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Briarcliff Manor (914) 941-2896; spca914.org
Run by the SPCA of Westchester, Camp Critter offers young animal lovers a unique opportunity to learn all about their favorite creatures—from animal sheltering to cruelty prevention and training. Campers take on projects like baking dog biscuits and feeding them to the shelter dogs using clicker training; helping to socialize puppies and kittens to make them more adoptable; and becoming “animal cops,” reviewing evidence of real animal cruelty cases. The program also includes animal-related arts and crafts and hands-on time with visiting critters from Teatown, the Greenburgh Nature Center, and Wolf Conservation Center.
Ages: 6 to 9; 10 to 12 Dates: One-week sessions, July 13 to August 14 (ages 6 to 9), July 20 to August 21 (ages 10 to 12) (M-F, 1-4 pm) Fees: $275 per week Transportation: No
Summer Camp at the Boulder Brook Equestrian Center
Scarsdale (914) 725-3912; boulderbrookequestrian.com
If you can’t make your child’s wish of having his or her little own pony come true, you can at least let them ride all summer long at the Boulder Brook Equestrian Center. The center’s equestrian day camp includes daily riding instruction, lessons in horse care (grooming, tacking, and handling) and stable management, as well as horse games, crafts, and activities. This combination of riding and horsemanship is designed to create well-educated and confident riders. Older, more experienced riders can enroll in Teen Camp, in which they also learn competition skills, horse handling, show preparation, and equine first aid and nutrition. When campers are ready to slide out of their saddles, swimming at the Scarsdale Pool is available.
Ages: 6 to 12; 13+ for teen camp Dates: Eight one-week sessions from June 29 to Aug 21 (M-F, 10 am-2 pm; pool time is 2-4 pm); teen camp runs for all eight weeks (M-F, 9 am-3 pm) Fees: $650 per week; pool is an extra $50-$100 per week, depending on residency; call for info on teen camp Transportation: No