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Program Overview:

Riding Camp functions within main camp but offers extended and concentrated time to develop horsemanship skills. Spend half your day with our riding instructors and horses. Improve your riding skills through daily lessons, arena riding games, challenging trail rides, and a horse show performance.  You’ll also learn theory, tacking, grooming, and horse care. The other half of the day when you’re not riding, enjoy a variety of fun camp activities. Each session will have a special focus (see above). During this session with a focus on miniature horses, you’ll also spend an hour most days riding a full-sized horse.

The riding campers spend the majority of their time developing their skills in the ring, which they showcase at the end of the session during the Horse Show. Riding Camp provides exposure to English & Western riding styles, harness driving, vaulting, and horsemanship theory. Campers also participate in trail rides, grooming, saddling, and bridling. Many breeds of horses are available for the Riding Campers to experience including mini horses, Belgians, Quarter horses, Appaloosas, Paints, etc.

The program is led and taught by Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) instructors. (CHA is a national organization that certifies for safety and teaching, and CedarS Founder Ruth Huff was integral in the founding of this organization.)

Through a practical application of Christian Science, Riding Camp is a great opportunity to improve confidence and comfort level around horses.

Daily Bible Lesson study, practitioner talks, Wednesday Testimony meetings, Sunday School and Hymn Sings reinforce all the spiritual growth going on at Cedars.

Other Activites:

Enjoy five activity periods each day, taught by expert counselors. When you’re not at your specialty camp, you’ll be scheduled to rotate through a variety of fun camp activities with your cabin (see list below). Across a two-week session, you will have the opportunity to experience some other nearby adventures, such as a canoe trip, an extended hike to a local cave, a pack trip on horseback, and a possible overnight camp-out.
Here are some of the activities that you'll get to enjoy:

Christian Science Focus

Our goal is to apply Christian Science to each activity with joy!  All programs include daily Bible Lesson study, “mets” before activities, Sunday School, Wednesday testimony meetings, hymn sings, and talks by the resident Christian Science Practitioner.

Activities:

Enjoy five activity periods each day, taught by expert counselors.  When you’re not at your specialty camp, you’ll be scheduled to rotate through a variety of fun camp activities with your cabin (see list below).  Across a two-week session, you will have the opportunity to experience some other nearby adventures, such as a canoe trip, an extended hike to a local cave, a pack trip on horseback, and a possible overnight camp-out.

Horseback Riding

Ride daily on one of Cedars' 70+ excellent horses (at no extra charge).  Improve your riding skills in one of our seven arenas, including two that are covered.  Enjoy our extensive camp trail network with over 800 acres and miles of riding trails. Interact with miniature horses and learn how to drive a mini horse cart (5th grade and up).  Showcase your new skills in an end-of-session Horse Show.  All riding classes are taught by a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) instructor.

Swimming

Swim daily at free swim and/or classes in our Aquatic Center with its Junior Olympic Lap Pool and Diving Pool.  Red Cross Lifeguards and swimming instructors are eager to help you learn or improve your strokes and earn certificates. Other fun water activities at our Aquatic Center include diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, pool volleyball, and a swim meet.

Arts & Crafts

Learn to make creative nature art, tool leather work, weave thread bracelets and make jewelry, create with clay, paint pens, tie dye, make paper stationery, bead work, wood work, puppets, upcycling creations, and much more.

Cable Ski

Learn to kneeboard, wakeboard, and waterski on our 6-tower cable ski system on our very own onsite lake.  Learn to navigate turns and try our optional ramp jump as you enjoy ½-mile laps. The cable ski system can accommodate six riders at once, so your whole cabin can be active at once.  Cheer on your friends as they make their way around the lake, taking on new challenges.  Will you be the one to set the new record for most cable ski laps?  (Requirement: pass a basic swim and board navigation assessment.  This activity is typically appropriate for rising 4th graders and up.  During Family Camp, we often accommodate younger campers.)

Archery

"Aim for perfection," for archery awards or just for fun with the support of our trained archery instructors.

Canoeing, Kayaking, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Guide your canoe around our own lake or down a local river with confidence after you learn each paddle stroke.  Learn the basics of sit-on-top kayaking at Kayak Cove, and then play a round of kayak polo.  Test your balance as you paddleboard: learn basic strokes and graduate up to obstacle courses.

Log Rolling

Demonstrate grace and balance as you learn to stand, walk, and run atop a synthetic rolling log. Our instructors will teach you the basic skills, and you can advance to log rolling contests. The log is weighted to accommodate the beginner or more advanced camper.  This activity takes place in our Junior Olympic lap pool or in Kayak Cove.

Nature & Fishing

Enjoy CedarS nature program while exploring our new trails and learning conservation practices. Hike over hills and streams to explore our CedarS cave. Go birding in the forest; catch crayfish and frogs in the creek; or go fishing for bass, sunfish and catfish in our stocked lakes.

Sports

Come experience the CedarS Sports Center, with its open-air garage doors and jumbo high-velocity fans. Improve your fundamental skills in soccer, basketball, and volleyball with the help of experienced players and coaches who are committed to helping you excel.  Additional sports to enjoy include aerial arts (2nd session only), disc golf, ultimate frisbee, ga-ga, ping pong, foosball, and modified capture the flag.

Fire Building and Camp Crafts

Learn fire safety and fire building skills, as you work to start your own one-match campfire. Work on your lashing, knot-tying, shelter-building, outdoor cooking, and compass skills.

Trampoline

Bounce safely and joyfully on our trampolines, which have 360 degree net enclosures.

Water Sliding

Twist and turn your way down CedarS very own waterslide, which is one of the longest in the state of Missouri. Enjoy a refreshing splash at the bottom, then hike back up the winding ramp and do it again!

Trips

Enjoy a half day or full day outdoor adventure trip (float, fish, cave and rock climb, or pack).  Your cabin may also choose to sleep out under the stars at the end of the day.

Evening Activities

Enjoy bonding with your cabin during evening activities such as s’mores over a campfire, sunset visits to the grazing horses, talent shows and skits, game nights, dance parties, extra rounds on the cable ski and waterslide, hymn sings, and testimony meetings.

Meal Choices:

We offer a variety of kid-friendly foods such as pizza, chicken nuggets, tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and spaghetti.  Breakfasts have a main entree, plus selections of cereals, oatmeal, eggs, and fresh fruit.  Lunches and dinners include a main and side entree, plus daily salad and PB&J options.  Each meal comes with vegetarian and vegan options.

testimonial-campers

What our campers say

“Working with horses and Wranglers helped my son grow so much in patience, confidence and expressing unconditional Love.  He went on the Pack Trip and was really excited to be able to canter in the Horse Show.  It is wonderful to know the kids are making Christian Science their own..”

- Camper

“A really fun activity that my whole cabin enjoyed was horseback riding. It really just let me learn about the horses and laugh and play with the wranglers.  I really enjoyed just focusing and putting all trust in God.”

- Camper

“Working with horses and Wranglers helped my son grow so much in patience, confidence and expressing unconditional Love.  He went on the Pack Trip and was really excited to be able to canter in the Horse Show.  It is wonderful to know the kids are making Christian Science their own.”

- Parent

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410 Sovereign Court #8
Ballwin, MO 63011
(636) 394-6162

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