Triple R Ranch

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  • 3531 Bunch Walnuts Rd

    Chesapeake, VA 23322

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  • 757-421-4177

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RE: Mountain Expedition, Venture Out Program.

I participated in this years ago, and it will always be a lasting experience. Thank you Dan! I must admit that spiritual maturity is a key factor in participating in this activity. It has been a tremendous priviledge for me to take part. It is not a program to baby-sit teens. I would strongly recommend that parents and teens be aware of this before enrolling in the program. There should be an informal interview with interested teens, to determine whether this would be the most enhancing experience for them. It has been a very spiritual experience for me, and a milestone in my life. Dan, I'd really like to get in touch. My email address is a007j@my.wgu.edu, and please include Venture Out in the subject line. I'm also on facebook: Ariel Jeralyne.

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RE: Mountain Expedition, Venture Out Program.

I participated in this years ago, and it will always be a lasting experience. Thank you Dan! I must admit that spiritual maturity is a key factor in participating in this activity. It has been a tremendous priviledge for me to take part. It is not a program to baby-sit teens. I would strongly recommend that parents and teens be aware of this before enrolling in the program. There should be an informal interview with interested teens, to determine whether this would be the most enhancing experience for them. It has been a very spiritual experience for me, and a milestone in my life. Dan, I'd really like to get in touch. My email address is a007j@my.wgu.edu, and please include Venture Out in the subject line. I'm also on facebook: Ariel Jeralyne.

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The following is a response to the review below concerning the Mountain Expedition at Triple R Ranch. It contains parts of an email response sent to the concerned parent within 24 hours of receipt of the stated concerns.

I was saddened upon reading your email and hearing of your son's experience on our Mountain Expedition program. I am truly sorry that the experience was not good for him. I received your email today and contacted the leaders to get there take on your concerns. Please allow me to address your concerns and hopefully give you a fuller picture of last weeks program.

We realize that not everyone will be happy with our food choices. We do make an effort to provide a varied menu that not only tastes good but also provides for the nutritional needs of the group. I have attached our menu for the Mountain Expedition so you can see what each meal consists of. Upon asking our leaders from last week if there was ample food, they assured me there was - other than the final meal. The final meal is a hot-dog cook out. The leaders however had left the hot-dogs in the freezer back at camp. They went to the nearest store only to find it closed. I apologize for this. They ate what food was left from the week.

I am not a fan of Ramen noodles. It is my least favorite of the meals we serve. Teens seem to love it though. It is served at one meal only and ham is served with the noodles for those who would like it. I have led this same trip many times, with the same menu, and find that it is not only sufficient but satisfying (other than the Ramen perhaps).

The leaders on the trip were aware that there were one or two boys who enjoyed playing a macho role, but did not perceive that any of the girls responded to them. They were not aware that any from the group snuck off during the night, and had they known would have intervened. I am sorry that your son was exposed to whatever may have happened. Please know that Triple-R is very concerned about the welfare of our campers and desires to enable them to make good decisions that honor God.

I spoke with both of the male leaders concerning the river portion of the trip. They both assured me that they followed our written policy that there be one assigned leader in a lead position and one assigned leader in the sweep position (following the entire group) at all times. They said that though there were moments when the boats were spread apart that they always remained in these positions. They informed me that there were several capsized boats (as is typical) but that no one was injured. (I have also attached our program procedures if you care to see our protocols).

I felt it important to give you the perspective from the leaders on the trip. We have many that respond very positively to our Mountain program as evidenced by returning campers from previous summers. If you have any further concerns you wish to express or would like further clarification of anything I have written, please feel free to call me. (757) 421-4177 ext 106

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The following is a response to the review below concerning the Mountain Expedition at Triple R Ranch. It contains parts of an email response sent to the concerned parent within 24 hours of receipt of the stated concerns.

I was saddened upon reading your email and hearing of your son's experience on our Mountain Expedition program. I am truly sorry that the experience was not good for him. I received your email today and contacted the leaders to get there take on your concerns. Please allow me to address your concerns and hopefully give you a fuller picture of last weeks program.

We realize that not everyone will be happy with our food choices. We do make an effort to provide a varied menu that not only tastes good but also provides for the nutritional needs of the group. I have attached our menu for the Mountain Expedition so you can see what each meal consists of. Upon asking our leaders from last week if there was ample food, they assured me there was - other than the final meal. The final meal is a hot-dog cook out. The leaders however had left the hot-dogs in the freezer back at camp. They went to the nearest store only to find it closed. I apologize for this. They ate what food was left from the week.

I am not a fan of Ramen noodles. It is my least favorite of the meals we serve. Teens seem to love it though. It is served at one meal only and ham is served with the noodles for those who would like it. I have led this same trip many times, with the same menu, and find that it is not only sufficient but satisfying (other than the Ramen perhaps).

The leaders on the trip were aware that there were one or two boys who enjoyed playing a macho role, but did not perceive that any of the girls responded to them. They were not aware that any from the group snuck off during the night, and had they known would have intervened. I am sorry that your son was exposed to whatever may have happened. Please know that Triple-R is very concerned about the welfare of our campers and desires to enable them to make good decisions that honor God.

