Last summer Maddie asked if she could attend horse camp. We looked around and she was not old enough for the local ones we found. We agreed it would be best for her to wait another year and we would investigate further. About two months ago I sent an email off to Ironwood Springs Christian Camp asking about their horse camp programs. I have always admired the ministry of love, encouragement, support, and relaxation they offer to families, youth, military families, those in wheelchairs and the list goes on. Their mission is to love the world and do it through their actions and words. They both speak volumes.
They sent me a link to a few options. The camp that caught my attention was the Quest Youth Camps. It would allow Maddie to attend camp for a week without Mark and me. She could meet friends, learn about horses, ride horses, experience zip lines, hikes, campfires and everything camp life offers. We also wanted her to practice flying and yet be within driving distance if she needed us.
Finances have been tight since Mark was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and I asked if they have a scholarship program. I knew from working at Camp Redcloud that people would sponsor kids to be able to attend. Sure enough, they do. In an email, the sweet camp receptionist sent me the link to the scholarship website to apply.
Honestly, I am impressed with how user-friendly their website is and how up-to-date they are on payment options. We could pay in full, or we could make payments up until two weeks before the camp. We could even easily deposit money for Maddie to be able to use at their gift shop and camp store.
I am excited about the experience Maddie will have while at camp. She will gain horse skills, make new friends, practice flying on her own and be mentored by those around her in her walk with the Lord. There is nothing better than Jesus, friends, horses, and people to love and support her.
The exciting thing for me is that if she wants to, she can move from a camper to a junior camper to a counselor as she gets older and can take on more responsibility.
If you have any questions about the camps at Ironwood Springs, I highly encourage you to contact them. Give them a call or shoot them an email. They are super friendly, love Jesus and people and can guide you through the process.