Sierrah Acres is offering a one of a kind Summer Youth Program!

Sierrah Acres continues to stand behind our strong beliefs in prioritizing the personalization of each individual's experience as much as possible. This summer, each participant will be offered the opportunity to journey along a specially designed Skill-Building Trail that's tailored to their individual needs, based on age, comfort level, experience and goals. Youth will build on their successes with full support and at their own pace. This program is open to youth between the ages of 8-17.

 
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How It Works:

We realize that attending consecutive days may not always be appropriate for everyone, and therefore offer children a choice of one full day, per week, to attend throughout the summer. Whether the decision is to experience just one or two skill-building days, or to enroll in the full seven, the choice is yours. 

Our Summer Youth Program Skill-Building Trail is divided into seven phases, where each phase of the trail is built on the previous. No matter when the participant joins in, they will begin at phase one and don't miss a thing!

Please see below for our full program schedule of the themes covered for each day of the seven day Summer Youth Program: Skill-Building Trail.

 

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Building Skills & Having Fun!

Participants are gently guided through specific life-skills topics that refer to them as humans and how that relates to our equine friends. Youth will quickly learn how to use and enhance their communication in a way that is especially necessary to connect or partner with these magnificent prey animals.

Since horses are 100% present at all times, they will give honest, non-judgmental and immediate feedback with each interaction. This special communication is learned through hands-on experience and mild metaphors, rather than lengthy verbal communications. 

While having fun and learning the language of "horse," youth will learn about themselves in a whole new light, build on a foundation of self-confidence and self-efficacy, and take away valuable information into the real world. 

Although much of our time is spent on individual and group interactive exercises with the horses, we will also explore a variety of other interesting and fun activities - all in a next-to-nature environment. Some other activities may include nature walks, visits to the neighbouring hobby farms, related art components, campfire conversations, and more!


PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

Open to youth, ages 8-17 years. Program from 9:30am-to 4:30pm.

Week One: Welcome to the Horse's World - Prey VS. Predator
Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Week Two: Horse Care - Self Care
Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Week Three: Communication (Level 1) - Socialization, Connection & Relationship
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Week Four: Communication (Level 2) - Leadership, Patience & Conflict
Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Week Five: Learning New Things - Comfort, Fear & Learning Zones
Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Week Six: The Importance of Practice - Confidence & Self-Efficacy
Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Week Seven: Recap & Celebrate!
Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Limited space available! Our groups are kept intentionally small to provide a more personalized experience for your child. Contact us today to reserve a spot for your child.

Some extra details:

  • No experience with horses is necessary.
  • All activities are facilitated by a certified Equine Assisted Personal Development (EAPD) Coach and assisted by qualified and enthusiastic volunteers. Our volunteers have had Criminal Record Checks (CRCs), and most have their First Aid/CPR training.
  • Participants are asked to bring their own lunch - extra snacks and beverages will be provided.
  • Our programs will run regardless of weather unless conditions are extreme, in which case the activities will be scheduled for a make-up day as agreed upon.
  • Dressing appropriately for the environment and nature of activities is important. Please bring along any extras as the temperature and conditions change from early morning to high noon. Some of the items of your checklist should include: Long pants, short pants, t-shirt, long sleeved sweater, jacket, hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes/boots, running shoes.
     

Your investment:

When booking less than three days of the trail at a time, the cost is $75.00 per day, all inclusive.

When booking three or more days of the trail, the cost is $65.00 per day, all inclusive.

At the time of booking, a non-refundable deposit of 50% and a registration form are required to reserve your spot for your child. 

Our groups are kept intentionally small so that we can provide a more personalized experience for your child. In order to maximize the benefits for each participant, we will ask you to complete a standard Sierrah Acres You(th) Questionnaire at the time of enrolment. This is a valued opportunity for the parent/caregiver to complete the questionnaire either on the form, in an email, or a pre-planned phone chat.

Contact us today to ensure you reserve a spot for your child. Space is limited!


My daughter learned to set goals, challenge herself and be proud of her accomplishments every step of the way. Another important part of the camp was listening to other children’s challenges and supporting them while they met their personal goals and milestones. The camp also included nature walks, bonfires, crafts, visiting a neighbouring farm with miniature animals and learning responsibility in caring for the animals.

I cannot express enough what a positive experience this was for my daughter. She gained emotional strength and confidence through learning that other children also have challenges and fears, and in helping not only herself but others to achieve their goals.