InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River

1645 Colborne St. E., Brantford, Ontario, N3T 5L4 (view map)

Ages:
5 to 16 (Coed, All Girls, All Boys )
Type:
Day camp, Overnight camp
Programs:
Specialty:
Traditional (multi activity)
Cost:
$240 to $995
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)

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InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River
 

Circle Square Ranch is a Christian summer camp offering memorable overnight and day camps. We specialize in offering a multi-level horsemanship program – with decades of experience teaching everyone from total beginners to advanced riders. Aside from the barn, campers can enjoy swimming, high/low ropes, climbing, archery, campfires, tomahawks and many other activities instructed by passionate and qualified leaders. We offer dynamic leadership programs for ages 13 -16. Our programs, including age-appropriate Bible discussions, are designed to give campers opportunities to grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. We are prioritizing safety and excited to have campers join us again.


The Our Kids review of InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River

 

InterVarstiy Circle Square Ranch Grand River was founded in the 1970s as a program of Crossroads Christian Communications TV program, Circle Square. The popularity of the show created an initial interest in the camp programs, though in time the quality of the camps themselves were the draw independent of it. In 2011 Circle Square was bought by InterVarsity, becoming one of nine camps that organization runs across the country. Begun 1929, the InterVarsity camps contribute to the goal of creating unique opportunities to bring young people together around the personal challenges that a camp setting can provide. At camp kids unplug and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. The equestrian programs at Circle Square date back to the camp’s founding four decades ago; as strong as ever, they are a particular draw for many of the families that enrol here.


The 2021 Experience at InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River

We can't wait to be back on horses and with campers.

If 2020 has taught us one thing, it's that we need to stay flexible. As a result, we've: -delayed registration -planned with flexibility in mind -updated health and safety protocols -explored reduction in camper capacity -modified activities

Safety and training have always been a priority for us, but in 2021, they take on a new dimension. Here is what we are doing to ensure camper safety: -public health guidelines will be met or exceeded -staff training will include enhanced health and safety training -contact tracing protocols may be initiated -COVID-19 and symptom management and care measures will be established.

We are looking forward to creatively welcoming campers back on 2021. We will keep camper families and registrants updated as plans progress.

View recent COVID-19 updates from InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River

Programs and Sessions Calendar

Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; currently 21 programs available; 5 TBD.

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Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 8 - 12
Traditional (multi activity) $610
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 8 - 13
Horseback Riding/Equestrian $995
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 8 - 15
Horseback Riding/Equestrian $695
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 15 - 16
CIT/LIT Program $1,050
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Arts & Crafts|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership training|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Volleyball
Archery|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Swimming|Trampoline|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Rope courses
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 7 - 13
Traditional (multi activity) $595 to $610
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 9 - 15
Horseback Riding/Equestrian $995
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Swimming|Trampoline|Volleyball|Zip Line
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 8 - 15
Horseback Riding/Equestrian $695
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 14 - 15
Leadership training $525
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Leadership training|Archery|Badminton |Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 7 - 14
Traditional (multi activity) $610
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 11 - 14
Horseback Riding/Equestrian $995
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
All Boys
Ages: 14 - 15
Leadership training $525
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Leadership training|Archery|Badminton |Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 14 - 15
Leadership training $595
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Leadership training|Archery|Badminton |Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 5 - 9
Traditional (multi activity) $240
Archery|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Swimming|Trampoline|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Rope courses
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 9 - 13
Traditional (multi activity) $265 to $330
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 13 - 15
Traditional (multi activity) $610
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 13 - 15
Horseback Riding/Equestrian $995
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 13 - 15
Horseback Riding/Equestrian $695
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 11 - 15
Horseback Riding/Equestrian $995
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 9 - 13
Horseback Riding/Equestrian $330
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Swimming|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 10
Traditional (multi activity)
Archery|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Swimming|Trampoline|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Rope courses
Day Camp
All Girls
Ages: 10 - 13
Traditional (multi activity)
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Archery|Badminton |Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Swimming|Trampoline|Volleyball|Zip Line
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 9
Traditional (multi activity)
Archery|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Trampoline|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Rope courses
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 14 - 15
Leadership training
Rope courses|Arts & Crafts|Leadership training|Archery|Badminton |Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball|Zip Line
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 6 - 9
Traditional (multi activity)
Archery|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Trampoline|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Rope courses
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Camp Address
1645 Colborne St. E.,, Brantford, Ontario

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Reviews & Testimonials


Day Camp
Camper Parent — Parent

Again, I found the explore counselors to be energetic, extremely welcoming and deliberate in their attempts to get to know my daughter (And my son who wasn't even a camper yet) and us as parents. They made sure to welcome the kids warmly, using their names and made a point of greeting us as parents too and let us know what was going on for that day. Very well done!


The Right Balance
Camper Parent — Parent

I love that my children get a variety of activities. To me Circle Square Ranch is what summer is all about. Being outside, riding, meeting friends, swimming, crafts and being with and learning about God.


Year after year
Camper Parent — Parent

My kids absolutely adore attending CSR. This is our second year and just like last year they are already excited to come back again next year.


