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History of Prude Ranch Summer Camp

John Robert and Betty Prude, the third generation, began what is now 67 years of Prude Ranch Summer Camp for Boys and Girls. The first camp session back in 1951 entertained a group of 18 boys. John Robert was head counselor and Betty was camp administrator, and chief cook. Both were teachers during the winter, but spent summers watching this West Texas camp enrollment grow during the month of June.

Because the boys were getting to play cowboy, sisters in camp families wanted to get in on some of that fun, so in 1955 Prude Ranch Summer Camp included girls as well. Changes really began to take place! Camp staff numbers increased, additional bunkhouses were built, the only real swimming pool with circulating heated water in the entire county was built, a camp dining room was erected, more horses and saddles were added to the remuda, and the Prude family began to grow with the arrival of the fourth generation Chipper, Andy, Charles, and Jaynellen.

By late 1970’s Prude Ranch Summer Camp families could be found all over Texas, Mexico, and even north of the Mason Dixon Line. The fifth generation of Prudes include Kelly Ann, Phillip, Tori, Jayne Betts, Heidi Lynn, Cora, Hunter, Alyssa, Tanner, Grayson. Yes, Prudes are beginning yet another generation with Faith Ann, Gracie, Tenley, Harper, Olivia, Charlotte, Rhylee Rae and Andrew Hudson!! All lend helping hands to make Prude Ranch Summer Camp the special place for “cowgirls and cowboys”!!!

Why Prude Ranch Summer Camp?

Since 1951, Historic Prude Ranch has offered boys and girls a true 'Southwest' experience - wide open spaces, beautiful mountains, clear, pure air, pleasant temperatures and a sample of real ranch life. Today, six generations later, Prude Ranch Summer Camp is still a family affair and the children who come every summer leave with that close knit feeling of family participation, so important to their development.


Camper Program Ages 7-13 spend part of each day riding the range, practicing for rodeo events or riding their horses through the mountains. The rest of the day is spent in instructional activity classes of their choice. Evening activities for all groups are always a surprise.

City Slicker Program Ages 12-13 spend even more time with the horses assigned to them. Activities are more advanced for this age group, and especially designed to develop leadership skills and promote self-confidence and self-esteem. Cityslickers will choose their activities the first week and then during the 2nd week, they will get to do more group/team building activities. Cityslickers also get to spend the night away from camp at Balmorhea State Park. Enrollment in this program is limited to 30 boys and 30 girls each session.

The Advanced Camper Program (ACPs) Ages 14-16 is designed for campers who still have not had enough Prude Ranch fun. They participate in ranch life which involves long trail rides in the mountains, learning to care for their horses, developing arena riding skills, skeet shooting, rappelling and a trip to Balmorhea State Park. ACP campers also have an out of camp trip that range from a 3 day trail ride campout to remote parts of the Davis Mountains, a Big Bend Excursion, or a Trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Enrollment is limited to 30 campers per session.

Tribes & Ranches

Much of the camp spirit is built through competition between the Comanche and Apaches, girls' groups, and the 3Bar and Triangle Bar Ranch in the boys' groups. All activities and contests count not only for individual honors and awards, but for Tribe and Ranch points also. One of the climaxes of each session comes when the winning Tribe and Ranch are announced.

Dates & Rates

+1 Week Sessions

1 Week Sessions are designed for campers ages 7-13 whose parents feel that their camper is not ready for a longer program. In one week, campers explore many of the exciting activities centered around camp life. Basic riding skills will be introduced, and campers will participate in rodeo activities.

One Week Camp Dates – Campers ages 7-13:

June 11 – 17

June 18 – 24

July 16 – 22

July 30 – August 5

One Week Camp Tuition: $745.00

+2 Week Sessions

2 Week Sessions offer a complete experience in camp activities and full participation in horseback riding and rodeo experiences. This program is for Campers ages 7-16. They will be grouped in Camper, City Slicker, and Advanced Camper groups.

