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2016 Summer Camps at Rock Creek Park Horse Center

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Summer Camp at Rock Creek Horse Center  

“Thank you guys so, so much for all these amazing teachers, ponies, and wonderful fun.”

- Day Camper         

    

 

 

Fourth of July at Rock Creek Horse CenterRock Creek Park Horse Center summer camps offer youth, teens and adults an active, healthy and safe place to develop their horsemanship skills and build personal confidence. Campers learn in a safe, relaxed and fun atmosphere through demonstrations, hands-on barn activities, and riding lessons. Campers are instructed from the first day on safety skills around a horse. They learn essentials about horse behavior and also experience important lessons in horse care through grooming, tacking, and specially-designed games. Instruction includes lessons on anatomy, color/breed and markings, which is reinforced through creative craft projects.

We welcome young riders, 6 through 8 years old, in our Pony and Friends afternoon camp (3:30-5:30), and campers 9-14 years old in our Day Camp (9:00-3:00). These age groups align with our year-round instructional program, and reflect physical and emotional development levels, as well as the mental discipline to focus and recall information, all of which combine to form the foundation of a safe and constructive riding experience. (Boys and girls younger than six years old can participate in weekday Pony Adventure Time (45 min), weekend Pony Immersion (one hour), or schedule weekend pony rides. Information on these age six and under activities will be posted online by May 2.) Please call the office, 202-362-0117, or email if you have any questions about age requirements or programs. Students need to meet the age requirement by the start date of their camp session. (See FAQs for more discussion of camp ages.)

Summer Camp at Rock Creek Horse Center

 

Summer Camp participants represent all levels of riding ability, from beginner to the more advanced. Experienced campers might expect to hone specific skills and strengthen overall riding confidence. Intermittent riders, those who attend camps and barn days, will work to regain rusty skills and build new ones. Those with little to no experience, including the Pony and Friends campers, will find pleasure in learning the basics of riding and horse care. All campers (Day Camp and Ponies & Friends) are evaluated on their riding skills on the first day of each session in order to be placed into an appropriate level riding group for the week. Our evaluation of a camper's riding level at the end of camp will be kept on file for one year to be used should a student seek placement in one of our group lessons, a benefit valued at $50 if requested outside the camp venue.



 

Note: Age Ranges for Camps
A student must meet the minimum age requirement by the start of the selected camp session. Siblings may not register for the same camp session unless they meet these age minimums. The minimum age for Day Camp is nine years old. Ponies & Friends Campers start at six years old. Teen and Adult campers start at 15 years old. Camp registrations will be checked for age at the time registration is received. Campers found to be in the wrong camp section or session will automatically be canceled unless prior approval has been granted. Should an incorrect registration be found after the 30 day refund period, the registration will be canceled and a 20% administrative fee charged.


DAY CAMP - $525
TEN ONE-WEEK SESSIONS (nonrefundable, nontransferable)
Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
For boys and girls ages 9-14 years oldSummer Camp at Rock Creek Horse Center

Session 1  June 13 - 17
Session 2  June 20 - 24
Session 3  June 27 - July 1
Session 4  July 4 - 8
Session 5  July 11 - 15
Session 6  July 18 - 22
Session 7  July 25 - 29
Session 8  August 1 - 5
Session 9 August 8 - 12
Session 10  August 15 - 19
Session 11 August 22 - 26*

From beginner to the more experienced, our campers learn to ride and care for horses at all levels of accomplishment. These week-long sessions (Monday through Friday) begin at 9:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM. Campers ride in one 45-minute (approximately) riding lesson each day (grouped by riding level), and participate in games on horseback, walks and rides on trail, and a final day costume parade, averaging two hours a day in direct horse-related activities. They also take part in fun and instructional barn and ring games and other recreational activities, including water play. Campers’ creativity is encouraged in decorating horse shoes to keep, cyanotypes, drawing and other craft activities. Each week incorporates a Friday showcase for parents and friends, and concludes with a celebration for the campers.

Extended Care is available from 3:00 to 5:30 PM for an additional fee ($150 week; $30 day). This is supervised, less structured time in a relaxed atmosphere. Campers can have their snacks, play games, help in grounds maintenance, and support end-of-day barn chores. Field trips to the adjacent Nature Center are also offered. There will be no Extended Care on Monday, July 4. Campers are encouraged to sign up at the time of registration (full week only) but may also sign up on the first day of camp for week/days, as space allows.

