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Summer Camps

Equine Activities & Therapies

Our programs bring together children with and without disabilities and offers a chance to participate in riding and many other equine-related activities. Participants learn tolerance, compassion and respect for differences while improving their horsemanship skills.

Summer Camp Programs

It is hard to believe that Summer Camp 2014 has already come and gone!  Throughout our four day camp participants  were able to experience grooming, tack, daily riding lessons, trail rides, vaulting, carriage driving, arts and crafts and of course play inclusive team building GAMES!  Campers received awards such as, cowboy/cowgirl award, rookie of the year, sportsmanship, most improved balance and most improved confidence.  There were many new friendships and bonds created between, campers, volunteers and horses alike.  We hope that everyone had a memorable summer experience and we cannot way for summer 2015!

Mark your calendar for the summer of 2015.  4 sessions are offered during the summer months:

Immersion • June 22 – July 25

Camp 1 • June 29 – July 2
Camp 2 • July 6 – July 9
Camp 3 • July 13 – July 16
Camp 4 • July 20 – July 23

Monday – Thursday | 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Each session enrolls a maximum of 14 participants

Summer 2015 application forms will be available in January, 2015 and will be posted on this page.

For more information please contact our Special Programs Coordinator, Sarah Carlson by email or  (860) 434-1974 ext. 115

Horse Sense for Grades 5-8

This camp focuses on at-risk youth populations and focuses on community and self development rather than horseback riding skills. The four day camp includes daily interaction with our horses as well as team-building and communication activities to increase self confidence, responsibility and leadership potential.

Horse Sense IELP • July 27 – July 30
Horse Sense 1 • August 3 – August 6
Horse Sense 2 • August 10 – August 13

Monday – Thursday | 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Transportation will be provided to and from specified pick-up/drop-off locations. For more information please contact Sarah Carlson at (860) 434-1974 ext. 115 or scarlson@highhopestr.org.

Camp Harkness

Participants come to Camp Harkness from all over Connecticut and include agency programs from Oakhill, The Arc of New London County, Southbury Training School, and others to be determined. Camp Harkness participants are both youth and adults with a range of with a range of mental, physical and social disabilities.

Individuals can choose from options including therapeutic riding, carriage driving, and unmounted equine learning activities. High Hopes will bring four therapy horses to Camp Harkness.

High Hopes will also provide community therapeutic riding lessons to individuals not participating at Camp Harkness. The program is the first step in a potentially larger, year-round therapeutic riding program at Camp Harkness grounds; the addition of community lessons is an expansion from last year’s program.

For more information please contact Liz Adams at (860) 434-1974 ext. 116 or ladams@highhopestr.org.

We are in need of the following items to help us facilitate this year’s Horse Sense Camp.

14-16 Journals/Notebooks

In varying colors (or all the same, unisex color)

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Assorted Colored Pens

Fun colors, please!

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