YMCA Camp Leif Ericson - Two Week Program

Ranch Camp

Why horseback riding is great for kids

Horses keep kids active.  Riding and taking care of a horse is good physical exercise, and teaches responsibility.  Plus, horseback riding improves overall self-confidence, balance, and coordination. 

Our safe program provides instruction, fun and challenge to everyone from the first-time riders to those with years of experience. Our Western and English style lessons teach riders to ride in a balanced seat emphasizing self-awareness, effective use of the body and understanding of the horse. This “all purpose” approach will not only prompt better riding but also a more harmonious relationship between horses and riders of all disciplines and levels of experience.

Ranch Camp provides a unique setting for campers to enjoy a traditional camp experience with an equestrian focus.  The one thing everyone has in common is the love and enjoyment of riding and working with horses. In addition to frequent riding, each riding group actively participates in the daily care of the horses. Campers ride in small groups, with a highly trained equine instructor and assistant present. Riding groups are determined by both age and ability.

In addition to mounted lessons, riders also have:

  • Un-mounted horsemanship classes
  • At least two trail rides
  • Special trail ride and overnight with their horse
  • Climbing
  • Campfires
  • Teambuilding games
  • Wild Water West
  • Daily care of our horses and Mini-Farm animals
  • Many other traditional camp activities!

For more information about Ranch Camp, please contact Mike Murphy, Camp Director, at mmurphy@siouxfallsymca.org or call (605) 336-2267.