Happy faces: Children’s horse camp keeps growing

A unique children's camp in Aldergrove has been growing by leaps and bounds and shows no sign of falling by the wayside.

Youngsters from across the region enjoy quality time with horses and other fun activities at the Loft Country Children's Horse Camp in Aldergrove.

A unique children’s camp in Aldergrove has been growing by leaps and bounds and shows no sign of falling by the wayside.

The Loft Country Children’s Horse Camp began on a 20 acre farm in south Otter in 1997 when Trent and Sherry Sulz purchased the property.

However, it was five years ago when the couple began a major outreach and opened its doors to the community, with a summer day camp program. That first year saw 176 youths participate in the equine and farm activities and it has enjoyed burgeoning growth since then.

This coming year the farm is expecting more than a thousand youths to descend on the farm for their spring break and summer holiday programs, and Trent sees a day in the near future when the farm will host 2,000 kids each year.

“We will be maxed out at that point and will have to look at buying a bigger piece of land if we want to continue to grow this number,” said Trent.

The week-long camps run from Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with some optional sleepovers for the participants. Each weekly group of 120 to 140 kids get quality time with the horses, as well as enjoy Trent’s falconry displays, and participate in dance, drama and crafts programs. There are also wagons pulled by draft horses, bumper cars and other outdoor activities.

The program is geared to ages seven to 12, although there is one week set aside every summer for the four to six year olds. The program runs for two weeks during spring break and eight to nine weeks during summer holidays.

“We are not a daycare; we are raising our future,” observes Trent, noting that the program emphasizes work, cooperation and mutual respect among the participants, along with the fun and play.

The fee for the week at camp ranges from $250 to $289 for each participant.

As a Christian-based organization, the farm also fundraises to pay all the costs for about one hundred youths who would not otherwise be able to afford to go to the camps. The recent Christmas dinner held in the farm’s large main hall was packed with supporters who raised $27,000 for this cause.

The farm also relies on their “Wranglers” — about 50 youths aged 13 to 18, who meet at the farm every Thursday evening. These youths also volunteer every spring and summer at the camps.

In addition, there is the Youth Leadership Team, about 15 youths who meet every other Saturday. This is the farm’s core group which works on personal development and overcoming adversity among youths at the camps.

“They are dedicated youths who take the work seriously, they are out in the barns at 7 a.m., getting the horses ready and helping make the camps a meaningful part of the kids’ lives,” said Trent.

“The kids smile when they arrive, and cry when they leave.”

For information see website www.loftcountry.com or call 604-607-1387.

Just Posted

Michael Jackstien named Langley’s Good Citizen of the Year

The longtime volunteer organized the BC Summer Games and many other local events.

Province’s best young curlers compete in Langley

Langley Curling Centre is hosting the juniors from Dec. 18 to 23.

Large drug bust yields fentanyl and carfentanil

Abbotsford Police launch investigation after spike in overdose deaths

Fill the Ambulance for those in need Saturday and Sunday

Kimz Angels, Santa, celebrities and a big fire truck will be at the Murrayville IGA

Fort Langley gallery artists collaborate to celebrate winter solstice

Fort Gallery is hosting its monthly arts evening featuring live music and the latest art exhibit.

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Police appeal for info after girl, 11, hit in New Westminster crosswalk

Child was left with non-life threatening injuries

Horgan says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

B.C. is developing its rules on recreational marijuana

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

UPDATED: Byelection lawsuit cost Langley City $27,000

Last-place candidate Serena Oh failed to convince the Supreme Court to hear her case.

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Tequila, hammers and knives: what not to bring on an airplane

Vancouver International Airport staff provide tips on travelling during the holidays

More than 20,000 pounds of garbage removed from riverside homeless camps

Two camps taken down last week on the banks of the Fraser and Chilliwack rivers

Most Read