Ranch Hand Program
We are looking for teens (age 16+) who would like to share their love of Jesus Christ and their passion for horses with the children who come to camp each summer. We hope that each Ranch Hand will have a life changing experience; transforming their lives and the lives of others. This program promises to provide each Ranch Hand with the opportunity to develop:
A deeper Relationship with Christ
Stronger Horsemanship Skills
Greater Leadership Abilities
We are committed to help develop in each Ranch Hand a stronger, deeper knowledge of God’s Word through Bible studies, devotions, and Scripture memorization. Our desire is to equip each Ranch Hand to better serve the Lord.
We want to see the Ranch Hands strengthen their own horsemanship skills, teaching skills, and advance their personal riding goals. We are committed to weekly riding lessons, project horses, and seminars on various horse-related subjects.
We hope to see the Ranch Hands grow in their integrity, communication, and responsibility, which are all a part of strong leadership. We are committed to teaching them how to strengthen these leadership abilities that God has blessed each one with.
Attend staff meetings
Ranch Hands will share responsibilities at campfire and opportunities with the campers at
Supervising campers while they groom, saddle, and clean stalls
Assisting an instructor in the arena while preparing to become a lead instructor
Assisting and leading trail rides
Feeding horses and other daily chores
Horsemanship & Ministry Training
Weekly Riding Lessons
Weekly interactive Group Bible Studies
Weekly Workshop/Seminar on various subjects such as: Professionalism, Leadership Techniques, Teaching Techniques, Equine Health Care and Safety Standards
There will be two sessions for the Ranch Hand program.
Ranch Hands are encouraged to go home or will be in host families for the weekends.
Mandatory Staff Training June 16th-17th
Session 1: June 19 - July 21 (5 weeks)
Session 2: July 24 - August 25 (5 weeks)
The Ranch Hand position's main compensation is the spiritual and horsemanship personal development gained from the program. As a ranch hand, you will also receive a Canyonview staff shirt. If you are looking for a job to make a lot of money, this program is not for you. However, if you are looking to grow as a person and get some great professional experience, then hold on tight for a summer adventure.
"The most rewarding way to spend a summer is taking the time to learn about God, horses, and yourself. After a few weeks as a ranch hand, you’ll learn more than you never expected, on all levels. Your priorities change. The way you think becomes more defined, and you get used to doing things you never thought were possible. Whenever you have a hard time there a multitude of people to love and support you. Great people are your co-workers, inspiring and enthusiastic in all they do. I loved it!"
"There is so much wrapped up in being a Ranch Hand that I hardly know where to begin. It stretches you and makes you grow in your confidence, horsemanship, perseverance and your spiritual walk. There are late nights, early mornings, and long hot days but God’s strength is sufficient. It is so amazing to see God at work in my life as well as in the lives of the other staff and campers around me. Ranch Hands work hard, are poured into, through seminars, Bible Studies, prayer and riding lessons, and learn how to love and be loved as Christ called us to. I praise God for this opportunity for the wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ I have worked with here!"