Plan to arrive at the farm between 2:00 and 4:00 on Sunday. Drive to the Lodge, where staff are waiting to greet you. Please be aware that the farm is closed until 2:00, so you should plan your travel accordingly.
Staff will greet you and direct you to the list showing your camper’s room assignment and assigned horse.
On the back porch of the Lodge, check in with Meg & Anika. Complete any remaining paperwork, if necessary.
If your child has medications, give them to our camp nurse, who will also be waiting for you on the porch.
Bring your camper’s “stuff” into her room. If she wishes, you are most welcome to help her unpack, make her bed, etc.
If you wish, you and your camper can head to the lower level of the barn (“the downstairs barn” across from the jumping ring) to find your camper’s horse. White boards inside the barn doorway show each horse’s stall and paddock assignment. Camp staff will be happy to help your camper find her pony!
Plan to leave by 4:00 so that your child can begin settling into the camp routine.
Picking Up Your Camper
Closing Day of each camp session is exciting and busy and bittersweet. We’ve developed a routine that gets your camper ready to show you what she’s learned as well as packed up to head home with you.
Below is the schedule for the closing Saturday of your camper’s session. All families are excited to see their camper, and for everyone’s enjoyment and safety, we ask that you please follow the schedule as presented.
9:30 – 10:00
Check in at the Lodge with Meg & Anika.
Load your camper’s “stuff” into your car. (Your camper is already at the barn getting her horse ready. She will be all packed up, and her belongings will be waiting for you at the Lodge.)
Check the posted list to see where your camper will ride during the Riding Exhibition and the location of her Specialty demonstration.
10:00 – 11:00
Gather around your daughter’s ring and watch her ride while the Senior Riding Counselor explains what she worked on during her stay.
11:00 – 11:45
Follow your daughter to the Specialty that she chose. This may be driving, vaulting, games, dressage, jumping a course, doing an obstacle course or puissance.
11:45 – 12:00
After her Specialty, your daughter puts away her horse and tack while you return to the Lodge and do any final packing up. On the back porch, you can also find her official camp photo and order prints if you wish.
12:00 – 1:00
Lawn and Porch of the Lodge
We ask that you bring a picnic for yourself and your family to enjoy. We will have drinks and desserts for you at tables on the porch.
During this picnic, members of our Touchstone Board of Directors make a very brief presentation (max of 10 minutes) about the farm and what happens here the rest of the year. We hope this will be a nice cap on your visit and you learn how vital the mission of the farm is for so many people.
1:00 – 1:30
You can plan to leave by 1:00 – 1:30 – depending on how long it takes your daughter to say goodbye to the staff, her friends, and, of course, her pony!