I spoke with both of the male leaders concerning the river portion of the trip. They both assured me that they followed our written policy that there be one assigned leader in a lead position and one assigned leader in the sweep position (following the entire group) at all times. They said that though there were moments when the boats were spread apart that they always remained in these positions. They informed me that there were several capsized boats (as is typical) but that no one was injured. (I have also attached our program procedures if you care to see our protocols).

I felt it important to give you the perspective from the leaders on the trip. We have many that respond very positively to our Mountain program as evidenced by returning campers from previous summers. If you have any further concerns you wish to express or would like further clarification of anything I have written, please feel free to call me. (757) 421-4177 ext 106

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We sent our son in August on the Mountain Expedition as part of the Venture Out program through Triple R Ranch. For $500, teens between the ages of 14-17 are challenged with canoeing, camping and rock climbing adventures, plus receiving spiritual inspiration and discussion throughout the trip. We would not send him to this summer camp again.

What we expected would be a well-led, properly supervised and conducted five-day trip for our 14 year old to experience the great outdoors with a strong spiritual slant provided, turned out to be something quite different.

Meals were extremely poor in content and size. Male and female campers on the trip were completely unsupervised during the middle of the night hours, engaging in inappropriate physical contact. Lack of proper safety precautions and supervision during the canoeing phase. It seems the counselors who lead these expeditions are well meaning but simply not old enough nor experienced enough to capably handle teens in this age group.

Approaching the camp executive management with concerns has not brought a response. It appears that until a tragedy occurs on one of these Venture Out trips, parental concerns like these won't be addressed.

Definitely think twice before enrolling your child in one of these camp programs. Important safety, health and behavior appropriateness issues are involved. It's a shame because organized properly, it could be a very nice program for teens.

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We sent our son in August on the Mountain Expedition as part of the Venture Out program through Triple R Ranch. For $500, teens between the ages of 14-17 are challenged with canoeing, camping and rock climbing adventures, plus receiving spiritual inspiration and discussion throughout the trip. We would not send him to this summer camp again.

What we expected would be a well-led, properly supervised and conducted five-day trip for our 14 year old to experience the great outdoors with a strong spiritual slant provided, turned out to be something quite different.

Meals were extremely poor in content and size. Male and female campers on the trip were completely unsupervised during the middle of the night hours, engaging in inappropriate physical contact. Lack of proper safety precautions and supervision during the canoeing phase. It seems the counselors who lead these expeditions are well meaning but simply not old enough nor experienced enough to capably handle teens in this age group.

Approaching the camp executive management with concerns has not brought a response. It appears that until a tragedy occurs on one of these Venture Out trips, parental concerns like these won't be addressed.

Definitely think twice before enrolling your child in one of these camp programs. Important safety, health and behavior appropriateness issues are involved. It's a shame because organized properly, it could be a very nice program for teens.

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Triple R Ranch is FABULOUS! My daughter loves, loves, loves it! The Horselovers Camp is the highlight of her summer vacation! Staying in cabins with girls from all over with counselors from all over the country. It's fellowship & fun at it's best! They have several skill areas to choose from - riflery, archery, canoeing, challenge course (rock wall), skate park, BMX biking, swimming -- you want it, they have it! Then the fun starts - campfire, skits, bull horn competitions, hanging our at the Trading Post, etc. At the end of Horselovers Camp there is a Show-deo (a demonstration of Cowboy skills & Horseback riding) for the parents by the campers. A+++++++++

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Triple R Ranch is FABULOUS! My daughter loves, loves, loves it! The Horselovers Camp is the highlight of her summer vacation! Staying in cabins with girls from all over with counselors from all over the country. It's fellowship & fun at it's best! They have several skill areas to choose from - riflery, archery, canoeing, challenge course (rock wall), skate park, BMX biking, swimming -- you want it, they have it! Then the fun starts - campfire, skits, bull horn competitions, hanging our at the Trading Post, etc. At the end of Horselovers Camp there is a Show-deo (a demonstration of Cowboy skills & Horseback riding) for the parents by the campers. A+++++++++

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I took my Girl Scout troop on a weekend campout here in May. We had a great time. Triple R offer lots of activities--horseback riding, swimming, arts & crafts, rockwall, archery, canoeing and more. Meals are simple but good and they serve you PLENTY! The staff is warm and caring. The camp philosophy is based on Christian principles (however, it's not overly religious). They also offer horse-back riding lessons. I highly recommend Triple R.

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I took my Girl Scout troop on a weekend campout here in May. We had a great time. Triple R offer lots of activities--horseback riding, swimming, arts & crafts, rockwall, archery, canoeing and more. Meals are simple but good and they serve you PLENTY! The staff is warm and caring. The camp philosophy is based on Christian principles (however, it's not overly religious). They also offer horse-back riding lessons. I highly recommend Triple R.

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