Camp Wahoo! is a week-long summer camp for kids who love horses and the outdoors. Campers experience true adventure, riding daily and living in a rustic pioneer camp. Dutch oven cooking, fresh air, clear streams and beautiful sights abound as we ride into the unbelievable Cascade Mountains. The highlight of the week is an overnight trip to one of our out-camps in the wilderness with pack mules. Each camper gets their own trail-wise horse for their entire stay, learning to live in harmony with nature while gaining skills in horsemanship and wilderness living.
Safety: Your child's safety is our #1 concern.
Safety rules in all aspects of horse handling and riding are stressed in the beginning as well as in all levels of the program. All horse contact is under the careful supervision of our experienced staff. Boots or hard-soled shoes with heels and helmets are required for riding.
The horsemanship program objectives are to experience adventure, develop horse handling skills while building lasting friendships and becoming a self-confident horseman.
Introduction to leading, saddling, bridling and the basics of riding for those new to horses and our program, and a refresher for returning campers. Progression in handling through the four levels offered in the horsemanship program. Grooming and care of the horse assigned to each camper is also covered.
Packing and Pack Animals
Introduction to using a pack animal including care and handling on an overnight or pack trip. Wranglers and Adventurers will participate in the actual packing and leading of the packhorse or mule on their back-country outing.
Safety instruction, knot tying, practical trail riding experience and care of the animal on a ride. Campers will progress at their own speed at the Top Hands and Broncs levels. The skills taught are required to participate in the accelerated Wrangler and Adventurer programs.
Living in Harmony with Nature and developing an appreciation of the national forest, wildlife and their habitat, trees, wildflowers, mountain meadows, lakes and streams.
*My first year at Camp Wahoo was in 2007. I was 12 years old and had only ridden in organized trail rides on horses with less personality than a cardboard box. I was very nervous, coming in as a top hand, but my nerves were instantly soothed when I arrived on my first Sunday of camp. This will be my sixth summer at camp, and now I'm a junior staff. There are so many things that keep me coming back, I can't even begin to tell you. The staff is incredible. I always feel welcome, needed, and right at home; both as a camper and as a member of the staff. The connections I have made at camp will stick with me forever; many of my fellow campers in 2007 are still good friends. I went from being a wholly inexperienced rider to one who can feel safe on some of the most stubborn horses. This camp provides more "horse time" than any other I have attended. Every activity has something to do with horses, and they last all day. I don't know of anywhere else that offers 4 long trail rides in a 5 day camp. I can't say enough about this camp, I would go on forever. I strongly encourage you to sign your kids up so they can have the same experience I did. Maybe I'll even see them there! ~Savanah
*I have 2 kids who have been going to Wahoo for a number of years. My daughter is now 13, and spends a week there each summer with several of her friends. They started out arena riding and added high country riding later. The girls love the experience of being in the mountains. Stacy and Mike run a great operation. It's rustic and comfortable. This is more than just riding. The kids are taught horsemanship and camping skills. There are lots of other activities and plenty of time to hang out with friends.~local parent
*The counselors are mostly high school students who love horses and kids. My 18-year-old son has been on the staff at Wahoo through high school. He started as a junior counselor, and now works with the staff and horses. Stacy and Mike treat their staff with respect and give them responsibility. It's been a wonderful learning experience. He comes back from Wahoo full of confidence and ready to tackle the new school year.~parent of adult child
*Camp Wahoo sits at the head of the Teanaway River valley, which is a beautiful and inspiring place. I look forward to my trips to Wahoo each summer when I get to sit with my feet in the river, listen to the wind in the trees, and watch the clouds over the peaks. I haven't found a better place for my kids to spend summertime than Camp Wahoo!~ a mom