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“The purpose of Circle F Dude Ranch Camp is to provide a unique, natural atmosphere in a ranch setting that fosters the emotional, physical and social growth of an individual. “
Paul has owned Circle F Dude Ranch Camp, LLC from 2000-Present. He acquired Circle F from the original owners who started the camp in 1952. Paul is responsible for the overall operation of the 500-acre, 252-bed dude ranch and summer camp, located in Central Florida.
Paul Wells is also Chairman and Founder of Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC.
Captain Wells has more than forty years of experience in the shipping, shipbuilding, and cruise ship operation including all technical aspects of ship consulting and recreation industries.
Ben joined Circle F Dude Ranch Camp the summer of 2011 as the Camp Director. Since that time he has worked hard to grow the mission of a camp while staying true to our camp tradition. He works hard to create an environment where every camper and staff member feels cared for and welcomed at all times. With over 19 years of summer camp, outdoor education, and youth development experience, Ben is constantly looking for ways to improve the camp experience and expand our program. Ben’s love for outdoor education helped to spark the creation of the Circle F Dude Ranch Camp Outdoor Education Center. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in speech communications and has worked as a National Registered Paramedic in his hometown of St. Louis, MO. Ben is married to the camp veterinarian Dr. Katie Hennessy and the both recently welcomed their first daughter and future camper Amelia Hennessy-Moss to the world.
Kris joined the Circle F Dude Ranch Camp in 2005 during that time, he has worked his way up from a cabin counselor in the Wranglers and Pioneers divisions, to head of general sports, to his current position as Assistant Director of the Camp. Kris plays an integral part in Camp’s outdoor education, spring break, and group weekend programs. His philosophy is to give each camper individual attention in order to help them grow emotionally and with a sense of confidence in life. Kris is fluent in Spanish and is in the process of learning French. Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing.
Shelby joined the Circle F team in 2014 as the Program Director. She has worked in camping since 2004 and is passionate about experiential education, high ropes, and the arts department. Since Shelby grew up attending camp each summer, she knows first-hand how a camp experience provides the opportunity for children to have new experiences, challenge themselves, and develop the skills needed to be a successful adult. Shelby holds a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation with a concentration in Camp Administration. Shelby and her husband Jonathan have two children, Hunter and Levi.
Anthony is a specialist in Search Engine Optimization. He is in charge of updating our website and social media so that all of the Circle F Dude Ranch Camp’s extended family and friends can find us easily whenever they need information on the latest upcoming events at the ranch.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Anthony now works and lives in Miami, Florida. He has been involved in on-line information for many years and like Paul, he was originally in the cruise ship industry. Anthony has stated how excited he is to be a part of the Circle F Dude Ranch team.
Circle F Dude Ranch Camp has worked hard to assemble answers to questions frequently asked by parents regarding our Summer Camp program. The goal of our Camp Handbook is to make preparation for the summer camp experience as easy as possible. Please download a copy of our handbook to discover more about our camp and its policies. We believe that this handbook will help you and your camper have an amazing summer..Download Parent Handbook
If you have questions that are not answered below, please contact us at (863) 676-4113.
As you may have noticed, there are many important forms that must be completed and collected prior to your arrival at camp. New and Returning families please note that we must have the Camper Health Care packet completed and sent to camp TWO WEEKS prior to arrival (it is impossible to fill this form out onsite). Without it your camper will not be accepted to camp. Please note that families who have an unpaid balance and/or forms that have not been completed prior to their arrival at registration may face wait times of up to 1 hour plus due to the fact that of our sessions traditionally sellout, we highly encourage you to complete all forms and payments in the comfort of your own home. Circle F Dude Ranch Camp Directors and representatives will be available throughout your whole registration process to assist and guide you in the proper direction and address any questions or concerns
Opening Days are Sunday and begin at 8:30 AM (doors will not open before 8:30 AM) in the Round Up. Upon arrival you will be directed to the proper station based on your completed paper work and/or you current balance.
The three registration stations upon your arrival are.
BE POSITIVE! The experience begins at home with you. Let your child know how excited you are for them and their new experience. Help your child understand the time period that they will be at camp. Do not tell your child that they may come home if they don’t like it. If you do, you are instilling the idea that commitments can be broken and you take away commitment on your part and on the camper’s part, as well. We know you want your child to succeed in whatever they try. Your child should be ready and willing to accept his or her stay at camp with trust, a willingness to change, grow, and to become more independent.
Yes, some children do miss home and it is perfectly normal. You have been their wonderful providers and this is a completely new environment for them. We are very in tune with watching for and caring for those who miss home. We acknowledge their feelings and are sympathetic, but we do not encourage it. Helping your child to adjust is a team effort at Circle F. It has been our experience that campers want to tell their parents much more about the difficult aspects of their new camp life rather than their new friends and adventures. Please realize that to campers you are their confidant, which is a wonderful thing. Your child wants someone to know how hard it all is. To us, they want to appear brave and may not confide any negative feelings, which again, is perfectly normal. They cannot see their own growth, but we can and are always willing to share with you. Last but not least, they truly miss you and worry that you are not okay without them. It is so important in your correspondence with your child to stay positive. Please don’t tell them that “the dog can’t sleep,” “the cat cries all day,” or you are “so sad without them.” Please trust that we are caring for and nurturing your child through this adjustment. Our goal is for your child to have the most exciting and memorable experience possible.
Each camper is provided with wash, dry and fold service once in the first week of camp and twice a week each week thereafter. Clothing must be WELL MARKED to prevent possible mix up or loss. Campers are provided a take-home laundry bag for their use at camp and one to bring their laundry home in. Lost or missing clothing is not the responsibility of Circle F. We will make every effort to find and notify you of any lost or missing clothing.
Sessions One, Two, and Three will participate in an all-camp trip to an area attraction. Campers under the age of ten will be traveling to LEGOLAND. Campers over the age of ten will go to an area waterpark such as Typhoon Lagoon, Aquatica, or Blizzard Beach
Parents/legal guardians of campers who require transportation to/from the Orlando airport must notify the Camp office of the specific details. There is a charge of $100.00 per camper per trip for this service. Please have your camper arrive and/or depart from the airport in the late morning/early afternoon when possible. Written confirmation of flights must be provided.
Our climate is rather ideal for camping. Regular summer clothing is adequate. Our days are warm, but pleasant and the nights are mild. Cabins and public buildings are outfitted with air conditioning.
Each session camp takes an optional trip to a local major amusement park. The cost for the trip which included transportation, tickets, and meals at the part is $160.00 which can be paid at any time by calling the camp office.
Session One – Busch Gardens
Session Two – Islands of Adventure
Session Three – Universal Studios
Session Four – Magic Kingdom
Paintball is held three times per week for two periods (about 2 ½ hours each day). The charge for this is $65.00 per week. We supply all guns (Specially designed not to fire at full speed), balls, and safety equipment. Campers my not bring their own equipment and must be 10 years of age. Some families like to leave spending money in a camper account with the camp office for souvenirs or extra food and drink on excursions. Older campers often to like to order pizza for a late night snack at camp. It is not mandatory to leave money for this purpose and should be discussed with your camper and their counselor to determine need. Any money left for a camper is collected at registration and will be distributed by the camp per your instructions. In the case of excursions, the money is given to the camper the morning of the trip. For the younger campers, you may want their counselor to hold the money for them.