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  • 2 Longmont Times-Call Publication April 2, 2011

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    Longmont Recreation Services

    Register now for a wide variety of youth summer camps and

    summer programs for all ages.

    Sandstone Exploration Camps (ages 4 to 8)

    Skyhawks Sports Camps (ages 4 to 13)

    Mad Science Camps (ages 4 to 12)

    Engineering with LEGO

    (ages 5 to 10)

    Crackpots Camps ( ages 6 to 12)

    Bits, Bytes, & Bots (ages 8 to 14)

    Horse Camp (ages 8 to 14)

    Outdoor Adventure Camp (ages 12 to 16)

    KIDS

    SUMMER CAMPS with the City of Longmont

    Junior Golf Camps

    2 days of 2-hour lessons Camps begin in May

    $40 per session, repeatable

    Various dates at Sunset, Twin Peaks,

    and Ute Creek Golf Courses

    Encouraged prior to Jr Golf League

    Next Step

    2 hrs of instruction Optional play of

    9-holes Tues, 9am, begins June 7

    $20/week + $7 green fee

    Junior Golf League -

    Ages 5 to 17

    Every Monday starting

    June 13-Aug 8

    League registration begins March 31

    www.ci.longmont.co.us/golf

    Longmont Museum

    Register now for hands-on camps in history, art, and science

    June 6 July 29

    Camps start from $135/week

    Art-Rageous Animals (ages 8-12)

    Beading & Jewelry Making of the Sea (ages 7-10)

    Skateboard Deck Painting 2 day class (ages 9-13)

    Hunters, Artists, and Tipi Makers (ages 7-10)

    Searchers, Seekers, and Settlers (ages 7-10)

    JSE Ocean Discovery (ages 4-6)

    Life in Ponds & Streams (ages 6-8)

    Science Magic (ages 6-8)

    Super Duper Science (ages 4-6)

    Longmont Museum

    www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum

    400 Quail Road

    Longmont CO 80501

    303-651-8374

    Longmont Recreation

    Services

    St Vrain Memorial Building

    700 Longs Peak Avenue

    303-651-8404

    www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec

    Call, visit or go

    online today!

    Sunset Golf Course

    303-651-8466

    1900 Longs Peak Ave

    Twin Peaks Golf Course

    303-651-8401

    1200 Cornell Drive

    Ute Creek Golf Course

    303-774-4342

    2000 Ute Creek Drive

    City of Longmont Recreation Golf Museum

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    www.ci.longmont.co.us

    Call, visit, or go

    online today!

    Summer Day Camp (ages 6 to 12)

    May 31-Aug 12 8wk/10wk/Weekly

    Full Time & Part Time

  • April 2, 2011 Longmont Times-Call Publication 3

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    Kids, horses saddle up for camp

    Experience camp close to home

    Special needs teen camp full of opportunities

    Learn leadership skills

    Specialized camps cater to kids interests

    Five reasons your kid needs camp

    Deal with homesickness before it begins

    Cover Design by Jack Harper

    Check out our digital edition at www.timescall.com/magazines.asp

    Kristi Ritter

    Summer Stair

    Contributing Writers

    Specialty Publications Editor

    kkritter@times-call.com, 303-684-5275

    Specialty Publications Associate Editor

    sstair@times-call.com, 720-494-5429

    Esteban L. Hernandez, Laurel Toney, Kendra Walker

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    1941 N. Terry St.

    303.651.3780

    PART AND FULL DAY PROGRAMS

    Preschool and Kindergarten

    Infant/Toddler Nursery

    Camp (See Below)

    COTTAGE DAYCAMP

    with Daily Excursions!

    Horseback Riding Amusement Parks Water Parks Bowling Mini-Golf

    Roller Skating Waterslide Pools Laser Tag Museums and More!

    Base Camp Activities: Art Pottery, Carpentry, Science, Cooking, Sports,

    Games and More!

    Ages 5 to 12 (Jr. Camp for ages 5-6)

    Divided by age Flexible Scheduling References Available

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    At Gargot Farms, kids learn

    riding and pony care,

    while building confidence

    and trust between animals

    and themselves.

    Molly Brame, Instructor

    3833 W. County Road 8

    Berthoud, Colorado 80513

    www.mentaladvantagegf.com

    970-443-5467

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    arenas on 50 acres

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    Gargot Farms 2010 Pony Camp

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    Gargot Farms 2011 Pony Camp

  • 4 Longmont Times-Call Publication April 2, 2011

    A kid canters on a horse at Sun Pony Ranch.

