Ranch Camp: Ages 9-13

Ranch Camp provides a unique setting for campers to enjoy a traditional camp experience with an equestrian focus.

The one thing everyone has in common is the love and enjoyment of riding and working with horses. Each riding group rides at least once per day and frequently twice each day.

There are 6-8 riders per group, with two instructors and an assistant present. Riding groups are determined by both age and ability. Our safe program provides instruction, fun and challenge to everyone from the first-time riders to those with years of experience.

Our Western style lessons teach riders to ride in a balanced seat emphasizing self-awareness, effective use of the body and understanding of the horse. This “all purpose” approach will not only prompt better riding but also a more harmonious relationship between horses and riders of all disciplines and levels of experience.

Summer 2022 dates:

Session 1: June 6th-17th
Session 2: June 20th-July 1st
Session 3: July 5th-15th
*starting on a Tuesday, with NO CAMP on July 4th. All rates prorated to reflect the 9 day session.
Session 4: July 18th-29th
Session 5: August 1st-12th

Learn More About Tiered Pricing

Realizing that families have differing ability to pay, YMCA Camp Leif Ericson has a voluntary 3-tier pricing program for our summer camp programs to accommodate all financial needs. When you register, please choose the tier that is most suitable for your family. All children have the same experience no matter which tier a family in able to pay. The tier selected by a family is kept confidential.

  • Tier 1-a subsidized rate that covers the basic costs associated with attending camp including, food, staff salaries and supplies.
  • Tier 2-a partially subsidized rate for those who cannot afford to pay the full costs associated with attending camp.
  • Tier 3-most accurately accounts for the true cost of operating camp including food, staff salaries, supplies, wear and tear on equipment, transportation, and depreciation. Please pay this cost if you are able.
*If you’re interested in receiving financial aid, please follow the link provided to the financial aid application.
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Special Events

Family Night:

This year we are hosting ONE family night event each session. Family night for every camp will be on the Tuesday evening during the second week of your camper’s session 6:00pm-7:30pm.


Ranch campers experience one fun-filled overnight during their two-week experience. The day following the overnight campers will arise to a pancake breakfast. Both overnights are bursting with activities, songs, skits and special events. The second overnight is when the unforgettable closing campfire and special awards night is held for our campers.

Field Trips:

  • Wild Water West

Activities Include:

Arts & Crafts

At Least Two Trail Rides


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Field Trips

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Low Ropes Course

The Daily Care of Horses/Other Animals

Two Overnights

Un-mounted Horsemanship Classes

Much More!

More Info:

  • FREE daily bus transportation for your child to/from camp
  • Before and after camp childcare (7:30am to 5:30pm) for a one-time fee of $55.00
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