Between the pandemic and the winter winds, summer camps and clinics might seem like a distant dream right now. But time flies in the horse world, and midwinter is typically when we begin plotting out the upcoming camp season.
We’re all getting plenty of practice planning for the worst-case scenario. Let’s have a little fun planning for the best-case scenario, too!
For years, summer day camps and clinics have paid for our winter hay – and we’ve learned that their value goes beyond the money they bring in.
We’ve also learned that the Learning Levels curriculum plays quite nicely with both camps and clinics, allowing us to create popular, moneymaking, memorable events.
Our Wildly Popular Level Up Day Camps
When we first conceived of Level Up Camp, we’d been using the Learning Levels curriculum for several years and already had a summer packed full of specialty camps. (More on these in a future post!)
We didn’t want to add a lot of extra work to our schedules – to say nothing of our horses! – but thought it might be nice to have a focused mini-camp where our current students could tackle specific objectives.
The idea was that we would have just a few motivated students in a half-day camp session, allowing horses and humans to rest during the day and arrive fresh for the regular evening lesson schedule.
What we did not anticipate was that Level Up Camp would become one of our most popular summer offerings, and that volume and demand would lead us to three separate full-day camp sessions!
How our Level Up Camps work:
Enter Level Up Clinics: recurring one-day events that pair perfectly with potluck barn parties and other invaluable social events
How our Level Up Clinics work:
Make no mistake, you will work for your money during these clinics
Four hours is not a lot of time when you want to thoroughly cover an objective and give each student individual attention. We do a lot of hustling and kid-wrangling to keep everything punctual.
But if you charge at least $50 per student — a serious bargain, considering the amount of instruction time — and eight students attend, you’ve made a minimum of $100 an hour.
Plus, your students have gotten a chance to bond and made measurable progress toward their next Levels ribbon, increasing their motivation. A profitable use of half a Saturday!
We’re here to help YOU get ready for post-COVID camps and clinics, too
With COVID-19 continuing to disrupt activities all over the world, we don’t know when we’ll get to run camps or clinics on this scale again.
But when the day comes, we’ll be ready.
We’ll include links below with sample schedules for both the Level Up camps and clinics.
We’ll also continue to add lesson plans, patterns and maps, Level Up questions and answers for quiz bowl games, and numerous other games and worksheets we developed for our camps and clinics. Look through our Resource Center for all of these helpful teaching tools.
Whether you’re planning activities for this year or a future year, let us know what resources and materials you’d find the most helpful!