With the school year ending, it’s time to start thinking about summer vacation. Kids all around the state will be enjoying what Alaska’s summers have to offer, including summer camps.
The Horsin’ Around Summer Camp focuses on horsemanship and life skills to kids who may have anger problems, an abusive history or challenges being in a large group setting. Laurie Linsley, the camp’s director, said it’s about getting kids outside and up close with the animals. They will learn critical thinking skills, as well as self-sufficiency and self-awareness. Linsley added that their behavior affects the animal, so they have to be in control while they’re around the horses.
For example, she said there was a kid with a speech impediment on the ground but when they got on a horse it went away. Linsley mentioned another child with high energy who would get around a horse and calm down, commenting on how they noticed it.
The camp is geared for smaller groups, as there are only four children in each camp with three staff members. Linsley says this way kids can get a lot of individual attention.
Registration is $500 and can be done on website. It will be open through May and June, and the first camp starts on June 5.