Overnight Ranch Camps - YCAMP

Overnight Ranch Camps


The mist hangs low in the Des Moines River Valley and dew hangs heavy on the grass as the sun rises and begins to warm the woods and pastures. Their boots wet with that dew, our ranch campers walk toward the Y Camp ranch ready to saddle their horses and spend a day riding, grooming and learning. The ranch program is a great fit for horse lovers of all ages. Each week our talented and enthusiastic instructors prepare lessons for campers that cater to skill and experience. Campers will learn more about grooming and horse care, horse equipment, and riding techniques. On day one, each camper is partnered with a horse for the week. The two develop a special bond as a result of the hours spent together each day. Ranch camp provides a good mix of lessons and trail rides to ensure that campers learn riding skills and enjoy spending time on horseback. The program lasts from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., so that campers can still enjoy some of the traditional camp activities during the afternoon. Listed below are the experience and age-based programs Y Camp offers!

Ranch Camps 2019



Pony Express

Ages 9–11

Pony Express campers are often beginners looking to learn the basics of horse care and riding technique. These campers receive instruction from our ranch staff on grooming, mounting saddles and more. During the week campers go on trail rides, learn basic commands, and ride to breakfast in the morning. For those who love horses but could use more riding experience, Pony Express is the camp for you.

Week 2 June 16- 22

Week 6 July 14- 20

$615 Member / $665 Program Participant


Bronco Busters

Ages 12–15

Designed for the intermediate rider, this camp is the next step up from Pony Express. The program combines more advanced instruction with longer trail rides so that campers have more time to develop a bond with their horse. Each week, campers will continue to review the fundamentals of horse care and riding while learning new skills every day. Bronco Busters is a great opportunity to continue the journey to becoming a Y Camp wrangler.

Week 5 July 7- 13

Week 8 July 28- August 3

$615 Member / $665 Program Participant


Ranch and Rodeo

Ages 13–16

Ranch and Rodeo is for the advanced rider who is ready to take the next step in their horse riding career. Campers will learn and practice new skills in the riding arena while taking their responsibility to a whole new level. Every morning campers will catch their own horse, groom and feed them, saddle them, and take them to the arena. Ranch and Rodeo builds confidence with its mix of instruction and independence. Those who graduate the program will become wranglers, and someday may teach campers as a member of Y Camp’s ranch staff. We recommend prior riding experience before joining this camp, as the instruction will include more advanced lessons and require more confidence.

Week 7 July 21- 27

$615 Member / $665 Program Participant




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