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What to Take to Horse Camp

Here's what you need to pack when you're heading off to camp.

It might seem a little bit early to start thinking about going to riding camp this summer, but camp spaces fill up quickly and you should begin surfing the web for camps right now. If you don’t book a bunk soon, you might be spending the whole summer at home being bored! Talk to mom or dad and start looking at the different camps.

You can find a lot of great camps here in Young Rider. Check out the following pages and scan the classified ads that start on page 61. You’re sure to find a camp that suits you to a T.

If this is your first time going to riding camp, it’s important to make a list of all the things you’ll need to take with you. You don’t want to arrive at camp and find out that you’ve left your riding gloves in your tack box. And there are little things that you can throw into your suitcase or duffle bag that will make your camp experience even more fun.

We’ve compiled a list of must-take items for you, but you might think of even more. Ask your pony pals what they take to camp. Visit the local tack shop and talk to the sales staff about essential camp gear. They may have a few suggestions, too. If you’re a subscriber, you could log on to the Young Rider forums to ask other readers what stuff they take to camp.

Before you leave for camp, it’s a good idea to look on the camp’s website first to see if there are items that are banned. Some camps ask you to leave your cell phones, computers and Gameboys at home. A few camps forbid tasty treats like candy. Don’t get in trouble on your first day at camp for smuggling in contraband!

Being away from home for a week or more can feel a bit strange at first. But if you bring all of the right gear, settling into camp life will be much easier. Have fun!



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