Summer Ranch Camp

Welcome to Rockin’ E Ranch with The Stables at YMCA Camp Ernst, funded by the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation. The ranch is equipped with a 28 stall barn, two riding arenas, a fluctuating herd of 30+ horses, and miles of trails!

All of our ranch programs are led by our CHA certified directors and their team of knowledgeable and experienced wranglers.

Add On Ranch Programs

To add to a traditional summer overnight camp week.
Leading A Horse

Young Guns Ranch Camp

(Ages 7-9; Available select weeks)
Created for our youngest cowboys and cowgirls, this program runs for about 90 min a day, three of their days at camp. Your camper will learn the basics of horsemanship both in and out of the saddle.

Public Trail Rides

Ranch Camp Add On

(Ages 10-12; Available select weeks)
These horsemen and women will get to spend almost a third of their day at the Ranch. Your camper will continue to learn the basics both in and out of the arena as well as on the trails!

Trail Ride Across Creek

Single Trail Rides

(Available all summer for campers ages 9-15)
Does your camper want to go for a trail ride, but not spend all their time at the barn? Sign up for one trail ride during their week of camp and the ranch team will schedule your camper a ride during their week of camp.

Dates & Rates

Full Week And Half Week Specialty Ranch Programs

Arena Lesson Daisy

Equine Adventure

(Ages 10-15; Available select weeks)
This program is perfect for your camper that wants to spend the majority of their time at the Ranch! This program includes riding lessons, trail rides and daily chores. In the evenings, your young equestrians will head back to the main camp for evening programming with the rest of their age group.


Advanced Ranch Camp

(Ages 12-15; Available select weeks)
This camp is for those serious young equestrians in your life! It will involve progressive riding lessons, challenges with horses and longer trails. You can also expect for them to experience some clinics from some local equine professionals such as trainers, vets, and equine therapists.

Dates & Rates

Ranch Day Camp

LIT Arena Lesson

Day Camp Specialty for Boys & Girls

(Ages 9-15; Available in one week (M-F) sessions)
Calling all horse lovers! This camp will follow a schedule where your camper will learn the fundamentals of riding and horse care through ground/arena lessons and trail time each day! Pack your lunch, a water bottle, closed toe shoes, jeans, and giddy-up!

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