Hoofbeat Ridge Camp offers both Day and Resident Camps, is accredited by the American Camping Association and has been a family-owned and -operated camp since 1962. We are located about 25 miles west of Madison (off Hwy. 14).
Day Camp runs Monday thru Friday. Approximately 60 campers, ages 7-12, are divided into age groups of about 10 campers per group. We have several daily bus pick-up locations in and around the Madison area. Each week has a theme (i.e. Pioneer, Wild West, Horse Lovers’, Native American or Mystery Week). Group and Activity Leaders participate in the planning and organization of the weekly schedule. Daily activities include Sports (soccer, volleyball, kickball, group games, etc.) Nature, Arts and Crafts, and Drama.
Day Camp Group Leaders are assigned to a group for the entire week. They are responsible for moving the group from activity to activity, care and safety of the campers, group interaction and assisting with various activities. During staff training, all program areas are covered so group leaders will be able to help out with specific activities wherever needed.
Day Camp Activity Leaders are responsible for planning and organizing activities, safety of the campers and clean up and care of equipment and supplies. They are also responsible for reporting any shortage or equipment problems to the Day Camp Director.
Day Camp Riding Instructor: The Riding Instructor will deal mainly with the riding aspect of camp activities. Campers are grouped according to riding style and ability levels. Riding Instructors are assigned both mounted and unmounted campers during the morning. They also help campers with the care and feeding of our 60+ horses. Riding Instructors are certified through the Horsemanship Safety Association’s National Certification Program, which is held here at Hoofbeat Ridge Camp.
Resident Camp Counselor
Approximately 65 campers, ages 7-16, participate in the Resident Camp program. Camp runs from mid-June through mid-August. Campers and staff stay in bunkhouses in groups of about 10. Bunkhouses are completely winterized and have bathroom and shower facilities in the building.
As cabin counselors, staff are responsible for a group of 7-10 campers. For morning skill classes, staff are assigned to areas they are skilled in. These include horseback riding, horse care, sports, drama, arts and crafts and nature. In the afternoon and evening, riding staff work at the barn leading trail rides or other horse-related activities. Non-riding staff organize and lead other activities in the main camp.
The Riding Instructor will deal mainly with the riding aspect of camp activities. Campers are grouped according to riding style and ability levels. Riding Instructors are assigned both mounted and unmounted campers during the morning. They also help campers with the care and feeding of our 60+ horses. Riding Instructors are certified through the Horsemanship Safety Association’s National Certification Program, which is held here at Hoofbeat Ridge Camp. Since riding staff are also camp counselors, they will be expected to help with unmounted activities if needed.
Our Health Director is responsible for dispensing medications, treatment and supervision of sick campers and will accompany a child to a near-by clinic or hospital, if necessary. The Health Director will review the medical and camper information forms for each child to make sure they are properly completed and will contact parents of campers who have not sent in their medical forms. The Health Director will maintain accurate records of all treatment and medications issued to campers.
Three delicious, nutritional meals are prepared and served to campers daily. Kitchen staff prepare food and bakery items from pre-planned menus. They are also responsible for the clean-up and maintenance of the kitchen facility.
All staff participates in a week-long pre-camp training program.
Please return the application form to Hoofbeat Ridge Camps at your earliest convenience and have your references return the Reference forms directly to us.
Employment opportunities at Hoofbeat Ridge are open to all qualified applicants solely on the basis of their job-related experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Qualified applicants are considered for all open positions for which they apply and for advancement without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, or the presence of a medical condition or disability, provided that they are able to fulfill stated job requirements.