Camp Prices for 2016
Unfortunately, horses are expensive to own, so it's an expensive hobby whether you rent them, lease them, or own them. If you compare horseback riding camp prices to your church daycare or traditional daycare, it's expensive. However, since our horse camp offers horseback riding, you need to compare it to the cost of riding a horse. Our horse camp it's a great deal when you calculate how much it would cost for your child to get five 3-hour lessons (which includes riding instruction plus 2 hours of riding).
- Full Day Camp - $350/week ($500 worth of riding)
- Half Day Camp - $250/week ($350 worth of riding)
- Daily Rate - $85 (full day), $65 (half day)
Summer and Track-out Camp For Children
Ages 5 and Up
Spending a day at Dead Broke Farm's horseback riding camp is the closest you can get to spending a day at your grand parents' farm. But for those kids whose grandparents don't live on a farm, they can come experience life on a working horse farm right here at Dead Broke Farm.
The days are relaxed with a flexible schedule. The children are free to decide whatever activity they'd like to participate in when they aren't partaking in one of the supervised activities such as horseback riding or a wagon ride. The playground, clubhouse, and farm animals are accessible to them at all times. The one exception is the chicken coop and bunny cages. Children will be assisted by our staff to prevent the animals from getting out of their enclosures. Unfortunately, the local foxes are a little too fond of our chickens and rabbits.
Enrollment is limited to 40 children per week, so early registration is recommended. The riding instructor to child ratio on the trail is 1 to 5 or less. Our camp may not be suitable for parents who desire constant supervision for their children in a highly structured environment. This is a farm - an outdoor camp where they are permitted to choose what they want to participate in and where they'd like to be until time for their horse ride or wagon ride. They can be in any of the safe zones: playground, air conditioned clubhouse, or down in the barn area with the guides, horses, dogs, and other animals. If you need help in deciding if this camp would be suitable for your child, you can come out to visit our farm. We're open from 8am to 6pm for farm visits. No appointment is necessary for an informal visit.
Camp Activities At Our Horse Farm
1. Western Horseback Riding Lessons (Helmets Provided)
- Tacking up: blanket, saddle, and bridle
- Riding Lesson: mounting, balance, coordination, and control of the horse
- Horse care: grooming, feeding, and general maintenance
- Fundamentals: safety precautions, language of Equus, and trail riding etiquette
2. Guided trail rides (two 1-hour rides each day)
3. Wagon Rides
4. Deluxe Jungle Gym Set
5. Foosball and Video Games
6. Other farm animals to enjoy
Animals At Dead Broke Farm
What Happens If It Rains?
We make every effort to ensure that each child rides every day, but if the weather is prohibitive, the children can:
1. Play with some of the farm animals in the club house
2. Assist the guides in doing barn chores
3. Learn to clean and oil tack
4. Watch movies (many horse movies to choose from)
5. Play foosball and video games
Items To Send With Your Child To Camp
- Plenty of bottled water (at least 4 bottles) with your child's name on them
- Change of clothing (wear long pants for riding, bring shorts for the afternoon)
- Tennis shoes or boots (no flip flops or crocks for riding)
- Lunch packed in a self-contained cooler to keep it cool and prevent the farm animals from eating your child's lunch
- Two snacks
- Bugspray and sunscreen are optional
- Treats to give the horses are optional: apples, pears, carrots, or commercial horse treats, but no sugar cubes
- If your child has their own equestrian helmet, they can bring it. If not, we provide them at no additional cost. However, if you prefer that you child not wear a helmet that has been worn by others, you can purchase them at the Bull Chute Western Wear store in Raleigh.
Because our horseback riding camp can fill up quickly, we recommend that you register early. This is especially true for 5 year olds since they have to have their own dedicated guide, and those resources are limited. Our insurance policy requires that children be 6 years old or older to ride on their own.
Drop Off and Pick Up Policy
Our farm is a relaxed environment. We are half a mile off the road down a private dirt road where eash of the 8 families who live here own 10 to 70 acres. (We have 110). See the great expanse of land surrounding our farm in the photo below.
Our farm is like in the olden days where you didn't have to be as concerned about your child being abducted. I never allowed my daughter to play in our front yard when she was young even though we live in a nice neighborhood, but I have always felt safe with her anywhere on our farm. But clearly, we set boundaries for our camp kids that we consider to be safe areas for them to be in. They aren't allowed in the pastures and must stay in the playground, clubhouse, or down at the barn with us and our horses. We are essentially land locked with only one way in and one way out. And even though we are open to the public, anyone who pulls up is easily noticed, and they are asked if we can help them since no one has any reason to be here without a valid reason such as: trail riding, picking up or dropping off a camper, getting free manure for their garden, etc. Our farm is large with a central hub up at the barn where the horses are hooked up to the hitching rails for the campers. We simply ask that you let us know when you are dropping off and picking up you child.
