2017 Summer Camp
Every summer NWS offers an 8-week summer day camp for children ages 8-12. Located at the historic Northwestern Equestrian Facility, our summer day camp is a terrific experience for children who love horses! Each day, campers will have a riding lesson where children are grouped by their riding level, and learn something new about horses. The afternoons are filled with arts and crafts, games in Harper’s Meadow, barn chores and various activities to enrich campers’ horse knowledge and barn safety.
Our camp is the perfect fit for kids who have no previous horse experience, as well as those who are currently riding. Each session runs Monday through Friday, from 9am-3pm. By the end of the week, it’s fun to see how much progress our campers have made in this concentrated riding opportunity!
To ensure the highest quality program, and to provide the best in personal attention, we accept a limited number of campers each week. Our program is staffed with full-time adult professionals and 3 additional counselors for each week.
Week 1: June 19-23, $350
Week 2: June 26-30, $350
Week 3: July 3-7, $275 Note: No camp Tuesday, July 4
Week 4: July 10-14, $350
Week 5: July 17-21, $350
Week 6: July 24 – 28, $350
Week 7: July 31- August 4, $350
Week 8: August 7-11, $350
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Sample Activity Schedule
Here’s a time line example of a day in the life of camp at Northwestern Stables. Of course, activities vary to provide variety and a complete horse experience. Children are arranged in groups based on their riding level.
9:00 – 9:15 am: Campers arrive, parents sign-in and get organized into their Group A, B or C.
9:15 – 9:30 am: Groups A and B- Prepare their horses for the riding lesson. Group C- Camp Room Activity
9:30 – 10:30 am: Groups A and B- Riding Lesson, Group C- Barn Lesson; Activities with horses such as bathing, show grooming, braiding, polo wraps, lunging etc.
10:30 – 11:30 am: Group C- Riding Lesson, Group A and B- cool out their horses then participate in a Barn Lesson
11:30 – 12:00- Group A and B continue Barn Lesson, Group C- cool out horses and put their tack away.
12:00 – 12:15: Campers have the option of changing into shorts and sneakers.
12:15 – 12:45: Lunch in the meadow.
12:45 – 1:30: Camp Room Activity- Arts and crafts like painting horseshoes, creating frames, molding clay, etc.
1:30 – 2:15: Games in the Meadow- A popular time of day where the campers play games like horseless horse show, elbow tag, sardines and hold a treasure hunt.
2:15 – 2:45: Barn Chores- Campers can assist with feeding the horses their grain, sweeping the barn and straightening the tack room.
2:45 – 3:00: Snack time and wait for parents to arrive to sign the Camper out for the day.
At pick up, families are welcome to visit the horses with their campers. Campers should bring a packed lunch, an extra water bottle, long pants, boots with a heel and a change of clothes. You may bring a very small amount of treats for the horses which can be placed in their feed buckets (no hand feeding). AND of course you can take photos of the horses!