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High Hopes Summer Horse Camp
Old Lyme, Connecticut

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860.434.1974 x118
36 Town Woods Road
Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371

36 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371


TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Camp runs Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and each week caters to a different age range.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): High Hopes Summer Horse Camp runs for five individual weeks, Monday to Thursday and is a FULLY INCLUSIVE summer camp that welcomes children and young

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Each summer High Hopes is pleased to offer five sessions of inclusive, all abilities summer camp. Throughout our four-day camp sessions, our campers will have fun grooming, tacking, daily riding lessons, trail rides, gymnastics on horseback, carriage driving, arts and crafts and of course FUN inclusive team-building GAMES! Each week is limited to 16 participants and places fill fast so call for more information.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: We offer a high volunteer to student ratio, thereby ensuring that each age-appropriate week is designed to meet the needs of our campers’ ages and riding skill levels and is suitable for children with and without disabilities. We are a Premier Accredited Center with PATH Intl. The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and are also accredited by the State of Connecticut and Connecticut Horse Association. We are fully ADA compliant.

Wilderness/Nature, Horses/Equestrian, and more. Special Needs Programs.

CAMP LOCATION: High Hopes is a beautiful, quiet farm of over 120 acres, situated in Old Lyme Connecticut, easily accessible from the I95 North or South, Rt. 2/11 South from Hartford, and Rt. 9 from Middletown.

CAMP FACILITIES: Our ADA compliant facility includes a massive indoor riding ring, an outdoor ring, trails for nature rides, and an air-conditioned classroom, kitchen, and participant lounge area. Our camps are powered by our amazing herd of 25 horses, chosen and trained for their temperament and patience with young people. Enjoy daily riding lessons, carriage driving, gymnastics on horseback, and arts and crafts.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: High Hopes' philosophy is to bring horses and humans together to improve lives. During the academic year, we run programs for adults and children with a wide range of physical, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. But in the summer, we open our farm up to our community because it does not matter who you are, how young or old you are, where you are in your life when horses and humans come together, life is better.

High Hopes also runs three to four weeks of special interest camps including VetKids for children of Veterans or active service personnel, Horse Sense for At-Risk-Youth in grades 5-8, IMMERSION for children ages 3-5 with Autism or sensory impairment.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: High Hopes is an internationally-recognized Certified Instructor Training facility, accredited by PATH Intl. the professional body for therapeutic horsemanship.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Limited need-based financial aid is available. Applications for Financial Aid must be received by May 13, 2020. Camp applications close May 18, 2020, and notification of any financial-aid award will be made by June 1, 2020.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: During the academic year, we run programs for adults and children with a wide range of physical, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. But in the summer, we open our farm up to our community because it does not matter who you are, how young or old you are, where you are in your life when horses and humans come together, life is better.

Week 1: July 6 – July 9, 2020 
9am – 1pm for ages 3-6
Week 2: July 13 – July 16, 2020
 9am – 1pm for ages 7-12
Week 3: July 20 – July 23, 2020
 9am – 1pm for ages 4-12
Week 4: July 27 – July 30, 2020
 9am – 1pm for ages 3-6
Week 5: August 3 – August 6, 2020
 9am – 1pm for ages 7-12

We pride ourselves on providing an amazing volunteer experience. High Hopes volunteer team supports over 650 volunteers a year, and, if you are 14 years of age and over, we hope that this coming year will include you!

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