We have tried many strategies for the sign-in / sign-out process, but nothing has been very successful. Parents get displeased when they are held up when picking up their children. Cypher coded doors (like they use in daycare centers) won't work because we are in an outdoor environment. The use of a sign-in / sign-out sheet has proven to problematic in locating the staff member on the farm who had the sheet when the last child was picked up. We tried providing secret passcodes for parents to use when picking up, but too often parents can't remember the passcodes provides to them, or someone else picks them up but the parent forgot to share the passcode with them, which is problematic. So we rely on the fact that children aren't going to leave with a stranger without raising a fuss that would easily be noticed by one of our staff. In short, if the child doesn't know the person who is picking them up, we won't allow them to take the child without verification from a parent. Furthermore, we ask that if a someone other than a parent will be picking your child up from camp - grandparent, nanny, aunt, uncle, or another camper's parent - that you notify us know in advance.
2016 Camp Sessions: March 28 - Oct 28
Any weeks (or days) when the weather is conducive to riding.
Cost of Camp
Full-Day Camp ($350/week)
Dropoff: 7:30am - 9am
Pickup: 5pm - 6pm
Half-Day Camp ($250/week)
Dropoff: 7:30am - 9am
Pickup: 12:30pm - 1pm
Full Day: $85/day per child.
Half Day: $65/day per child.
A $100 nonrefundable deposit per week is required to reserve space for your child.
Camp Discounts Available
- Early Registration (by April 30th) - $25 off
- Friend/Sibling - $25 off/week for each additional child
- Repeat Camper - $25 off/week
- Early Registration (by April 30th) - $10 off
- Friend/Sibling - $10 off/week for each additional child
- Repeat Camper - $10 off/week
Daily Session Discounts
- Friend/Sibling - $5 off/child for each additional child (full day campers only)
Ride With Your Child At Camp
If you'd like to ride with your child while they are attending our camp, you'll get $10 off our normal rate, so you pay just $50 for the 1-hour ride. The offer is valid any day of the week while your child is attending camp, but we recommend you ride on Thursday or Friday, so you can see what your child has learned.
Camp Kids Get A Discount on DBF T-shirts
Children attending the weekly sessions can get a Dead Broke Farm t-shirt for the discounted price of $5 (normally $10). Tie-dyed Dead Broke Farm t-shirts are available for just $10 (normally $15).
We also have other Dead Broke Farm logo'd merchandise available for sale such as: hoodies, lunch sacks, pens, pencils, school backpacks, computer backpack carrying cases, leather porfolios, and insulated cups.
Photos Of Your Child's Camp Experience
Ken Wolf Photography will be photographing the camp children on Wednesdays each week of summer camp. Ken spends a few hours with the campers, taking fun candid shots as they pass the day. In his unique way, Ken will get shots of your kids on horseback along the trail, climbing the jungle gym, playing with the dogs, and all the other fun things they get up to here at Dead Broke Farm. He usually gets a generous batch of photos of each camper, so you won't want to miss the chance to see them when he comes back on Thursday to present and make them available for purchase. He will be at the farm during pickup time. Prints of the highest quality are available in all sizes, and you'll definitely want to check out his "day in the life" collages. CDs are also available. Anyone who misses the opportunity to see their children's photos on Friday, may see them at Ken Wolf's office. Ken may be reached by phone at (919) 395-2273 or via email.
Register Your Child for Horse Camp
To reserve a week at camp, please print and complete the Camp Registration Form. You can submit it in one of the following ways: 1) scan and email them to Carla, 2) fax them to 919-596-8256, 3) mail them via the US Postal Service to 1215 Kintail Dr, Raleigh, NC 27613, or 4) drop them off at the farm at 6921 Wildlife Trail, Raleigh, NC 27613.
NOTE: The above form are in PDF format. Adobe® Reader® is required to view and print files in PDF format.
Submit Your Camp Deposit
If faxing the forms to us, be sure to use the Paypal Payments button below to submit the nonrefundable $100 deposit for each child you're registering.
Camp Registration Changes
While we don't charge a registration fee to enroll your child in our horseback riding camp, a $25 fee will be assessed if you wish to change the week you selected after your child's enrollment has already been confirmed. (Naturally, that assumes the new week you are requesting is still available when you submit your change request.)