Day Camp runs from 9:00 am - 12:00pm. Drop off times are between 8:45am – 8:55 am (Unless enrolled in Extended Care, we ask that you come no earlier please or you will be asked to wait in your car) and Pick Up is 12:00 pm.
We offer before and after camp programs with morning care available at 8:00 am and late after noon pick ups between
12:30-6:30pm, with the understanding that Extended Care kiddos may be doing a quiet activity, assisting with barn chores or watching client riding lessons. Extended care kiddos will not be riding horses.
What to wear to camp
What to Bring to Camp
All that is needed is:
We supply the horses and the equipment!
What do Campers do all day?
Kids who attend one of our Horse Camps can expect 2-3 hours of time each day, as well as crafts, horse science, barn chores, and the opportunity to ride in our closing Rodeo! NO EXPERIENCE is necessary to attend our horse camp! We teach all campers everything they need to know.
Our camps are designed to provide a "hands on" experience for youth wanting to learn more about horses, horse care, and riding techniques. Although we offer a variety of activities, the majority of the camper's time is spent working with horses and improving riding skills.
Whether the camper is a first time rider, or looking to enhance current riding skills, True Heart Equine's Camp has the facilities and faculty to meet individual needs.
TO SIGN UP FOR CAMP:
1. Go here: https://forms.gle/8H9LtFhgz2cZ42th8
and fill out this reservation form. You will get a confirmation email from us in a few days detailing what forms we will have for you to sign on the first day of camp.
2. Make sure if you have selected a digital payment option that you check your email for an invoice. If you elect to mail payment or pay cash on the first day, we will still accept the reservation as long as payment is cleared before the first day of camp.
3. Bring your camper to camp!
(Our website has not been updated yet to show the changes but this shows basic requirements and FAQs)
VOLUNTEER SIGN UP:
9:30-10:20 Campers groom and saddle horses, Snack & bathroom break
10:20-11:00 Riding Class
11:00-11:40 Barn chores
12:20-1:00 Riding Class
1:00-1:25 Untack, brush, put away horses & tack
1:25-2:00 Clean up site, Bathroom break & goodbye
What NOT to Bring to Camp
We are here for the horses!
True Heart Equine's Horse Day Camp grew out of the unique and successful horseback riding program that is the essential part of our facility. We are very proud to be bringing it back to the Cedar Rapids area this year.
Campers get firsthand experience with western riding, outdoor scenic trail riding, grooming, saddling, and games. Campers will not only learn about horses, but will also learn how horses think and how horses can teach the camper. Having fun and being safe while leading, saddling and riding a horse are top priorities.
The full day camps are suited for youth ages 8 to 18. The Littles Day camps are suited for youth ages 4 to 7.
PEEWEE WEEK: July 13-15/ Ages 4-8 / 9am-12pm / $200
July 20-24: Ages 5-7 & 8-18 /9am-12pm/ $200
SCOUTS WEEK: July 27-31: Ages 5-7 & 8-18 /9am-12pm / $200
August 3-7; Ages 8-18 / 9am-12pm / $200
August 17-21: Ages 8-18 /9am-12pm / $200
What Makes us Stand Out?
We recommend parents pack lunches nutritious. Include enough lunch so that your youngster has something extra for a mid-morning snack. Natural juices that come in containers or boxes are the easiest beverage to bring. Juices that come in boxes can be frozen the night before, wrapped in foil, and put in the lunch to keep food cool as it defrosts. We suggest parents send lunches in a thermosack with an ice pack. We do have a refrigerator available but prefer that campers keep all their belongings in their assigned cubby during the day.
The following safety procedures have been developed to prevent any possible contamination of food brought to camp by campers. We have never had a case of food poisoning at Roughing It because our parents have adhered to these basic food safety rules.
Counselors will check campers’ lunches and will dispose of perishable foods and foods that appear to be spoiled. It is our sincere desire to protect our campers from an unnecessary bout with food poisoning. On very hot days, we use coolers with blue ice to keep lunches fresh.
Helping Your Child Adjust to Camp
A major reason for sending your child to camp is for them to grow as an individual. At our horse summer camp, your child will learn to become resilient, independent and confident.
Growth comes with some struggle and perhaps some pain, but hopefully a lot of fun. Our goal is to help your child see these challenges as opportunities and not to fear them.
When a child is confronted with challenges, they may often say things that can be decoded as “I am having trouble with this situation.” They may say things like:
How, as a parent, can you respond to this?
Acknowledge their concerns. Whether it is real or imaginary, it is real to them.
Ask for specifics.
Brainstorm options for solving the problem. Remember not to over-rationalize with your child or let them make excuses.
Provide encouragement and belief in your child to work through the challenge.
“You can do this!” “I believe in you!” “We are here to help.”
If you need additional help: Contact our camp director, Kel, as soon as possible. An administrative staff member member will look into your situation and speak to you before your child returns to camp the next day.
Our goal is to help your child see challenges as opportunities and not to fear the uncertainty of new situations.
What not to do – Please, do not try to bribe your child into staying in camp by:
We ask for your support as we help your child through any challenges of camp. Your expectation and encouragement that they try their best is so important.
As Franklin Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. This holds so true at camp.
Learning to ride a horse is not always feasible option for some families, income-levels, or situations.If you or someone you know is applicable for low-income sponsorship, we offer parents/guardians/older siblings to volunteer as camp counselors in order to get a discounted week of camp for a camper! You must attend all days of camp and attend orientation. Please email or call us if this applies to you.
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
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