DAY CAMP – $550
TEN ONE-WEEK SESSIONS (nonrefundable, nontransferable)
Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
For boys and girls ages 9-14 years old
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 will find pleasure in learning the basics of riding and horse care. From the first day, campers are paired with an appropriate level school horse to ride, groom and tack. Through this experience, campers have the opportunity to bond with their horse, challenge themselves, cope with occasional disappointment, and feel the excitement of triumph.
The camp experience also includes activities that take advantage of RCPHC’s location in Rock Creek Park. Here in the woods, campers can watch the clouds, find the owl hiding in the trees, follow the bunny rabbits in the meadow, or play with a new set of friends and create memories. Campers explore DC’s urban park on foot and horseback to experience the hidden gems right in our own backyard. They explore the basics of horse health and the roles and responsibilities of the professionals who keep this facility humming. The park and horses are a great combination to spur thoughts of wonder and fantasy made possible through games on and off horses, storytelling, and the weekly costume parade for the Day Campers. Washington summers can be hot and humid, but under the canopy of Rock Creek Park, we explore fun activities with our horses, learn some neat science about horse health, and cool off with water games and serious equine care – like horse baths!
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. Campers’ creativity is encouraged in decorating horse shoes to keep, cyanotypes, drawing and other craft activities. Extended Care for Day Campers 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.
Note: Day Camp ends promptly at 3:00 pm. If campers are not picked up by 3:30 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.
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.