• Mill Valley Ranch

    Enjoy riding in our professional facilities and through the beautiful surrounds at Mill Valley Ranch.

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Mill Valley Ranch seeks to provide a distinctive learning opportunity for youth in a safe, encouraging and educational environment. We believe that every person is special and unique and we aim to reflect that belief along with the love of Christ to every person we come into contact with.

The broken wheels of our logo represent those who have come to the Ranch needing help to rebuild their broken lives.

We provides a wonderful opportunity for riders of all ages to experience and connect with horses in our Western Horse Riding Program. Enjoy riding in our professional facilities and through the beautiful surrounds at Mill Valley Ranch.

Our structured School Riding Program gives students an opportunity to ride in small groups and develop skills focussing on controlling their horse and basic horsemanship under the supervision of our Horse Safety Australia qualified instructors.  Students develop confidence and character through this activity which also encourages leadership qualities. Our riding program focuses on safety, education and fun using well trained horses that cater for all riding abilities.

During our Holiday Riding Program riders work through a series of levels (Cowpoke to Horseman) designed to enhance the rider’s ability and understanding of horses. Ranchers are required to demonstrate a series of skills and tasks to progress to the next level. Many of our ranchers and staff have gone on to professional careers in the horse industry, as well as many developing a lifelong connection and enjoyment of horse riding.

Rooms will be allocated on the ‘Hire of Camp’ form one month prior to camp.

Facilities

BUNKHOUSES

The six Bunkhouses are disguised as old Western stores and each contain 6-10 beds and an ensuite, consisting of a toilet and two showers. They are aptly named in reference to the facade they display; Barber Shop, Drapery Store, Grocery Store, Hardware Store, Penny Arcade and Saddlery. Each room has a wall heater and is setup for very comfortable camp living.

WAGONS

The wagons are situated in a traditional wagon circle, which would give protection to the pioneering families in the early days. Six of the wagons contain 7 beds, while the largest wagon can accommodate 11 people. The wagons are serviced by a toilet block that is conveniently situated nearby and resembles the town’s Council Chambers.

THE RAILWAY STATION

The original Tynong Railway Station was relocated to Mill Valley Ranch in 1992 and converted into sleeping accommodation for eight people. With its own ensuite and quaint atmosphere (complete with train and railway tracks), the Station is a much loved part of the Mill Valley landscape.

THE MINERS COTTAGE

The Miners Cottage consists of two self contained units which provides a spot to unwind after the day’s activities.

THE STAGE COACH INN

The Stage Coach Inn is a large, restaurant quality mudbrick building that serves as our dining hall and provides a comfortable atmosphere in which to share our meals, complete with beautiful stained-glass windows.

THE BARN

Our large, authentic Barn is an indoor recreation area where pool, table tennis, trampolining, cards, snakes & ladders, checkers and Ed’s Alley (an amazingly simple, but incredibly addictive Ranch game) are available. This space is very flexible and can be used for all kinds of activities and can also be set up with plenty of seating for a concert or talent night, for example.

THE COWBOY CHAPEL

The Cowboy Chapel is an integral part of the 1880’s Western town. This is where the town-folk came every week to sing songs and hear an important message. When the Cowboy Chapel bell rings, students will be taken back to those times and introduced to a number of songs with fun actions as well as hear a valuable life lesson with a relevant Christian message. A great time for all to enjoy!

THE BARK HUT

Go back in time to the early 1900’s and take on the lifestyle of the pioneers of the area as you absorb relevant Australian History that the traditional Bark Hut has to offer. It will put a physical image to stories and information learnt in the classroom or from prior research and provide students with a great insight into how life was lived without power, internet, cars and so many modern appliances that we take for granted.

ICE CREAM PARLOUR (ICP) & BOOK NOOK

The Ice Cream Parlour is the camp snack bar & opens for half an hour each afternoon during camp. ICP sells ice cream, lollies, chocolate, chips, soft drink, milkshakes, toothbrushes and toothpaste are all available at great prices, so don’t forget to bring your loose change! If you wish for ICP to operate during your school camp please make the staff aware of this prior to camp. It will be operated by the MVR Staff.

During camp Book Nook may be open. Books, ranch souvenirs and nick knacks are all available for purchase. If you wish for Book Nook to operate during your school camp please make the staff aware of this prior to camp.

THE SCHOOL HOUSE

The School House is an old style classroom with desks, wall length blackboards and a whiteboard – convenient for educational sessions. We use it for some of our environmental program and it can be a great space for indoor initiative activities and study sessions as well .

