Training Tomorrow’s Camp Leaders on Horseback

Stage One: Camper in Training (CIT)

  • This session lasts for one week.
  • Open to campers entering tenth or eleventh grade.
  • This program is for campers looking to begin the leadership process to eventually become volunteer, staff, or learning to work with children.
  • Campers will participate in riding and camp activities but also practice leadership skills with younger campers.
  • There is only one CIT session per summer. If a camper is staying for multiple weeks, CIT session must be his or her last week.

Register for CIT

Stage Two: Leader in Training (LIT)

  • This session lasts for two weeks.
  • Open to campers entering the eleventh or twelfth grade.
  • Availability is limited, so participants are chosen from a pool of applications based on specific criteria and evaluations by camp staff.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of one week experience as a previous camper at Raintree Ranch.
  • Participants will not be riding horses on a regular basis, instead they will be focusing on leadership skills.
  • LITs get two weeks for the price of one! We offer a reduced rate for this program since LIT’s assist campers and staff with our horses.
  • LITs will assume higher responsibility and are expected to fill more of a leadership role at Raintree Ranch.
  • The key focus for this program is working as a leader in a cabin group of younger campers, learning leadership skills and assisting camp staff at horse lessons.
  • If a camper is attending for multiple weeks, the LIT session must be his or her last session at camp.

Leaders In Training Application

Stage Three: Camp Assistant (CA)

  • This session lasts for three weeks.
  • Only open to campers entering the twelfth grade.
  • This session is considered as a three-week volunteer commitment to YMCA Raintree Ranch, free of charge. Thus campers accrue Volunteer Service Hours with this program, with a verification letter provided by the YMCA.
  • Campers must fill out an application and be selected by the Camp Director. LIT program or equivalent is a prerequisite.
  • Although still technically a camper, CAs will gain the skills necessary to co-lead a cabin alongside a senior staff member, help plan activities for young campers, and work with our horse wranglers.

Camp Assistant Application 2018

Pegasus Week 10: Special Session at the end of summer exclusively reserved for returning Pegasus campers

  • Tailored/advanced Horsemanship and Riding Lessons
  • Only open to returning Pegasus campers under age 18
  • Extended trail rides
  • Cook-outs, swimming, hiking and fellowship
  • Teens in Motion - at least one day of Pegasus Week will be partnered with the YMCA’s Teens In Motion program where Pegasus campers will have a unique opportunity to share their passion for camp and horses with other teens who have developmental and/or physical disabilities

See Dates & Download Registration Form

Weekend Retreats for Teen Leaders

For teens entering our CIT, LIT, or CA programs next summer, we offer a team-building weekend retreat! This one-night event includes:

  • Leadership activities
  • Team building exercises
  • Preparations for a successful summer
  • Community service for the camp
  • A great way to meet new friends
  • Meals, lodging, and staff supervision

Our next Leadership Retreat is: TBA
Location: Somewhere Awesome - TBA