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 25-30 horses, and miles of trails!  All of our ranch programs are lead by our CHA certified director and her team of knowledgeable and experienced wranglers. 

Choose to add on to your summer camp session or choose a full week specialty horse camp.


YOUNG GUNS RANCH CAMP(Ages 7-9; Available select weeks) Tailor made for our younger campers, these young guns will enjoy a horse experience for three days of their week.  Campers will spend 1 1/2 hours with the horses learning all the basics, including how to ride, groom, and saddle.

RANCH CAMP ADD ON- (Ages 9-15; Available select weeks) Similar to our previous ranch camp, just longer!  Campers will get to spend 3 hours a day at the barn and will rotate between group lessons, arena and trail rides, and barn chores. 

INDIVIDUAL 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?  Starting in summer 2015, you have the option to sign up for one trail ride during their week of camp.


EQUINE ADVENTURE- (Ages 10-15; Available select weeks) Perfect for all those campers that want to spend every waking hour at the barn.  Equine Adventure campers will spend their day at the barn doing daily arena lessons, trail rides, and barn chores.  Campers will get a daily time at the pool to cool off.  Evenings will include some of the traditional camp evening programs, plus presentations from local Equine professional!

ADVANCED RANCH CAMP- (Ages 12-15; Available select weeks) For those serious horse enthusiasts!  This camp will follow the Equine Adventure schedule and will be tailored to those advanced riders!  A horseback overnight during the week, as well as some serious arena and trail work, are just some of what you can expect.