Wabash Valley Outdoor, Summer Nature Camps, Horseback Riding Camps

In the age of screen time, video games, and smartphones, kids need opportunities to experience nature now more than ever. Outdoor play and recreation provides our children with vitamin d, exercise, and the chance to use their imaginations!

In 2019, our premier sponsor of our summer camp guide is the ISU Community School of the Arts. Our family has enjoyed participating in the programs that the Community School of the Arts has offered during the school year, and we have friends who enjoy and recommend the summer programming! 

These camps are fun, week-long immersions into a various theme which will include art, music, theater, swimming and more! Most camps are full-day so that students can enjoy different activities throughout the day and from week to week. All materials are provided unless otherwise specified. You can register campers for one week or all eight! Designed for beginning to intermediate levels, students need no prior experience. Classes, lunch and breaks are fully supervised by CSA instructors and staff. Instructors are ISU faculty, ISU graduate arts students and ISU undergraduate arts education majors.  All fitness sessions are taught or supervised by instructors and lifeguards, and are designed for children at all fitness levels.

CSA Campers: Parents may drop off children between 7:45-8:00 a.m. and pick them up between 5:00-5:15 p.m. During the day, time is set aside for lunch and snack breaks. Parents and caregivers can drop by any time during the day. We love visitors!

Featured Outdoor Camp: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Summer Camps--find details on Hautehappenings.com.

The Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods college campus is arguably one of the prettiest places in Terre Haute. And guess what? The camps listed in our guide give you a great reason to be on campus!

Week One Camps – June 17-21, 2019

Equestrian Camp for Beginners

Day camp for girls and boys entering grades 2-10
Learn all about horses including safe practices when handling horses as well as how to bridle and halter correctly, lead, ride, groom and care for a horse. Horses are provided for this beginner equestrian camp.

Adventure Camp at SMWC – Explore the campus of Saint Mary-of-the Woods College through science
Adventure Camp at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is open for boys and girls entering grades 6-9 as of September 2019. Join us as we explore ecosystems, interact with plants and animals, assess habitat restoration and biodiversity, test soil and water quality, engage in environmental fieldwork, and document nature through digital photography. This immersive, hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), with an emphasis in ecology and environmental science, will be a fun-filled week of both indoor and outdoor science adventures!

Week Two Camps – June 24-28, 2019

Equestrian Camp for Intermediate Riders
Day camp for girls and boys entering grades 3-12
Building from the beginner equine camp, campers will work on more advanced techniques and form. You will need to know how to saddle and mount the horse without assistance as well as walk, trot and canter.

Equestrian Camp for Advanced Riders
Day camp for girls and boys entering grades 3-12
Receive one-on-one instruction in specific areas of interest, troubleshoot areas for improvement, get ready for show season, learn a number of different aspects of the equine industry and learn the importance of form to function for horse owners. Campers must bring their own horse for this advanced rider camp.

Adventure Camp at SMWC – Explore the campus of Saint Mary-of-the Woods College through science
Adventure Camp at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is open for boys and girls entering grades 6-9 as of September 2019. Join us as we explore ecosystems, interact with plants and animals, assess habitat restoration and biodiversity, test soil and water quality, engage in environmental fieldwork, and document nature through digital photography. This immersive, hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), with an emphasis in ecology and environmental science, will be a fun-filled week of both indoor and outdoor science adventures!

 

Outdoor Summer Nature Camps

Summer Camp at Deming Park. The Terre Haute Parks & Recreation Department will be offering a Summer Camp this summer starting in June. Our days will consist of activities right here in Deming Park. There will be a couple of scheduled field trips within walking distance of the park for the kids as well. An idea of our day will consist of an activity/field trip in the morning, lunch (bring your own lunch), swimming at Deming Pool, and a snack. Ages: 6-12. Tuesdays/Thursdays. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $25 per day/child. For more information or registration please call 812-232-0147. Registration is required for Summer Camp.

Camp Roar at the Exotic Feline Rescue CenterJune 26 and July 17 for 8-11 year olds. July 24 for 12-15 year olds. Have your 8-11 and/or 12-15 year old child experience CAMP ROAR at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center.  CAMP ROAR is a one-of-a-kind camp where children can meet Belle the tiger, Kisa the lion, and Rodney the leopard along with all the other resident felines at the EFRC.

Parks after dark (free activities for the whole family). Join the evening fun at a few local parks with a new program the parks department is offering this summer!

  • June 10th-Spencer Park–Kickball–Ages 10-15
  • June 22nd- Herze Rose Park–Snacks & Convo with THPD Cop, Music DJ and Facepainting–All Ages
  • June 24th- Collett Park–Family Game Night–All Ages
  • July 8th- Herze Rose Park–3-on-3 Basketball–Ages 10-15
  • July 13th-Spencer Park-Movie (Child Appropriate starting at Dusk)–Bike Safety/Repair By: Crossroads Cyclery from 6-8 p.m.–All Ages
  • July 22nd-Thompson Park–Relay Games–All Ages

Horseback Riding Camps in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced camp opportunities at Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods. 

Kat Horsemanship summer camp. Riders from ages 5-16. Limit of 8 riders per camp. $200 a rider with sibling discount available! Participants have the opportunity to bring their own horse or use one of our lesson horses. The camp includes camp shirts, crafts, games,  riding skills such as steering, drill team, managing the gaits, horsemanship, english, halter/showmanship, trail, riding with a flag, learning about horse ownership skills such as cleaning tack, picking stalls, everyday barn maintenance, feeding, grooming, bathing, what a farrier does, and Mock Show at the conclusion of camp. These camps are open to all skill levels!

JC Show Horses typically offers summer camps for kids. Details unconfirmed.

Horseback riding camp at CharLu Farm

Spotted Horse Ministries offers a VBS opportunity that includes horseback riding. Keep an eye on their website for more information and/or check their facebook page for updates.

Rocky Road Ranch typically offers camp opportunities but will not be offering camps in 2019.

As always typos happen and details change. Please contact coordinators before planning your summer fun! This information was updated and accurate as of March 2019.

Want more? Click HERE to see all 2019 Summer Camps for Terre Haute!

 

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