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The Sentinel Farms Arts, Agriculture & Equestrian program is designed to engage youth in building a healthy body of self knowledge with the communication tools and social skills needed for successful self advocacy. SFAA&E uses the students interest in the natural world and the captivating beauty and graceful energy of our family of horses to draw  youths awareness to their own presence and capacity to feel and care for themselves and others.
At Unbound Grace, we have taken on the responsibility of assuring that every child has equal access to joining in! We believe it is in everyone’s best interest to answer every child with a resounding – “YES! Of course you can join in with us in our Unbound Grace ~ Sentinel farms Programming!”
Summer 2016 Schedule
Week 1: June 13- June 17 (if snow days push back the last day of school, alternate week is June 20-24)
Week 2: June 27-July 1
Week 3: July 11- July 15
Week 4: August 22-26

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 Program Details

Each week, camp runs Monday through Friday. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday drop off campers at Sentinel Farms at 8:30 am. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday pick up your campers at 2:30 pm. Thursday morning camp start time is at 9:00am – and weather allowing – Thursday night is the optional CAMP OUT:  an optional overnight camp out on the hill (s’mores, dinner and breakfast Friday morning included). Pick up will be the following (Friday) morning at 11:30.

Early drop off or late pick up to help out with parent work schedules can be arranged as needed.

Tuition: $450/wk with partial/full scholarships available.Tuition includes all lunch, snacks & drinks. We use whole, nutritious, locally-sourced foods shared in a common outdoor meal setting.

Program Values and Goals

Unbound Grace is a non-profit organization that supports Sentinel Farms Arts, Agriculture and Equestrian Camp.

Sentinel Farms programming will have a direct impact on the future of at-need youth by fostering opportunities for healthy outdoor activities, where camp participants are actively engaged in learning through:

  • Classical horsemanship – focuses on a respectful and enjoyable relationship between horse and rider.
  • Farm stewardship – learning about pasture rotation and animal health; tending the community garden.
  • Outdoor activities – gardening, nature hikes, farm animal care.
  • Community-building – through interaction with peers, animals, community residents & mentors.
  • Skill-building – Problem-solving, communication, cooperative teamwork.
  • Woodworking, art, music, dance, sports –  as community members seek to share their gifts & talents.

Summer camps like this one keep kids learning year round and improve their chances for a bright, educated future. Participation in camp activities results in a sense of pride and accomplishment.  Each week campers progress and develop their own leadership style as they encourage and support each other with their responsibilities. Campers recognize an increased sense of belonging to their greater community as they forge meaningful relationships and grow into future camp counselors.

We also offer internship positions as camp counselors to youth interested in working in the community with youth and animals. The camp counselor position offers the opportunity to build their own leadership skills as they add experience to their resumes.

Pictures from Previous Camps

2011 Camp Pictures

2012 Camp Pictures

Leadership

The soul and intent of camp and all other Unbound Grace programming at Sentinel Farms programming engages youth in building a healthy body of self knowledge with the communication tools and social skills needed for successful self advocacy. Our program director, volunteers and mentors strive to use campers’ interest in the natural world and the captivating beauty and graceful energy of our family of horses to draw awareness to their own presence and capacity to feel and care for themselves and others. All programming takes place on Sentinel Farms and is directed by Kerry Kurt.  Kerry Kurt is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Divinity.

Safety

We strive to co-create emotional, spiritual and,of course, physical safety for all our campers. Camp participants, counselors, mentors and community members take on active responsibility for the creation of this environment for themselves, others at the camp and all life (animals included!). We lead by example and teach our campers the important skills of decision making and planned activity. The farm is fully insured, and the camp director is present at all camp times.

Expectations

Part of the camp focuses on teaching youth responsible farm behavior and farm safety which includes working with horses and other farm animals.

Our policy is non-discriminatory and respectful of each other, which includes different learning and communication styles. Because the expectations and rules are very clearly communicated both to and from the campers, thoughtful decision-making and personal accountability becomes instinctual; this includes moving between the buildings and how we conduct  ourselves around the farm.  Safety is our priority.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition for a week at camp is $450/week, which includes all lunches, snacks and drinks.  Scholarships were granted last year through community donations and direct in-kind donations by Kerry Kurt. The procedure for applying for a scholarship is to get in touch with Kerry at 377-1066.   Scholarships are awarded based upon individual camper’s need.

Typical First Day at Camp

9:00 – 9:15  Arrival and welcome
9:15 – 9:45  Farm chores: campers will work with counselors to feed animals and clean the barn; learning responsibility, building relationships and team work skills
9:45 – 10:30   Animal handling: Campers will learn safe handling of horses, introduction to animal sciences, anatomy and physiology of the horse.
10:30 – 11:30   Riding Skills: Work on safe mounting and dismounting skills
11:30 – 12:30   Lunch with time for journaling. We use whole, nutritious, locally-sourced foods shared in a common outdoor meal setting.
12:30-2:30    Campers will work with local artists and craftsman in a wide range of activities. Weekly choices vary and adapt to the offerings of local mentors and volunteers. Journals are assembled, journal writing begins and horses are tended.