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Lost Creek Ranch Camp Confidence
August 13, 2013

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.

Ways to make it better...

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!!!!

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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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