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Summer Camp FAQ
We know that choosing the perfect summer camp for your child can be a big decision. We know that you have questions and we will do our best to answer all of them. If this page does not give you the answers that you need, please feel free to contact us.
What will you be doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19? Safety is a top priority. We will keep social distancing standards, small groups, and a strict disinfecting, sanitizing, hand washing schedule. Our camps are limited to 8-10 campers plus 2-3 instructors. All horse equipment, helmets, shared equipment, etc. will be sanitized multiple times each day. Campers are welcome to bring their own helmets (see question below regarding helmets).
What if my camper has never ridden? Not to worry, our experienced staff will make sure your camper is comfortable and feels confident being around and getting on a horse. We group campers by age and ability level and will work with riders with little to no experience to help them gain the skills they need to become strong riders.
What if my camper has experience with horses? We group riders by age and ability level so your camper will be riding with those who also have experience. If your camper hasn't ridden at Blue Heron we may go over the basics, just to be sure riders understand how our horses are trained.
Will my camper have their own horse? On the first day of camp we assign two campers to each horse. They will groom and tack together then they will take turns riding. That will be their horse to care for during the week. We do our best to match campers personalities and abilities to their horse. You can meet our wonderful lesson horses here.
What does my camper need to bring?
Long pants-jeans, leggings, yoga pants, breeches are all acceptable
Boots with a small heel-at least 1/2 inch heel
Clothing that is OK to get dirty
Lunch with PLENTY to drink throughout the day. You may also purchase our optional sack lunch. Details on registration form.
Camera, sunscreen, bug spray
Does my camper need to bring lunch? Horse and Barnyard campers do need to bring a sack lunch. We do offer an optional sack lunch for $25/week. The sack lunch consists of prepackaged foods like Uncrustables, Lunchables, chips, fruit cups, Capri-Sun, etc.
Can my camper bring their own helmet? Absolutely! Your camper is more than welcome to bring their own ASTM/SEI certified helmet to camp. Any other types of helmets, including bicycle helmets, do not meet the safety requirements for horseback riding and unfortunately won't be able to be used. We do have a selection of appropriate riding helmets free for camper use. All of our helmets are sanitized at the end of each camp day.
Can I watch my camper ride? Horse and Barnyard Camps are drop off day camps. All parents, grandparents, family, and friends are invited to our Horse Show on Thursday at 2pm. We will display all of the camper's crafts from the week. Campers will also demonstrate their new horse riding skills.
Can someone take pictures of my camper? Our staff will be taking LOTS of pictures all week long. Campers will be emailed a link to download any of the pictures. Campers may bring their own cameras and are welcome to take pictures throughout the day also.
When are camp fees due? A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due with your camp registration. Horse and Barnyard Campers paying in full by March 15th will receive our Early Bird Discount. Camp balances are due 30 days prior to your camp session. Invoices that allow for online payment will be emailed.
Can I get a refund if I cancel? We understand that sometimes the best laid plans can be disrupted. BHRA has the following credit/refund policy for camps. If you are unable to attend the camp session that you have reserved, you may apply the monies paid towards another camp session within the same year, depending on availability. If no camp session is available within the same year then the monies may be applied to lessons. Due to the difficulty of filling cancelled spots just prior to a camp session, cancellations made within two weeks of a camp session starting will receive no fee refund or credit. We will not adjust camp fees for late arrival, early pickup, or missed days.
Blue Heron Riding Academy Summer Camps combine the quality instruction of our riding academy with the fun of a Summer Camp. Camp days are jam packed full of horses and outdoor adventure.
What past Campers have to say about Summer Camps at Blue Heron Riding Academy-
"Little Britches Camp was great! My daughter had the best 4 days ever! Jill and Curtis are top notch. They both have so much knowledge to share. All the activities kept my daughter engaged and she loved every second of it!"
- Jessica B.
"My daughter who is 10 attended the Summer Camp. She absolutely loved it, and she was excited about going back. We are definitely going to be returning customers. Highly recommend."
- Shannan D.
"Wonderful experience!! We would do it again in a minute!"
- Jamie E.
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