BLACKSMITH’S SHOP

Our traditional Blacksmith’s Shop is set up as a working environment. Ranchers can gain an understanding of how forging iron contributes to the practical operation of a working Ranch. Horse shoes, branding irons, saddle parts and nails, to name a few, were made to be used for various purposes around the Ranch.

Do You Want To Become A Vollie

If you’d like to be a part of our awesome Voluntary Staff team or for any further information regarding staffing at MVR, please email staff@mvr.org.au

If you are interested in coming & helping us out on Voluntary Staff, there are a few things you will need to consider:

  • In order to volunteer you must be 15 years or older.
  • You will be asked to fill out a staff application form & have two reference forms completed by referees, (at least one needs to be from a Pastor or Senior member of a church).
  • Vollies begin in the hospitality area or horse department.  Vollies suited to bunkhouse leadership are introduced to leading from around the age of 17.
  • We require our bunkhouse leaders to be active Christians & to accept MVR’s statement of faith.
  • We ask that you come along to our MVR Staff Training weekends (as listed below) & from there we will assess your suitability to become a leader.
  • If you have come to MVR as a Rancher at a Roundup, then you’ll need to have been recommended by your bunkhouse leader for leadership training.
  • All volunteers both over and under 18 must have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) and have MVR nominated as an organisation where you volunteer.

Horse Riding Programs

Mill Valley Ranch provides a wonderful opportunity for riders of all ages to experience and connect with horses in our Western Horse Riding Program. Enjoy riding in our professional facilities and through the beautiful surrounds at Mill Valley Ranch.

School Riding Programs

Our structured School Riding Program gives students an opportunity to ride in small groups and develop skills focussing on controlling their horse and basic horsemanship under the supervision of our Horse Safety Australia qualified instructors.  Students develop confidence and character through this activity which also encourages leadership qualities. Our riding program focuses on safety, education and fun using well trained horses that cater for all riding abilities.

Holiday Riding Programs

During our Holiday Riding Program riders work through a series of levels (Cowpoke to Horseman) designed to enhance the rider’s ability and understanding of horses. Ranchers are required to demonstrate a series of skills and tasks to progress to the next level. Many of our ranchers and staff have gone on to professional careers in the horse industry, as well as many developing a lifelong connection and enjoyment of horse riding.

Empowering students through hands on positive learning experiences

February to December each year, schools of all kinds are discovering the unique and powerful benefits of   Mill Valley Ranch. Students are encouraged through active living and camaraderie in unforgettable outdoor team building activities.

We create a positive atmosphere where students grow, laugh and thrive as the give “challenge by choice” activities their best efforts. Here students work as a team, and build confidence and character through a memorable outdoor experience.

Together with you we develop a tailor made program that suits the needs of your students. Our goal is to support the students in their learning journey and to encourage success along the way.

  • Located 10 Minutes from Pakenham and 1 hour from Melbourne CBD
  • Ensuited accommodation up to 100 people + wagon accommodation up to 50 people
  • Fully catered, flexible tailored programs
  • Day excursions and Overnight options available
  • Accredited Horsemanship program
  • History and Science Educational Programs
  • Values Program

There is range of activities available on the campsite itself.

  • Western Horsemanship
  • Archery
  • Ropes Course
  • Canoeing
  • Craft
  • Lake Activities
  • Initiatives
  • Ferris Wheel
  • Bush Tucker
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Rogaining
  • Bark Hut Tour
  • Eco Tour
  • Cowboy Chapel
  • Recreational Games
  • Wiggy Wetlands
  • Commando Course
  • Amazing Race
  • Trampoline
  • Gaga
  • Camp outs
  • Free time activities

Responsibility Clause

  • Camp leaders are responsible at all times for the health, welfare and behaviour of their campers, even when a Baptist Camping Victoria staff member is running a program. Camp leaders are responsible for the first aid of your campers at all times and must supply their own first aid equipment, even when camp staff runs an activity.
  • Baptist Camping Victoria staff are happy to come to your school to discuss your particular requirements or run an information session prior to camp. This will help set program themes and reassure parents about where their children are going on camp and who will be looking after them.  We have DVDs that will assist with this process if required.
  • Baptist Camping Victoria staff are happy to assist you at any time and should be notified of all first aid assistance while at Camp.

Extra costs apply to outside providers – price available upon application.

If you use outside providers, it is your responsibility to ensure they are an accredited provider and all safety issues are assessed.

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