Family Camp at Outlaw Ranch
Come spend quality time with your family in a relaxed atmosphere, featuring great food and Christian community in a peaceful Black Hills valley. Outlaw Ranch welcomes families of all sizes and descriptions. Weeks include multiple generations, as parents, children, grandchildren, and singles come together for a week of family camp. During this week you’ll live in a community of grace surrounded by family and friends as you play, pray, worship, and grow together in faith.
Each week morning adult sessions are lead by our resource person in a variety of engaging topics. It is an opportunity for thoughtful and honest discussion, as people grow together throughout the week.
Summer 2018 Leaders:
July 1-6: Rev. Dr. Michael Chan
July 8-13: Rev. Paul Oman
July 22-27: Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen & Bishop David Zellmer
July 29-August 3: Rev. Stephanie Espinoza
August 5-10: Rev. Dr. Charlene Rachuy Cox
Musician in Residence
Each week includes one or more musicians come to share their gifts with the camp community. Each morning, they work with the kids to create songs that are performed before lunch. The artist also performs a special evening concert in the Barn. On another night, they may lead an informal sing-a-long. Worship times are often enlivened by the original music they bring.
July 1-6: Paul Tietjen
July 8-13: TBD
July 22-27: TBD
July 29-August 3: Dakota Road
August 5-10: Tangled Blue (Tentative)
Typical Day at Camp
In the mornings, adults spend time together in conversation and learning, guided by the weekly resource leader, while youth enjoy activities with our well-trained counselors and artist-in-residence. Afternoons are open for families to spend time together in many camp activities or enjoying all the attractions the Black Hills of South Dakota have to offer. The family camp community comes together each evening for intergenerational activities. Each night draws to a close with worship around the crackling of the campfire. And, the delicious home-cooked meals speak for themselves.
You’ll find a lot of flexibility and freedom at Outlaw, but here’s a typical day:
Homemade breakfast, with weekly Breakfast Trail Ride
Roundup! Family-friendly morning worship
Adults meet with the adult resource leader, who guides them through interactive study and group discussion.
Youth meet for Bible study and fun activities with their college-age counselors & age group.
Lunch (Sack lunch available for those leaving camp)
Afternoon options for families:
Fish for trout on Bismarck Lake
Play games on site (i.e. volleyball, soccer, basketball, and ultimate frisbee)
Create arts and crafts
Participate in low-ropes challenge course
Relax (read a book or take a nap on one of the camp’s hammocks)
Explore the Black Hills
Supper - homecookin’ served family style
Evening Options for Families:
Candlelight dinner for adults (while kids enjoy a cookout)
Campfire worship under the stars
Custer State Park Wildlife Loop
Several mornings each week Outlaw Ranch offers its own guided tour of Custer State Park. You are likely to see buffalo, deer, elk, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, and maybe even a mountain lion. Leaving at first light returns you to camp in time for breakfast.
Black Hills Attractions (for those who want to be tourists in the afternoon):
Custer State Park entrance – 2 miles from camp
Crazy Horse Memorial – 9 miles
Sylvan Lake & Harney Peak trailhead – 10 miles
Jewel Cave National Monument - 17 miles
Mount Rushmore National Memorial – 24 miles
Wind Cave National Park – 25 miles
Evans Plunge and Mammoth Site in Hot Springs – 35 miles
Choose from the following three options:
The Vision Quest Lodge has semi-private rooms with adjoining bathrooms. A handicap-accessible room and cribs are available. Maximum four per room.
The Cabins have light and heat and can sleep up to eight. They are clustered in villages around a central showerhouse. Some cabins are divided for small families, singles or couples.
The Campground is available for tent, trailer and RV campers. Sorry, no hook-ups, but a shower house is nearby.
Registration & Pricing
Summer 2018 - Registration opens November 6th, 2017:
Lodge or Cabin
Adult (12 and up) - $475
Children (3-11) - $375
Children (under 3) - FREE
Extended adult family member in same lodging - $350
Extended child (3-12) family member in same lodging - $250
Family Maximum Fee - $2,000