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Future Stars Horseback Riding Camp is a unique partnership between Future Stars Summer Camps and Horseability. Campers will enjoy a week of horsemanship and riding at Horseability, as well as additional recreational activities, and swim time each day.

Campers will learn and practice Horseback Riding, Horsemanship Skills, and Equine Science & Management.

From beginners who have never mounted, to advance riders that can walk, trot, canter, and jump, there is a place for all levels in the camp setting. Groups are divided based on Horseback Riding experience and ability to provide the most cohesive lesson possible.

Horseback Riding Camp has a limited enrollment and we anticipate that sessions will once again sell out, so recommend register early to avoid disappointment. 

Horseback Riding

Ages: Grades 4-9
(Entering in the Fall)
Dates:  Jul.29 - Aug.14 

Time: 9am - 4pm
  Exteneded Hours Available

TYPICAL DAY

9am Daily Orientation & Shuttle to Horseability

9:15am Horsemanship Skills

10:15am Equine Science & Management

11:15am Horseback Riding

12:30pm Shuttle to Lunch

1:15pm Recreational Swim

2:15pm Team-Building Challenges

3pm Recreational Activities

4pm Departure

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Horseback Riding
  • Horsemanship Skills
  • Equine Science & Management
  • Fun on the Farm
  • Recreational Swim
  • Recreational Activities

FACILITIES

  • Horseability Facilities
  • 3 Outdoor Riding Arenas
  • 1 Indoor Riding Arena
  • Indoor Classroom
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Air-Conditioned Cafeteria

Horseback Riding From beginners who have never mounted to advance riders that can walk, trot, canter, and jump – there is a place for all levels in the camp setting. Groups are divided based on horseback riding experience and ability to provide the most cohesive lesson possible. Horseability’s experienced instructor(s) develops weekly curriculum to develop riders skills. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of both the group and individual goals. Volunteer assistance is also available for those who may require additional support during their lessons. Instructors will teach proper fundamentals of English equitation in a fun, safe, and encouraging environment.


Horsemanship Skills


Horseability instills in campers the ability to work safely and effectively around horses in a respectful manner. Through hands-on experiences provided such as leading, handling, observation, and grooming; campers learn how to understand the nature and “language” of horses giving them a solid foundation to build upon as they begin their relationships with horses.

Equine Science & Management

Each day will bring new fun and exciting knowledge and experiences with horses to our campers. During the summer, staff will cover many interesting topics such as breeds, colors/markings, basic veterinarian care, common ailments, equine management – feed/nutrition, farrier, dentistry, etc, stable management – paddock/stall care, farm safety etc.


Horseback Riding Staff

Jamie Thomas-Martin is the director of operations for Horseability as well as a certified riding instructor and a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill in Equine Studies. Jamie works closely with FSCamps to oversee the Horseback Riding program and instructors when campers are ‘on the farm’.

Horseback Riding Waiver

FSCamps Horseback Riding Campers will be required to complete and submit Camper Forms AND an additional Horseability Waiver prior to participation in the program.

LEADERSHIP

At FSCamps, we take pride in our staff and feel it sets us apart from many others in the camp industry. Our Leadership team brings vast experience, both in terms of working with children and in terms of summer camp administration and working with parents and families. Our programs are staffed by Coaches, Teachers, Instructors, and Student Athletes who share a passion for working with children and have experience and know-how in their respective fields.

Camp Director

David Stapleton is the site director for all programs at The College at Old Westbury. David graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1999 and brings over 20 years of experience in summer camps, coaching, and youth sports. David is a full-time employee of Future Stars Summer Camps, and proud father of his son and daughter.

Assistant Camp Director


Chris Rasidakis is the assistant site director and CTAP director at The College at Old Westbury. Chris is a certified teacher and brings over 20 years of experience in summer camps, coaching, and youth sports. Chris is a full-time teacher in NYCDOE, proud father of his two sons, and FSCamps are lucky to have his experience and energy on our team.

