Andover, MA - Volunteers Wanted for Therapeutic Riding Day Camp

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Epilepsy Foundation New England

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We're looking for 7 volunteers per day for our Camp Matty therapeutic horseback riding day camp! Volunteers will walk alongside the horses while the children are riding, and play games and do craft activities with campers while they are not riding. Horsemanship skills are taught to the campers and volunteers may assist as needed. These may include grooming the horse, and learning about saddling the horse.

Volunteers who are experienced with horses are especially welcome, but no prior horse experience is necessary.

About the Camp: Camp Matty is a therapeutic horseback riding program designed for children with epilepsy. The day camp affords children with epilepsy the opportunity to learn to horseback ride in a safe environment with trained personnel supported by parents and volunteers. Horseback riding is considered a uniquely beneficial form of therapy. The physical benefits of muscle strengthening and improved coordination are paralleled by the social and psychological benefits of the program. The activities are designed to foster a sense of teamwork and friendship among the children. Camp Matty also has tremendous impact on the parents and caregivers who accompany their children each day of the camp. They focus on their children having fun in a safe and accessible environment and connect to other parents who share similar life experiences.

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WHEN

Mon Jul 22, 2019 - Fri Jul 26, 2019
08:45 AM - 01:15 PM  

WHERE

Ironstone Farm450 Lowell St.Andover, MA 01810

(42.64298,-71.20728)
 

SKILLS

  • Animal Therapy
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Equestrian
  • Youth Services

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • 4 hours per day
  • ability to walk for one hour, comfortable with horses (prior experience not necessary), work well with children with special needs.

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