Registration
Camper Parent — Parent

Telephone support and answers before registering were very helpful, encouraging and informative.


Counsellors
Camper Parent — Parent

Such Happy Counsellors that welcomed my boys!!! Made such an impact


Riding
Camper Parent — Parent

We like that our children had a positive experience for their first time at any camp. We liked how excited our children were to learn horse back riding.


Day Camp
Camper Parent — Parent

Watching my daughter grow and change over the week is camp. She was glowing every day when I picked her up. She would spend the whole car ride home gushing about all of the activities she participated in.


Activities
Camper Parent — Parent

My kids loved the opportunity to try horseback riding, archery & wall climbing


Extreme Day Camp
Camper Parent — Parent

My boys have been pretty particular in the past when it comes to summer camp and they have not always enjoyed themselves but this year they had a blast! They loved the Extreme camp options; the archery tag, the zip lines and the ropes course.


What do you like about camp?
Camper Parent — Parent

[The] number and variety of activities... Made the kids forget about electronic devices!


Location
Camper Parent — Parent

Affordable camp with amazing activities, spiritual content and a convenient location


Day Camp Experience
Camper Parent — Parent

Songs and games during lunch. A true camp experience that they come away feeling like they've gone to "camp" without actually sleeping away from home if they're not ready for that step yet.


Full days!
Camper Parent — Parent

Learning about Jesus twice a day and no other camp has horseback riding, swimming and adventure all in the same day and in the same camp!!


Boys
Camper Parent — Parent

Action packed! My son loved all of the new things he got to try!


Junior Camp
Camper Parent — Parent

[she] said her favourite thing about her first time ( won’t be the last ) at junior sleepover camp was “everything, especially the time she spent with the horses.”


Theme of camp.
Camper Parent — Parent

I think it's fun how its Ranch themed instead of regular wilderness themed camps and how it revolves around horses, Jesus, and god.


New Experience
Camper Parent — Parent

A new experience for my daughter that included a variety of activities, a comfortable atmosphere, safe/quality supervision, and close to home.



Accommodation & Property Details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins
  • Dorm or Building

Amenities

  • Electricity in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Horseback Riding Arena (indoor/outdoor)
  • Rope Course
  • Soccer Field
  • Swimming Pool

Landscape

  • Forested Area
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field


Director's Message

Steve and Andrea Richardson, Executive Directors

Steve and Andrea Richardson have worked at Circle Square Ranch since 1993, becoming co-directors in 1999. They live on the camp property and are raising their family here. Steve and Andrea bring a wealth of camp experience, including horsemanship, administration, program development, and site maintenance and development expertise. They love kids, love God, and love creating community.

Email Steve at [email protected]

Email Andrea at [email protected]


Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $240 to $995 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes

Scholarships & awards:

  • Circle Square Ranch Scholarship Program

    Amount: 80% Deadline: June 01, 2021 annually
    Type: Need based
    Details: We have a scholarship program available towards Discovery Camp, Boys Camp, and Leadership camps for ages 8-16. Please contact our office at [email protected] or by calling 519-754-0171 to receive a scholarship application.

    Application Details: Completed application form, proof of income, letter from child wishing to attend camp.

Stories


We grow great leaders!

Camp is the perfect place to develop leadership skills.

Our leadership development camps help young people to determine what they enjoy, identify skills, and recognize areas that they need to develop.  

Being given the opportunity to lead in a supportive environment is a crucial ingredient to our success. 

Be sure to check out our leadership opportunities.

Crew Camps for ages 14-15

Leadership in Training for ages 15-16

Volunteer Opportunities for ages 16+ 

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Smuck or Schmuck?

Is it smuck the staff or schmuck the staff?

Either way, Circle Square Ranch staff and volunteers have been getting whip cream pies to the face every week for the last three decades.  

It's always a highlight of the week when campers play an elaborate game of hide and seek with the staff.  The sounds of laughter, squeals of delight, and campers asking each other, "Did you catch anyone?" can be heard all over the campground.  

The staff are good sports, and at least 20 get a whip cream pie to the face every week.  

It's definitely a camp favourite....now we just have to figure out what it's called.

 

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Happy 30th Birthday!

It's our birthday!  35 years and 20,000 + campers!

Founded in 1985, Brantford Circle Square Ranch is part of a network of nine Inter-Varsity Camps across Canada.

Over the past 35 years, we have welcomed more than 20,000 + campers to our 135 acres of beautiful, rolling countryside in southern Ontario. We offer many activities including horseback riding, swimming, high ropes and zip line, archery, skateboarding, campfires and Bible studies.

During the summer months, we offer both residential and day camps for children and youth between the ages of 5 and 16. In this camp community, where leadership and faith development is encouraged, children and youth are comfortable asking tough questions about life and faith. We believe that faith in Jesus Christ and an understanding of God’s love leads to a life full of purpose and meaning. 

Camp is a fun and safe place for campers to make new friends, experience new things, develop skills and challenge themselves to grow and change.  We promise, it will be the highlight of their summer. 

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Associations

  • Christian Camping International Associations
  • Ontario Camps Association Associations


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