Best Horseback Riding Camps

Daniel Brown
• Tuesday, 27 October, 2020
• 9 min read

We are currently updating and adding to our 2021 Horse- Riding Summer Camp Guide information daily, so please check back often. Many Summer Horse- RidingCamps for Teens offer some very advanced, immersive or even 'intensive' programs.

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It is always a good idea to talk to each camp you are interested in SPECIFICALLY about the 'intensity' of the programming, so you know exactly what to expect. International Horse- Riding Summer Camp Parents & Campers: There is a special section in our Summer Horse- Riding Camp Guide with info and advice for International Campers and Parents (from outside the US and Canada) who would like to attend a US or Canadian summer horse- riding camp.

This is the question you have to ask BEFORE you set out to choose the best summer camp for you (your son or daughter). Nowadays, a camp could also have an official Facebook page, or several 'unofficial' one's put up by previous campers.

Then call the camp -- yes even in the era of 'live chatting' and email forms, you should really try to talk to someone 'personally.' Enter the target summer dates and check out the average temps, how many days of rain, storm history, etc.

VEGETATION/POLLEN/MOLD ALLERGIES: If you (your camper) has them, you should find out about the surrounding vegetation AND the natural occurrence of mold. -- some are intentionally rustic and wilderness oriented, some are very high-tech and modern with resort-level creature comforts.

HORSE RIDING CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS, FINANCIAL AID & 'Memberships' : Many camps now offer full or partial 'camper ships' or some form of financial aid to deserving campers and their families. Sometimes these programs are not listed prominently on the camp's website or printed materials, so it is always a good idea to ask.

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If the camp you choose does offer options for international campers, your next step should be to contact your home country's tourist or foreign travel bureau to find out EXACTLY what will be required legally. Parents need to talk with each camp IN DEPTH to make sure they offer exactly the right program, staff and facilities for their special needs camper.

Summer Camp Experience is different from teaching experience -- just because someone might teach computers and technology, that does not mean they would be a good fit as a computer or technology camp counselor. You should also ask about background checks, and if staff are trained in basic personal safety and first aid.

Some camps are 'famous' with previous campers for their special canoe-trip overnights, inter-camp sporting contests, staff variety shows, live 'campers' broadcasts, parent days, all-camp musicals, backwards days, midnight ice cream dances, star-gazing parties, or cabin swaps -- just to name a few. Get a sense for how much structured activity vs. 'FREE TIME' there is over the course of the entire day (and evening, if it's a resident camp).

These are typically ALL positive -- so don't be afraid to ask if you can speak to (or email) a previous parent or camper as a reference. For instance, many summer camps now allow readers & tablets, such as Kindles since they have amazing battery life and are less bulky than books.

If your camp allows digital cameras, we would suggest one that also shoots video and is waterproof -- yes, they exist, and they are not that expensive. Summer Camp can be one of the most personally rewarding and fondly remembered experiences in anyone's life.

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If you would like more detailed information on these specialized camps, you can click on any of the direct links below. In the past, most academic summer camps were sponsored by local high schools and state universities.

Many aquatics summer camps also offer: Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Rowing, Rafting and other water craft sports. There's a great Summer Baseball Program out there for every interested young ball player.

Would you rather enjoy a peaceful game of one-on-one on a rustic basketball court carved into a hillside by a waterfall? The diversity of Summer Basketball Camps for teens and kids is amazing.

There are some new computer science 'immersion' summer camp programs where campers build complete robots, rockets, iPhone APS and websites. Horseback riding and summer camp have a very long and rich tradition in both the US and Canada.

There are many equestrian camps where campers are assigned their own horse for the entire summer, and learn to provide all its care, grooming, and feeding. Many of these gymnastics summer camps have helped train some of our best Olympic hopefuls.

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Other summer camps offer horse riding as a daily option, but without an intense focus. You should talk to each camp to make sure you understand how much focus is placed on horseback riding, horsemanship, etc.

Nowadays, there are summer CIT (Counselors in Training) and leadership programs for teens offered not only by summer camps, but also by church youth groups, colleges, environmental and community service groups, and even political organizations. But, by far summer camping still offers the most leadership training programs and opportunities.

Many summer camps think of their City literally as potential future counselors, and invest in them many additional responsibilities and privileges. In other camps, the City are assigned to specific counselors more than assistants and observers and are regarded more than campers.

Some summer leadership and CIT & LIT (Leaders in Training) programs are 'free' and some require tuition. Families and future City should ask each camp (or summer organization) MANY questions so that they know exactly what to expect.

Will be included in the camp curriculum, how 'deep' will the instruction go, and what other 'recreational' opportunities are offered -- just to name a few. There are some new 'immersion' math summer camp programs where campers create science projects using new math skills to solve critical problems, such as: predicting the flight path of a model rocket, calculating the gear ratio in a robotic arm, etc.

