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The Power of a Summer Camp Rodeo

A loud thunderous cheer comes from the crowd as the girl summer camper rounds the 3rd barrel in her run of the Terrible T. One of the many events that take place during the Circle F Dude Ranch summer camp rodeo. She is determined and in complete control. Her timing and movements are so precise; it’s as if she was one with her horse. Clearly, this wasn’t her first Rodeo, and parents, spectators, and other campers couldn’t tell even if it was because the camper prepared and worked hard towards her summer camp horseback riding event. At Circle F, staff and campers believe in the traditions that were founded back in 1952 when we opened our doors as a boy and girl summer camp rooted in a dude ranch foundation. Those traditions include hard work, practice, perseverance, courage, and grit, especially regarding our horse program.

Despite it being competitive, campers are still fiercely supportive of fellow riders. Constantly pushing each other to be better. As a result of their supportive nature, they connect because they are going through new adventures and challenges together. These connections might be one of the best parts of a sleep-away camp.

The Best Summer Job

They also get tremendous support from a very experienced and passionate staff. College-aged riders from around the country and world often can’t wait to come together at this summer camp ranch job in Florida to teach horseback riding. Many have been campers themselves and experienced those same rodeo moments. They are now finding themselves giving back and passing that torch on.

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One-of-a-kind Summer Camp Memories

The Circle F Rodeo is about those moments where campers who have worked their hardest get to hold that 1st place ribbon, or sometimes any ribbon. To experience the excitement and honor of being chosen to carry the American flag and camp flag during a riding performance on horseback. To be selected to be on the elite Circle F Drill team, or the highest honor of being the team captain.

The greatest of these moments for our staff, though, is when campers hop off their horses and run over to their family, counselors, and cabin mates, and they are just showered with praise because they just did something incredible. A child’s hard work, dedication, and grit created a bond with a horse, a one-of-a-kind adventure, but most importantly, a lifelong memory.

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