"Play is the Work of Childhood"
IX Winds Ranch Foundation & Camp Gid D Up
IX Winds Ranch Foundation
Founders Jo-An & Glynn Turman
a Non-profit 501 (c) 3 Organization
Since 1992, Camp Gid D Up has been a free western style summer camp program for disenfranchised inner-city and at-risk youth ages 9 -18. Every summer, for more than 27 years, over one hundred youth and forty-five staff enjoy a week or long weekend on a real working ranch. The youth enjoy sleeping under the stars, riding horses, swimming, roping, tossing horse shoes, riding Mighty Bucky, archery, star gazing, camp dance, campfires, creating natural arts and crafts, rodeo games, hiking and breathing fresh air all just outside of Los Angeles on our 20 acre ranch in Lake Hughes.
The support of our sponsors has made this possible and now we host Gid D Up weekend retreats! Our Jr. rodeo and riding club participants are former campers who are competing in rodeos year round sponsored by Gid D Up and/or attending rodeo colleges as a result of their camp experience. Below is a video clip from one of the campers from one of the Global Camps that we made a donation to last year. Enjoy!