A Renewing Place

Can you feel your mind, body and soul relaxing? This is Outlaw Ranch, and it will do that to you if you aren’t paying attention. I am fortunate in that Outlaw is only a 20 minute drive from my home. I’ve been here many times since my first church camp experience during my confirmation years and it’s always been an inviting place to spend time. Our church also hosts various celebrations here throughout the year.

There’s a sense of calm in this area. It exudes quiet, inner peace. Like a change in altitude, there’s a change in the air and the environment surrounding you, the moment you get out of the car.

South Dakota is fortunate enough to have five of these camps throughout the state. Outlaw Ranch, Atlantic Mountain Ranch, NeSoDak, Joy Ranch and Klein Ranch are part of Lutherans Outdoors.

Outlaw Ranch is a retreat center, a church camp, a great place to eat, a new place to worship, a wonderful place to rejuvenate and a fun place to take your daughter on a fall weekend. A few weeks ago my daughter and I stayed at Outlaw Ranch for their annual Mother-Daughter retreat.

There were many activities scheduled, IF you wanted to partake in or, you could do your own thing. The idea was to relax in a way that suited you and your daughter. My daughter and I did some of the activities, depending on what appealed to her. There were crafts, hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding. We spent most of our time doing our own hiking and spent time hanging out in our cabin. We participated in the group activities and games, low-key worship services with mother-daughter discussions, and singing.

Mothers and Daughters could choose to stay in the lodge or a cabin. This is the lodge. I’ve stayed here before on scrapbooking retreats with girlfriends and is a great place to stay, but my daughter and I opted for a cabin instead.

This is one of the cabins named “Seth Bullock.” My daughter and I had a cabin to ourselves and she was glad we stayed in a cabin instead of the lodge.
This is the barn where we had an evening candlelight worship and a Sunday morning worship.
Hot chocolate is a signature staple at Outlaw Ranch, and was very popular with all the girls.
Over the weekend, both my daughter and I established new friendships.
The food that guests get to eat is also a signature of Outlaw Ranch.
Outlaw hosts many different events for various groups year round. To plan a reunion, retreat, conference, business gathering, or to attend one of the different camps at Outlaw or any of the other Lutherans Outdoors camps, visit the Lutherans Outdoors website for more information.
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Amy writes a humor column based on rural living and ranch life from the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. She and her husband raise their two kids on a fourth generation cow/calf operation near Pringle; the Elk Capital of South Dakota.
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6 Responses to A Renewing Place

  1. Marlys Sogn says:

    Hi Amy, I enjoyed your blog about Outlaw Ranch. As you know this was my first time as a camper at Outlaw. What a blessing it was to attend the Mother & Daughter retreat with my daughter and 2 of my granddaughters. It was a beautiful Fall weekend with God showing us just how amazing he is, and just how lucky we are to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts of friendship. Until we meet again. Marlys

    • Marlys, It was great getting to see you enjoying the other side of OR! My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed watching your granddaughter. We both thought they were cute little girls. The only thing is that I know what a great cook you are, and went there expecting you to be feeding us! I’m glad you got a chance to “camp.”

  2. Tom Opoien says:

    Beautiful pics, Amy. I updated your link on the church blog and put the video of the branding up. What fun.

  3. Bonnie and Mark Thompson says:

    Amy – what a wonderful blog and pictures of Outlaw Ranch. Wow, it makes us feel great that you have had so many positive and relaxing experiences! This is good PR for the camp, you know. We also believe it’s a peaceful and wonderful place for all who come. There is a lot of ministry that goes on here every day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures!

  4. Kara Weber says:

    Headed there this week. Can’t wait to get back, last year was our first year. I was looking for a photo to pin and came across your post. I am a LO lifer, camper at NSD, and councelor at NSD. Now camp with my family now that I am a big people. :)
    Thanks for the post with great photos!

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