Camp Re-creates Old West And Even Has A Rodeo Show

Non-denominational Facility Designed For Youth 7 To 17

May 05, 1991

If you yearn for a taste of the Old West, turn your horse -- or car -- toward Millers, where the spiritual combines with the saddle for aunique camp.

Head north into the picturesque town of "River Valley Ranch."

Situated on 500 acres off Grave Run Road in Millers, this all-Western approach to non-denominational Christian camping is open June 23through Aug. 17.

The ranch, sponsored by the Peter and John RadioFellowship Inc., is a unique resident summer camp for youths 7 to 17.

The facility is open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays.

At3 p.m., a free rodeo is offered and in the evening, a concert or Christian film is scheduled.

The $145-per-week fee includes guidance by a trained staff, bunking for girls in a restored 100-year-old milland for boys in bunkhouses, all equipped with modern facilities.

Also available are family-style meals served in the Indian Pow-wow House, trail rides, hayrides, swimming, recreational sports, a stagecoach trip, skit night and campfire fellowship.

Established in 1953, the ranch has an experienced staff that includes a registered nurse, certified lifeguards, trained horseback riders and counselors.

Thedaily program is prepared with each age group in mind for a fun vacation combined with an equally concerned emphasis on the spiritual needs of youth.

Upon entering the picturesque western town, it isn't hard to conjure up scenes of yesteryears during the daring action-packed days of the old frontier.

Stroll down Main Street and visit the:

* General Store.

* Adobe brick jail.

* Wells Fargo Stage Depot.

* Blacksmith Shop.

* Wrangler's Roost.

* O.K. Corral.

* Ole Town Meeting House.

Don your old grubby clothes for a hike to the cave or enjoy the excitement of the rodeo; fun for entire family.

In the evening, all the campers gather for the unique experience of meeting for Bible study in the Ole Town Meeting House.

The non-profit campground visually invites you to get "back in the saddle" and enjoy a western vacation with spiritual values.

If you don't feel like camping but just want a peaceful country day, the camp is open to the public every Saturday for any of the activities.

To get to the ranch, take Route 30 north past Manchester to Route 86 east, right on Alesia to Lineboro Road, left on Alesia Road, right on Roller Road and left on Grave Run Road.

Information: 239-7560.

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