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Camp Life

Each day you will travel as a cabin group to experience fun camp activities. You will challenge yourself to try new things, build, and strengthen friendships every day!

Camp Activities


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

The Ropes Course is inspected by a state-licensed professional and all campers and staff utilize helmets, harnesses, professional climbing ropes, and carabiners.

Clay Ball In The Creek

Traditional Activities

At Camp Ernst, days are filled with activities at the Ropes Course, Ranch, and 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.

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Corcl Fun


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, the rockit, corcls and more!

Public Trail Rides

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 30+ 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.

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Lakeview Lodge (typically grades 1-4)

All amenities are located under the same roof. Campers will have 10-12 cabin mates and two to three counselors in the cabin. At Lakeview Lodge, counselors and campers love to play games of four square in the lobbies and Ga-Ga ball in the fields right outside!

RUB In The Woods

The Valley (typically 5-7 grade)

Split into the Red and Yellow Units, Valley campers will enjoy living in traditional open air cabins with 10-12 other campers, plus two to three counselors. Bathhouses are located in close proximity to each cabin area. Games like roofball, tetherball, and gaga right outside their cabin doors are very popular. They will eat meals at the historic dining hall.

LIT Girl Group Fun Shot

The Leadership Village (typically 8-10 grade)

Staying in the Loft, Longhouse, and Yurt Village, LIT and Crew cabins allow for campers to easily make friendships in other cabins. The LITs will eat in the Lakeview Lodge Dining Hall. Crew might eat in either dining hall.

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Dining Hall

Our kitchen team, led by Food Service Director Javier Villanueva, works hard to make delicious kid-friendly meals each day.

We are able to accommodate different dietary needs, including peanut/tree nut allergies, gluten allergies, dairy intolerance, and vegetarian and vegan diets. While YMCA Camp Ernst staff works closely with families regarding excellent accommodation of food allergies, please note that ours is not a peanut-free or gluten facility and, thus, the possibility of exposure does still exist.

If your camper has special dietary needs, please submit this form at least two weeks before your camper’s week.

Dietary Needs


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