Horse Camps at CTRA
The camp experience is an important personal highlight for many children. Camps provide an enriching opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends, and build memories to last a lifetime. Studies have shown that compared to their peers, children that take part in camps report better social integration and a wider social network. Camp participation is also associated with improved self-confidence, heightened emotional intelligence, and greater coping skills/adaptability.
For children with special needs, camps help to explore abilities, realize achievements, and feel a sense of belonging. For youth that may be marginalized by barriers to participation (including a lack of adapted facilities/programs and stigmatizing perceptions of difference), inclusive camps are an invaluable community resource. Research demonstrates that in addition to all the benefits experienced by “able-bodied/neuro-typical” children, campers with special needs also benefit from immersion in an inclusive culture that celebrates differences as unique aspects of personhood.
CTRA has been providing equestrian camps for decades. Each spring and summer, we welcome a stampede of campers to the facility – where children of all abilities learn to ride, take care of horses, and revel in all things equestrian! As of 2017, CTRA integrated equestrian vaulting services, providing additional camps specializing in this new discipline.
Horse camps are an amazing "first contact" opportunity for children and their families who might be looking to therapeutic riding as a long-term therapeutic strategy and healthy activity. We have found that many children who join our camps stay involved with our program after discovering the benefits of therapeutic riding. For children already involved in the program, camps are a great opportunity to dive deeper into the world of horses and develop new skills. For all participants, CTRA's camps provide an amazing opportunity to make new friends with a shared love of horses.
2018 Camps Proudly Supported By:
Camp Dates 2018
March 19 - 23: Spring Break Camp
July 3 - 6: "Pony Pals" Camp I
July 9 - 13: "Pony Pals" Camp II
July 16 - 20: Adapted Equestrian Vaulting Camp (learn more about AEV)
July 30 - August 3: "Fearless Fillies" (girls-only vaulting camp)
August 13 - 17: "Hoofprints" Camp I
August 20 - 24: "Hoofprints" Camp II
Our camps are very popular and fill up extremely quickly. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Volunteers needed! CTRA is looking for horse handlers, side-walkers, and camp leaders! Contact us for more information.
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