Ranch Camp and Riding Lessons

Ranch Camp and Riding Lessons

Diamond M Ranch Camp

Camp Mason’s Diamond M Ranch camp is a great place for campers and the horses they love. At Ranch camp children who have finished 6th – 9th grade spend two whole weeks building the special bond that forms between horse and rider. Ranch campers learn all the basics of western-style horsemanship – there’s plenty of advanced skills and learning to keep everyone challenged! Our well-trained and experienced staff know our horses intimately, and ensure that every ranch camper has a safe, comfortable, yet challenging experience regardless of the skills they bring with them.

In addition to riding lessons and trail riding Ranch campers spend the majority of the day learning to tack and groom horses, assisting in minor vet care, learning horse anatomy and breed specialties, feeding, cleaning stalls, and helping to maintain the barn and all the equipment.  Our campers take pride in sharing the responsibility of caring for a herd of horses! Campers will also join in activities with traditional camp when they aren’t at the ranch.

Horseback Riding at YMCA Camp MasonOur Neckerchief Program gives ranch campers goals to strive for. Studying and passing your neckerchief test is a source of pride, and recognized as a significant achievement by the entire camp. On the closing day of each session the ranch campers stage a rodeo at the Upper Barn, displaying their newfound skills and celebrating their achievements. Parents are encouraged to stay and watch the rodeo – it’s a great way to see what’s special about our Ranch Program and the staff members who work hard to make it exceptional.

Riding Lessons

Camp Mason offers instructional riding lessons that are individualized to each camper. By assessing your camper’s riding abilities we can offer them lessons on specifics skills important to that rider. Lessons are offered at an additional cost and consist of 5 lessons over the course of your camper’s registered session.

Our Ranch Camp staff lead and teach the horseback riding lessons and are open to overnight and day campers that are finishing second grade. You can add lessons onto your camper’s experience when you register for camp.


Ranch Camp


Scholarship Assistance

Looking for help with paying for camp? Please click HERE to go to our Financial Assistance information.  In the meantime please call our office at 908-362-8217.

YMCA Camp Ralph S. Mason
23 Birch Ridge Road
Hardwick, NJ 07825
Phone: 908-362-8217
Fax: 908-362-5767
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