Teton Valley Ranch Camp was founded in 1939 by Wendell Wilson in Kelly, Wyoming.
The camp operated there for over 60 years. During the fall of 2000, the founding family decided to close the camp and sell the ranch in Kelly. In response, camp alumni and friends formed The TVRC Education Foundation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and began operation in 2002 in Dubois, Wyoming.
The TVRC Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) created in 2001, continues the tradition established in 1939 by Wendell Wilson. As with any great and important institution, tuition and fees do not cover the full cost of owning and operating the camp facility.
The initial goal for the foundation was to raise the necessary funds to purchase a permanent home for camp and continue operations into perpetuity. During the search process for a ranch, TVRC-EF moved camp in 2002 to a leased property in Dubois, Wyoming. After a fabulous summer, the move proved to camp parents and alumni that the spirit of TVRC continues regardless of location.
After an extended property search, TVRC-EF acquired a new home for Teton Valley Ranch Camp in December 2003. The new ranch is a 2,360-acre property near Dubois. It is on one of the largest private tracts as you descend into the Wind River region from the west. It is home to elk, deer, moose, antelope, big horn sheep and hundreds of kids during the summer. The property is bisected by the Crooked Creek, and has views of both the Upper Wind River and Absaroka mountain ranges.
Looking into the future, The TVRC Education Foundation will set its sights on supporting Teton Valley Ranch Camp in the continued effort to offer the best possible experience for all campers, staff, and families.