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.
What Makes us Stand Out?
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.
What NOT to Bring to Camp
We are here for the horses!
9:30-10:20 Campers groom and saddle horses, Snack & bathroom break
10:20-11:00 RIDE lesson
11:00-11:40 Barn chores
11:40-12:20 Lunch / Horsemanship lesson
12:20-1:00 RIDE lesson
1:00-1:25 Horsemanship / RIDE activity
1:25-2:10 Untack, brush, put away horses & tack
2:05-2:10 Clean up site
2:10-2:15 Bathroom break & CLOSING circle
Half Day Age 5-18
Session 1a: June 10-14
Session 4a: July 8-12
Session 5a: July 22-26
Session 6: July 29- August 2
Session 7a: August 5-9
Session 8: August 12-16
Session 9a: August 19-23
Full Day Camp Cost: $300 Per week
Half Day Camp Cost: $185 Per week
*FULL DAY CAMPS*
$300 per week
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.
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.
We recommend parents keep 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.
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.
Full Day Ages 4-7
Session 1b: June 10-14
Session 4b: July 8-12
Session 5b: July 22-26
Session 7b: August 5-9
Session 9b: August 19-23
On weeks that "Littles" are present, they will be in their own group with a counselor and junior counselor to escort them to activities.
The Full Day Camp day runs from 9:00 – 3:00 pm. 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 3:00 pm. We offer before and after camp programs with morning care available at 8:00 am and late after noon pick ups between 3:30-6:30 pm, 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.
The Half Day Camp runs from 9:00 am - 11:30 am & 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Please plan to drop off as close to the start time as possible (no more than 10-15 mins early) and pick up right on time.
What to wear to camp
All nine weeks of camp are for beginner through advanced riders. When campers arrive for the first day, we split them into groups based on age, confidence, and experience level.
Full Day Ages 8-18
What to Bring to Camp
All that is needed is:
We supply the horses and the equipment!
*HALF DAY CAMP*
Session 2a: June 17-21 9-11:30
Session 2b: June 17-21 12-2:30
Session 3a: June 24-28 9-11:30
Session 3b: June 24-28 12-2:30
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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