Camp Life

Each day you will travel as a cabin group to experience all of the camp activities. You will challenge yourself to try new things, build, and strength friendships every day!
Ropes Course            
Challenge yourself to:
    Ring the bell at the top of the Climbing Wall
    Zip more than 250-feet into the woods from our 30-foot zipline tower
    Trek across the Burma Bridge suspended over a pond
    Jump off the airwalk platform and soar through the air in a giant loop

    Swing to the top of the trees on our Giant Swing


Safety First!

All of Camp Ernst's ropes elements utilize helmets, harnesses, professional climbing ropes, and caribiners.


Camp Ernst lake is a 26-acre, spring-fed, lake with hours of fun docked and waiting for you! The lake includes canoes, kayaks, aqua cycles, 100-foot waterslide, banana boat, and more!


Fine Arts

Check out CETV (Camp Ernst Television) and see the movies you made at camp on YouTube.  Campers are offered the opportunity to join a Fine Arts Club during the week like our staple offerings: Music, art, movies, and dance.  Club choices also often include exciting options like  camp newspaper, creative writing, and song writing.

Campers perform their dances, play their music, project their movies, and show off their art projects in front of the whole camp at Thursday night's Talent Show!


Traditional Camp Activities          

At Camp Ernst, days are filled with activities at the Ropes Course, Ranch, the Fine Arts, the Lakefront, but that’s not all! Campers will also enjoy:

  • Archery
  • Nature
  • Crafts
  • BB guns
  • Sports
  • Ga-Ga
  • Swimming
  • Hiking

Early evening brings choice activity time, when you pick your favorite activity such as a basketball tournament, a creek hike, or lanyard making, and tons of other cool activities led by the YMCA Camp Ernst counselors.


Western Ranch            
Our  Rockin' E Ranch with The Stables at YMCA Camp Ernst, funded by the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation, includes two riding arenas, a 22 horse herd, and miles of trails!  Every summer we offer a variety of programs for campers of all riding levels.  Whether it's a trail ride or a full week program, you are sure to find a program that will fit your needs.  Check out our ranch page for more information about what new programs are being offered each summer.

Summer Camp Menu

Want to know what you will be eating this summer?  Check out the summer camp food guide here!