What types of lessons are taught at Horse Camp?
The girls are split up into three riding groups according to past
experience. They are taught mainly in Western saddles. The girls will
also have lessons in the barn teaching them about horse health,
parts of the horse, parts of the saddles, and barn maintenance.
We also have lessons every day over riding, vaulting, and quadrille.
If you have more specific questions about the lessons please contact
Jamie Anderson at Jamie@palomar.camp.
How many girls will attend?
Due to our herd size, Horse Camp has a capacity for 21 girls total.
How many girls can be in the same cabin together?
Each cabin will accommodate 7 girls and 1 counselor and 1 WIT (Wrangler in Training).
Can I make a roommate request?
Yes. There is a section in the forms (sent to you in an email after you register) you can put down the roommate request. Note: We split up the cabins by ages and usually we only have a 1-2 year difference in each. We will put them in the same cabin, however, depending on their riding ability they may be in different riding groups.
What does my camper need to bring to camp?
Here is ourWhat To Bring List. If you have your own helmet, you may bring that with you. Palomar will provide all the other horse equipment.
What is a theme night?
One of our favorite traditions here at Palomar are our theme nights. Theme nights are a chance for campers to dress up for particular themed activities. It allows for fun, high energy games, and for campers to get to know their counselors and other campers. Thrift stores are a great place to pick up theme night attire! Click here for the theme night for 2018!
When and where is drop off and pick up time?
Drop off time will be between 3:30 – 5:30pm on Sunday. The Showdeo will begin at 10am Saturday morning. The Showdeo will take place at our Arena. Here is a Camp Map.
How do I get to camp!?
Please see our Directions. *Do not take the Nate Harrison grade.
Can I make pay my balance when I come to camp?
Yes, however, we strongly suggest doing it online through your camp account or over the phone beforehand.
Can I send mail to my camper?
WE LOVE MAIL! We highly recommend prewriting letters/packages and bringing them with you Sunday when you drop off your camper. This saves on postage and time in transit. Please label mail: Camper Name, Camp Attending/Dates, and the DAY you would like them to receive it. *Please be wary of sending food, campers will only be allowed to eat it during their free time at camp. Check out our Palomar Care Packages!
You can also get your camper a dozen chocolate cookies to eat during Free Time and share with their friends. You can purchase a Cookie Package when you register. All proceeds will go to our Camper Scholarship Fund!
How much money should I send with my camper?
We have a gift shop that includes candy and apparel. Usually, $50 covers more
than enough. When you come and pick your camper up, the gift shop will be open
to make last minute purchases.
What if my camper takes medication? All medications must be administered
by our trained staff. If your camper needs to take medication at camp, you must
turn them in when you arrive on Sunday in a plastic bag with the Medication Form.
All over-the-counter and non-prescription drugs remain in the ORIGINAL CONTAINER.
All prescription medications must be in a PHARMACY-LABELED container with the
camper’s name on it. Loose pills will not be accepted.
Is there a dress code?
Please understand that Palomar is committed to protecting the innocence of your child in the midst of a camp setting. With this in mind, we will ask campers who are inappropriately dressed (rolled up cheerleader shorts or short shorts, shorts with lettering on the seat, tight pants, extremely tight or revealing T-shirts, shirts revealing the midriff, spaghetti strapped shirts and dresses, etc.) to change; therefore, we recommend sending extra shorts and T-shirts. During vaulting, we recommend yoga pants because they are easier to move in. However, when the girls go down into main camp they will need to put shorts on over them. We appreciate your sensitivity with this subject matter, as it is our goal to create the best camp environment possible.
Can I call my camper or can my camper call home?
To discourage homesickness, our policy is that campers will only call home in an emergency. If you need us to get a message to your camper, give us a call, and we will make sure they get it.
What if my camper gets homesick?
PCCC counselors are trained on how to deal with homesickness. If the counselor needs extra help, leadership will have a conversation with the camper and we will call the parents as a last resort.
What is the camper/counselor ratio?
1 counselor to 7 campers.
How do you select your counselors? Do you do background checks?
PCCC understands that the counselors have the largest impact on the campers and take hiring very seriously. All counselors have a strong relationship with the Lord and desire to serve him by loving on campers this summer! Every full time and seasonal staff member gets background checked and they go through an intense interviewing process. Check out ourSafety page or call us if you have more specific questions about your child’s safety at camp.
Are the counselor/wranglers CHA Certified?
Yes. Each of our horse wranglers are CHA Certified, know our horses by name, and are excellent instructors in the arena and on trail.
What if there is a medical emergency?
All of our counselors and staff are CPR and First Aid Certified. If there was a life threatening emergency, our first responder is a fire department that is eight minutes away. Please check Camp Updates and we will update you with the information we have about emergencies.
Can dietary needs be accommodated?
Yes they can. When you register, please let us know and we will accommodate appropriately.
For further questions, please email Charity Hartley at Camps@palomar.camp.