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Junior Ranch Camp, Ages 7-9
Driver's One-Week Ranch Camp, Ages 10-12
Top Hands Two-Week Ranch Camp, Ages 12-15
Maverick Counselor In Training Program, Age 16
Typical Daily Schedule
Neckerchief Acheivement Award
Registration Information
Spring Ranch Welcome Weekend
Open House & Personal Tours
Hold-over Weekends

The Ranch Camp Program is designed to give horse enthusiasts and riders, ages 7 to 15, the opportunity to live in a close knit community that focuses on learning and developing riding ability. Campers are involved in many traditional camp activities as well.  Although the Ranch Camp theme is western, all riding is in the English style.

Why choose the Ranch Camp program at Camp Jewell?
Our 1 to 3 staff to camper ratio coupled with our highly trained riding instructors ensure that riders of all abilities are given the time and attention to improve their riding skills and talents. Many highly respected riding instructors from all over New England recommend our Ranch Camp as a place to learn and reinforce existing skills, particularly because riders are so immersed in riding for one to two solid weeks. Additionally, over the past two years in a YMCA of the United States camp survey, Camp Jewell has been recognized as a national leader in the number of campers reporting to have made a new friend while at camp (over 98%).

We offer seven levels of riding classes to accommodate riders of all abilities, beginner through advanced. In addition to mounted lessons, riders also have:

Riding Lessons, Philosophy and Style
We believe that all riders whether beginner, intermediate or advanced should receive the same quality of instruction and attention to detail. This means from day one we teach our riders to ride in a sophisticated manner using their minds and bodies competently to provide a solid foundation to grow as riders.

Our lesson program provides instruction, fun and challenge to everyone from first time riders to those with years of experience. Our English riding lessons teach students to ride in a balanced seat emphasizing self awareness, effective use of the body, and understanding of the horse. This “all purpose” approach to riding will not only prompt better riding but also a more harmonious relationship between horses and riders of all disciplines and levels of experience.

Each riding group rides at least once per day and frequently twice each day. There are 6-7 riders per group, each with its own instructor and an assistant present. Riding groups are determined by both age and ability.

Facilities                                                                                                                   

Our Ranch Camp program is unique in that Ranchers live in their own camp community across the lake from main camp, called Hide-A-Way Ranch. Hide-A-Way features modern cabins, lakeside dining hall, outdoor pavilion, beautiful chapel, climbing tower, sports field, barn and four riding rings. Our pastures are a serene location for our 35 plus horses to eat and relax. 
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Program Diversity
Even though Ranchers spend much of their time with the horses, they also benefit from the large program diversity of Camp Jewell, including our focus on building meaningful and lasting friendships among campers and staff.

Affordability
Where else can a rider benefit from over 14 hours of quality instruction, live at a premier multi-million dollar facility and enjoy over 30 additional camp activities for less than $160 a day?
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Junior Ranch Camp (ages 7-9)                                                  $1,075-$1,275

Junior Ranch is a one-week program specifically designed for our youngest riders, ages 7-9. The program focuses on the basics of horse care and riding and includes special activities such as a camp-out, cookout and picnic wagon rides.  The village color is maroon.  

The fee for a one-week session in 2014 ranges from $975 to $1,175. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation.  Financial assistance is available. 

Session J1 June 22- June 28 (session 1A)

For additional information, please contact Jodi Gove, Ranch Director,
at 888 412-2267 or jodi.gove@ghymca.org.
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Drivers One Week $1,075-$1,275 
Two-Week Driver Ranch Camp (ages 10-12)      $1,995-$2,270                    
The Drivers Program is a one and two week camp designed for riders 10-12.  The village color is maroon.  Highlights specific to this program include:

  • Campout
  • Wagon ride picnic
  • Evening trail ride
The fees for 2014 ranges from $1,075 to $2,270. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation.  Financial assistance is available.  

Program Dates for 2014

Session 1B June 29-July 5
Session 2 July 6-19
Session 3 July 20-August 2
Session 4 August 3-16



For additional information, please contact Jodi Gove, Ranch Director, at 888-412-2267 or jodi.gove@ghymca.org.
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Top Hands Two-Week Ranch Camp (ages 12-15)                   $1,995-$2,270
The Top Hands program is specifically designed for riders ages 12-15.  The village color is black.  Highlights specific to this program include:
 
  • Overnight trail ride and campout
  • Horse show performance on closing day for parents and guests 
The fee for a two-week session in 2014 ranges from $1,945 to $2,270. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation.  Financial assistance is available.  

