Summer Camp 2024

Taking Wait List

Ages: 8 - 12 yrs  
                                  

Times: Half Day 9:00 - 12:00

              Full Day 9:00 - 3:00

Cost: Half Day  $510

             Full Day   $875

Sessions:                                           Half Day                              Full Day

June     17 - 21                                Closed                                    Closed    

June     24 - 28                                Closed                                    Closed

July       8 - 12                                  Closed                                    Closed                          

July     15 - 19                                 Closed                                    Closed

July     22 - 26                                 Closed                                    Closed

July   29 - Aug. 2                           Closed                                      Closed

August   5 - 9                                 Closed                                     Closed

August  12 -16                              Closed                                     Closed

                                               Camp Program Information

Daily riding lessons will teach your child solid basic riding skills. Campers with more experience will continue to build on that foundation. Campers will learn grooming and saddling on their own horse and will also have fun bathing and braiding them. SAFETY on the ground and when mounted is strongly emphasized. Our experienced instructors,  many of whom are CHA certified, along with assitants, will help your child learn all about horses. Games on horseback, bareback riding and beginning vaulting are offered weekly. Our staff to student ratio is 1 to 5 for all riding activities.  

Full Day campers will have an additional afternoon riding lesson, crafts and "horse play" See Q & A below 

We take video your camper riding and vaulting during the camp week. We will email you a link after your childs camp to view the video on our YouTube channel.

Lunch is held from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. There is a snack bar onsite where campers can purchase lunch items, drinks and snacks. We also have a vending machine available.                                     Campers will each have a cubbie to store their belongings in our clubhouse.  

If the camp session you wish to enroll in is full, you can be put on a wait list by emailing the office with your contact information, your childs name, age and the week(s) you want to be wait listed for.

                                                  What to Wear & What to Bring

                                                                                Camp Essentials for Safety and Comfort

Half Day   Campers need to bring a light snack and  water bottle . Bring an extra pair of socks for vaulting. 
Full Day  Campers need to bring a snack, a packed lunch and water bottle .  Bring an extra pair of socks for vaulting.
Snack Bar Campers may bring money to purchase items in the snack bar. Lunch items are available as well as drinks and treats.
Please send a snack and water bottle at a minimum with your child each day even if using the snack bar. The snack bar is only open 
during lunch and is not available in the morning session.
Campers should wear:Socks, Long Pants without any "bling" which can scratch the saddle. Riding Helmet,  Riding type boots. Non-equestrian helmets and hiking boots are not permitted. Prior to arriving please apply sunscreen- (NO sprays allowed at camp) pull hair back in a LOW ponytail. 
Campers should NOT bring any cell phones. If they are brought they will need to to be turned off and stored in the cubby until camp pick up time. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items brought to camp.
Sanitized Riding helmets and boots are available for loan at no charge - You DO Not need to reserve in advance. 
 
You may also purchase a helmet (in advance only)  for $55.
To purchase a helmet click here  Helmet Order Form.          Fill out the form and include it with your camp registration.

                                                               

                                                                           To Sign Up

Click Here for Summer Camp Registration Packet

The packet contains: Camper Information Form, Summer Camp Registration Form and Signature Page of the Release Form.

Fill out and sign all the forms fully, include payment by check, cash, Visa, Mastercard or debit card. NO American Express
If you are paying by check *mail or drop off at:  Morning Star Farm
                                                                                             885 Sutro Ave.
                                                                                            Novato, Ca. 94947
*(We highly recommend that you do not mail your forms as the session can fill by the time your forms arrive.)
Payment must be included with your fully completed forms in order to hold a space.
If you are paying by credit card you may scan and email forms to contactmsf@aol.com.

You may also drop the forms off at the Morning Star Farm office. Please use the mail slot located by the office door.

Confirmation: You will receive a confirmation email within 2-3 days once we receive your registration forms and payment. Please do not assume your child is enrolled until you receive an email from us. This is the only confirmation you will receive from us.  We do not send  out a secondary confirmation packet, all the info. you will need can be found on this website.

Cancellations & Refunds

Refunds  - less 25% booking fee for all cancellations up to  MARCH 15th.  Thereafter No Refunds will be given unless the  space can be filled from our wait list. Then the above rule applies.                   
Substitutions - After you receive confirmation, you have 48 hours to make any changes to the camp date or to substitute a camper. After this time a $100 fee is required for any substitutions of camper or changes to camp date. (subject to availability).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much time will my child spend on horseback?

A: Typically, Full Day Campers spend approx. 2+ hours a day on horseback, while Half Day Campers will spend about half that time mounted.

Q: What types of mounted activities will my child be involved in?

A: We have daily riding lessons (2 daily lessons for Full Day campers) Some camp days include games on horseback and lunging each camper individually to work on riding skills. We also have bareback riding time & vaulting on horseback.

Q: What are Lunging and Vaulting?

A: Lunging is where the instructor has the mounted student on a long line. This line is held by the instructor so she may control the horse on a large circle. Campers may then freely do a variety of exercises on horseback while getting individual attention.

Vaulting is gymnastics on horseback. It is used to stengthen and build rider balance and confidence while having fun. The horse is controlled by the instructor on the lunge line.

Q: What is your camper to staff ratio?

A: 5 Campers to 1 staff member for all mounted activities. 

Q: What is the difference between Half and Full camp sessions?

A: The campers that stay all day will have an additional afternoon riding session followed by a different daily activites. Some examples are: Finger painting a live horse and bathing her. Learning to braid manes and tails, caring for and playing with the petting zoo animals, horse themed arts and crafts.

Q: Do you accept credit and or debitcards?

A: Yes we accept Visa,  Mastercard and debit cards.