(Ages 8 – 16 yrs.) Whether your camper is new to working with horses or is a seasoned rider, Camp Sturtevant’s Ranch Camp at the Aspirus Branch has something to offer everybody. Beginners and advanced riders are welcome all weeks of the summer. Each week, campers will be grouped by age and riding experience. Each specific group will advance through weekly themed riding skills at a level that is appropriate for their riding experience and ability. Every group in each week of the summer will review fundamental horse activities such as grooming, feeding, tack, and basic horse care. All camps include daily riding as long as weather permits. Campers will also experience other core camp activities such as crafts, swimming, field games, gaga and much more!

WEEKLY FEES
Full Time Member/ $259   Full Time Non-Member/ $289

RANCH CAMP OPTIONS:
Week 1- Out the Gate  June 7- 11
Get the feel for a basic week of Ranch Camp!  

Week 2- Wranglers in Training   June 14-18
Get the feel for a basic week of Ranch Camp! 
  
Week 3 -  Wranglers  June 21- June 25
For the beginning rider. Learn about basic horse care, horse safety, and how to tack a horse. Daily rides will focus on learning horse behavior, walking and trotting.

Week 4 -  All Around the Ranch  June 28- July 2
Feed the calves, pigs and goats. Experience all the ranch has to offer as we bring a variety of animals to work with to camp. 

Week 5 -  Western Week  July 5- 9
Learn about basic horse care, horse safety, and how to tack a horse. Daily rides will focus on learning horse behavior, walking and trotting. More experienced riders welcome. Campers will ride to their own abilities.

Week 6 -  Wranglers  July 12- 16
Campers will begin to learn patterns and end the week with a Gymkhana- a series of games on horseback that are designed to enhance riding skills.

Week 7 -  Underdown Overnight  July 19- 23
Limited to only six participants. No regular Ranch Camp this week. More details to come.

Week 8 - Rodeo Camp  July 26- 30
Activities include barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying (not on real goats), and how to rope. The week will be capped off by a real life rodeo demonstration and our very own camp rodeo. 

Week 9 -  Trail Riders  Aug. 2- 6
Experience riding horses on trails around our YMCA grounds (weather permitting). *Campers must have attended at least one other week of camp or have prior experience riding horses to attend Trail Riders week.

Week 10 - Barnyard Bonanza  Aug. 9- 13
We'll expand this week to focus more on all animals at Ranch Camp. Campers can choose what animals they want to spend more time learning about.

Week 11 - Just Horsing Around  Aug. 16- 20
This week is about each rider reaching their potential on horseback and reflecting on their summer of riding. Various activities throughout the summer will be revisited as we wind down the summer with our horses.

Week 12 - Sayonara Summer!  Aug. 23- 27
This week is a wrap-up to our summer. We can't think of a better way to end camp than with summer fun and horses!