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SJ Riding Camp
Ellington, Connecticut

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130 Sandy Beach Road
Ellington, Connecticut 06029

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Day Camp.

CAMPER GENDER(S): All Girl Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: SJ Riding Camp, a summer horse camp located in Connecticut for girls ages 8-16, is an ideal place to improve your riding skills, learn to ride, learn more about horses, take on the responsibilities of horse care, and have fun! It's also the best summer camp to make new friends, because everyone here shares your enthusiasm for horses!

Theater, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Basketball, Horses/Equestrian, Swimming, Tennis, Waterfront/Aquatics, Team Sports, and more. Archery

Farm Program For Non-riders

Over 40 Horses For All Skill Levels!

CAMP LOCATION: SJ is located 2.5 hours from Manhattan and 1.5 hours from Boston on 88 acres of woods and fields including 3 riding rings, cross-country course, and private lake and ponds. Please visit our website for photos. Contact us for a tour!

CAMP FACILITIES: Our cabins house 4 to 8 girls, grouped by age. Our Dining Hall, Health Center, Overlook Program Building, Craft Pavilion, Archery Range, Waterfront, Horse Pond, Riding and Hiking Trails, Canteen, Tennis Court, Basketball Court, and two Shower Houses provide great spaces for fun and learning!

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: SJ Riding Camp is for the girl who loves horses!

All of our riding instructors are Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certified.

SJ is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), licensed and inspected by the State of CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Dining Hall/Kitchen are inspected and licensed by the local area health department.

Owned and operated since 1956 by the Haines family. Owner/Exec. Director Pat Haines, Directors Julie Morton and Alexandra Thomas, and Maintainer Terry Thomas all live onsite.

Our staff and campers come from a variety of locations and backgrounds from the US and around the world and our camp values diversity and openness to new experiences. SJ is a place for girls to gain self-confidence, friends, and new experiences through a common love of horses.


CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) programs are designed for campers who are going into the 11th or 12th grade.
The basic CIT program consists of 5 training weeks (Staff Orientation Week and the 1st 4 weeks of camp). If the CIT is successful in the program she may be invited to stay for additional time (up to 5 additional weeks) during the camp season. There is also a “mini” CIT program which consists of 3 training weeks (Staff Orientation Week and the 2 weeks during the 3rd session) and the potential for being invited for one additional week. Please contact us for additional information and an application, at Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Please contact camp for information about limited financial assistance opportunities or scholarships.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): SJ is available for rent in the spring and fall. Watch our website for our Family Weekends and special events!

Open House is May 21, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Family Camp Overnight - May 20 - 21

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Family Camp Sampler Weekend - May 20 - 21

Open House - May 21, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Visit our website or call/email for more information.

OTHER CAMP INFO: SJ runs for nine weeks, in 1, 2, and 3 week sessions.
Campers are placed in a riding group with other campers at a similar riding level.
During each session additional lessons, shows, and events are available.
Swimming with the horses is a favorite activity, as are supper rides, evening all-camp programs, and campfires. SJ's well-rounded traditional summer camp fun mixed with lots and lots of horses = perfection!

SJ Dates and Rates for 2017:

1st Session (3 weeks) 6/25-7/15: $3250

2nd Session (3 weeks) 7/16 – 8/5: $3250

3rd Session (2 weeks) 8/76 – 8/19: $2350

4th Session (1 week) 8/20-8/26: $1200

Partial Sessions are available in some sessions:
$1200 - one week, $2350 - two weeks
Multiple-week pricing for weeks booked prior to arrival.

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General Counselors, Life- Guards, and Cooks needed. Training provided. Please visit our website at Our Camp Website Link: or contact alex[AT]

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