Lost Creek Ranch Camp Confidence

Rating: 4.19 stars   16 reviews

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Location: N6842 570th ST Beldenville WI 54003 USA

Mission: "Let no heart or soul, human or equine, fall through the cracks"
Target demographics: create encourage Leadership, Teamwork, Self Confidence and Good Horsemanship.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 120 youth ages 8-16 and 25 rescue, senior and "unwanted" horses.
Geographic areas served: building confidence in youth through learning good horsemanship skills
Programs: Camp Confidence, residential summer horse camps for kids. Spring and Fall Horsemanship programs. Lease for Learning programs

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

Lost Creek Camp Confidence is a one of a kind place where "unwanted" horses are cared for, trained and given a job that that love whether it is teaching children and adults how to ride, being camp horses or taking riders on the trails.





The founder, Lynette Weldon, is that rare person who connects and understands horses as well as people. Her uncanny ability to read a horse is matched only by her wisdom in knowing exactly what her riding students need to move forward.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increased self confidence, better awareness of my communication with horses and people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Lost Creek Ranch Camp Confidence needs to expand it's programs to reach more children and adults.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have learned everything about horses from Lynette and the instructors at Lost Creek Ranch. Not only have I learned to ride but I have learned to take care of horses, feed and I help out with chores too. This year I am on the show team and I am proud to be riding and showing a rescue horse!

Camp is the best week of my year and my favorite part is watching horse movies on the projector in the bunkhouse when we go to bed. I also like that I have learned western and english riding and that everyone is really nice no matter what kind of riding you want to do.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

If you want to keep your donations local please consider Lost Creek Ranch. The founder is an amazing horse person who not only takes in unwanted horses but also gives at risk kids from the community a place to be part of something big. The kids and horses love each other and the ranch is a one of a kind place.

The riding lessons are so much fun and it doesn't matter how much or how little you have ridden- they always seem to choose the perfect horse for you to ride and learn on. I could spend all day brushing and loving on those horses.

Thank you Lost Creek Ranch for all that you do for our local community and horses in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More funding is needed.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

All I have heard about is Lost Creek Ranch since sending my daughter to Camp Confidence! She still talks about "her horse" and the other horses. One of the most important aspects of this camp versus others we have attended was the amount of riding and horse time the girls get- they have lessons two times a day and in between learn to groom and get to help out with the rescue horses.

I loved that the girls were put on chore teams and helped feed and care for the horses every day. Again this is unique to this camp and it instills a work ethic in the girls- my daughter was proud to be part of the team and felt like her chores were really important. And her riding improved so much in just one week of camp! She cantered in the camp show and her smile was huge. She is already planning her return and making sure her new camp friend will be in the same week.

She also loved her camp counselors who were collage girls and now my daughter wants to go to collage and study horses just like them!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The ratings above one star here are unexplainable. This should not be a place that is allowed to serve kids. Surely there is a review board that would close this place down. The kids slept in a shack for a week, with no electricity. No running water or indoor bathroom at all. They showered once at a local pool 15 minutes away. They served instant Mac and chees for dinner more than once. This was a horrible experience and one I feel guilty for sending my kids to.

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We have sent several messages to "RunnerJ" and have not had a reponse. Nothing in his/ her review applies to our camp. 1) Not only are we licensed by the county (and have been for over a decade) but we are the ONLY licensed horse camp in western WI and are inspected every season to be sure that our camp is safe and sanitary. 2) The "shack" or as we call it the Bunkhouse was newly constructed in 2013 and every stage of it from the foundation footings to the roof was inspected by the county to be sure it met commercial construction codes- yes commercial which is a higher standard than residential. Our new bunkhouse has windows on both sides and two sets of double doors (one on each end) as well as heat and air conditioning- and obviously electricity :) 3) It would be extremely difficult to run a ranch with "no running water" and within 20 feet of the bunkhouse are 2 hydrants and another several feet further in the barn. Not only do we have running water but campers use it daily for activities like washing horses and doing dishes. 4) Going to the local pool which is almost 5 miles away is an afternoon treat for the campers who enjoy cooling off and playing on the waterside on hot days. There are nice showers there that everyone uses after swimming. 5) "Instant mac and cheese" while a kid favorite is not something we normally serve at camp- we do have spaghetti nite, hamburgers/ hotdogs from the grill, chicken tacos, and pizza from the grill. Again if this person would respond to my messages I would be able to see what camp she/ he attended and see exactly what the menu was that week. Honestly my guess is that someone is trying to sabotage our success as the #1 horse camp but our results speak for themselves- our camps have a waiting list every summer and many of our campers become riding students at Lost Creek Ranch and lifelong horse lovers. In the end that is what matters to us and to the rescue horses we serve.

Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I went there over the summer and LOVED it sure it's not the most extra agent one but the teachers, volunteers, and horses make up for it. I m going back again next year!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more gov funding

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Simply the best horse camp experience hands down! Campers are assigned their own horse for a week and learn everything from haltering, grooming, saddling, safe handling on the ground to the basics of riding. Campers ride twice a day, help feed and care for the horses, work in "chore teams" learning everything it takes to care for horses. Councelors are experienced horse professionals- many of them students majoring in pre vet and equine studies at the University of WI River Falls which is inspiring to the young campers. Another favorite is having the farrier (horse hoof care specialist) doing a shoeing demo for the girls- they learn so much!

Riding lessons 2x/day (indoor and outdoor arenas), an awesome selection of horses for all levels and abilities, hot afternoons spent at the local pool, evenings around the campfire and watching horse movies projected lifesize on the arena walls are just a few camp favorites!

Lynette Weldon has been running Camp Confidnce for over 12 years and loves working one on one with the campers building their confidence and fostering a lifelong love of horses. Her staff are professionally trained, comitted to the best care of the campers and horses and above all enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and passion for all things horse.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Love for them to be able to expand and offer more camps and programs

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

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Never had I been more disappointed in a camp than I was in this one. The camp was run-down and filthy, the water main broke toward the end of the 5-day camp and there was no running water for 1 1/2 days. The one "biffie" was filled to the brim and was DISGUSTING - most likely a complete health hazard - not to mention the fact of no running water. The area set-aside for the kids to ride the horses was so dusty, my husband couldn't even take pictures at the end for fear of ruining his camera! Haven't they hard of spraying at least SOME water down on the dusty ground to minimize the dust when horses stomp on it??

Even though "Camp Confidence" touts itself as the kind of camp that builds confidence and self-esteem, it did nothing of the kind for my daughter. If my daughter approached Lynnette with the fact that she wasn't sure how to do something - Lynnette (and the other snotty girls) made fun of her, told her she should know how to do that, and didn't help her or teach her at all. So much for a teaching camp!

Even though the counselors touted that they watch movies in the bunkhouse every night (keep in mind the "bunkhouse" is a thrown-up "shed" that barely houses 6 bunk beds - no running fans - no open windows) - they watched "Saddle Club" one night out of the 4 nights. The main house on the property might as well be a crack house, for the sight of it. Completely run-down and not taken care of at all.

The campers sat on their iPhones during all the sessions - and Lynnette didn't do anything to stop them. The campers were encouraged (or at least, not discouraged by Lynette and the other counselor) to mock, tease, and act entirely like snotty, bratty children toward the other "not as financially able" campers. "You don't ride every day???" "You don't have your own horse???" Blah, blah, blah. They even mocked my child for actually wanting to spend time with her horse!!! What child wouldn't want to spend time with a horse - they are at A HORSE CAMP!!!!

Give me a break. I have no problem with the attitude of Lynnette and her counselors (and yearly campers) toward new-comers - BUT, to tout this camp as "Camp Confidence?" Give me a break!

Lynnette's own daughter has Down's Syndrome and was lost for hours playing "hide and seek." Not only was Lynnette not worried and not looking for her daughter, she came across (to my daughter) as completely unconcerned and uncaring. Luckily, she was eventually found!

The campers didn't do one single trail ride the entire week - which was very disappointing to my daughter - especially since it is touted, as well, in the literature.

This was certainly NOT a $750 5-day camp week.

The facilities are severely lacking, the teaching and training is demeaning to say the least.

The only good thing are the horses. The half shire/half quarter horse my daughter had was beautiful and outstanding. And well cared for.

