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!

Boots and Bits – Age 7-10


Sessions 3, 6, 8

(All riding levels are welcome to this day camp program!)

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

Boots and Bits With Overnight! – Age 7-10


Sessions 1, 2, 4, 5, 7

(All riding levels are welcome to this half day camp, half overnight camp program!)

This Ranch Day Camp will teach beginning Ranchers the basics of horse care and horseback riding, just like the above Boots and Bits, but with a twist! Pack your bags, because on Wednesday night, you’ll get to join the ranks at Elk Lodge as you become an overnight ranch camper for two days!

Ranch Adventures – Ages 9-12


Sessions 2A, 2B Ranch Adventures 

Sessions: 5A, 5B Ranch Adventures 

(All riding levels are welcome to this half week overnight program!)

Experience a compact, yet exciting ranch week with our Ranch Adventures program! Spend 3 nights and 4 days horseback riding all over Camp Kern’s scenic trails, while still enjoying traditional camp activities like rock climbing walls, hiking, archery, and swimming. Ranch Adventure campers will stay in Elk lodge, right next to the horse pastures! A camp out under the stars makes this program one not to miss! Click here to see our Ranch Adventures video!

Ranch Camp – Ages 10-14


Session 2, 4, 6, 8: Ranch Camp (Girls Only)

Session 1, 3, 5, 7: Ranch Camp  (Co-ed)

(All riding levels are welcome to this overnight, week-long camp!)

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, right next to the horse pastures! 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!

Crossrails – Ages 13-16 *NEW PROGRAM*

Session 5 (Co-ed)

(Camper must be intermediate to advanced riders)

Crossrails is a brand new Ranch Camp designed to teach Ranchers the basics of how to jump! From learning the correct position for jumping, to leaping over their first jumps, Ranchers will get a flying start on learning a new skill. In addition to time spent in the saddle, ranchers will also learn more about horse riding and care, and participate in other camp activities such as swimming, rock climbing, and more! This program offers English riding only. Riders must be intermediate to advanced.

Trail Wranglers – Ages 13-16


Session 6 (Co-ed)

(Camper must be intermediate to advanced riders, and willing to sleep outside in tents.)

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

Intermediate Ranch Camp – Ages 12-15


Sessions 4, 8 (Girls Only)

Sessions 1(Co-Ed)

Ranchers, do you want to expand your horse knowledge? Intermediate Ranch is a new program designed for Ranchers looking to advance their riding skills. Ranchers will build on their current horse knowledge by learning more about horse riding and care. Whether they ride Western or English, campers will spend most of their week on horseback. In addition to their time spent in the saddle, Intermediate Ranchers will get to experience fun camp activities such as swimming, archery, and the giant swing.

Intermediate ranchers must have two years of Ranch Camp or equivalent riding experience. For more information, contact Devin Carr at dcarr@daytonymca.org.

Advanced Ranch Camp – Ages 13-16


Session 2 (Girls Only)

Session 7 (Co-ed)

(This overnight program is for advanced riders with previous walk, trot, canter experience 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 Devin Carr at (513) 932-3756 x1531 or by email at dcarr@daytonymca.org – for admission into the Advanced Ranch Camp Program.

Ranger’s Apprentice – Ages 10-14


Session 3, 7 (Co-ed)

(All riding levels are welcome to this overnight horseback riding literary camp!)

Immerse yourself in the world of Ranger’s Apprentice! This is a fully themed week where you will be instructed on horseback riding, trail riding, archery, tracking, survival skills, stealth and Ranger missions. If you love Ranger’s Apprentice, this officially-sanctioned camp will test your strength, loyalty and commitment. Defend the kingdom from Morgarath’s Wargals, Skandian Raiders, and the fearsome Temujai warriors. Come as an Apprentice. Earn your Silver Oak Leaf. Become a Ranger.

Check out our Ranger’s Apprentice video!

Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice – Ages 12-16


Session 4, 8 (Co-ed)

(Previous riding experience and Ranger’s Apprentice experience is preferred for this overnight horseback riding literary camp.)

For those who love Ranger’s Apprentice camp and are looking for more, Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice is for you. Build on your Ranger skills in horseback riding, archery, and stealthing while taking on even more challenging missions. This week will test Ranger’s Apprentices to see if they have what it takes to become a Ranger.

Previous participation in Ranger’s Apprentice Camp is recommended for Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice. Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice can be combined with Ranger’s Apprentice to create a two week Ranger experience!

Produced with approval by Penguin Young Readers Group, publisher of The Ranger’s Apprentice series.

Check out our Ranger’s Apprentice video!

Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice can be combined with Ranger’s Apprentice to create a two week Ranger experience!

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

Ranch Leaders In Training (R-LIT’s) – Ages 13-16


Session 3

(This is a leadership program with service aspects for the teen interested in gaining horsemanship skills.)

For those looking to go more indepth into the world of horses, Ranch leaders in training will go far beyond the traditional riding lessons! R-LIT’s 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!

Ranch Counselor In Training (R-CIT’s) – Age 16


Session 5-6 (Co-ed)

(This is a program meant to foster growth in those interested in being future Ranch Camp Counselors.)

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

R-CIT Application R-CIT Reference Form

To request any additional information, or if you have any questions regarding any of our Equestrian programs, please contact
Devin Carr at (513) 932-3756 X1531 OR email at: dcarr@daytonymca.org