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Some of the best summer music camps in the world are located right here in the USA, many are housed on major University campuses. Whether you're interested in sailing a Tall Ship on the High Seas, a Sailboat on Mission Bay, or a Sun bird on a Texas lake -- there's a summer sailing camp for teens and kids of all experience levels.

There are some great 'immersion' summer science camp programs where campers build complete robots, explore the geology of the Grand Canyon, launch their own rockets, create iPhone APS and websites, and much more. There are some great day and overnight summer soccer camps for teens and kids, boys and girls, all across the US and Canada.

Many private summer camps have been designed around the special needs and disabilities of their campers. For instance, there are special needs summer camps specifically for children with amputations, or diabetes, or for campers who have some form of cancer.

Other camps take a more adaptive or “Inclusive” approach, providing special access, equipment, sessions or programs for campers with special needs, but otherwise operating as a traditional day or overnight summer camp. Parents need to talk with each camp IN DEPTH to make sure they offer exactly the right program and facilities for their special needs camper.

There are literally hundreds of terrific summer sports camps for kids and teens of every level of experience, in every corner of the US and Canada. Of course, there are also summer sports camps attached to major universities, with nationally recognized coaches and the most modern summer sports training facilities on the planet.

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The diversity of Summer Swim Camps for teens and kids is amazing. Other swim camps are hundreds of miles from major cities, nestled deep in the woods by the own clear lakes.

Would you rather enjoy a peaceful match with your best friend on a grass tennis court overlooking a pristine lake? The diversity of Summer Tennis Camps for teens and kids is amazing.

There are teen travel camps that venture out each summer to almost every corner of the planet. There are some great summer wilderness camps for kids and teens, some that have been serving campers for almost a century.

In some wilderness camps, campers explore caves, raft rivers, observe birds and forest wildlife, learn how to hike and climb, zip line through the trees, and even venture out on week-long wilderness 'survival' adventures. You will want to 'interview' each camp carefully to make sure their program fits your exact physical, health and dietary needs.

Many of these summer wrestling programs are connected with major universities and some have been the home to US Olympic wrestlers. In addition to our 2021 Summer Horse- RidingCamps Directory we have also created quite a few SPECIAL INTEREST CAMP DIRECTORIES, and have included brief descriptions of these and links to their dedicated websites on the 2021 CAMP GUIDE page.

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Deer field Farm has been running sensational camp programs for Seattle and the Eastside, including Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah, Snoqualmie and North Bend for over 30 years. Located in rural Issaquah WA, Deer field Farm is just minutes away from I-90 so it's convenient for any student in Seattle or the Eastside to attend one of our camps.

Children don't need to belong to the Deer field riding program or be a current horseback riding student to attend one of our camps. Day camp begins at 9 am with a group meeting in our Logo Studio where students are first introduced to the idea of mindfulness that will be a trend during their stay with us.

They will learn simple yoga postures to prepare them mentally and physically for an exciting day at the farm. After lunch, students will be involved in fun team-building games on the lawn and shorter interactions with the horses, including learning to properly and safely care for them.

Campers will have a similar morning as the day camp students and following their second lesson in the afternoon, they will have some down-time. We will ride daily and have other horse activities during the first half of our day and as always, continue to learn leadership skills through fun and interactive games.

Don’t forget to pack a fun or wacky costume for our Dress-Up Dinner night! The evenings at Deer field are never quite the same though they usually include playing games and learning more about the care of our horses and farm.

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They will spend 3 nights here at the farm with camp concluding at 3 pm on the final day. Campers will have a similar morning as the day camp students and following their second lesson in the afternoon, they will have some down-time.

Overnight campers will practice gratitude at each meal they eat at the farm and will learn leadership skills through fun and interactive games. This year we will require all overnight campers to interview for a space in order to determine if they are suitable for our program.

Don’t forget to pack a fun or wacky costume for our Dress-Up Dinner night ! The evenings at Deer field are never quite the same though they usually include playing games, enjoying bonfires and learning more about the care of our horses and farm.

With more counselors on staff to provide a safe and fun camp experience, kids learn how to interact with horses in the great outdoors while being introduced to gratitude and mindfulness. Led by Ms. Lee, who spent many years as a kindergarten and substitute elementary teacher in New York, kids learn how to manage their energy.

Our Camp Director, Lee Ann, is a huge fan of younger kids. She creates fabulous lesson plans with age appropriate challenges to ensure kids have fun in a structured, calm setting and a great riding experience.

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The best thing to do is to make your reservation (via our contact form) right away to ensure your favorite date is available. If the specific camp you want to attend is full, you can email and ask to be put on our waitlist.

Handwashing station on site Outdoor learning space for camps, clinics & workshops Students & staff get temperature taken upon arrival at the farm. Make a reservation My daughter had been doing summer camps at Deer field for 6 years.

Campers physical experience includes daily yoga, riding lessons, learning a riding pattern, games, an education about horses, and time spent caring for the well-being of “their” horse.

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