Camps are usually 3 days and are often where we see our best results.
Perhaps this is because of the immersion in nature with the horses, the whole family together and an extended tribe of other autism families and carers.
Unlike playdates, we do charge for camps. Prices vary per camp site and we do offer scholarships too.
A camp usually consists of 4-5 families staying either in cabins, bunk houses or tents. We recommend tents for the best overall sensory value. There is something about sleeping on the ground that really seems to address sensory challenges.
However, whatever accommodations you decide upon, a camp is always worthwhile.
This really is the closest to our Horse Tribe Concept that one can achieve on a temporary basis.
We run camps at different locations in the Texas Hill Country and there are currently camps also offered in California, Canada, the UK and an ever growing number of other locations.
To find camp dates in Texas, click here, in the UK visit www.horseboycamps.co.uk, for other locations visit our members directory.
A regular day at camp is pretty variable and of course is tailored the individual children.
However it usually begins (after breakfast) with low key horse activity, then a break for other kinds of play, art and other fun activities, after this we usually have lunch followed by horse time and then downtime in which families can just chill.
Late afternoon we usually make something of a small journey on horseback to a place of interest (not too far because we go at the children’s pace) after which we return for supper and camp fire.
Other activities are camp specific but may include zip lines, surfing, soccer, martial arts, petting zoos, splash pool etc.
Camps are self-catering because so many children are on special diets we can sometimes provide sleeping bags and pillows but check with us for each individual camp.
We are also always on the lookout for good volunteers to help out with camps. If you are interested in coming to help out on a Horse Boy Camp please contact Jenny Lockwood.
We do have an application process to go through, but here are the basic requirements for participants:
To apply please print, fill out, sign and email back to us the following documents
Horse Boy reserves the right to cancel camps and deny your application. If you had purchased your slot prior to us approving your application you will of course receive a full refund.
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