Riding & Horsemanship Lessons


Summer Camps

Where kids (and adults) connect with animals!

Have an animal-loving kiddo in your family? NCAL’s Summer camps offer unique experiences for young people who all share one thing in common – their love for animals. There’s something for everyone, and a great time for all!

North Country Animal League Central Vermont

Camps & Lessons

Riding & Horsemanship Lessons


Our camps provide opportunities for all ages to connect with horses and improve confidence and skill.

NCAL Humane Hero Camp


Get kills and confidence to become an animal caretaker and ambassador for animal welfare.

NCAL Be a Vet Summer Camp


Put on your veterinarian hat and explore what its like to be an animal doctor!

NCAL Adult Weekend Summer Camp


Whether you have always wanted to learn to ride, or are looking to improve your skills both in and out of the saddle, then Adult Weekend Camp is right for you!


Summer Camp FAQ

Our camps cater to the following age groups: 5-7 (*Campers must be able to use the restroom confidently and on their own); 8-12; 12+.

As a working animal welfare organization, we provide care for animals with a wide variety of personalities, behavioral and medical needs. Although campers/students will see animals during their program, we cannot promise a certain amount of direct animal contact.
Please provide your child with a snack, lunch (*NUT-FREE only) and a water bottle each day. We will be in touch with you after registration and payment is complete with more details about planning and preparation to make sure you and your child are all set for camp.
We welcome children with different needs and seek to create an inclusive environment that is accessible to all children. However if your child has special needs and requires close one-on-one support, an aide should be provided in order to ensure that their camp experience is a positive and enriching one. Please email lusana@ncal.com once you have registered to let us know if your child has an aide, along with their full name and contact information.

For safety purposes we do not release children at pick up time to anyone not listed on the “authorized to pick up” list. We check ID daily at checkout time. To add someone to the authorized list, you must include their name, contacts and any other relevant information during registration. If you are adding someone to the list after registration has been submitted, please email lusana@ncal.com.

Once you complete payment, you will receive an email with a link to complete detailed information about your child as well as release of liability, among other things. Please be sure to provide their allergy/medical information during that process. Kindly note that we will have daily exposure to common allergens such as hay, pollen and pet dander. If your camper has strong reactions to any of these, please reconsider enrolling them in our program.
All of NCAL’s COVID-19 safety protocols are updated in accordance with local CDC recommendations as they come. Masking is currently optional during any outdoor NCAL programming (if you would like your child to wear a mask during outdoor activities, please inform their camp counselors during drop-off). While inside NCAL premises, all campers, staff and visitors are required to wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status.
All Horsemanship Camps take place at NCAL’s Equine Center. Humane Heroes and Be a Vet Camps take place at NCAL’s Pet Adoption Center.
All our camps are led by qualified teams consisting of NCAL staff members and camp counselors.
During registration there is an ‘additional comments’ section. Please make a note of who you want your child to be in the same camp with – include their friend’s first and last names, as well as parent contacts. We are unable to guarantee group placements as your child’s friends may be registered with a different camp. For Horsemanship Camps, children are grouped according to their skills and riding levels, so this option may not be feasible.
Camp staff or counselors are unable to administer medication to a child (besides first aid approved by parents/legal guardians). If your child needs medication during their camp hours, a parent or authorized guardian will have to be present and administer it for them.