Two Week Camp Dates: Campers (ages 7-11) and Cityslickers (ages 12-13):

July 9 – 22

July 23 – August 5

Two Week Camp Tuition: 

Camper Program (Ages 7-11) $1450.00

City Slickers (Ages 12-13) $1550.00

Two Week Camp Dates: Campers (ages 7 – 13) and Advanced Campers (ages 14-16):

**No Cityslickers during these dates (ages 12 – 13 will be campers)

June 11 – June 24

June 25 – July 8

Two Week Camp Tuition:

Camper Program (Ages 7-13) $1450.00

Advanced Campers (Ages 14-16) $1600.00

Activities & Schedules

Because Prude Ranch is a working ranch, our most popular activities center around horses. Each camper is assigned a horse for the duration of the session and according to his or her age and expertise, is responsible for its care. (Much thought is given to the pairing of child and horse.)

Instructional Activities – Here at Prude Ranch Campers have the CHOICE of four activities they wish to participate. Every camper is unique!  That is why we offer a wide variety of activities that are sure to spark the interest of your camper.  These activities depend on our staff and what they can teach but our goal is to have lots of choices.

Here are some of the choices that may be offered:

  • Animal Life

  • Archery

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Basketball

  • Beauty Parlor

  • Card Games

  • Cheerleading

  • Cooking

  • Dodgeball

  • Drawing

  • Duct Tape

  • Football

  • Hiking

  • Horsemanship

  • Lanyards

  • Leather working

  • Mad Science

  • Riflery

  • Roping

  • Sign Language

  • Surprise

  • Swimming

  • Tennis

  • Tree Climbing

Night Activities

Every evening the whole camp comes together to participate in one of our evening activities, this is a time for everyone to socialize together in healthy competition.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Assassin

  • Branding

  • Campout

  • Capture The Brand

  • Carnival

  • Dances

  • Lip Sync

  • Poncho Villa (Counselor Hunt)

  • Raids

  • Redneck Games

  • Themed Dances

  • Water Night


+A Day in the Life of a CAMPER

7:45 Hitchin’ Post

8:00 Flag Pole

8:15 Breakfast

8:45 Cabin Clean-UP

9:30 Horseback Ride

11:30 Crackerjacks

12:30 Lunch

1:15 Rest Period

3:00 PX

3:30 Instructional Activities (4 at 45 min each)

6:30 Dinner

7:30 Evening Activity

10:00 Camper Lights Out

Boys and Girls are split for riding and activities but will do most evening activities together.  This is an example of one camper’s schedule.  If girls are riding in the morning then boys will do instructional activities in the morning and then they will switch in the afternoon with boys riding and girls in activities.

+A Day in the Life of a CITYSLICKER

7:00 Feed and Saddle

7:45 Hitchin’ Post

8:00 Flag Pole

8:15 Breakfast

8:45 Cabin Clean-UP

9:30 Horseback Ride

12:30 Lunch

1:15 Rest Period

3:00 PX

3:30 Instructional Activities (4 at 45 min each)

6:30 Dinner

7:30 Evening Activity

10:30 Cityslicker Lights Out

The first week of a Cityslicker session is much like a camper.  They will be in instructional activities with other Cityslickers and it is CoEd.  The riding groups will rotate their riding time each day in order to give each group a chance to saddle and unsaddle.  The second week of a Cityslicker session is much more like an Advanced Camper.  The riding schedule stays the same but Cityslickers will get to do more group activities like challenge course, hike to town, and beep baseball in place of instructional activities.  This group will also camp in Balmorhea for one night.

+A Day in the Life of an ADVANCED CAMPER

7:00 All ACPs to Red Barn to Feed

7:30 Hitchin’ Post

7:45 Flag Pole

8:00 Breakfast

8:30 Cabin Clean-UP

9:00 Horseback Ride

12:30 Lunch

1:15 Rest Period

3:00 PX

3:30 Group Activity

6:30 Dinner

7:30 Evening Activity

11:00 ACP Lights Out

The Advanced Campers are split into 2 groups and one will ride in the morning and one in the afternoon and they will switch each day.  Group activities may include Challenge Course, Paintball, Run and Gun, and softball in town.

Ready for an unforgettable summer?