Camp Amicus Day Camps

Horsemanship Camp

for campers entering Grades 6 - 9

For children entering grades 6 - 9, our horsemanship camp provides campers an opportunity to learn and practice age-appropriate social skills, peer relations & problem-solving in a unique environment. Half of each day will be spent learning how to look after and ride a horse and the other half of the day will provide a variety of activities when social skills learned can be reinforced. Mature, caring counsellors plan activities to ensure that campers build confidence and self-esteem while having a great time!

With only 6 campers and a 3:1 ratio of campers to counsellors, participants are able to get individualized attention.

Dates Grades
# of
Mon. July 12 - Fri. July 23 8 -9 $1,500 Yes 10 HORSE1
Mon. July 26 - Fri. Aug. 6
(no camp Aug. 2)
6 - 7 $1,350 Yes 9 HORSE2

*FULL - We are accepting applications for the wait list

Why Horses?

Horses are great communicators and they often help people who have social challenges, learn to communicate better. Horses are herd animals and just like humans, they need to pay attention to others' cues to see how they should act and respond. This provides great learning opportunities for counsellors to reinforce how the skills learned with the horses can be applied in other areas of life.

Camp Goals:

The goals of Camp Amicus are to increase the campers’ self-esteem, make friends, learn social skills, have a ton of fun and make lasting friendships! Social skills taught include goal setting, friendship building, bullying, social problem solving, de­escalating conflicts, conversation skills, body language, and blowing off steam. We implement social skills lessons throughout the course of the camp during explicit lesson periods and throughout the rest of the day when the campers are engaging in regular camp activities. Real ­life situations provide opportunities for practice and reinforcement of the skills learned.

Activities Offered:

Horsemanship, trail riding, horse care, archery, arts and crafts, camp garden visits, social skills and more!

What Will the Campers Be Doing?

In the morning, campers will ride horses in this program as well as brush, groom, lead and saddle the horses at Homeplace Ranch in Priddis, Alberta. Homeplace Ranch has over 40 years of horsemanship experience. Together, Homeplace Ranch and Camp Amicus have developed a unique program to use horses to teach our campers about the ins and outs of social skills by working with horses. Transportation to and from the Ranch is provided from Foothills Academy. Campers are dropped off and picked up at Foothills Academy in Calgary.

Afternoons will be spent at Foothills Academy where they will engage in fun activities like games, trips to the Amicus garden, crafts and more while counsellors reinforce social skills learned in the morning.

Intake Criteria:

Children entering grades 6 to 9 can attend our Horsemanship Camp. All campers must meet our Intake Criteria.


The Horsemanship Camp takes place at Homeplace Ranch in Priddis, Alberta and Foothills Academy. Campers are dropped-off and picked up at Foothills Academy. They are transported by a Foothills Academy van to Homeplace Ranch for the morning and return for afternoon activities based out of Foothills Academy.

Dates and Time:

Camps take place Monday to Friday for two week periods from 9 am to 4 pm. Day camp is not offered on statutory holidays and the fee is adjusted accordingly.

Before and After Care: 

Before and After Care is offered from 8 am - 9 am and from 4 pm to 5 pm each day at Foothills Academy. The cost is $5/day for each (ie. if you use both Before and After Care, the charge is $10 per day). 


The fee for Horsemanship is $1,350 or $1,500 depending on the camp chosen (see schedule above). The fee is eligible for FSCD funding. We are able to bill FSCD directly for camp fees.  

Registration Process:

Once it is determined that your child is eligible to participate in Camp Amicus, you will be sent registration forms. The completed registration form and a $100 deposit are necessary to secure your child's spot in the camp.

Camp Amicus 2021

The above information is tentative. Final details about Camp Amicus programs 2021 will be determined based on Alberta Health Services guidelines regarding COVD-19. All program information will be confirmed and registration will open in February 2021.