2021 Summer Camp Information
Thank you for your interest in our summer camps! Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Premier Accredited Riding Center. We provide a variety of programs and services to children and adults from age 4 through senior citizens all utilizing the unique qualities of horses. Our programs are taught by certified professionals who bring years of experience to our team and who put safety and best practices first.
Looking for an extraordinary camp experience for your child this summer? Look no further than Dream Catchers’ Inclusion Summer Camps. Each day campers will receive both mounted riding and ground lessons in order to learn proper horsemanship while having tons of fun! The camp will help to build positive relationships with fellow campers, our equines, staff, and counselors. The benefits of inclusion are numerous and help children with and without special needs. When we include all children in our programs, they learn acceptance of other people, and that each person has unique abilities. Children learn from each other. Inclusion allows children with special needs an equal opportunity to participate in the same types of programs and activities as children without special needs. Some of the benefits of inclusion for children with (or without) disabilities are friendship skills, peer models, problem solving skills, positive self-image, increased understanding, and acceptance of diversity and respect for others.
Campers must be able to follow verbal directions, have an interest in learning about horses and horse care, and be toilet trained.
Age considerations may be granted upon a case by case basis.
Food: Snacks and drinks are provided. Please bring your own lunch.
Dress Code: Please dress for riding, working outside and in the barn. Riding or long pants are preferred as well as closed toe shoes or tennis shoes.
Riding Helmets: We require each participant to bring their own ASTM/SEI certified helmet. Expired helmets will not be permitted (must be within 5 years of the manufactures date). Please contact Haley Ward, Program Director at 757-566-1775 if you are unable to provide your own helmet.
Weight Limit: In order to ensure the welfare of our herd, our maximum rider weight limit to 220 pounds. Please understand that we may have difficulty accommodating all applicants over 180 pounds due to limited availability of horses that can safely accommodate such weight combined with individual rider needs.
CLICK HERE for 2021 Summer Camp Application
Please contact Haley Ward, Program Director with any questions: Phone: 757-566-1775 / Email: Haley@dreamcatchers.org
COVID-19 Safety Protocols:
Dream Catchers has continued to monitor the COVID-19 updates from our local, state, and federal agencies. It is our continued responsibility to ensure the safety of all our Dream Catchers’ Family members. We are following all of the Governor’s guidelines and taking a conservative approach to ensure minimal risk to everyone coming onsite.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
We have implemented strict cleaning protocols, including cleaning lesson equipment.
Dream Catchers’ staff are conducting daily self-health checks.
Dream Catchers mandates that you must report any signs of illness or exposure to Operations Manager. This may mean additional communication with the local health department and public health authorities.
Dream Catchers will follow all face covering requirements for Virginia.
Upon arrival, everyone will be expected to wash their hands at a hand washing station following CDC hand washing guidelines.
No other guests will be permitted on the property. Some exceptions may be granted by the Program Director.
Your child may wear riding gloves during camp, but please refrain from having him/her wear disposable gloves while at the Center.
We will require anyone on the property to follow social distancing.
We will require each person to perform a self-health check prior to coming to their lesson each time. This will be done in the form of an emailed survey and communicated to our Program Director. A phone call option will be available for those who do not have computer / email access.