Welcome to our Motocross Summer Camp for Kids website! We are Eric and Annelise Turner, owners and Camp Director of Iron Horse Country Ranch. Summer Camp Season 2023 will mark our 16th year to offer our program to children who want to learn an exciting skill in a traditional camp setting and experience all the joys of going to summer camp.
We have a lot to offer your child in this very unique and rare summer camp experience. As is required for your child’s safety, we are licensed as a Youth Camp and inspected each year by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). We adhere to all requirements by TDSHS, including performing background checks on all staff.
Our life experiences, passions and backgrounds led us to the concept of this camp and to its opening in 2008. Eric is a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor (MSF) and Annelise holds a Masters Degree in Social Work, Child & Family Specialty. We are proud parents of two now grown daughters who were our original “Junior Counselors”. To this day, they both talk about how participating in summer camp life at Iron Horse has helped them in their adult lives with self-confidence, social skills and a strong work ethic.
What We Do as a Motocross Summer Camp
At Iron Horse Country Ranch Motocross Summer Camp we provide a good, old-fashioned, real summer camp experience for your child. Our campers learn how to ride off-road motorcycles – known more commonly as “dirt bikes” – in part as a way to teach them an exciting skill they will keep for life, but mostly as a way to get them into the great outdoors doing something active and fun with other kids.
The way we do this is through our Motocross Summer Camp program for kids ages 8-13 years. We have grown from being a day camp only in 2008 into transitioning as an overnight (sleep away) camp. Our camp sessions are one week long each, Monday through Friday. Boys and girls have separate sleeping quarters. Camp size is small – less than 30 kids each week. We maintain a high level of supervision throughout all weeks thereby creating a structured and safe way to learn how to ride and have fun.
We hire adult coaches/counselors over the age of 21 to help lead instruction. Our junior coaching staff, ages 16-18, work as our life-guards and assist our lead adult coaches throughout the day. Together, we form a team that covers all the bases in providing a fun and life-affirming experience for our campers.
How We Do It
We supply all the motorcycles and the gear, using only Honda dirt bikes because they last and last. We provide transportation to both Day and Overnight sessions with our air-conditioned bus from the pick up/drop off location of Cedar Park High School. Parents can also transport directly to the ranch.
Our facility is a Resort for Kids complete with tracks, trails, pool, Cafe, Rec Center, air conditioning, Hockey and Ping Pong tables, animal life and, of course, riding…lots and lots of riding. All of that riding is done under supervision of our trained coaches. We teach in a professional, structured way that ensures success for every child. We provide all meals for Overnight weeks.
Our week -long camps are organized to build on campers’ skills each day so that by the end of the week they are able to ride various difficulty levels, go over jumps and demonstrate their riding ability to their family on Show Day.
Where We Are
Our physical location is 9100 East FM 243, Bertram, Texas 78605. We are on a real ranch setting with 100 acres of beautifully rolling, wooded terrain nestled in the iconic Texas Hill Country. The Ranch includes cows, chickens, a horse named Bella, two ranch dogs named Bandit and Tucker and two barn cats named Indie and Harley (of course!), fully vaccinated. We are 30 minutes from North Austin, 25 minutes from Georgetown, and 20 minutes or less from Cedar Park, Leander, Liberty Hill and Burnet, Texas. For GPS: “9100 E. FM 243, Bertram, Texas 78605”. (Note: PLEASE DO NOT just enter our name as it takes people to an incorrect location near Liberty Hill.)