loves Trail Rides! Our most popular horsemanship option takes campers through the wooded trails of Miracle Ranch as they learn about trail safety and how to maneuver their horses through obstacles. Riders use a Western saddle and usually trot by the end of the week.
Arena Games: Let's take it up a notch! Arena games takes the rider one step beyond the traditional Western classes. Campers improve their riding skills using a variety of games played on horseback in our very own rodeo arena. This is the perfect opportunity to refine skills while having fun!
Strap on your mask and goggles and get in the arena! Paintball games like Capture the Flag, Last Team Standing, and Terminator make for unquestionable fun. We provide all supplies (so leave your gear at home!) and the fee includes paintballs, marker, mask and field maintenance. FYI: Paintballs hurt a bit. Bruising may occur.
Enjoy a cool dip on a hot day at the Miracle Ranch waterfront! Red Cross Certified Lifeguards ensure safety while activities like the diving board, waterslide, zip line and aqua jump create extra fun for campers who have qualified for deep water swimming.
Down time just got a whole lot cooler. Grab a drink and snack in the snack shop, then challenge your counselor or cabin mates to a game of ping pong, pool, or Carpetball in the Game Room. You also have the chance to show off your camp spirit by nabbing some awesome Miracle Ranch merchandise in the Trading Post.
Arts & Crafts
You can't always show off the fun you had at camp once you go home . . . unless you make an awesome art or craft! Get creative and have a blast painting, beading—whatever your creative mind can think of!
Miracle Ranch is filled with kids looking for the next game to play. Gather a few of the rowdiest and start a 3-on-3 tournament at the basketball courts, attempt to hit the ball over the net on our beach volleyball court, or try your hand at our 18-hole Disc Gold Course. This is what summer's all about.
Gymnastics on a moving horse! Vaulting is an athletic sport campers learn on a stationery barrel and then perform at a walk or trot on the back of a horse. Awesome right? Vaulting is perfect for beginning riders and it helps improve balance and confidence with the horse. Campers demonstrate their accomplishments for the whole group at the end of week. Required: sturdy tennis shoes (no boots) and a pair of loose pants or shorts. *Weight limit of 220 lbs.
High Ropes Elements
Nothing builds confidence, trust, and a serious bond like hanging out high in the trees together! The High Ropes Elements have cabin mates work together through two exhilirating elements: The Leap of Faith and the Screamer Swing! Both are designed to challenge each camper in a safe way-- from a forty-foot drop to a gentle glide through the trees, these elements have something for everyone! Campers wear protective equipment, harnesses, and receive detailed instructions and practice from our stellar staff before heading up.
Bows and arrows are all the rage these days. So learn proper form, safety and skills in the highly-supervised Archery range.
There is hidden treasure at Miracle Ranch, and our handy-dandy GPS systems will help you track it down! During this Geocaching activity, you'll hike through the woods and along the lake searching for clues, letting the coordinates on the tracker lead you to the prize! Ready to get started now? Here are your first coordinates: 47.469387.-122.647666
Rates + Dates | Miracle Ranch
Weeklong Overnight Camps 2014
- Junior Camp 1
- June 22 - 27 (Sunday 4pm to Friday 9am)
- Horse Xtravaganza Camp 1*
- June 29 - July 4 (Sunday 4pm to Friday 11am)
- Middle School Camp^
- July 27 - August 2 (Sunday 4pm to Saturday 9am)
- Junior Camp 2^
- August 3 - 8 (Sunday 4pm to Friday 9am) HORSEMANSHIP OPTIONS ARE FULL
- Horse Xtravaganza 2* - FULL
- August 10 - 15 (Sunday 4pm to Friday 7pm)
- Horse Xtravaganza 3*
- August 17 - 22 ( Sunday 4pm to Friday 7pm)
^ Meysen Tomodachi week (with campers from Japan)
- Junior Camp: $45
- Middle School Camp: $55
- Horsemanship/Western Style Instruction
- Junior Camp: $88
- Middle School Camp: $109
- Horsemanship/Trailride Instruction
- Junior Camp: $88
- Middle School Camp: $109
- Horsemanship/Arena Games
- Junior Camp: $88
- Middle School Camp: $109
Maps + Directions
Find driving directions to Miracle Ranch below. See you soon!
Driving Directions to Miracle Ranch
15999 Sidney Road SW
Port Orchard, WA 98367
From Bremerton and points north - Follow Hwy. 3 south to Gorst. Continue around the inlet on Hwy. 16 south/east. Hwy. 16 becomes a divided highway. Take the second exit: Sedgwick Road. Turn right (west) at the exit ramp stoplight. Turn left onto Sidney Road (second stoplight). Proceed seven miles. As the road passes Horseshoe Lake County Park, it makes a sharp right turn; you make a left turn into the Miracle Ranch gate.
