Camp Jewell YMCA

Ranch Camp

Group training

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Two Weeks- Starting at $1,999

Hide-a-Way Ranch at Camp Jewell YMCA provides a unique setting for our Ranch Campers to enjoy a traditional camp experience with an equestrian focus. The one thing everyone has in common at Ranch Camp is the love and enjoyment of riding and working with horses. This creates a stronger, more personal relationship between the campers in their cabins, riding groups, and in the overall Ranch Camp program.

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.

Ranch Camp offers a variety of programs based on each camper’s age. The Junior Ranch Camp is offered as a two-week camp experience for our youngest Ranch campers ages 7-9. For older campers, we offer two-week sessions, but many campers opt to stay for four weeks or longer. Campers in the Ranch are divided in cabins and riding groups based on age—Drivers for ages 10-12 and Top Hands for ages 12-15. All campers will be able to participate in a variety of horse-related activities such as; trail rides, hayrides, vaulting and off-horse lessons in addition to their daily riding lessons. Regardless of riding ability or experience, beginner to advanced, our counselors and riding instructors focus on each individual camper, ensuring a great experience in the riding ring and in camp overall.

Both the Driver and Top Hand programs are able to participate in the Neckerchief Achievement Award. This gives campers the opportunity to set a goal and a purpose for their lessons at camp. Neckerchief levels are awarded based on the ability to obtain specific riding skills, achieve a certain level of horsemanship knowledge, and be an involved participant in the Ranch community. There are 7 different Neckerchief levels campers can work to accomplish (Greenhorn, Colt, Yearling, Mustang, Bronco, Jr. Wrangler, and Wrangler). Only a few campers each summer reach the Jr. wrangler and Wrangler Neckerchiefs, making them a huge accomplishment for any camper to reach. Although Neckerchiefs are not required, it is an honorable and strong tradition at the Ranch.

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

  • Un-mounted horsemanship classes
  • At least one trail ride
  • An introduction to vaulting
  • Horse-drawn wagon ride
  • Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Campfires
  • Teambuilding games
  • Overnight camp-out experience
  • Arts & Crafts
  • The daily care of our 35 horses
  • Many other traditional camp activities!

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.


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