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.
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.
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!
Open to youth, ages 8-17 years. Program from 9:30am-to 4:30pm.
Wednesday, July 4th, 2018
Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
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.
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.