Program Dates for 2014

Session 1 June 22-July 5
Session 2 July 6-19
Session 3 July 20-August 2
Session 4 August 3-16

For additional information, please contact Jodi Gove, Ranch Director, at 888-412-2267 or jodi.gove@ghymca.org.  
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Maverick Counselor-In-Training Program (age 16)               $1,695-$1,945

The Maverick Program at Camp Jewell is for those campers aspiring to become a Ranch counselor. This is a four-week program designed to shift a camper’s focus from primarily riding to leadership development and teaching new skills to younger Ranch campers.

Mavericks:
  •   Assist beginner riding skills and horsemanship under the supervision of ranch staff
  •   Learn all safety procedures, assisting/teaching techniques and leadership skills
  •   Receive hands-on training on how to be an effective assistant in riding lessons
  •   Receive hands-on training on how to be the primary instructors of our “Horsemanship Program” 
  •   Create and lead at least four different devotions with campers in their group
  •   Lead at least two Chapel presentations during their program
  •   Live within a cabin of campers and become a mentor for them
2014 Dates
Session A (traditional camp sessions 1 and 2) June 22 – July 19
Session B (traditional camp sessions 3 and 4) July 20 – Aug. 16

The fee for a two-week session in the Maverick program ranges from $1,595 to $1,845. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation.  Financial assistance is available.  

For additional information, please contact Jodi Gove, Ranch Director, at 888-412-2267 or jodi.gove@ghymca.org
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Typical Daily Schedule for the Top Hand Program                                                          back to top
While there is truly no "typical" day at Ranch Camp, campers generally follow the schedule described below.  Meals, siesta and program times may vary by age, village group and day of week.
6:30am Rise and Shine! Get ready for the day & cabin clean up
7:30am Bring in the horses from the pasture & feed
7:45am Chapel service
8:00am Breakfast
8:30am Shared Responsibility (everyone helps keep camp clean!)
9:00am 1st Activity Period- Riding Lessons, off-horse lesson, vaulting practice or non-horse-related activity (arts & crafts, outdoor cooking, sports etc)
10:30am 2nd Activity Period- Riding Lessons, off-horse lesson, vaulting practice or non-horse-related activity (arts & crafts, outdoor cooking, sports etc)
12:30pm Lunch & Mail Call
1:00pm Siesta (relax, write a letter home, take a nap)
2:00pm Afternoon Activity Period- Riding Lessons, swimming, afternoon activities (boating, candle-making, low ropes etc.)
5:45pm Trading Post (campers may choose one snack item)
6:15pm Dinner at Main Camp (dinner at HAW 2 nights/ week)
7:00pm Evening Activity (campfires, capture the flag, spirit fest, candle-making, special events)
9:30pm Devotions, TAPS & lights out

Typical Daily Schedule for Driver & Junior Programs
7:00am Rise & Shine! Get ready for the day & cabin clean up
7:45am Chapel Service
8:00am Breakfast
8:30 Shared Responsibility everyone helps keep camp clean!)
9:00am 1st Activity Period- Riding Lessons, off-horse lesson, vaulting practice or non-horse-related activity (arts & crafts, outdoor cooking, sports etc)
10:30am 2nd Activity Period- Riding Lessons, off-horse lesson, vaulting practice or non-horse-related activity (arts & crafts, outdoor cooking, sports etc)
12:30pm Lunch & Mail Call
1:00pm Siesta (relax, write a letter home, take a nap)
2:15pm 1st Afternoon Activity Period- Riding Lessons, swimming, afternoon activities (boating, candle-making, low ropes etc.)
3:25pm Juice Jam at the Trading Post
3:45pm 2nd Afternoon Activity Period-Riding Lessons, swimming, afternoon activities (boating, candle-making, low ropes etc.)
5:45pm Trading Post (campers may choose one snack item)
6:15pm Dinner at Main Camp (dinner at HAW 2 nights/ week)
7:00pm Evening Activity (campfires, capture the flag, spirit fest, candle-making, special events)
9:30pm Devotions, TAPS & lights out

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Neckerchief Achievement Award                                                                                   back to top

The purpose of the Neckerchief is to give Ranchers, ages 10 and up, the opportunity to set a goal and purpose for their horsemanship lessons at camp. To obtain each neckerchief, the Rancher needs to obtain specific riding skills, exhibit a certain level of horsemanship and be an involved member of the Ranch community, eventually taking on a leadership role as they age. Although the neckerchief program is an honorable and strong tradition at camp, participation is not required.

