The Triple R is southern Virginia's premier residential camp offering horsemanship, skate park, water slide, sports, drama, archery, climbing walls, surfing, and more. Above all, the Triple-R ranch is a safe place where people find friendship, faith and fun.
Summer Camp - In summer, we offer one week day and overnight camps for ages 7-17. Our summer camp staff are carefully selected from the finest college students across the globe; each one thoroughly screened, personally interviewed and then extensively trained to provide the most excellent camp experience for your child. To serve on our camper staff each applicant is required to share their personal testimony of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Guest Groups - In the Fall, Winter, and Spring we welcome a variety of different guest groups: churches, schools, scouts, and various other organizations looking for a place to host a picnic, retreat or other special activity. For these outings our guest group specialists work to customize activities according to the groups desires. Generally, we provide the facilities, food service, and activity staff while each group conducts their own program. Please note all guest groups must comply with our established "Use Guidelines".
Riding Lessons - Horses have always played an important role at Triple-R and we offer horsemanship lessons, generally 10-week sessions, one each in the Fall and the Spring. Our horse staff are exceptionally well trained and will tailor instruction to each individuals experience level.
Statement of Belief
Triple-R Ranch seeks to impact the lives of children, youth and adults throughout the mid-Atlantic region by the use of quality, year round programs, including summer camp, retreats, outdoor education, and horsemanship programs. Believing that the outdoors represents a rich potential for communicating God's essential life truths, "the Ranch" is committed to a practical presentation and application of Biblical truth, using a broad range of outdoor adventures to develop spiritual and moral depth in tomorrows leaders.
Letter from John Dunlap (Ranch Founder)
For about ten years we had been looking for suitable acreage while praying about Tidewater's great need for a Christian Camp where boys and girls could enjoy God's great outdoors and at the same time be challenged with the claims of Christ. When Norfolk Christian Schools came into being and we began to sift down and consolidate our understanding of Christian Education, a Christian camping program became a must in our thinking.
When Mr. Garrick and I tramped around the old DeFord farm for the first time, experienced its wilderness flavor, and learned of how steeped in history it was, we were convinced that this was the place. The undergrowth was very thick and some areas had not been cleared since the land was conveyed to the DeFords by the Exchequer of his Majesty King George III in the 1730's. But after several thousand man hours invested by volunteers on Saturdays and holidays, a camping site was cleared and a few riding trails were blazed.
By 1961 we completed the Lodge and kitchen in which we had a boy's week and girls's week and in which we fed them, slept them, recreated them and taught them. At this time our string of horses was pretty short- numbering two. The next year we began to add cabins until today we have a total of 14 cabins plus the Longhorn Lodge, Wig-Wam Hobby Hogan, Scaly Bark Roost Treehouse, Trading Post, Virginia City Hotel and Bunkhouse, Fort Apache, Town Hall, laundry building, Barn, Office, Log Cabin, Archery and Riflery ranges, 7 staff residences, Caribou cafe, Homestead (original Ranch Building) and close to 50 horses and other assorted animals.
It should be said that the Triple-R is the simple result of God's great faithfulness plus thousands of volunteer man-hours and much sacrificial work and giving on the part of Christians who are sold out on the ministry of such a camping program. May God, by His grace, use it for many years to come.
John Dunlap, Founder and former Pastor
Tabernacle Church of Norfolk/ Triple-R Ranch/ Norfolk Christian Schools
Triple-R Use Code
These facilities were built for and dedicated to the glory of God. Our continuing existence and ministry are intrinsically linked with the Christian Testimony we have built in both the Christian and secular community. It is important that this be clearly understood by the sponsor and shared in detail with every participant for whom he/she is responsible. More detail on this code is available here