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The mission of the Double H Ranch is to provide specialized camping and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Our purpose is to enrich their lives and provide camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. All programs are FREE of charge and capture the magic of
The Ranch also provides the venue for weekends sponsored by a number of Family-based Programs. These weekends serve families coping with HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, the loss of a child, Von Willebrand's Disease, families where a parent has cancer and many more.
Frequently Asked Questions Where is the Double H Ranch located?
The Ranch is located on 320 acres of land in Lake Luzerne, NY in the Adirondack Park. This former dude ranch sits on the shore of Lake Vanare. It is easily accessible from the Adirondack Northway (Route 87) and is approximately 50 miles north of Albany, NY.
How do I get there?
The Ranch is 5 miles off Exit 21 of Route 87 (The Adirondack Northway) Take Route 9N South towards Lake Luzerne. When you see a brown and yellow sign on the right hand side of the road that says "Lake Vanare" Ciro's Restaurant is immediately after that and Hidden Valley Rd. is the second right. Kastner's Motel is on the corner of Route 9N and Hidden Valley Rd. Follow Hidden Valley Rd. to the building with the stagecoach in front of it. This is the Main Office.
How much does it cost to go to the Double H Ranch?
Our Residential Summer Camp and Adaptive Winter Sports Program are offered to children dealing with life-threatening illnesses and their families free of charge. The only expense the families are responsible for is transportation to and from the Ranch.
What illnesses do the children who attend the Ranch have?
The Ranch serves children with cancer, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, HIV, other blood disorders, neuromuscular disorders and collagen vascular disease. The Adaptive Winter Sports Program also serves children with autism and children who are visually impaired and have neurological disorders.
Are all of the children who come to the Double H Ranch terminally ill?
No. Children that come to the Ranch are diagnosed with the serious illnesses listed above. Because of their illness these children would be unable to attend a traditional summer camp or participate in winter sports. The focus at the Ranch is to safely provide these children with an exciting outdoor Adirondack adventure filled with love, friendship and sharing.
How are children selected to attend the Double H Ranch?
Campers are referred to us by hospitals, doctors, social workers and campers and their families. All campers, whether they are new or returning, must fill out an application form for the program they wish to attend. All of the applications are carefully screened by our medical director, Dr. Kathy Braico. Preference is given to children who have never attended the Double H Ranch but each session includes "seasoned" campers who can help the new campers with their first Ranch experience.
Who cares for the children while they are at camp?
During Summer Residential Camp there is a doctor on site 24/7 along with over a dozen volunteer nurses. There is a fully equipped infirmary, Paul's Body Shop, and we are partners with the Glens Falls Hospital, a large regional medical facility, to help up provide the absolutely best care possible to our campers. The staff is trained and equipped to handle all kinds of medical emergencies.
There is a 2:1 camper/counselor ratio. Oftentimes, with the volunteers who help man the cabins, the ratio is 1:1. All of our counselors, new and returning, receive an intensive ten day training session covering all aspects of helping a child dealing with a life-threatening illness safely have the time of his life.
How many children came to the Ranch this year?
In 2008, nearly 800 children dealing with a life-threatening illness attended Summer Residential Camp and 150 winter sport enthusiasts participated in our Adaptive Winter Sports Program. Since 1993 the organization has served over 17,000 children and family members.
Where do the children come from?
In 2008 we had campers from the following states and countries: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York State, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Canada and Switzerland.
What activities are offered at the Camp?
Each camper enjoys a full range of activities that include fishing, swimming, camping, arts and crafts, creative arts, boating, horseback riding, high ropes course, children's farm, discovery hands-on science program, dances and carnivals. There are also opportunities for field trips to The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom amusement park, professional rodeo at Painted Pony Ranch and whitewater rafting with the Sacandaga Outdoor Center.
Our Adaptive Winter Sports Program offers instruction in alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. There are also trips to the Empire State Games in Lake Placid and adaptive ski races at Windham Mountain. We host five Family Sleepover Weekends where entire families can stay at the Ranch and enjoy the full winter Ranch experience.
Does the Ranch offer other programs throughout the rest of the year?
Yes. In the spring and fall we host Family-based Programs that include weekends for parents and families, reunions for campers and siblings, retreats and conferences for healthcare professionals and bereavement weekends.
What does it cost to run The Double H Ranch?
Our fundraising goal for 2008 is $3.3 million to meet operating expenses.
No. Only two percent of the Ranch's annual operating expense is covered by the donation we receive from Newman's Own. Newman's Own shares its profit with many non-profit organizations, not just the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. The Double H Ranch relies each year on the support of many individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations to meet its fundraising goals.