OUR CAMP PROGRAMS

Mini Camp - (ages 7-8) / 2 Days & 1 Night

What is Mini Camp?

Mini Camp is a two day, one night camp experience for children ages 7 and 8.  Campers arrive Wednesday morning, meet their cabin mates and counselors, and get ready for the time of their lives!  Mini campers play all day Wednesday and all day Thursday, while experiencing some of our most cherished camp traditions for the very first time.

Mini Camp Activity Schedule

Wednesday

10:00 Arrival
11:00 Rules & Icebreakers
12:00 Lunch  Dress up: Crazy Hat
1:00 Rest
2:00 Small Group Activities
3:00 Store & Snack
3:15 Song Fest (learn camp songs)
4:15 Pond Play/ Swimming
5:15 Prepare for Dinner
5:50 Flag
6:00 Dinner  Dress up: Patriotic Dinner
7:00 Evening Activity – 4th of July Carnival
8:30 Newspaper & Vespers
9:00 Taps and Bedtime

Thursday

7:00 Wake up
7:35 Flag
7:45 Breakfast   Dress up: Pajama & Stuffed Animal
8:30 Clean up and Pack
9:00 Small Group Activities
10:00 Small Group Activities
11:00 Cabin Activities
12:00 Lunch  Dress up:  Favorite Sport Team Shirt or hat
1:00 Rest
2:00 Small Group Activities (Pond Games, Arts and Crafts, Silly Games, Capture the Flag)
3:00 Mini Hike to Barn to see horses
4:00 Pond Play/ Swimming
5:15 Prepare for Dinner
5:50 Flag
6:00 Dinner Dress up: Tie-Dye/Hippie
7:00 Departure
*Subject to small changes

What to Bring to Mini Camp
  • Medical form
  • Other required forms
  • Fee
  • Twin-sized fitted sheet/mattress cover
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Pillow and case
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, etc.
  • Shower gear (shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower sandals)
  • Comb/brush
  • Swim suit
  • Towels for bath and beach
  • Everyday clothing (plenty of extras!)
  • Pajamas
  • Sandals
  • Socks and sneakers
  • Spirit dress up clothing, if you wish (Hawaiian, 4-H Spirit)
  • Sweatshirt for the evening
  • Raincoat (just in case!)
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen

Bring Your Own Horse Camp - 1 Week

What is Bring Your Own Horse Camp?

Hartford County 4-H Camp holds a bring your Own Horse Camp session during the first week of our summer season. This residential one week session is open to youth, age 11 or older, with his/her own horse. Campers will take complete care of his/her own horse (feeding, grooming, tacking, and exercising their horse as well as barn chores), receive ring and lecture instruction, enjoy trail rides, and participate in a closing activity on Saturday.

The miniature or VSE (very small equine) program is run by Emily McCabe Alger. The program is designed to have campers gain confidence and knowledge as handlers. Some of the topics include: basic ground work, showmanship, halter, halter obstacle, hunter and jumper in hand.

Instruction and supervision will be conducted by competent, experienced staff in cooperation with the 4-H Camp Board.

Campers will live in cabins while their companions will be stabled in a box stall. Trailers cannot be left on the groundsCamp can accept 48 campers and horses during this co-ed session. Applications are accepted as received. 

Sample Horse Camp Activities
  • Western, Hunt, & Saddle Seat Instruction
  • Trail Riding
  • Drill Team
  • Judging
  • Stable Management
  • Safety
  • Tack Care
  • Horse Show
  • You Name It
  • Swimming and Recreation

Campers will enjoy three well-balanced meals daily and will participate in a variety of traditional camp activities such as swimming, camp recreation, a variety of evening programs, and vespers by a camp fire.

Horse Health and Condition

Horses so classified may be sent home at the discretion of the Horse Camp Director. Horses must be properly trimmed or shod. State law requires an updated rabies vaccination. We require a Coggins test for Equine Infectious Anemia and strongly recommend Strangles Immunization. Strangles was on the property two years and there is conflicting information about the length of time it can survive in soil. Please consult your vet.

Please check with your veterinarian before coming to camp about the advisability of immunizations for Tetanus, Equine Influenza, and Encephalomyelitis (Eastern, Western).

Arrival and Departure
  • Sunday: Registration is between 2 pm and 4 pm at Upper Baldwin
  • Saturday: Camp ends at the close of the weekly final activity. Parent, family members and friends are invited to attend. The activity runs from 9am to 11am. Participation is voluntary.
What to Bring to Horse Camp

What to Bring for your Horse:  Horse tack, tack box, and lead ropes, Grain in a covered container (a garbage can, etc), Water & feed containers, Grooming equipment, Manure fork, Bucket or wheelbarrow, Rake, Fly spray(all marked with your name). Shavings and hay are provided.

What to Bring for Yourself:  Riding boots (no sneakers or wedge heels for riding), appropriate headgear (all forms of riding MUST wear a hard hat), pillow, sleeping bag or four blankets & a sheet, clothing, rain gear, barn boots, swimsuit, towels, and lots of socks to ward away blisters.  A bag for dirty laundry is most helpful. Also, don’t forget bug spray and sunscreen!

Traditional Camp - 1 Week

What is Traditional Camp?

Traditional Camp is for youth ages 9 through 14 and is held in seven one-week, coed sessions. Campers participate in tribe activities, camp fires, an all-camp sleep out, and classes such as; Horseback Riding, Archery, Swimming, Boating, Nature, Arts & Crafts, Recreation, Outpost Camping, Soccer, Field Games, Street Hockey, Nature, Outdoor Cooking, Frisbee Golf, Biking and more. Combined with new and old friends, these activities give campers many choices for a wonderful camp experience. 

Traditional Camp Schedule
7:00 Reveille/Morning Dip
7:20 Waiters report to Dining Hall
7:35 Flag Raising/Morning Exercise
7:45 Breakfast
8:30 Clean Cabin/Visit to Nurse
9:00 First Activity
10:00 Second Activity
11:00 Free Time (free swim, recreation, showers)
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Rest
1:30 Tribe Meetings
2:00 Third Activity
3:00 All Camp Afternoon Program
4:00 Free Time (free swim, boating, recreation, showers, planning evening activity)
5:50 Flag Lowering
6:00 Dinner
7:15 All Camp Evening Program
8:30 Snack, Newspaper, Vespers
9:30 Bedding Down
10:00 Taps
Activities Offered

On Sunday night, campers choose three activities to take during the week (if you signed up for horseback riding lessons, that will be one of your activities).  Check out our FAQ for some activities we offer – it’s hard to pick just one! Campers will select their activities on Sunday Night.

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