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. Our program is designed to form a strong, tight-knit community for campers in their cabins, riding groups, and in the overall Ranch Camp program.
We offer a variety of programs based on each camper’s age. Campers in Ranch are divided in cabins by age and riding groups based on experience: Junior Ranch for ages 7-9 (session 1 only), Drivers for ages 10-12 and Top Hands for ages 12-15. All campers are invited to participate in a variety of horse related activities including 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.
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.
Both the Driver and Top Hand programs are able to earn ranks through our Neckerchief Achievement Awards. 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 seven different Neckerchief levels campers can work to accomplish. Often only a few campers each summer earn the top level neckerchiefs, making them a huge accomplishment. Although Neckerchiefs are not required, it is an honorable and strong tradition at Camp Jewell’s Ranch Camp.
We 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
- Teambuilding games
- Overnight camp-out experience
- Arts & Crafts
- The daily care of our 35 horses
- Many other traditional camp activities!