    (Courtesy Sun Pony Ranch)

    Courtesy Colorado Mountain Ranch

    A camper and counselor ride at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding

    Center. (Courtesy Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center)

    Developing a Bond

    Kid and horses saddle up

    for camp full of learning

    By Kristi Ritter

    Longmont Times-Call

    During any week this summer, mornings at Sun Pony

    Ranch near Berthoud will find kids scurrying about the

    barn gathering food for their horses, grooming the animals

    and grabbing tack to saddle up for a ride.

    The first day is spent teaching them about horse nutri-

    tion so they know what their horse eats, says Ginger

    Fedak, ranch co-owner and summer camp manager. We

    talk to them a lot about responsible horse ownership.

    Camp at Sun Pony Ranch gives kids the opportunity to

    have their own horse to care for during their week-long

    camp adventure. Not only will they learn about nutrition

    and grooming, some campers may see horses get their shoes

    replaced or even experience a visit from a local veterinarian

    caring for the horses. In addition to caring for horses, kids

    will get a lot of riding time with saddle riding and bareback,

    which shows them a different experience where they have

    to put their trust in the horse.

    Most kids come in with expectations that riding is easy,

    but they have no idea of the amount of expertise going into

    that partnership, Fedak says.

    Many local horse camps offer different levels based on

    ages and abilities, but depending on the comfort of the

    camper, directors and counselors can help place each one

    with a horse they feel more comfortable with. In most cas-

    es, the kids will become more comfortable around the hors-

    es as the week progresses, which can help boost the confi-

    dence that a kid has both on and off the horse.

    Jen Shannon, owner of Cornerstone Farm in Longmont,

    says campers learn a lot about the horses and their behav-

    iors, including learning to watch the horses body language

    to discover what the horse is trying to communicate. Their

    ears are very expressive and give insight into the animals

    behavior or mood, she says. Ive discovered that in many

    cases our riding can improve if we understand the animal

    better.

    In addition to caring and feeding the animal, kids will

    learn a lot from horse camp about being responsible for a

    living thing. By teaching them other skills, it gives them a

    sense of ownership, Shannon says.

    Kids have found a lot of reward in working and caring for

    horses at summer camps whether it was taking responsibili-

    ty for the animal, working as a team or developing their rid-

    ing skills. In addition to that, the bond that develops be-

    tween horse and child is sometimes the strongest element

    that kids take away from the experience.

    Kids are kids, and theyll fall in love with a fuzzy face on

    the first day, Shannon says. But whats interesting is being

    able to teach the kids that not only are these fuzzy and cute

    animals, they have their own personalities that the kids fall

    in love with.

    The Longmont area offers numerous horse camp options for

    kids to learn about caring for the animals, as well as develop

    their riding skills. Heres a glimpse at a few local camps.

    Colorado Mountain Ranch

    10063 Gold Hill Road, Boulder, 303-442-4557,

    www.coloradomountainranch.com

    Colorado

    Mountain Ranch

    is gearing up for

    a busy summer

    this year, despite

    having the Four

    Mile Canyon fire

    go right through

    their property in

    September

    2010. With the

    barn being re-

    built and many other projects in the works, owners Mike

    and Lynn Walker are excited for the summer camp season.

    Horses are a big part of all of our programs, Lynn says.

    And we have great horses that are trained specifically for

    being good kid horses. The horses really mirror how a

    person is feeling, so it helps the child to get a sense of who

    they are.

    Open to all types of riders, Colorado Mountain Ranch of-

    fers weekly camps for 7- to 16-year-olds where groups of

    eight to 12 kids will be paired with a counselor to embark

    in numerous activities throughout the week. Lynn says

    horse focus camps will spend about half the day riding,

    while the Mountain Adventure program will get kids riding

    about three times during the week.

    Horse programs focus on partnership, balance and rela-

    tionship. We want to help the child build the bond with

    animals and learn more about themselves in the process,

    Lynn says.

    Courtesy Colorado Mountain Ranch

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    Courtesy Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

    Courtesy Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

    Photos courtesy Jen Shannon

    Photos courtesy Pam Blignaut

    Colorado Therapeutic Riding

    Center

    11968 Mineral Road, Longmont, 303-652-9132,

    www.ctrcinc.org

    With camps for kids of all abilities, the Col-

    orado Therapeutic Riding Center offers both

    week and two-week camps throughout the

    summer. Kids will get a lot of riding experi-

    ence, but will also learn about