Over the summer I volunteered at Crosswinds Equestrian Center as a camp counselor. This entailed teaching the kids how to ride and take care of the horses. An example of a day consisted of the campers riding in the morning, taking care of their horses after, followed by crafts and afternoon games involving the horses. This was an especially rewarding experience, as Crosswinds has always been a place very close to my heart. When I was little I attended camp at Crosswinds and loved every minute of it— it was part of what made me fall in love with riding in the first place. It was a rewarding experience to be able to help instill the same love for horses the camp counselors instilled in me when I was a camper.
This is a photo of the campers bathing one of the horses.
For service day, the tenth grade traveled to the AFYA warehouse. AFYA is an organization that recycles unused medical supplies. We sorted the medical supplies along with other volunteers, which would be sent to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief. We sorted through the medical supplies, grouping things together, and then packed them into bags, labeling the bags according to what they contained. This experience was very meaningful, as we were hopefully doing life-saving work since the supplies we sorted will save peoples lives.
Over the summer I spent a week volunteering as a pony camp counselor at Crosswinds Equestrian Center (CEC). The camp revolved around teaching kids ages 5-8 how to ride and further their love for horses. As a counselor I helped out during the riding lessons, arranged arts and crafts and showed the campers how to tack up horses, do barn chores, etc.
CEC has always been close to my heart, as I have been riding there since I was little. I would go to the camp every summer, as I absolutely loved it. I remember idolizing the counsellors, thinking how I wanted to be like them when I grew up. It turns out one of the campers this past summer did too, as she told me she wants to work here one day. Having the chance to be a counselor at a camp I used to go to was such an amazing experience. It showed me how I have grown, and who I have become. Additionally, it proved to me this camp had more of an impact on my life than I realized. A seed was planted many years ago, which blossomed into a passion for riding. Therefore, this was an unforgettable experience because I was able to plant seeds in this new generation of riders.
At the end of every camp week, we take the campers on a trail ride. One of the campers asked me to pick some flowers so we could braided them into Rosie’s (the horse pictured) mane. Here is a photo after we braided in the flowers.