A Southern California tradition since 1964. Features ranch activities, daily western riding lessons, animal & horse science classes, animal care time, vaulting lessons. Ideal for beginning/intermediate riders. CCCA & CHA accredited. WAIC member camp.

Rawhide Ranch, a Southern California tradition since 1964, is well-known for providing campers from all over the world with a taste of ranch life. The camp is located approximately 45 min. north of San Diego, CA near the village of Fallbrook.

Campers learn to ride in our nationally accredited western riding program. The daily schedule features western riding & vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) instruction, animal care time, animal & horse science classes along with a variety of electives to choose from such as roping, archery, marksmanship drama, Leathercraft, outdoor cooking, Laser tag, intro to rodeo, climbing tower, dance, as well as swimming/water slide.

The overnight program is a co-ed program for ages 7-15. One week or multiple week sessions are available. Great for beginning/intermediate riders.

When campers arrive to begin their summer camp adventure, families will be greeted by a host of new sights and sounds to welcome you to Rawhide Ranch. As you help your camper get settled in there will be plenty of time to meet your child’s counselor and explore the ranch together before you say your goodbyes. The days will fly by and before you know it the Grand Entry music will be playing to welcome the families back to the ranch for the closing day festivities. (If your camper is traveling alone by air we will be happy to arrange for transportation to/from the San Diego airport.)

A summer horse camp experience will provide a lifetime of memories along with a new sense of independence, accomplishment, and pride as new skills are learned, new friendships are made, and a chance to joy a slower pace of life.

Rawhide Ranch is proud to be accredited by CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) assuring our camp families that we meet the highest camp and safety standards in the industry today. Member of Western Association of Independent Camps. Visit us online at www.rawhideranch.com for more details about our summer camp sessions. Information is also available by calling the ranch office at (760)758-0083 x 0.

Cloverleaf Ranch is a traditional, co-ed summer camp. 25 activities are offered in a wholesome, enjoyable environment. For over 61 years, Cloverleaf has provided children from around the world with a safe and fun summer to remember.

For over 61 years, Cloverleaf Ranch has offered children and young adults the experiences that last a lifetime. As a traditional summer camp, Cloverleaf Ranch's well rounded program offers the multitude of activities that kids need. Safety is always first, followed by fun! Our counselors include international staff that always bring additional interest to the program. Email or call us for more information!

3. YMCA Raintree Ranch

A horse lover' s paradise. Over half of each day spent with horses!

We offer a progressive riding program that is suited to any level of riding. Whether you have never been on a horse or have been riding for years there is a place for you at Raintree Ranch. Ground classes and arena lessons are followed by a trail ride on our property with spectacular mountain views. Campers learn how to care for horses, Equine Anatomy and everything that goes into being a conscientious horse owner/lover. You will be amazed at what can be learned and the love for horses that can be happen during a week of camp!

4. Far View Ranch Camp

In operation since 1936, Far View Ranch Camp is a farm/ranch experience for children on a 1,000 acre ranch in the California Sierra foothills concentrating on hands on experiences in an outdoor setting.

Far View Ranch Camp operates 2 week sessions during the summer months for boys and girls ages 8-15, who are interested in involvement in a rural life experience. Kids take an active role in animal chores, horseback riding, gardening, hiking, nature exploration, gold rush history, water sports, performing and visual arts and cooperative group living. Many generations of children have attended Far View and have participated in a life changing experience. The camp is small and much like a large farm family. Non-denominational, multi-ethnic design with an emphasis on inclusiveness, open communication and respect for the environment, nature and one another.

5. Summer Camp at Devil's Gulch Ranch

Devil's Gulch Ranch is a real working farm. Our mission is to connect children and young adults with agriculture, nature, and the ancestral past. At our camp kids will learn, work, play, and have the experience of a lifetime.

Each day at Summer Camp at Devil's Gulch Ranch starts with doing the daily farm chores. We milk the goats, feed the pigs and sheep, tend to the garden, and take care of the horses. The rest of the day is devoted to learning about agriculture, getting connected to the forest, creeks, and meadows around the ranch, learning primitive skills, doing crafts centered on natural materials. We help the campers to developing skills in archery, atlatl, tomahawk, rappelling, and horsemanship. Campers will have plenty of time to play and to explore at their own pace. At Devil's Gulch, we believe strongly in free play and giving children a chance to explore the world on their own terms.

We challenge each participant to go past their comfort zone and try new things. This is not your usual summer camp. We are a small, family owned, working farm where campers can experience agricultural life the way it was. When it is over, campers will walk away with a new appreciation of the natural world and their place in it.

6. River Way Ranch Camp

Provides the ultimate resident camping experience ever. Campers participate in challenging educational outdoor sports, adventures and experiences while making friends that will last forever.

River Way Ranch Camp, a co-educational resident camp located in the beautiful foothills of Sequoia National Park, attracts children from all over the world. Awarded the #1 Family Business Award in 2008 and scoring 100% on the American Camp Association Accredition in 2008, River Way has been deemed 'one of the best camps in the United States'.

Children choose from 75 exciting activities. In addition to regular camp activities, River Way offers classes in wakeboarding, water-skiing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, tennis, digital photography, film, journalism, paintball, trampoline center, sailing, mini-bikes, waverunners and go-karts. Trips to the local waterslide park and overnight to the Sequoias are also favorites. River Way campers enjoy four 1-1/2 hour activity periods daily and conclude with a fun evening program. River Way hires a staff in excess of 140 people and requires them to attend 7-10 days of training which focuses on building self esteem, conflict resolution, team building and all aspects of safety and supervising campers throughout each day. The Buckaroos, ages 7-9, have two counselors with each cabin group at all times. They receive a challenging, diversified schedule, teaching them many new skills. All campers will also have an opportunity to earn iron-on T-shirt patches in all activities.

