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Ranch Rough Riders

For Campers Ages 13 through 16

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Ranch Camp Program Philosophy 

Ranch Camp is designed for campers 12 - 16 years of age who wish to be completely immersed in an equestrian environment. The Ranch is located in a self-contained setting just a mile from North Camp. As a working ranch, campers live in rustic conditions that foster a great sense of camaraderie. Highlights of each two-week session include hosting a Hoe Down for all teen camps or participating in creative team building adventure activities, an overnight campout with their horses, a night ride, and the final rodeo. Ranch focuses on horses and horsemanship through caring for the herd, chores, arena lessons, and trail rides. Campers also have a chance to enjoy other activities that YMCA Storer Camps has to offer including swimming and the zip line. Everyone is welcome at Ranch regardless of prior riding experience. 

Ranch Rough Riders Program Philosophy 

Ranch Rough Riders is a two-week program open to campers 13 - 16 years of age. The Rough Rider experience is best suited for returning Ranch campers that wish to participate in an elevated program designed to not only challenge their horsemanship but to build upon their character at YMCA Storer Camps. Highlights of the session include a realistic, competitive rodeo and a three-day, overnight camping trip to Waterloo State Park with their horses. Registration is granted through an application process due to limited available space and riding readiness. Applications will be considered based on the camper’s years of eligibility as well as the character they previously displayed during their time at camp. 

Cabin Arrangements for Ranch/Rough Riders 

Campers sleep in rustic tent cabins and have access to running water and portable toilets. Campers travel every other day into main camp for showers and to participate in other camp activities. If there is a need, showers will be made available more frequently to campers. 

Meals and Nutrition for Ranch/Rough Riders 

Breakfast is prepared by campers and Storer staff cooks take care of lunch and dinner. On a rotation basis, campers assist with setting tables and clean-up. Special arrangements for ranch hands with allergies or dietary needs are accommodated. 


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Registration information for Summer 2020 coming soon! 

Forms for your child to attend

Please download, complete and e-mail, mail or fax  any time between date of registration and April 30.  If registering after April 30, forms are due upon receipt.

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