Welcome to Allison Acres ~ Galt, CA ~ (209) 748-2658

2014 Summer Day Camps

Taught by an Experienced Teacher and Mother

  • ARIA certification in riding instruction and stable management

  • Teaching credential (which requires being fingerprinted and background checked)

  • BA in psychology

  • 30 graduate level units in Education

  • Multiple Subjects Credential coursework and testing completed

  • special authorization to teach science

  • CPR for first responders certified


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Allison Acres
13512 Alta Mesa Rd.
Galt, CA 95632
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All kids will learn to practice responsibility, leadership, assertiveness and compassion through working with the horses. 

New camp option: Bring your own horse to camp! 
An extra $100 gets you 4 nights and 5 days of boarding for your camp horse, including grass hay three times per day (any other feed can be given if you provide it).

2014 camps are enrolling now!  If you can't wait, check out our all day horse experiences, after school program, and lessons.

We maintain a very low teacher/student ratio - we are only taking up to 5 kids per session this year.  This way your child has proper supervision and attention so he or she can stay safe, have fun, and learn!  We will have 1 to 2 full time camp assistants along with the main instructor during all mounted portions of camp.  At least one camp assistant also has CPR and first aid certification and is a certified babysitter.

Introduction:

Our camps are a combination of horsemanship and academics. The body and the brain will get a workout! Most of our academic topics will have a horse angle (to keep the interest of our horse crazy kids!) but we'll cover a lot of basics also. We've got great horses to learn with, and we can, if necessary, do all the horse activities in the shade since we have a covered arena and long barn. Academics will take place inside my home where it's nice and cool. We provide snacks and drinks and all the academic supplies. Please send a lunch.

Sessions and hours:

Each session is one week long, Monday through Friday.  We have sessions open in July. The camp day is from 10:00 AM until 3 PM, and we can include drop off in Elk Grove and Galt for no additional charge.  Cindi Scoleri, the head instructor and owner of Allison Acres, has a clean DMV record and is a very safe driver. Session dates are as follows:

July 14 thru 18, July 21 thru 25, July 28 thru Aug 1

Ages accepted and number of students:

Ages are 8 and up.  This is a GREAT activity for teens. 

About the teacher:

Click here to read about the head teacher

Cost:

Each one week session is $350. That includes camp, snacks and drinks, and pick up and drop off in Galt or Elk Grove.  Please bring a lunch.  It can be refrigerated and microwaved if necessary. 

To reserve a place for your child, please pay a deposit of $150, with the balance due on the first day of your child's session.  You may send your payment with your registration form, or you can pay us with PayPal.  The PayPal button is above, in the sidebar.  If you choose to send a check, please make it payable to Cindi Scoleri.

If you'd like to have your child use his or her own horse, that would be great!  We will charge an additional $100 for stall boarding from Monday morning through Friday evening, which includes three feedings per day of grass hay, or we will feed whatever you provide.  The horse should not be known to kick, strike, buck or rear.  This is not the place to make your green horse kid-safe.  Instead, this is the place for your kids to learn to be more in control of their horses and to have more safe fun!  If you need help with your horse we can help you with that, and we can work on minor issues during camp, but bigger issues will need to be worked on in lessons where you haul in, or if you leave your horse here for board and training.

Facility:

The camp takes place at our home in Galt, CA. We live on a 20 acre ranch with two homes. My parents, Pat and Lyle, live in one, and I live in the other with my husband and my son.  Allison Acres provides riding lessons, horse boarding, exercise and training.  This camp will be more of a family environment for your child -- nothing like those huge camps in the forests with hundreds of campers and a bunch of camp counselors. Those are fun too, but here we can concentrate on giving individual attention, which is especially important for safety around horses and for the academics to be truly beneficial.

Horsemanship topics that will be covered:

  • safety: holding a lead rope properly, proper position when leading a horse, being assertive, protecting your space, tying a horse, how to walk around a horse who's tied up

  • animal behavior: how do horses learn, what motivates them

  • grooming: brushing coat, mane, tail, picking out hooves

  • groundwork: give to pressure, move hindquarters over, move forehand, lower head, lunging, round penning

  • anatomy, nutrition, foot care

  • identifying gaits and leads

  • fitness: warming up, cooling down

  • herd interaction

  • tack and tacking up including tack selection and fit

  • riding: mounting, rein use, body position, cues for walk, trot, whoa, backing, balance on the leadline and lungeline, posting the trot, sitting the trot, walk and trot on the rail, walk and trot a pattern, all depending on the child and his or her confidence level and ability

We also have other farm animals to learn about.

Academic topics that will be covered:

  • daily journal writing

  • topics and supporting details for writing

  • grammar

  • text research

  • study skills

  • art - pencil drawing

  • anatomy of horses

  • horse health issues

The academic topics take a back-seat to the horsemanship, but we try to cover as much of what's on the list as possible.

What to bring:

Bring a lunch.  Refrigerator space and a microwave oven are available.  We provide fruit and granola bars for snacks, and gator-aide and water when needed.

Also bring:

  • Shorts or sweats and sneakers are OK for most of our activities, but bring a pair of jeans and boots with a heel for when we ride. These do not need to be $120 Ariats; any lace up, zip up or pull on boot with a heel that you can get at Target will work fine. The main things we want are no bulky tongue like on athletic shoes, a smooth shoe (not like a hiking boot), and a heel.

  • Sunblock

  • Hat

  • Spare outfit

What about extended hours:

Sorry, I won't be offering extended hours this year since I'm offering pick up and drop off instead.

How to register:

To register, decide on a session and fill out a registration form.  Registration forms are here.  You'll also need to fill out a release of liability form which is here.

In conclusion:

Please call us and set up a time to come meet us and the horses!  Call or email with your questions.  Thanks for considering Allison Acres!

For other lesson options, see our lesson page.

 ~ email us at allisonacres@yahoo.com or call (209) 224-4304 ~