We believe that the Wyoming wilderness and outdoor adventure activities provide challenging and fulfilling experiences for youth. This environment coupled with our caring staff creates opportunities for new life experiences otherwise unattainable for these children. At a glance, a casual observer at camp may see children just being children as they play in the outdoors. We see much more. We see children becoming strong, healthy, and happy adults.
Staff and campers live on a rustic 62-acre ranch complete with swimming pool, log cabins, and lodge. Jackson Hole, located at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We limit enrollment to 30 children and teens per session so a low counselor-to-camper ratio of 1:4 allows for a lot of personal attention. We are committed to giving each camper a significant amount of support, guidance, and supervision.
Our summer camp:
- Creates a supportive environment
- Encourages the individual development of each child.
- Varies in length from 2 to 9 weeks
- Provides a wealth of outdoor and social opportunities
We want our campers to feel secure, to know they are special, and to realize that their feelings are important. We believe our nurturing counselors are more than instructors – they are role models, friends, and mentors to our campers. Our goal is to promote deeper self-awareness, improved self-esteem, and greater confidence in our participants.
Broken Arrow Ranch
Broken Arrow Ranch is our home base for all of our summer programs. In December 1997, the City Kids Wilderness Project Board of Directors deeded a conservation easement to the Jackson Hole Land Trust, protecting forever the open spaces of the 62-acre Broken Arrow Ranch.
The name “Broken Arrow” honors a nineteenth century treaty between new world settlers and Native Americans to bring peace to the wilderness. The arrow was broken to symbolize the end of war. Today, the ranch provides crucial winter range for moose, mule deer and elk and it is a critical migratory artery between the Hoback River and surrounding Wyoming and Gros Ventre Ranges. We think the ranch is a wonderful environment for an extraordinary migration of city kids to the wilderness.
A former guest ranch, Broken Arrow is nestled between the Hoback River and the Bridger-Teton National Forest seventeen miles south of Jackson, Wyoming. Rustic log cabins house four to eight children and their counselors. A central lodge is a gathering place where campers and counselors join to share healthful meals in the dining room or to enjoy a board game in the recreation room. A swimming pool, horse corral, pastures and playing fields provide ample space for active children to play and learn.
In the off-season, winterized cabins are leased to provide income to the camp. Much of the rental income is used for capital expenditures such as upgrading the Ranch’s electrical and water systems, repairing aged cabins and replacing leaking roofs. The wonderful western ranch atmosphere, combined with the natural beauty of the surrounding lands and rivers, makes the perfect home away from home for our city kids.