Summer Camp

Equine Assisted Services

A Summer Your Child Won't Forget

All programs run from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Application forms and a nonrefundable deposit of $50 or full payment is required to confirm your child’s placement in a week of camp. For questions regarding our camp offerings, contact Marie at mcahill@highhopestr.org.

Applications open on February 22, 2023.

Habitats and Horses

June 19 – 22, 2023

Through the One Health Initiative, High Hopes is offering an inclusive nature-based horse camp for outdoorsy campers between the ages of 10-13. Campers will learn how horses, humans, and the habitats on our 120-acre farm are all interconnected. Activities will include hiking, daily riding lessons, and trail rides.

Youth Empowerment

July 5 – 6, 2023
August 21 – 22, 2023

These 2-day intensive programs for kids ages 9-16 will cover groundwork with horses, build self-esteem in participants, cultivate community connection, and create a sense of purpose. Both sessions are unmounted.

Tiny Trotters

July 10 – 13, 2023
July 17 – 20, 2023

Join us for our traditional inclusive horse camp for ages 4-8. This camp will focus on horsemanship skills such as horse care, grooming/tacking, daily riding lessons, and more!

Social Stables

July 24 – 27, 2023

Social Stables is an inclusive horse camp for campers ages 9-13. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about horses through unmounted and daily riding lessons with a focus on healthy relationships, effective communication, and emotional regulation.

Trail Tales Literacy

July 31 – August 3, 2023

Trail Tales is a literacy-based camp for children entering grades 1-3. Through hands-on equine assisted learning, campers will develop a love of reading through working on fluency, comprehension, and analyzing stories. In addition to literacy-based activities, campers will also participate in daily riding lessons.

VetKids

August 7 – 10, 2023

VetKids is a camp for children ages 8-13 who are family members of veterans, service members, and first responders. This camp focuses on team building, self -confidence, and communication while also developing friendships with campers who have had similar experiences and backgrounds.

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The people who come to High Hopes represent all ages & backgrounds.The majority of our participants are between the ages of 3 and 14, some are in their 70’s. Most participants have varying degrees of cognitive, physical, behavioral, psychological or sensory disabilities.

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