S J Ranch Riding Camp

(860) 872-4742 | View Website

130 Sandy Beach Rd, Ellington, CT | Directions   06029

41.931689 -72.358296

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Sessions run from Jun 26 - Aug 27

 
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Reviews for S J Ranch Riding Camp

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Camp – SJ is really as fun as the camper makes it. Different drama games, sports, archery, boating, and barn classes are offered for three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. You have two group riding lessons a day and get to choose what activity you would like to do for the other two hours in the morning and the afternoon. If you decided you want to be at arts and crafts for two hours in the morning and afternoon, well that may not be the most fun for some but you get to choose what activity you do. During rest hour you can go swimming and boating at the waterfront. There is also night program each night and each camper participates (it is usually a game of some sort or a scavenger hunt). Each riding group no matter what level goes swimming with the horses and on a supper/ lunch ride. X- country is usually only open to the more advanced groups because if you have a difficult controlling a horse in a ring the chance of being able to control them in a open field in even less likely. Finally, each activity is supervised/ run by someone who is 18+ (no one under 18 legally can run a program/ activity on their own without someone who is 18+ supervising). Oh and the food is served buffet style (so you can eat as much as you like). I'm sorry if your daughter had a bad experience but I loved being a camper at SJ.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst Camp Stay Away – .In looking at the reviews below I guestion there legitamacy, as the 5 star reviews all seem to come on the tails of a bad review....... Makes you wonder..

My 12 year old will never experience an overnight camp again, after her stay here, due to her negative experience at S & J,

First the camp is run down with unfriendly and mean staff, (how she described them). She is a quite girl and she was petrified of the staff, it was literally the worst exeperience for her. Very unfriendly staff, the place is mainly run by the older teens, and adults are few and far between. MINIMAL ACTIVITES...my daughter and the few friends she made walked aimlessly around for many hours of the day. No real activities beyond the ridgid and formal riding 1-2 times a day. Also, if your child is not at the advanced stage of ridng the extra activites are not allowed. The staff yells at young campers and the older teens are cliquey and laugh at the new campers, making them feel very uncomfortable. The week she was there was real hot and they never went swimming, as no one swims there. Food was in small quantities and horrible. I had to go back to the camp and drop off bottled water as no drinking fountains and or water available. Words cannot describe how upset and disapointed my daughter was by her stay here...

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

greatest camp ever!! – I had the most amazing experience at sj. the horses were awesome, and the riding taught you so much. there were a lot of kids who were beginners and had never even jumped before, and by the end of camp they were jumping cross country!! I loved how many activities you could do and that you didn't have to do the same thing every day like at most camps. The food was good and the cabins were fun. I liked how rustic everything was. it made it really feel like camping. i made so many great friends and had such a good time. i can't wait to go back again!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

I love SJ! – I love SJ so much! Even though the facilities are a little rustic, the campers don't care! You'll make amazing friends and grow so much as a rider. The counselors are fun and amazing and the riding program was so fun! Swimming with the horses, trail rides, cross country - there was always something new to do. The other activities were fun and there were always new things to do. I liked the food...it wasn't the same as it is at home, but it was pretty good for camp food (and I'm a vegetarian, and they had plenty of choices for me)

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Place, EVER! – I'm 13 and I've gone to SJ for two years and in 11 days I'll be leaving for my 3rd year. 99% of the people that go to SJ LOVE it. The rest of the either jsut don't like it, or don't give it a chance!

The staff at SJ ranch is amazing an so kind. I've kept in contact with many of the staff members, and campers throughout the year after being at camp.

At camp, the food is great! You get to eat a lot, and it always tastes great!

When you go to SJ, you'll never be bored. You get to choose 4 activities per day, and then you also get to ride twice.

SJ is overall a beautiful and wonderful place to spend part of your summer with wonder people, and great horses! The riding program is so much fun, and all the horses are awesome. I love SJ, and so do manyyy other girls that have gone there. Im sure that if you go there, you won't be disappointed at all.

Also, my riding improved so much at SJ. I went from barely jumping to jumping2'6 cross country!

I hope my review helped!

:D

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Rundown outdated camp not worth themoney – I am looking again for a ridng camp for my 11 year old.

Last year we tried S& J and were real dispaointed. The camp w as not as expected. We were unhappy from the get go. Our arrival there was soo dispaointing and I felt unsure about leaving my daughter. Not a very friendly group of staff and my daughter did not like it there. She has been away before and this was a very bad experience. her issues were unfreindly staff and older teens. Food was not good and not enough. Riding was very strict and rigid, not fun. No fun activities.FYI

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

best.camp.everrrr – Last year was my first year at SJ. I went for third session (2 weeks). It was the best experience of my life. It was also my first time ever at sleep-away camp. I got a great welcome to the camp. My first day there, I made friends with EVERYONE in my cabin and I felt at home. The counselors are amazing and they care about you. When I came to SJ, it was my first time riding. The riding program there is SOOO GOOD! When I arrived, I didn't even know how to hold my reins. When I left, I was already cantering and doing pole courses. The riding instructors there are great and I learned so much. I liked arts and crafts, archery, and other sports. The only thing is that the bathrooms could be cleaner, since there was a lot of dirt in the showers. Other then that, this camp was AMAZING and I really recommend it.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

The Best – My daughter began going to SJ Ranch in 2002, when she was thirteen years old. She is a shy girl, and she was very, very homesick for the first week. My husband and I were concerned that she wasn't ready to be away for so long (3 week session), but by the time we came to pick her up she didn't want to come home with us!

My girl is now 21 and stays in touch with many of the friends she made as a camper.

She had been riding for 5 years when she started, and SJ is geared very much toward horses, so that was the most important part, but she also loved arts and crafts, archery, boating, and various games. Over her four camper years, she learned many new horse-related skills. She adored her counselors, who were friendly to me and supportive of my daughter. They made every effort to include her, and it worked out wonderfully.

I would recommend SJ to anyone with a daughter who loves horses (any riding level!) and is an outdoorsy type (the cabins are pretty rustic). My daughter found her place at SJ, and perhaps yours will, too!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

SJ ROCKS – SJ is the ideal place for a horse-loving girl to spend the summer! The camp is small, so every camper and counselor know each other's names within the first few days. There are cabin bonding activities, whole-camp activities, and the smaller groups that girls sign up for. The campers are constantly mixed with new people and really get to know older and younger members of the community. Year after year girls dedicate their summer to camp at SJ because of the amazing horses, friends, and staff! The first time you attend SJ you become part of the family. My family has been involved as campers and parents of campers here since 1996 -- we highly recommend it!!!!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

SJ Ranch Riding camp – I couldn't disagree more. My daughter never complained of boredom. She went to SJ to ride and be around horses. The focus of this camp is riding. There are other activities but it is not a sports camp. The kids are not scheduled to run from one place to another like they do the whole school year. They are encouraged to be with each other.

Since the girls are assigned riding groups according to skill, they get to interact with girls that are not necessarily in their cabin. They learn a lot about riding and horsemanship in a noncompetitive atmosphere.

I found the staff be very helpful and kind particularly when it came to homesickness. Although there were CITs and Jr. Counselors, the rest of the senior staff were all over 21 years of age.

Yes the check in can take some time, but it is because they are thorough, even doing a lice check.

SJ Ranch is located in a beautiful setting. It an ideal place to spend the summer. It is a small group of about 50 girls. Some are returning campers and do know each other, but there is always room for new friends.

My daughter was very happy at SJ and looks forward to going again.

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