The Outriders Focus Experience is for kids who want the best of both worlds: spending half the day improving their riding skills and the rest of the time in our Flagship activities makes for a week to remember.
Outriders learn to ride, groom, and tack our herd of about 12 trained horses. The boys and girls in this Focus Experience form a strong bond not only with the horses, but also with each other as they work together in the barn and on the trail. The program helps boys and girls ages 11–15 build empathy and trust—crucial skills when working with animals and people.
Our Centofanti Equestrian Center is a state-of-the-art facility that includes stables, a rising arena for rainy days and controlled-environment lessons, and a great hangout spot for the Outriders. Staffed by our CHA-certified Equestrian Coordinator and a qualified staff of riding instructors, the Outrider Focus Experience is perfect for beginning to intermediate riders. Campers will be assessed and enter this progressive-challenge program at one of six skill levels.
All of our Focus Experiences are designed to provide a healthy balance between the Focus Activity and traditional summer camp activities: in fact, that is what sets our these Focus Experiences apart from other focused activities for kids (such as sports camps). The vision for all of our summer camp programs is to help kids make new friends and work toward achievement in areas for which they have passion. These two outcomes are intended to help kids grow in empathy, build grit and determination, and emerge from a week of camp as a more self-confident and emotionally intelligent kid. Specifically, kids in the Outriders Focus Experience spend about 1/2 of their day with horses and the equestrian staff; the other half of the day is spent with their shipmates participating in our traditional suite of Flagship activities.