Within the Drivers and Top Hands program, there are 7 levels of neckerchiefs attainable.

Drivers
Greenhorn
Colt
Yearling

Top Hands
Colt
Yearling
Mustang
Bronco
Jr. Wrangler
Wrangler

Although Wrangler is the highest level neckerchief reflecting riding, horsemanship, and leadership, two additional Neckerchiefs can be attained:

Post Wrangler
Vermont Cattle Drive Trip - Northpacker ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Registration & Information
Please click on the following links for online registration, forms and downloads:

Click here to register online
Download a printable registration form

Important Questions & Downloads
What is your cabin mate request policy?
What should my child bring to camp?
How are the facilities and cabins situated at camp?  Please click here for a camp map.
How can I, as a parent, help prevent homesickness? How is it handled at camp?
What type of health form does my child need in order to attend camp?


Do you have questions about such things as medication distribution, allergies, check-in, insurance and the trading post?
Please refer to our Parent's Guide by clicking here.

Interested in signing up for two or more back-to back sessions?  Please click here to find out more about our Hold Over Weekends.

For additional information, please contact Jodi Gove, Ranch Director, at 888-412-2267 or jodi.gove@ghymca.org
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Spring Ranch Welcome Weekend                          
Ranch Welcome Weekend is a time for returning ranchers to share their Ranch Camp experience with new and potential campers. The weekend starts on Friday evening at 6pm with a welcome activity. On Saturday night campers enjoy a “cowboy campfire” that consists of making dinner, roasting s’mores and enjoying the new friendships made over the weekend. The weekend ends Sunday at 1pm. Snacks, meals, lodging, riding, and fun are all provided!  Completed health forms are required for new and returning campers.  Parents are welcome to attend the Open House on Sunday, April 15th from 2-4pm. 

New Ranchers have the opportunity to meet some of our summer horses, ride on the trails, and learn what being a Rancher is all about. The weekend is more than just riding horses, however. All Ranchers enjoy many additional activities such as climbing Mt. Megiddo (our 40ft climbing tower), group games and campfires.

Registration Information
2014 Dates
May 2-4

Sign up early! For more information, please contact Jodi Gove, Ranch Director, at jodi.gove@ghymca.org or call 888-412-2267.

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Open House & Personal Tour Information                                           back to top
Trying to decide if Camp Jewell is right for your child? Is this your child’s first experience at a summer camp? To ease any concerns that you or your child might have, Camp Jewell hosts an open house at camp three times during the year. At our open house you can ask staff questions, tour the facility, view the summer menu, and watch a slide show presentation. A few activity areas are also open for fun! Reservations are not required.

Open House dates for 2014:
February 9, 2014 from 2-4pm
April 13, 2014 from 2-4pm
May 4, 2014 from 2-4pm
June 1, 2014 from 2-4pm


If the Open House dates don't work for you, please call the camp office to schedule a tour with the Ranch Director at your convenience. 
 
To schedule a personal tour, please contact Jodi Gove, Ranch Director, at 888-412-2267 or jodi.gove@ghymca.org.
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Hold-Over Weekends                                                                             back to top
Several of our campers choose to attend more than one session each summer. When those chosen sessions are “back-to-back,” campers have the opportunity to enjoy Camp Jewell’s hold-over program. Hold-over runs from 11:30am on Check-out Saturday until lunch on Check-in Sunday.

Our hold-over program is more than just waiting around for the next camp session to start. In addition to getting the entire camp to themselves, hold-over campers get to enjoy activities normally reserved for different programs and age groups. Campers have the opportunity to climb Mt. Meggido, normally reserved for teens! Swimming, games, movies, and arts and crafts round out the fun. Plus, hold-over campers get to move into their cabins first and have all of their laundry washed. Adequate time is set aside, however, for the campers to just rest and relax.

Of course, parents are welcome to check-out their children during the hold-over weekend. Simply call ahead and indicate a pick-up time. We will insure your child will be ready to go and enjoy a dinner, movie, or activity with the family. If parents would like to stay overnight in the local area, there are several hotels and attractions available. For a full list of lodging and activity options, please click here.


Register online or download the printable regular camper registration form.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 888-412-2267 or contact Craig Dawson, Summer Camp Director, at craig.dawson@ghymca.org