Girls' Horse Camp

Girls’ Horse Camp (ages 8-16)

Name Girls’ Horse Camp
Length Options One-Week Camp
Gender Girls
Age 8 years old as of June 18, 2017
Type Overnight / Sleep Away Camp
Trip Destination Long, off property ride to Huffman Lake (all campers)
Popular Camp Activities Horseback Riding, Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Campfires, S’mores, Arts & Crafts, Archery, Field Sports

Program Details

Girls’ Horse Camp

One of the most popular camp programs at CSM is our horseback riding program.  For those campers who want to spend extra time focused on the horses beyond what the regular Girls’ Camp session provides, we offer a one-week Girls’ Horse Camp. (We recommend girls also attend the regular Girls’ Camp in order to enjoy the full CSM camp experience.) Girls’ Horse Camp is centered around the corral, providing campers the opportunity to spend every day caring for, learning about, and riding these beautiful animals. 

The week begins with time for the campers to get comfortable around the horses, learning the do’s and don’ts.  As the week progresses, many aspects of caring for a horse are taught: brushing, feeding, bridling, saddling, and even mucking the stalls!  Of course, your camper will also have ample time riding!  During Horse Camp, every camper will participate in two riding programs each day, with each lasting at least one hour.

The week concludes with three great events:

The Big Ride—A ride to beautiful Huffman Lake.  This is a 26-mile relay ride off camp property, that will put all the skills learned during the week into practice.

Road to The Final 4—This competition will test each camper’s knowledge of the horses.  After several rounds of competition, a champion will be declared!

Pony Olympics—These are a series of games and competitions played over the course of a day on horseback—games like: Trap, Hide and Seek, and Capture the Flag.

Safety is a #1 concern with all of CSM’s activities.  Our corral instructors are all trained according to the ACA Equestrian Management and the State of Michigan standards. Campers are always supervised by a trained staff member and appropriate safety equipment is worn whenever riding, including an ASTM approved riding helmet. (CSM provides helmets; however, campers may wear their personal helmet if it is ASTM approved and deemed in good condition by CSM’s riding staff).

NOTE: For about 15 years, CSM has welcomed Chapel Lane Camp to Gaylord. They are a coed Christian group that shares our grounds for the week of Girls’ Horse Camp in June. Chapel Lane brings their own staff and runs a separate program which is held to both the standards of the State of Michigan and the often higher standards that the American Camp Association has set–the agency through which CSM hold its accreditation. As with CSM’s staff, Chapel Lane’s staff undergoes background checks to ensure the safety of all campers.

two ladies brushing three ladies at the corralfeeding horses