Cedar Camps


Riding Camp Program - Miniature Horse Cart Driving & Riding Camp

Great For: 5th to 7th grades
Dates: 2nd Session
Price: $1950/2 weeks
Applications: Camper Application
Campership Application


Riding Camp functions within main camp but offers extended and concentrated time to develop horsemanship skills. Spend half your day with our riding instructors and horses. Improve your riding skills through daily lessons, arena riding games, challenging trail rides, and a horse show performance.  You’ll also learn theory, tacking, grooming, and horse care. The other half of the day when you’re not riding, enjoy a variety of fun camp activities. Each session will have a special focus (see above). During this session with a focus on miniature horses, you’ll also spend an hour most days riding a full-sized horse.  .

The riding campers spend the majority of their time developing their skills in the ring, which they showcase at the end of the session during the Horse Show. Riding Camp provides exposure to English & Western riding styles, harness driving, vaulting, and horsemanship theory. Campers also participate in trail rides, grooming, saddling, and bridling. Many breeds of horses are available for the Riding Campers to experience including mini horses, Belgians, Quarter horses, Appaloosas, Paints, etc.

The program is led and taught by Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) instructors. (CHA is a national organization that certifies for safety and teaching which was co-founded by Ruth Huff.) 

Through a practical application of Christian Science, Riding Camp is a great opportunity to improve confidence and comfort level around horses.

Daily Bible lesson study, practitioner talks, Wednesday Testimony meetings, Sunday School and Hymn Sings reinforce all the spiritual growth going on at Cedars. 

Activity choices:
Four activity periods each day are taught by expert counselors. At the beginning of each session, campers are scheduled to sample a variety of activities with their cabin group. This fosters cabin unity while allowing each camper to explore new interest and discover new talents. Then, each camper chooses his or her favorite activities to further develop and enjoy. Popular options include our long waterslide nearly every day. Campers have fun advancing skills in archery (certifications/awards available), crafts, trampoline, canoeing, campcrafts, drama, nature, swimming (certifications/awards available), diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, basketweaving, dance, basketball, tennis, soccer, wrestling, climbing on  the bouldering wall and more.

Swimming: Swim daily at free swim and/or classes in our Aquatic Center with its Junior Olympic Lap Pool and Diving Pool. Red Cross Lifeguards and Water Safety instructors are eager to help you learn or improve your strokes and earn certificates. Other fun water activities at our Aquatic Center include synchronized swimming, water polo, and a swim meet .

Arts & Crafts: Learn to weave a high-quality basket, or collect and make nature art, tool leather work, weave thread bracelets and make jewelry, create with clay, paint pens, tie dye, make paper stationery, bead work, wood work, puppets, and much more.

Archery: "Aim for perfection," for archery awards or just for fun with the support of our certified archery instructors (certified by the National Archery Association.)

Canoeing & Boating: Guide your canoe around our own lake or down the Osage River with confidence after you learn each paddle stroke, also try paddle boating.

Log Rolling: Demonstrate grace and balance, as you stand on a log in thigh-deep water. Make a cool splash, as you advance your skills. The log is weighted to accommodate the beginner or more advanced camper.

Maker space: Unleash your creativity as you work under the guidance of professional educators. Fostering do-it-yourself creation, engineering principles, spatial reasoning, coding concepts, and problem-solving skills bringing project ideas to life through experimentation and exploration.   

Nature & Fishing: Enjoy CedarS nature program while exploring our new trails and learning conservation practices. Hike over hills and streams to explore our Indian cave. See over 30 species of birds with binoculars. Catch crayfish and frogs or go fishing for your fair share of the 15,000 good-sized bass, sunfish and catfish stocked in Crown Lake decades ago!

Trips:  A one-day outdoor adventure trip (float, fish, cave and rock climb, or pack) and overnight campout, in the second week.

Trampoline: Bounce safely and happily with all the skills you learn and develop on our outdoor tramps.

Sports: Daily improve your skills in basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling with the help of experienced player/coaches committed to helping you excel.

Campcrafts: Help build one-match campfires and cook well and safely outdoors. Camp out, too.

Evening Activities: Choose to cookout and camp out with your cabin; or play capture-the-flag and kick-the-can, join in all-camp activities like a Square and Rock Dance, Talent Show, Hymn Sing, Testimony Meetings, Luau hosted by the Girls' Camp, Campfire hosted by the Boys' Camp and Field Night.

Watersliding, Rope Swinging, & Much More: Join in drama activities, play foosball or ping pong, play volleyball and ga-ga, zip over or into the lake using our new zipline or go water-sliding on our "100-Yard Splash" waterslide.

Meal Choices: If you don't care for pizza, chicken nuggets, tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, spaghetti, or whatever else is served, you can always fill up at our yummy fruit, salad, or sandwich bars offered at most lunches and dinners or our oatmeal, egg and cereal bar offered at most breakfasts.


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