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 will have the opportunity for multiple rides during the session.

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.

Please note, Ranch Camp features one-week experiences to allow for a more concentrated focus on equestrian skills.

*Ranch Camp no longer counts toward years of camper attendance, meaning Ranch campers will not receive attendance awards.


Summer 2024 dates:

Session 1a: June 3-7 – Waitlist only
Session 1b: June 10-14 – Waitlist only
Session 2a: June 17-21 – Waitlist only
Session 2b: June 24-28 – Waitlist only
Session 3a: July 1-5
*Camp will be offered on the 4th of July
Session 3b: July 8-12 – Waitlist only
Session 4a: July 15-19 – Waitlist only
Session 4b: July 22-26- Waitlist only
Session 5a: July 29-Aug 2 – Waitlist only
Session5b: August 5-9

2024 Cost Per Session

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 open house each session. Family night for every camp will be on the Tuesday evening during the second week (week b) of a camp session 6:00pm-7:30pm.

*Ranch Campers who attend week a of the session are encouraged to attend Family Night the following Tuesday. 


Ranch campers will enjoy a fun-filled overnight during their one-week experience. The day following the overnight campers will arise to a pancake breakfast. 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. *Session 3a, July 4 overnight will be held on a different night that week.


Activities Include:

Arts & Crafts

At Least Two Trail Rides


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Low Ropes Course

The Daily Care of Horses/Other Animals

One Overnight

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 $35.00
  • Please click here to see the Parent Handbook, as it can answer many questions you may have
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