Joy Ranch, a barrier-free camp near Watertown, built entirely accessible so people of all ages and abilities can experience camp together, was discussed at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, March 13. Renee Hoover, director of sales for the year-round facility, explained featured programs including grandparent/grandchild camps, family camps, horse programs and specialty camps for people with special needs. Joy Ranch, operated by Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota, is located on Highway 20 about 8 miles northwest of Watertown, S.D.
Program Highlights March 13, 2017:
  • Joy Ranch, where ALL are welcome
  • The concept for the ranch was established in 2002; The gates were opened in 2012, and today has 126 acres.  The camp is barrier free.
  • When it opened, there were 204 campers; today there are over 1,000 campers.
  • The site offers programs such as: family camps, Old West Getaways, Grandparent Camp, Riding for a Reason.  The camp features Chefs Night twice a month, the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, where they invite chefs to come and cook for the public.
  • The camp can be used for retreats, family reunions, anniversaries, birthdays, weddings  
  • Contact information:  605-886-4622;
Next Week’s Program:
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary SD Department of Health—Public Health in South Dakota