Dear Mom and Dad,
Summer camp bites! I spent most of the day making macramé potholders. Tomorrow we're going to make tiny cabins out of Popsicle sticks. I thought that this was riding camp, but there's only one horse here and his name is Slow-Poke Sam. Please come get me. I can't take much more!
Don't let this disaster happen to you! If you want to go to a super-duper riding camp, you'll have to do some research. You want to go to a camp that offers lots of fun activities — including tons of riding. Don't worry, Young Rider isn't going to let you go to the wrong camp. Follow our 10-step program and the camp you pick is sure to be a winner!
1. Read Young Rider, and check out the camp ads in our special camp section.
2. Ask your horsey pals at the barn or in 4-H or Pony Club to recommend a good camp.
3. Circle the camp ads that look good to you. Show the ads to Mom or Dad.
4. Write or call the camps and ask them to send you a brochure or video about the camp.
5. Look at the brochures and videos with mom and dad.
6. Does the camp offer the activities you want to try? How much riding will you do at the camp? Are the instructors experienced? Do the horses look fun to ride? Answer these questions before you go to the next step on this list.
7. Visit a camp if you live close enough to it.
8. Choose a camp.
9. Decide how long you want to go to camp. Some kids stay as little as a week; some go for as long as eight weeks.
10. Ask Mom or Dad to fill in the camp application forms and send off a deposit to the camp so the camp reserves a bunk for you.