Over the past eight years, close to 200 children each summer flocked to Days End Farm Horse Rescue to attend our popular day camp. Youth play an integral part in sharing DEFHR’s mission, and our entire staff look forward to several weeks of fun and learning with the campers. When we were forced to close our traditional camp this year, we knew we needed to shift our focus to stay connected virtually with the children. Our management team spent hours discussing scenarios that would allow us to operate while keeping campers safe, but also inspired and committed. We came up with the perfect solution: Camp-In-A-Box.
Each child’s ‘Camp-in-a-Box’ includes hands-on projects, DIY experiments, online videos, and activities revolving around the DEFHR horses. Campers will also find out why caring for the environment is important to us at DEFHR. Each week’s activities center around an environmental theme as part of “WE CARE” (water, erosion, composting, agriculture, recycling, and ecology = WE CARE). WE CARE invites children to discover how caring for the environment also gives back to the horses.
Campers will receive trading cards of their favorite horses, our official camp shirt and bag, a field journal and a field notes guide, along with other goodies for hands-on learning from home. The first week’s box also includes a “WE CARE Ambassador” certificate and pledge card.
“Whether it’s at the farm or at their home, we want our campers to have an inspiring experience and feel connected to the horses they love,” says Nicky Wetzelberger, DEFHR’s Community Outreach Director. “Camp-in-a-Box was our innovative answer to keeping our campers engaged from a safe distance this summer. This program also allows us to educate youth anywhere in the world, at any time, from the comfort of their home.”
“DEFHR knows that the future of equine and animal welfare lies within our youth communities,” adds Wetzelberger. “Any opportunity for us to teach them about the importance of caring for the environment, each other, and animals is something we will continue to pursue and a program we are committed to growing.”