Beginning at age 10, Rancheros and Seniors have free choices of activity. They will sign up for their classes once a week and have the option of changing classes if so desired. Transportation is available by charter bus from Southern and Northern California. For more information regarding River Way Ranch Camp please email us below or call for a brochure and video at 1-800-821-2801.

In addition to River Way Ranch Camp, Wonder Valley Family Camp offers 2 - 1 week sessions in August. If your children are too young for River Way, you might want to try the Family Camp, where everyone can participate in age appropriate activities for the entire family.

7. Mountain Meadow Ranch Summer Camp

A traditional, co-ed summer camp for ages 7 to 16, uniquely located on a 900 acre ranch north of Lake Tahoe in the California Sierras.

Fun, friendships and adventures through activities that build confidence and moral character are at the core of Mountain Meadow's philosophy. We limit our enrollment to no more than 110 campers per session to promote a family-like environment where campers and staff alike are truly able to bond with one another and build friendships and learn new skills; camper to staff ratio is 1 to 5. It is a positive environment where self-esteem and self-confidence are built through fun, competitive games and activities. Mountain Meadow takes summer camp beyond just the normal, day to day offerings of traditional activities, with a focus on the individual as our number one priority at all times.

Traditional activities take place twice each weekday, when campers have the freedom to choose the activity they wish to participate in; nothing is scheduled or regimented. Weekends are reserved for all-camp games when the entire camp family is divided into teams, competing in fun activities such as Capture the Flag, Swim Meets, and other fun relays.

All counselors are carefully screened by our directors prior to hiring, to ensure that we have the most mature, responsible and fun-loving staff. Campers and staff stay in cabins, fully enclosed with bathrooms in each, and divided by age and grade level.

We encourage you to consider us for your camping experience for Summer 2012 and look forward to hearing from you soon!

8. Shady Lawn Ranch

Shady Lawn Ranch is dedicated to building strong foundations in horsemanship. We strive to build confidence and self-assurance in our students by overcoming challenges and accomplishing goals in a safe and fun environment.

Shady Lawn Ranch. We offer Western and English riding instruction and give campers the opportunity to help give total care of the horse so they learn what its like to own a horse. If your child keeps pestering you about wanting a horse, this is the camp for you. We also offer a program for higher level riders as well. Youth camps are scheduled regularly throughout the summer and during school breaks.

9. Jameson Ranch Camp

For years, JRC has connected children to our mountain ranch. Our family-run camp promotes belonging, fund and learning as campers enjoy outdoor activities. ACA accredited, our 500 acre ranch borders the Sequoia Forest in Kern County.

Jameson Ranch Camp is a real ranch in the southern sierras, about 3 hours north of Los Angeles. We are a private camp / family run business that assists campers in developing skills, fun, friendships, and wholesome values. From learning to ride a horse, to making friends from people all over the world, camp is a unique place for growth and self development. Our wonderful staff exemplify positive, traditional, role modeling and campers learn many "lifelong learnables" in friendships and outdoor skills. Each day campers choose from the many fun and challenging outdoor programs offered. We also involve campers with ranch experiences (like animal care, gardening and construction projects) which connect kids with the camp community and show them that they are an important part of the working ranch.

The horse program is a fantastic way for children to learn riding and develop higher level skills. Our lessons in western and bareback start at the beginning levels. As the rider progresses through lessons to higher groups, lots of additional activities are added. The advanced riders help deliver the mail by pony express each morning, help with cattle drives and ride bareback to gather horses from the mountain pastures early in the morning. An overnight camp trip on horseback happens each session. We also offer Horse vaulting, which teaches gymnastic moves on the back of a horse being lunged in a circle. The vaulters put on a great show for parents on the last day of the session. Our cart driving program teaches campers to harness a horse, attach it to a cart and drive the cart along the dirt roads.

If you want to cool off and develop your water skills, visit the pool or go boating on our small private lake. The canoes, kayaks and sailboats offer lessons and fun games. For a great ride, take a mountain bike lesson or climb a rock in the rock-climbing class. Learn to shoot a 22 rifle or a bow and arrow at target practice.

For the performing arts at JRC there are many opportunities! The crafts area is always open and quite popular, with everything from candles to woodwork being offered. A drama production happens every session and amazes parents when they arrive on Saturday to watch it performed on our outdoor stage. Music is a big part of life here on the ranch. We sing before each meal and in the evenings. And there's the talent show where talent isn,t needed!

If you like animals, come to camp. We have a baby animal program, in addition to the cows, horses, chickens, goats, pigs, dogs and, of course, cats.

Food is a delight!! The garden provides big and luscious vegetables, the chickens lay organic eggs. The outdoor oven bakes homemade bread and roasts our ranch beef. (vegetarian options are available.) The milk cow still needs to be milked twice a day.

Jameson Ranch Camp provides a quality experience that generates a lifetime of fabulous memories and abilities.

10. Dreamcatcher Ranch Youth Camp

Horse camp for girls who independently ride and want to learn jumping or advance to cross-country. We provide endless activities and fun for all campers ages 9-18 who love horses. Camps are one and two week sessions, max 8 girls.

We feature a small, but challenging cross-country course across our 23 acres, as well as a round pen and arena complete with 10-12 jumps. We also have swimming pool that invites games, especially volleyball. The kids live in a 30 foot Yurt.
Because of our size our program is personalized and comfortable for first-timers. This is a place where kids can just be kids for a week or two and indulge in horses.