Note: Day Camp ends promptly at 3:00 PM. If campers are not picked up by 3:15 PM, they will automatically be enrolled in the Extended Care ($30 per day). Campers remaining after 5:30 PM will be charged an additional $30.

*Some school systems return this week (August 22 – 26). Please check your child’s school calendar before booking Week 11.

All campers are required to follow the rules of the camp, and Rock Creek Park Horse Center reserves the right to expel any camper for serious misconduct and to refuse to accept any person it judges to be incapable of participating in the program.

Register Online for Day Camp at Rock Creek Park Horse Center

 

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PONIES & FRIENDS CAMP - $350
TEN 1-WEEK SESSIONS (non-refundable, non-transferable)
Monday thru Friday 3:30pm - 5:30pm
For boys and girls ages 5 1/2 - 8 years old
Summer Camp at Rock Creek Horse Center

Session 1  June 13 - 17
Session 2  June 20 - 24
Session 3  June 27 - July 1
Session 4  July 5 - 8*
Session 5  July 11 - 15
Session 6  July 18 - 22
Session 7  July 25 - 29
Session 8  August 1 - 5
Session 9 August 8 - 12
Session 10  August 15 - 19

Ponies & Friends Camps are for young children who love horses and want to learn about them. These week-long (Monday-Friday) afternoon camps begin at 3:30 PM and end at 5:30 PM. The curriculum teaches the young rider to gain confidence and have fun with horses, while emphasizing barn and horse safety. The camp experience includes daily riding, primarily on lead line, in order to develop confidence, balance and coordination, and essential skills to move to more direct control of the horse. Students will be grouped in ability levels on the first day of camp. The decision to ride off lead line will be at the discretion of the instructor. Students will also learn hands-on about grooming and tacking, horse anatomy, color/breed and markings through games and craft activities, and practice barn safety through games and daily routines. Each week incorporates a Friday afternoon showcase for parents, followed by a fruit party and special guest appearance.

*Week 4 will run as a Tues-Fri camp to reflect closure on the 4th of July.

All campers are required to follow the rules of the camp, and Rock Creek Park Horse Center reserves the right to expel any camper for serious misconduct and to refuse to accept any person it judges to be incapable of participating in the program.

Register Online for Ponies & Friends Day Camp at Rock Creek Park Horse Center

 

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Summer Camp at Rock Creek Horse CenterTEEN/ADULT CAMP (Dressage Camp) $350 - $400
(except where noted below)
1 WEEK SESSION (non-refundable, non-transferable)
Monday thru Friday 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Ages 15-Adult - beginner through advanced

Open to new and current students. Contact the horse center prior to registering for camp to confirm that the rider is at an appropriate level to participate. RCPHC reserves the right to refuse to accept any person it judges to be incapable of participating in the program. Beginner camps are open to all and no level confirmation is needed.

*See details below for description of each class.

All campers are required to follow the rules of the camp, and Rock Creek Park Horse Center reserves the right to expel any camper for serious misconduct and to refuse to accept any person it judges to be incapable of participating in the program.

Register Online for Teen/Adult Camp at Rock Creek Park Horse Center

 

 

WEEKEND CLINICS--$100
Rock Creek Horse Center will also offer a wide range of weekend clinics for youth, teens and adults. These opportunities will be posted on April 4. Clinics are typically two hour sessions, meeting Saturday and Sunday, mornings/afternoons.

PONY MINI CAMP--$50
For children ages 4-5 years old, these 1 hour programs will give young children an in depth experience with ponies and begin to expose them to the fundamentals of this fun and rewarding sport. Pony Immersion will be offered on weekends from June through August. Registration will begin April 4.

PONY ADVENTURE TIME-$30
For ages 2 ½ to 6 this program will give kids an interactive experience with horses. The kids will get to join in on a scavenger hunt while on horseback, hand out some special treats, and create a new arts and craft project every week. These weekday rides are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 1:30pm—2:45pm (June through August).

PONY RIDES--$20
We offer Pony Rides on lead line for children 2 ½ and up on Saturdays and Sundays from March through October. Reservations are made online when the season begins.


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