**Camp programming and individual registrations are subject to change according to public health and Ontario government restrictions at the time of camp as we may need to lower overall numbers or fully cancel.**
Camp Hope is designed to take full advantage of all things that summer on an equestrian farm has to offer! This is a week long, full day program where individuals of all abilities will be increasing their equine and farm knowledge as well as experiencing a variety of adaptive recreation activities and outdoor adventures. (Please note, mounted riding lessons are not included in Camp Hope programming).
Camp Hope is unique in that all camp activities are formulated by our Recreation Therapist and then facilitated with the assitance of our counsellors. Each activity will have an incorporated goal and facilitative technique in order to guide individual and group experiences from a Therapeutic Recreation perspective. Activities are chosen to be adaptable to individual needs, promote creativity, exploring, teamwork and active living in an outdoor setting. Check out the many example activities listed below:
- Breeds, colours, markings
- Horse health; nutrition, fitness, teeth, hooves, hygiene
- Horse communication
- Jobs of a horse
- Barn chores
- Exploration hikes
- Campfire roasting, songs and stories
- Fishing at the pond
- Frog habitats
- Nature Scavenger Hunts
- Teepee building
Use of Play:
- Imagination Station
- Hope Haven’s Got Talent
- Hide and Seek (with campers and objects)
- Human horse shows
Arts and Crafts:
- Mural/ Canvas Painting
- Sensory Jar/ Galaxy Jars
- Gardening various plants and vegetables
- Berry picking
- Nature prints
- Flower arranging
- Seated Beach Volleyball
Covid-19 Safety Measures
In order to enable individulas of all abilities to attend camp, those who require hands on assitance for certain daily tasks will require a one on one support person as our camp staff will be required to maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times. A camper will require a support person, organized and/or paid for independently from Hope Haven, if they need hands on or one-on-one assistance with one or more of the following criteria:
- eating/food prep
- basic dressing
- mobility on even or uneven terrain
- following 1-2 step instructions
- engaging in activities
If your camper may fall into one or more of the above criteria however you are unsure, please contact our Program Manager directly to discuss (firstname.lastname@example.org). Support personnel will require a full Online Participant Application to be completed prior to camp as it contains emergency medical and contact information as well as all of our waivers.
Camp Hope will be following the Public Health guidelines that will be in place at the time of camp including daily health screening, physical distancing, frequent hand and facility sanitizing as well as mandatory masking for indoor activities or if distancing is not able to be maintained when outdoors. For our current precautions and policies please refer to our Covid-19 Policy page.
Campers will be placed into smaller groups of 3 (not including support personnel) plus a counsellor and will be designated their own zone for eating, seated craft work or indoor activities as well as leaving belongings.
Camp Hope 2021
Please note there are two different age group programs that will be offered on different weeks:
Camp Hope "Ponies" - Ages 6-15yrs
Camp Hope "Clydesdales" - Ages 16yrs+ (more mature content to the programming)
Week 1: July 5th - 9th **Ponies
Week 2: July 12th - 16th **Ponies
Week 3: July 19th - 23rd **Clydesdales, ages 16+
Week 4: July 26th - 30th **Ponies
Week 5: August 2nd - 6th **Ponies
Week 6: August 9th - 13th **Clydesdales, ages 16+
Week 7: August 16th - 20th **Ponies
Week 8: August 23rd - 27th **Ponies
9:00am - 3:00pm
Registration opens April 6th, 2021. Participants will be accepted on a first come first served basis. All participants must have a completed Participant Application and Professional Referral Form (current 2021 riders will already have these forms updated). New applicants will also have an intake assessment done as per our regular protocol for new participants.
Contact Robyn our Program Manager to register or for further inquiries. Email (email@example.com) or Phone (519-986-1247).
Is the camp integrated?
We encourage all abilities to attend and recreate together. Programming will be adapted towards individual as well as group needs.
Who Provides the food?
Lunch and snacks to be provided by each camper independently in consideration of any food allergies that may exist among participants. Water bottle refills will be offered by Hope Haven, however to minimize use of the water coolers we encourage campers to arrive with a full bottle each day.
How many campers per week?
We accept 9 campers maximum per week of camp. This is subject to change according to Covid-19 restrictions at the time of camp.
How many counsellors?
There will be 1 counsellor assigned to each group of 3 campers with our Recreation Therapist floating between groups.
What happens if the province shuts down or restrictions increase due to Covid-19?
Any invoices that have been paid will be refunded if we are required to shut down. If restrictions increase, for example numbers allowed within our facility decreases, we may make adjustments to our maximum number of campers according to order of registration.