From Tacoma and I-5 - Take I-5 to Hwy. 16/Bremerton exit. Follow Hwy. 16 west, across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, to the Purdy exit. Proceed into Purdy, turn left at Hwy. 302 and cross the bridge. Continue a little over two miles to 94th Ave NW. Turn right. Proceed to the Miracle Ranch gate. (Miracle Ranch is located on Horseshoe Lake).
FAQs | Miracle Ranch
What does an average day at Miracle Ranch look like?
It looks like great food, tons of games, and a plethora of opportunities for campers to expand their horizons. From saddling up to ride the trails on one of our beautiful, gentle horses, to splashing around at the Waterfront, we pack each day with enough opportunity to connect with friends, God, and your adventurous spirit! Our sample schedule below gives you a peek at day at Miracle Ranch.
8:15 am: Breakfast
9:15 am: Bible Study
9:45 am: All-Camp Game
11:00 am: Free Time Activities
12:15 pm: Lunch
1:00-5:00 pm: Free time (scheduled elective activities)
5:30 pm: Dinner
6:45 pm: Evening Activity
8:30 pm: Fireside
9:45 pm: Cabin Reflection Time
10:30 pm: Lights Out
*This schedule is only a sample of a possible day at camp.
*The schedule may vary depending upon age group and specific day of the week.
Can my child be in a cabin with his/her friends?
Friends are good. Cabin mate friends are even better! Be sure to request a cabin with your child's friends during registration (you can request up to two friends who are within two grade levels of each other). Our super awesome staff will give campers the red carpet treatment when they arrive, escorting them to their home away from home.
What time is Check In and Check Out?
Horse Xtravaganza Camp
Check-In begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday (please arrive between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon). Check-Out is at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.
Check-In begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday (please arrive between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon). Check-Out is at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.
Middle School Camps
Check-In begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday (please arrive between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon). Check-Out is at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.
*Any special health needs or medications should be turned in to the Health Supervisor during check-in.
**High school campers who drive to camp must report to and turn in their car keys to the camp leadership team.
Does my child have to know how to swim?
We don't judge non-swimmers here, but we do check to make sure campers are safe in the water. Camper swim checks take place Sunday after check-in. The test consists of a short lap swim and a short session of treading water in our swim area under the supervision of our waterfront staff. Please be prepared for this and have swimwear accessible. Campers who pass the swim test will have access to all waterfront activities; other campers will enjoy on-shore fun.
Can I call or visit my child at camp?
We are 100% conscious of our great responsibility to care for your camper. In the case of an emergency, you will be notified immediately. However, we do not allow personal phone calls or visits during the camp session due to the interruption to the schedule and the effect on camper morale. If a serious concern arises, you may contact the camp director to discuss the situation. Feel free to send mail or email while you're camper's away. Learn how here!
Should my child bring money to camp?
We use a "bank" system so campers don't have to keep track of cash during the week. You may send store deposits with your camp fee payments, call our office at least two weeks before your camp session, or deposit spending money directly into your camper's store account when you check in on the first day of camp. Any money not spent will be refunded in cash, and may be picked up at the camp store during camper check-out. You may also choose to donate this to our scholarship fundt.
Spending money may be used for the following:
- Camp clothing and merchandise (stickers, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc.): $0.50 - $45.00
- Snacks and beverages (candy limit is $3/day): $0.25 - $3.00
- Photos will be available to view on the CRISTA Camps Facebook page
Help! My child left an item at camp!
We hate when that happens! Here are some tips to help:
Please be sure to label all belongings with camper's name and phone number. If you discover that your camper left something behind, call with a detailed description of the item and the week of camp attended. We will attempt to locate the item and mail it to you. You will be asked to provide the postage required to return the item. All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the summer.
What should my child bring to camp?
Below is a list of what campers should bring, and what they should leave at home. Be sure to label all belongings with your camper's name and phone number before arriving. If your camper leaves something behind, call with a detailed description of the item and the week of camp attended—we'll try out darndest to get it back to you!
- Sleeping bag and pillow
- Fitted sheet for bunk bed (optional)
- Toiletries (towel, soap, toothbrush, etc.)
- Footwear for showers and waterfront
- Change of clothing and shoes (5 days, 6 nights)
- Towel & swimsuit (one-piece or modest tankini for girls)
- Warm jacket
- Bible, notebook, pen (Bibles available)
- "Grubby" clothes or riding apparel, including boots or sturdy shoes (for Horsemanship activities)
What to leave at home:
- Cell phones
- iPods/MP3s, DVD or CD players
- Fishing gear
- Personal sports equipment
- Expensive items
- DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT: alcohol, drugs and weapons of any kind
NOTE: High school campers who drive to camp must report to and turn in their car keys to the camp leadership team.
Register now for summer camp at Miracle Ranch!
We are excited to roll out a brand new (much easier to use!) online registration program this year. Note - full payment is required for online registration.
If you would like to register by mail, email, or fax, please print and submit the Summer Camp Registration Form. Note - 50% deposit and payments are acceptable.
** All camps must be paid in full 30 days prior to camp start date **