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Horse of the Sun Ranch Fall Festival

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Armed Services YMCA San Diego

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The Horse of the Sun Ranch was very generously donated to the Armed Services YMCA San Diego in January 2020. Not long after, the global pandemic hit and we were unable to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the grand opening of the ranch. That ceremony will now occur during our Fall Festival which will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, 23 October 2021. We ask volunteers to work 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to help with set-up and clean-up before and after the event.

We are seeking volunteers to assist with the supervision and running of a number of games and activities during the event to include:

  • Rockwall
  • Horse Rides
  • Cornhole Toss
  • Horse Shoe Toss
  • Leather Crafting
  • Selfie Station
  • Petting Zoo
  • Archery
  • Ranch Tour
  • Roping Activity
  • Popcorn/Water Station
  • PA Station
  • Baseball Bottle Toss
  • Bounce Houses (2)
  • Laser Tag
  • Rubber Duckie Station
  • Joust (Inflatable)
  • Line Dance Lessons
  • Parking
  • Tug of War
  • Food and drinks
  • Floater/Roamer

We will try to accommodate your interests in assigning you to your role, however, we cannot guarantee your assignment and ask for your flexibility. Given the large number of volunteers required, we do expect that you remain the entire day.

We ask that you assist with set-up in the morning and tear-down in the afternoon.

We will provide lunch for all volunteers.

You will be outdoors so bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc., and comfortable closed-toe shoes/boots are required. That said, the event will happen rain or shine.

Parking will be limited, so please carpool where possible. We will provide free bus transportation from our Murphy Canyon office, 3293 Santo Rd., SD 92124 for up to a maximum of 21 volunteers to the ranch and back to Murphy Canyon in the afternoon. We will only provide bus transportation if there are at least 10 volunteers signed up to use it.

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About Armed Services YMCA San Diego


3293 Santo Road, San Diego, CA 92124, US

Mission Statement

The Armed Services YMCA San Diego enhances the lives of service members and their families in mind, body, and spirit through programs and services that are relevant to the unique challenges of military life.


Volunteers are a vital part of our outreach and support efforts. We truly value the contributions volunteers make to in service to our active duty junior enlisted service members each and every day. Every month, members of our community volunteer network share hundreds of hours in a wide variety of different ways! Your hard work really does make a positive impact on the lives of our active duty junior enlisted service members. Groups and individual volunteers participate in all of our outreach and support efforts here at the Armed Services YMCA San Diego.

We provide volunteer opportunities at our Murphy Canyon location (Family and Youth Enrichment programs; special and community events), at Naval Medical Center San Diego (Wounded, Injured and Ill patient and family support), and at our Horse of the Sun Ranch in Pine Valley (Family and Youth Enrichment programs; resiliency programs).

We are a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. Learn more at:

Children & Youth
Veterans & Military Families


Sat Oct 23, 2021
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM


Horse of the Sun Ranch28271 Old Hwy 80Pine Valley, CA 91962



  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Outdoor Recreation


  • Group


  • Must be at least 13
  • 7 hours
  • Volunteers may be as young as 13 with parent/guardian present; 16 on their own with parental consent.

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