Horse Camps

Circle K Ranch at YMCA Camp Kern is home to the most exciting equestrian programs around! With so many options to choose from, you're sure to find a summer ranch program that will help you create memories to last a lifetime. As a Rancher, you will get to know your assigned horse, learn more about riding and horse care, and meet other Ranchers who love horses just as much as you!

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At Circle K Ranch, you'll spend a week immersed in the world of horses! Choose your seat, (we offer both English and Western riding) take group lessons with your fellow Ranchers, go for trail rides all over Camp Kern's 485 acres, and experience the fun of traditional summer camp activities. Whether you are an accomplished rider, or you are just interested in dipping your toe into the Equestrian world, Ranch Camp is the place to be!

As with all our programs, we strive to provide experiences that allow all campers to grow and learn, building self-resilience and problem solving skills all while exercising those social skill muscles! Our Ranch counselors have a love of horses and experience with horses in a camp setting and we spend time training them to deliver high quality lessons, while also taking care of campers' physical, social and emotional needs.    

If you have any questions please contact our Equestrian Director, Russ Lee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 513-932-3756 x 1531.

Day Camp Awesomeness!

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!

Availability

  • Session 1 (Co-ed)
  • Session 2 (Co-ed)
  • Session 3 (Co-ed)
  • Session 4 (Co-ed)
  • Session 5 (Co-ed)
  • Session 6 (Co-ed)
  • Session 7 (Co-ed)
  • Session 8 (Co-ed)
  • Session 9 (Co-ed)

Our original and best overnight program!

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.

Availability

  • Session 1 (Co-ed)
  • Session 2 (Girls Only)
  • Session 3 (Co-ed)
  • Session 4 (Girls Only)
  • Session 5 (Co-ed)
  • Session 6 (Girls Only)
  • Session 7 (Co-ed)
  • Session 8 (Girls Only)
  • Session 9 (Co-ed)

For the experienced 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. This overnight program is for advanced riders with previous walk, trot, canter experience only.

Please contact Russ Lee at (513) 932-3756 x1531 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – for admission into the Advanced Ranch Camp Program.

Availability

  • Session 2 (Girls Only)
  • Session 4 (Girls Only)
  • Session 7 (Co-ed)

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.

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

Availability

  • Session 3 (Co-ed)
  • Session 4 (Girls Only)

Two Weeks of Growth!

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 Russ Lee to be considered for the program. R-CIT’s are also required to submit two reference forms.

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

R-CIT Application

R-CIT Reference Form

Availability

  • Session 5 (Girls Only)

 

2021 Summer Camp Themes

Session 1 – Star Wars
(June 13 - June 18)

Session 2 – Harry Potter
(June 20 - June 25)

Session 3 – Ultimate Kern Week
(June 27 - July 2)

Session 4 – Neverland 
(July 4 - July 9)

Session 5 – Agents of K.E.R.N.
(July 11 - July 16)

Session 6 – Willy Wonka
(July 18 - July 23)

Session 7 – Color Wars
(July 25 - July 30)

Session 8 – Harry Potter
(Aug. 1 - Aug. 6)

Session 9 – Jurassic Camp
(Aug. 8 - Aug. 13)