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Willow Tree Farms Offering Summer Camps

OSWEGO TOWN, NY – Willow Tree Farms, an Oswego-based equestrian center located on West Lake Road in the Town of Oswego, will be offering a series of summer camps beginning July 6.

“We are very excited about our upcoming summer camps,” said Willow Tree Farms owner Kristin Shanley. “The response we had at our spring open house was very positive, and we are excited to provide the series of camps in July and August.”

The 2009 Willow Tree Farms Summer Camp Program is for ages 5-14, and runs from July 6 through Aug. 14.

There are spots still available for the camps.

A full-service equestrian center, Willow Tree Farms offers 19 stalls, an indoor/outdoor arena, multiple outdoor paddocks for daily turnout, a heated tack room with observation area, full bathroom, and an apple orchard.

Willow Tree Farms, located at 523 West Lake Road, offers stalls available for boarding and year round riding lessons for individuals of all ages and families throughout the region.

“We encourage people to consider the camps this summer, or stop out and learn more about Willow Tree Farms and our equestrian programs,” Shanley added.

This year’s summer camp schedule is as follows:

READ AND RIDE

July 6 – 10 (9 a.m. – noon daily)
Ages: 6 – 12
Improve literacy skills by reading to the horses and participating in horse-related activities (including crafts, riding and caring for the horses).

Reading aloud is a critical component of early childhood literacy.

At this summer camp, every child will have the opportunity to read aloud to a horse daily.

Research has shown that reading to an animal increases confidence and generates excitement about reading.

Combined with horse-themed books and writing assignments, the horses bring the sessions to life and provide text-to-world connections.

Along with practicing their reading skills, children will learn about horsemanship, taking care of horses, and riding horses.

They will participate in horse-themed games, activities, and crafts, and have many opportunities to pet the horses daily.

Cost of camp – $150/child
Contact Person: Meredith Furlong (343-3424)

BE KIND TO ANIMALS
MINI CAMP (in conjunction with the Oswego County Humane Society)

July 20 – 22 (9 a.m. – noon daily)
Ages: 5 – 12

Back to Basics.  Learn about friendship, trust and courtesy for all living things. Plus, daily interaction with the farm animals, including horses, goats, dogs, cats and rabbits.

Cost of camp – $90/child
Contact Person: Kristin Shanley (561-1124)

RIDE

August 3 – 7 (9 a.m. – noon daily)
Ages: 6-14

Do you love being outside, games, art and most of all animals?  This is the camp for you.

Spend each morning on the farm playing, doing art projects, learning to ride and all about caring for horses.  Come to the farm for a week of fun.

Cost of camp – $150/child
Contact Person:  Kristin Shanley (561-1124)

RIDE FOR LITTLE KIDS

August 10 – 14 (9 a.m. – noon daily)
Ages: 5 – 8

Do you love being outside, games, art and most of all animals?  This is the camp for you. Spend each morning on the farm playing, doing art projects, learning to ride and all about caring for horses.

Each day we incorporate children’s literature into our projects and snacks. Come to the farm for a week of fun.

Cost of camp – $150/child
Contact Person: Christine Stepien (342-1628)

For additional information on Willow Tree Farms or the summer camp program, contact Kristin at (315) 561-1124.