We take special pride in knowing that our campers eat well, sleep well and receive the personal attention needed in order to receive the maximum joy and benefit from riding and the other activities in which they participate.
The camper’s day starts with the joy of riding, and taking care of their animal. The day after arrival, the staff at Hobbit Hill will assess the camper’s riding skills and will help the young camper define reasonable but achievable goals. They will work closely with the camper, keeping them on track so their goals become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Success breeds success.
Every morning and afternoon, “rain or shine,” (we have a covered arena to make sure that each child does not miss their riding activity,) your camper gets to ride. They learn fundamentals, hunter and jumping skills, stable management, training techniques, trail riding etc. Campers will be given demonstrations by advanced riders. They will be able to participate if they choose to do so, in a formal (in camp) horse show competition every two weeks on Saturday. Parents and family are welcome to attend. Ribbons will be awarded.
The most important thing is for the camper to learn the process of building success so that they can apply it to all areas of life. The process of learning riding skills within a framework of patient guidance and attention is transferable to learning academic skills as well as all other life skills. It is about riding, but not just about riding. Riding is the catalyst that will facilitate the process of building personal relationships, improving academics and devoting oneself to a healthful life of good nutrition and physical fitness. They will learn that good things may not come easily but they will come if one focuses and works consistently to achieve a goal.
At Hobbit Hill we understand that our main role is to help a young camper learn to deal with life and life’s demands and, in the process, have fun doing it. Campers will learn about proper nutrition and the need for regular exercise. They will learn the basic survival and protection skills, which will give them the ability to face the world with safety and confidence. We also have a program available to help them with academics so that they don’t fall behind and can go to school in the fall with a positive attitude instead of a fearful one.
Yes, it is all starts with riding and having fun. But it just doesn’t stop there.
A Full Day of Activities
A busy camper is a happy camper. We give them a lot of things to do and a lot of options. They can choose from a long list of afternoon activities, including more riding if they haven’t had their fill for the day. When the day is over, they are ready for “lights out.”
For some children, coming to a sleep-away camp for the first time requires a period of adjustment. Sometimes children get homesick, most a little bit, some a lot. We at Camp Hobbit Hill are sympathetic to this problem and we try to facilitate the period of transition so that they can take advantage of and enjoy the full camp experience. Most campers get over their anxieties in a few days to a week.
We at Camp Hobbit Hill prefer to err on the side of safety and comfort and allow campers to communicate freely with parents. If a camper is homesick we will place a follow up call to parents as well to let you know how things are progressing. We can guarantee, if they continue to feel sad, a sympathetic adult will sit with them for as long as it takes until they are ready to go back and join their roommates. If the problem does not subside, we will call the parent and let them know.
It is most important that campers have a restful and peaceful night sleep so that they can face the days challenges with energy, vim and vigor. To insure that objective, we air condition our dorms so that their sleeping environment is thermodynamically controlled and allergens and dirt are filtered out of the air. We don’t have to teach them any lessons about toughing it out by twisting and turning on hot and sweaty sheets all night long so that they are exhausted in the morning. Children today grow up in comfortable, clean, pest free, and temperature-controlled environments. We mean to keep it that way so that they can approach the day with vigor and drive.
Our brand new dormitory consists of four large temperature-controlled rooms. Each room has it’s own bathroom with a separate toilet area, two sinks and a shower. The structure is U-shaped with exits pointing toward a central screened-in atrium which will be monitored. There will be a counselor assigned to each room and one to monitor the central atrium to which all rooms exit.
Campers who eat well, feel well and play well. All meals are thoroughly planned to make sure that the camper gets the nourishment they need so that they have the energy to face the day. The rules of common sense and moderation apply. Balance is the key!
Campers will enjoy three full meals daily, along with afternoon snacks and an evening canteen. Meals are prepared with an emphasis on organic ingredients. Campers are served lean proteins, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains. Fish will be plentiful with less of an emphasis on red meat. Gluten-free and vegetarian diets available. Please do not hesitate to hesitate to talk to us about special dietary needs.
Every Sunday morning we will have a non-denominational service for those who wish to attend. If special denominational religious services are requested on Saturday or Sunday, we will transport the child to the appropriate location.