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Farm and Riding Program


Campers will make a one time visit to the farm in the morning with their cabin group where they will meet the animals and learn about the camp garden.

For campers seeking a more in depth experience at the farm, it can be one of the six afternoon activities where a camper will spend three days a week feeding and caring for the animals, working in the garden and learning about farming and food production.

Animals on the farm include pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, and calves which are provided each year by Highlawn Farm, a local dairy.

Campers can also spend time learning about animals and working in the gardens at the Farm during designated Free Time periods.

Riding Program

Riding Lessons

Chimney Corners campers may elect to participate in our horseback riding program in two ways. First, a camper can sign-up for riding lessons in advance of the summer. There is an additional fee for riding. Sign-up early as it is a popular program. Campers participating in riding lessons will ride three times a week for the full 4 weeks as a part of the afternoon classes. Lessons will be approximately 40-50 minutes long. Campers will be placed in classes according to riding ability which will be assessed on the first day of camp. All riding lessons take place in the riding ring.

Riding Cabin

Campers finishing 5th - 8th grade who are interested in a more in-depth experience with horses may participate in the Riding Cabin. These campers spend each morning at the Ranch working with the horses. In addition to learning riding skills, participants also learn about horse care and other aspects of working with horses (feeding, grooming, tacking up, etc). While a camper does not need to be an advanced rider to participate in this program, they do need to enjoy horses and have a strong interest in working with them on a daily basis.

Equipment Requirements for Riding

Anyone participating in riding lessons or riding cabin will need to bring heeled riding boots, long pants and an ASTM approved riding helmethelmet to be eligible for the riding program. (click on links to see examples of the type of equipment described) Boots should have a smooth bottom (no ridges like hiking boots), a defined heel, and come up over the ankle. Many campers come with “rubber riding boots” or “mucking boots” which can also double as rain boots. A local tack shop can be helpful in choosing appropriate foot wear and helmets. The riding helmet must be ASTM approved specifically for horseback riding. Helmets must have a harness that secures the helmet to the rider’s head. ASTM approved helmets have been proven to be safer and more effective in reducing head injuries than other helmets. Helmets approved for other sports or motorcycles cannot be used. Please bring your daughter with you when purchasing her helmet, as it is essential that the helmet fit correctly. Camp cannot lend helmets for riding lessons, so everyone must bring their own. Every participant in riding must have a signed permission slip specifically for riding.

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