9:00 am – 1:00 pm daily August 17, 2020 – August 20, 2020
Children of veterans are a population generally underserved by traditional veterans programs, which tend to focus more on the service member and their spouse or partner. We wanted to create a program that focussed on character building, emotional regulation, team building, and communications. While some of the participants had ridden before; none had experienced the learning, confidence building, and self-esteem that can come from caring for and working with a horse in the barn.
The bond participants developed with their horses provided a low-key and trusting environment in which they could share their experiences of parents being deployed, or returning from deployment. All our participants and many parents commented on how important it was that everyone in the program “was in the same boat,” with shared experiences and shared emotions; something that is not the case in educational settings.
Please note that your place at this camp has been significantly subsidized through a donation from the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Foundation.
Looking for activities for an older sibling? We are always looking for camp volunteers (and although not necessary) we love returning campers – must be aged 14 or older.
WHY HIGH HOPES?
Our 120-acre farm, set in the heart of Old Lyme and easily accessible via I95 or Rt 156, is equipped with a vast indoor arena, an outdoor arena, many miles of activity trails and air-conditioned facility. Our teaching staff is made up of PATH Intl. Riding and Carriage Driving Instructors. Our specially trained “therapy horses,” are ideal for beginners and for more advanced riders, and we have a high volunteer to student ratio so you can be sure that, whatever your camper’s age or ability, they will have a fun, safe, inclusive and rewarding week.
Camp runs for five individual weeks between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Each week caters for a different age-specific group, but because of our high volunteer to camper ratio, we can work with families to accommodate siblings of varying age groups. Due to the generosity of our donors, High Hopes prides itself on being able to offer some financial aid to families who, without that help, would be unable to provide their child with a High Hopes Summer Camp experience.
The application deadline is May 18, 2020. Camp places are limited to 16 participants per week. You will receive a confirmation shortly after application. No financial aid applications will be considered after May 11, 2020. At that time we will review all applications and confirm any financial aid by June 1, 2020.