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Joy Ranch

What you need to know.


We can’t wait to welcome you!

As you prepare for a faith-filled experience at Joy Ranch, here are some tips and information to assist in the process. Medical information and scholarship forms are submitted online to assure security and privacy. To fill out the health information, please log-in to your registration account (use the login button at the top of the website). More fun and helpful information is found below. Please contact us if you have any questions about you or your child’s faith experience.

Please know you and your child’s safety and faith development is our chief concern. Our goal is for each camper to have fun, grow in leadership, develop and nurture friendships, and to strengthen their faith. We promise to do all we can to make that happen. Please call with any questions you have about this faith-filled adventure. And thank you for sharing your precious child and time with us.


Summer Staff

While at Joy Ranch, we are blessed to have the excellent young leaders sharing their faith. Your child will be part of a cabin group with a counselor always present. During family and grandparent camps, a staff member will be present as it best suits your family's needs. Grace-filled Christian community, friendship, and teamwork are emphasized. Active Bible study, creative devotions and worship leadership opportunities are included as part of daily faith nurturing.

Schedule & Activities

Your activities and daily schedule is going to depend on the camp session you attend. If you are interested in specifics, please contact the Program Director, Krista (605-886-4622 or

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Packing List

Please be sure to label everything!

☐ Bible
☐ Sleeping bag or bedding for twin mattress
☐ Pillow
☐ Sturdy shoes (close-toed & close-backed) (Sandals may be worn at the waterfront. In addition, horse riding requires a boot/sturdy shoe with a heel.)
☐ Clothing (camp clothing philosophy - layer-able and get-dirty-able, plan for warm days and cool nights)


☐ Warm jacket and rain gear
☐ Bath towels *
☐ Personal toiletries
☐ Flashlight
☐ Camera (no camera phones, please)
☐ Cap, hat, or bandana for sun protection
☐ Swimsuit, towel, sandals
☐ Medications, if needed (Please be sure inhalers/epipens are filled and all medications are in original containers)
☐ Sunscreen & Bug spray
☐ Money for the Joy Ranch Camp Store

* Only for campers staying in the bunkhouse.


Not allowed at camp.

☒ Cell phones or other electronics such as iPods, hand-help video games, or laptops.
☒ Pets
☒ Weapons
☒ Alcohol or drugs
☒ Valuables. If you have a valuable that would cause disappointment if it were broken, ruined, or lost at camp, please leave it at home.


A variety of delicious and healthy meals will be served during your time at Joy Ranch. You may be eating in the dining room, outdoor on the boardwalk, as a prairie picnic, and/or as a campfire meal! If you have any special dietary concerns or food allergies, please contact the Program Director, Krista (605-886-4622 or, at least one week prior to your arrival at Joy Ranch. 

Contact Your Camper

Please put in the subject line:
Camper Mail Attn: Camper Name 

Physical Address:              
Joy Ranch
Attn: Camper Name
16633 448th Ave.
Florence, SD 57235

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Retreat Room Lodging - Joy Ranch has 16 Hotel-Style Retreat Rooms. Hotel-Style because they include all linens and towels. Each room has an attached private bathroom, as well as the option to open a connecting door to the neighboring room. Retreat Rooms because there are no TVs, creating a place to escape, slow down, and enjoy your time away. 14 of our rooms have two queen beds, one of the other two rooms has a queen bed with two twin beds, and the last room has a queen bed, a full size adjustable bed, and a twin bed. Each of the rooms are uniquely designed; you'll want to keep coming back to stay in them all!

Bunkhouse Lodging - Joy Ranch has 4 bunkhouses, each with 16 twin beds. 6 of the beds are bunk beds (one upper, one lower), and the other 4 beds are just lower. Each bunkhouse has an attached bathroom with showers, toilets, and sinks. Off of each bunkhouse there is also a private room with 1 twin bed and an attached half bath. The attached private rooms can be used for a variety of reasons, from an adult supervisor with a youth group to a camper who may need a quieter place to sleep. In the bunkhouses, linens are not included; make sure to bring bedding and towels.


Arrival: Check-in is at 4 pm. Please wait to arrive until that time as our staff will be preparing for your arrival prior to registration.

Departure/Closing Worship: Our time comes to a close with closing worship at 10:30 am on your final day of camp. If you are attending a partial week of camp, please see your registration for date in which your program ends.


Camp Store

Souvenirs and snacks will be available from the Thirsty Boot at a designated time each day. Youth campers may open an account on the first day of camp. Purchases will be deducted from the account, and the balance refunded on the last day of the camp session. The Thirsty Boot will also be open on the last day of the camp session for families and friends to enjoy. 

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Questions or Concerns?

Contact Registrar Erica at (605) 274-5326 for information about registration.
Contact Program Director Nate at (605) 886-4622 for information about programming and facilities.