Camp Kern

Ranch Camp
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Circle K’s Ranch Camp programs are the most exciting equestrian programs around. With many options to choose from, you are sure to find a Summer Ranch Camp program that will give you memories to last a lifetime!

Ranch Camp – Ages 10-16


Session 2, 6, 8: Ranch Camp – Girls Only!

Session 1, 3, 4, 5, 7: Ranch Camp – Co-ed

Ranch Camp at Circle K is unlike any other camp! Ranchers will experience the joy and responsibility of having their own horse through daily activities such as grooming, tacking, horseback riding lessons and trail rides. Ranchers will spend most of their week in the saddle and with the horses, but will also have time to enjoy traditional camp activities such as archery, canoeing, swimming, the rock climbing wall, arts and crafts and much more! All Ranchers stay at Elk Lodge where they can see the horses from their bunks. Ranchers will be placed in riding classes based on an assessment of their current riding skills. Both English and Western styles are offered and all riding levels are welcome.

Check out our Ranch Camp video!

Ranch Adventures(Co-ed) – Ages 10-13


Sessions: 5A, 5B Ranch Adventures Coed!

Sessions 8A, 8B Ranch Adventures Girls Only!

Experience a compact, yet exciting ranch week with our Ranch Adventures program! Spend 3 nights and 4 days horseback riding all over Camp Kerns scenic trails, while still enjoying traditional camp activities like rock climbing walls, hiking, archery, and swimming. Ranch Adventure campers will be staying in Elk lodge where they can see the horses from their bunks. A camp out under the stars makes this program one not to miss! Click here to see our Ranch Adventures video!

Ranger’s Apprentice – Ages 10-16


Ranger’s Apprentice: Session 3 & 7 

Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice (Ages 12-16): Session 4 & 8 (co-ed)

Immerse yourself in the world of Ranger’s Apprentice! This week is fully-themed, and you will be instructed on horseback riding, trail riding, archery, tracking, survival skills, stealth and missions throughout the week.

For more information, see the Ranger’s Apprentice Page.

Trail Wranglers – Ages 13-16


Session 6 (co-ed)

Campers MUST be intermediate to advanced riders!

Saddle up Cowboys and Cowgirls! Trail Wranglers is the perfect week for those ranchers who LOVE to trail ride! The week will include trail riding and camping out with the horses on and off Camp Kern property. Wranglers will learn to cook over a fire, outdoor living skills, horsemanship, and horseback riding skills.

Trail Wranglers Video


Advanced Ranch Camp – Ages 12-16


Session 4, 7 (co-ed)

This program is for advanced riders only.

This challenging ranch week is for the more experienced rider. Campers will have advanced lessons in walk, trot, canter, and jumping. As well as more in-depth lessons on barn management, horse health, and jump course design. Ranchers will build on their knowledge and expand their horizons! Along with adventures in the saddle, Ranchers will experience the same great camp activities such as swimming, rock climbing walls, arts and crafts, and the BIG game.

Check out our Advance Ranch Camp video!

Please contact Amanda Neal at (513) 932-3756 x1531 or by email at aneal@daytonymca.org – for admission into the Advanced Ranch Camp Program.


Ranch Leaders – Ages 13-16


Session 3

For those looking to go more indepth into the world of horses, Ranch leaders will go far beyond the traditional riding lessons! Ranch Leaders is a program geared towards teaching equestrians more about all aspects of owning, working with, and enjoying horses. Activities will include daily riding lessons, instruction on basic horse first aid, introductions to horse training, and a glimps at the various ways campers can continue their love of horses throughout their life! Campers will get see what is really involved in caring and owning horses, learn the basics of teaching lessons, and will still enjoy some of the traditional camp activities that Kern has to offer!

Camper must be an Intermediate to Advanced rider!

Wrangler In Training (WIT) – Age 16


Sessions 1-2, 5-6

This two week program is a wonderful opportunity to enhance and develop self-confidence, self-awareness, communication skills, tolerance for adversity, and personal leadership style–all while spending time at Circle K Ranch! WIT’s spend their first week learning to be positive role models as both camp counselors and lesson instructors along with improving their riding skills. Week two gives WIT’s a chance to practice their skills while assisting riding lessons, trail rides, and various other camp activities.  This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who loves horses, is willing to push themselves, and is ready to learn and grow.

All WIT’s must send their application to YMCA Camp Kern c/o Amanda Neal to be considered for the program. WIT’s are also require to have two reference forms submitted.

WIT Application WIT Reference Form


Boots and Bits – Age 7-10


Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (co-ed)

This Ranch Day Camp will teach beginning Ranchers the basics of horse care and horseback riding. Daily activities will include: safety around horses, grooming, tacking, leading horses, and horseback riding. Ranchers will have daily riding lessons along with guided trails! Ranchers will learn respect and responsibility through hands on care while learning about all aspects of horses. Other activities include swimming, rock climbing walls, and arts and crafts. Lunch and snack are included in each fun filled day!

Boots & Bits Video


To request any additional information, or if you have any questions regarding any of our Equestrian programs, please contact
Amanda Neal at (513) 932-3756 ext. 1531 or ANeal@daytonymca.org