I only wish Lynnette actually cared for her campers as much as she does for her horses.

Don't waste the money on this camp. There HAS to be better ones out there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make Lynnette stop touting this as "Camp Confidence," stop charging so dang much for a camp with so few facilities/amenities, and start treating her "less fortunately" customers with more dignity. Just because a person isn't filthy rich, doesn't mean they are less capable with a horse - and doesn't mean they don't deserve as much respect. They are paying JUST as much money as your other customers. Give them what they are paying for!!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Reading this "review" saddens us as we strive to provide the best experience for all campers. Our facilities include a new barn with stalls, indoor covered/ well lit arena. outdoor fenced arena with lights for night riding, 20 acres of fenced paddocks, apple trees, shady hammock areas, sandy campfire pit with lots of seating and shaded picnic areas. Our bunkhouse sleeps 10 and has double doors on each end, 4 screened windows, electricity as well as heat and a/c. We are the areas only licensed horse camp and are inspected by the county multiple times each season to insure we meet all health and safety codes. Our staff are trained in first aid and responding to emergencies. In addition to the camp staff we are proud of our interns who are pre vet and equine science majors at UWRF and choose to spend their summers sharing their passion for horses with our campers. We have a strict anti bullying policy and throughout each camp session work on team building and play organized games to encourage new friendships and teamwork. Our campers come from a wide range of backgrounds- only a handful of the 120 campers we meet every summer actually are lucky enough to take regular riding lessons or have a horse of their own. Our campers are often first time riders and we welcome everyone of all abilities to join us! We have always been a camp who caters to horse crazy kids- some on scholarship, some paid- all happy to get to spend a week caring for and learning to ride their assigned horse. Cell phones and electronic devices of any kind are prohibited. We want kids to work on people skills, horse skills and teamwork and we find the best way to do that is to interact through games. lessons and working in teams to complete tasks at chore time. In the 12 years of Camp Confidence we have always taught lessons in a fenced arena- it is the safest way for new riders to learn. Trail rides have not been and will not be part of the camp experience as we take pride in our safety first attitude. We invite anyone to stop in and visit our ranch anytime. 2014 Camp Confidence dates are posted online and filling fast: http://www.lostcreekranch.info/

Rating: 5 stars  

I surprised my wife with a trail ride excursion at Lost Creek Ranch last summer and little did I know it would renew her love for horses and begin a relationship with Lost Creek Ranch that I know will continue for a long time. My wife began weekly lessons with Lynette the owner of the ranch. Lynette not only has tremendous knowledge and experience with horses, but has a gift of teaching both children and adults. Lost Creek Ranch rescues horses and trains them for jobs at the ranch. The horses in turn help children and adults build confidence, gain experience riding, showing, and caring for horses along with giving guests at the ranch a unique riding experience. Lost Creek Ranch also provides a great opportunity for interns to work with guests and the horses.
Last weekend my wife and I invited our two nieces to the ranch for the Fall Horsemanship. Jillian (12) and Emma (10) had a wonderful time grooming the horses and learning to ride. With Jillian’s parents going through a divorce and her cousin Emma still mourning the loss of her father less than two years ago, this experience really provided a day of fun and escape from the stress of life’s unexpected turns. Horses have a unique way of helping people deal with the pain in our lives and Lost Creek Ranch truly is a place that recognizes this. - Bill and Julie, Roberts, WI

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found Lost Creek Ranch about two and a half years ago when my boys were at camp. I wanted a break from my two sons with special needs and a very active high schooler. I was welcomed, accepted, challenged and learned alot. I stayed on and actually now get a caregiver for the boys so I can have rejuvenating time for me. I have learned from Lynette (owner) how to understand horses and how to ride better. I have gained friendships with many of the woman there. The at risk youth program, intern program and youth camps are an important part of why the ranch exists. Lynette is a strong believer in giving these special horses a new job and allowing youth to grow through asset based experiences and the companionship of a horse. This place has changed my life. I am eager to have our indoor arena completed this fall so that we can ride on site in the winter as well as the summer. This will allow continuity in our programs and keep the horses engaged and in shape in the winter as well.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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