Wild West Camping Since 1963



Youth Group Activities for the weekend program  includes a myriad of classes and activities.   Our core classes consist of 4 specific activities that are included in every camp program.


Ranchhands have a western riding lesson taught by the ranch’s certified riding instructors and their assistants.   Geared toward beginners.

Riders must wear a current ASTM-SEI approved equestrian riding helmet at all times while on horseback.   (Yes, helmets do “expire”; if your rider’s helmet has a manufacturing date (check the label) older than 5 years it’s time to replace.)  Helmets are provided by Rawhide Ranch or you are welcome to bring your own approved equestrian helmet. (Bike helmets are not acceptable.)


Learning vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) techniques is an ideal way to help new riders understand posture, leg contact and balance from the beginning.  For more experienced riders, vaulting techniques help them gain insight into timing of strides and rhythm as well.

Vaulting exercises are the perfect way for riders to learn how to safely dismount “unexpectedly” and overcome a fear of falling.  A safe way to learn since the horse is controlled by a longeur, vaulting focuses on the key elements in developing confident and competent riders.  Vaulting is the gateway to all equestrian sport!


Our Animal Science class gives our Ranchhands a chance to learn the basics of the various different ranch animals that we have here at the ranch.  Our classes focus on the care, exploration, and hands on learning opportunities of a working ranch.


What is the difference between a horse and a pony? Come find out in the midst of our famous pony barn for horse science classes. These classes focus on the many different aspects of horse and pony care, terminology, grooming and the psychology of herd animals and their behavior. Our Horse Science classes give every camper a chance to work with our ponies and horses to gain more confidence and respect for our large four legged friends.


Each Ranchhand will have an opportunity to participate in animal care time, morning and afternoon. This activity is based on old time chores that children living on a ranch would have had responsibility for. It may include raking out stalls and surrounding areas, and feeding/watering all types of ranch/farm animals. It’s all part of the ranch experience and builds great pride and teamwork within the group.

Morning and afternoon animal care time is designed to help Ranchhands to learn about all aspects of taking care of animals and being responsible for them. After animal care time the Ranchhands will have the opportunity to wash up and then head off to their next activity.