Horseback Camp

A great introduction to western horseback riding


KANATA: Earl of March Secondary School: 4 The Parkway, Kanata, On K2K 2B6

Campers will travel by school bus to and from the Silver Creek Ranch and be back in time for lunch.


Boys and girls ages 7 to 12 years
AGE-RESTRICTED CAMP: All campers must be 7 or older at the start of the camp week.

Dates and Rates

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Horseback Waiver

All parents with children attending Horseback Camp will need to complete a Horseback Waiver at the time of registration. The system will not let you proceed without completing the form.


In partnership with the Silver Creek Ranch in Carp, campers will receive Horseback Riding instruction in the morning and swimming/off-site activities in the afternoon. Transportation from our camp location is provided by school bus.

This camp is suitable as an introduction to Western Horseback Riding. It is not for advanced level riders. Campers will be sorted (by our qualified instructors) into two distinct levels (beginner, intermediate) for instruction on the first day of camp. This will help to accommodate campers who have been with us before.

Under the watchful eye of experienced horse-riding instructors, campers of different abilities will learn western horseback riding on quarter-horses and ponies in an outdoor sand ring. Confidence in riding will be fostered at each camper's individual pace. In addition to riding, children will also learn lots about horses and come to understand the complete responsibilities of horse ownership. Our mission is to educate campers through hands-on experience about horses, horse care and of course riding . . . in a fun-first, country environment.

Personalized helmets will be provided on a weekly basis.

Campers should wear long pants for riding and any boots with a heel (for stirrups): rubber boots are great.

What you'll learn

feeding, bedding, grooming, leading, tying, tacking, mounting, riding, theme days, and much more.

Preparing for camp

On the Thursday before each week of camp you'll receive an email from us reminding you that you're registered for camp for the upcoming week. At that time, we'll also remind you to download this week's "Gator Tales". Gator Tales is our weekly publication which includes: a packing list, emergency contact information, afternoon outings schedule, lunch menu, theme day schedule and more.

Sample schedule

Each day is packed with special activities and every day and every week is different to accommodate campers who are with us for several weeks throughout the summer.

7:30 to 8:30am Pre-Camp DROP OFF (free of charge: children choose between supervised quiet time for reading and playing board games or sports activities and games in the gym)
8:30 to 8:45 am

Large Group Game: this helps the kids warm up before we take attendance.

8:45 to 9:00 am Attendance
9:00 am sharp Campers going off-site depart by school bus (eg. swim camp, horseback camp). On-site camps remain at the school.
9:00 to 9:40 am ROTATION 1:
Scatter: kids are divided into their specialty camps and start programming with their counselors.
9:40 to 10:20am ROTATION 2:
Specialty Camp Time (as chosen weekly)
10:20 to 10:50 am Snack Break (please send drinks/snacks with campers)
10:50 to 11:30 am ROTATION 3:
Specialty Camp Time (as chosen weekly)
11:30 to 12:00 PM Daily Optional Time: campers participate in gym activities of their choice to play with counselors.
12:00 to 12:30pm

Lunch (lunch plan available for a fee)
Buses return from off-site camp locations
12:30 to 1:30pm

Flagpole (camp dance, singsong, jokes) and prepare for afternoon activities.
1:30 to 4:00pm

Whole-camp activities: see schedule below (typically public swims, no lessons provided)
4:00 to 4:30pm

Snack (free Gatorade available, cash snack bar available)
4:30 to 5:30pm

Post-Camp - PICK UP (free of charge: children choose between supervised quiet time for reading and playing board games or sports activities and games in the gym)

Weekly themes

For a more detailed look at our weekly themes, emergency phone numbers, etc. please check out our Gator Tales.

Afternoon schedule by camp location

5 and 6 year olds DO NOT ATTEND OUR AFTERNOON SWIMS. They will instead visit local splash pads or remain at the school for afternoon activities including arts and crafts, movies, sports and cooperative games.

7 to 12 year olds will travel by school bus to some local-area swimming pools.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Longfields-Davidson Walter Baker Swim Gator Games (at camp) Kanata Wave Pool Walter Baker Swim Gator Games (at camp)
Earl of March SS Glen Cairn/Beaverbrook Pool Gator Games (at camp) Kanata Wave Pool Glen Cairn/Beaverbrook Pool Gator Games (at camp)
St Peter Catholic HS Bearbrook Pool Swim Francois Dupuis Pool Swim Gator Games (at camp) Bearbrook Pool Swim Gator Games (at camp)

* field trips subject to change based on availability and the size of each group.

Swim safety

Safety is our number one concern.
We understand your concern for the safety of young swimmers. Please be sure to read our complete "swim safety rules and policies."

Quest for the Gator Cup

One of the traditions we are most proud of is our weekly "Quest for the Gator Cup". Since 1996, this fierce, but friendly, competition has pit our Safari friends (Iguanas, Parrots, Treefrogs, Cheetahs, Elephants, and Gators) against one another in a week-long competition that we call the "Quest for the Gator Cup". Each team consists of campers of all ages and from all Specialty Camps and their counselors. At the end of each week, every camper receives a commemorative ribbon celebrating their participation in this one-of-a-kind event.

The Gator Cup is sure to be the highlight of every camper's week and something they will remember for years to come.

Camps fill quickly. Register today
to avoid disappointment!