Office Administrators


Kerri Stapleton is one member of the hidden backbone of our camp operations during the summer. Kerri is a certified teacher and brings many years of teaching experience and working with children to the FSCamps team.

Medical Director


Zsolt Hajdu is the on-site Medical Director for FSCamps at The College at Old Westbury. Zsolt is the Head of Sports Medicine for The College at Old Westbury Athletics Dept, and is a certified Athletic Trainer, and EMT. Zsolt brings over 20 years of experience as an Athletic Trainer and working with summer camps to FSCamps and helps ensure a safe and caring camp environment for all campers.

Additional FSCamps staff also hold First Aid, RTE, CPR, and Epi-Pen certifications, and or on-site during camp hours every day during the summer to help take care of our campers.

FACILITIES

The College at Old Westbury is a wooded 600-acre campus centrally located in Long Island’s Gold Coast in Nassau County. Conveniently located on Rt.107, minutes from the LIE (Rt.495), Jericho Turnpike (Rt.25), and Northern Boulevard (Rt.25A).

The College at Old Westbury athletics dept sponsors 13 NCAA Division III intercollegiate teams participating in the Skyline Conference, FSCamps utilize the college athletics facilities, and additional campus facilities for all programs.

FSCamps are the only summer camp program on campus during the summer with exclusive use of the following facilities;

Clark Athletic Center OUTDOOR facilities include; Baseball & Softball Complex, Full-Sized Grass Training Fields, Tennis Courts, Hitting Walls, Basketball Courts, and more.

Clark Athletic Center INDOOR facilities include; Multiple Gymnasiums, Swimming Pool, Racquetball Courts, Panther Pride Recreation Area, and more.

Additional campus facilities include; Air-Conditioned Cafeteria, Recital Hall, Old Westbury TV Studio, Classrooms, Computer Labs, and more.

Additional camp features include; Inflatable Waterslides & Slip’n’Slides , GaGa Ball Pits, Inflatable Sports Arena, Soccer Golf Course, Game Tent and more.

Horseability facilities for Horseback Riding Camp include; Three Outdoor Riding Arenas, 1 Indoor Riding Arena, Ample Paddock Space, Stables, Indoor Classroom, and more.

DIRECTIONS

The College at Old Westbury is a wooded 600-acre campus centrally located in Long Island’s Gold Coast in Nassau County. Conveniently located on Rt.107, minutes from the LIE (Rt.495), Jericho Turnpike (Rt.25), and Northern Boulevard (Rt.25A).

FSCamps take place primarily by the Clark Athletic Center, and FSCamps office is located by the Jackie Robinson Baseball Complex near the main athletics building.

Listed (Google) College at Old Westbury address is 223 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury NY 11568

*** Please note this is the service road of the LIE and will take you onto campus through what is known as Service Gate B or C

GPS address is 2534 Cedar Swamp Road, Glen Head NY 11545

*** This is the address for the church located directly opposite the main campus entrance on Rt.107, and will take you onto campus through what is known as Gate A

Using WAZE App, you can enter ‘SUNY Old Westbury Athletic Center’ into the search bar and follow directions thereafter.

When on campus, there are also signs for the ‘Clark Athletic Center’ and during the summer months there are FSCamps directional signs posted also.

There is a parking lot with ample parking located by the Clark Athletic Center for camp tours, and camper drop-off and pick-up during the camp season.

FAQ

Looking for more info? Click here to visit our FAQ section

Any questions you don’t see listed, or can’t find answers too, please e-mail us ow@fscamps.com

We will do our best to provide answers promptly

Lunch

As part of our all inclusive and comprehensive camp experience, FSCamps serve a delicious and well-balanced daily lunch. Menus are planned for variety, taste, and nutrition so our campers can relax and enjoy themselves while preparing for their afternoon activities.

FSCamps staff make sure campers have the food they enjoy in the comfortable surroundings of the air-conditioned cafeteria.

Chartwells are the food service provider year-round for The College at Old Westbury, and have a full-time professional staff dedicated to culinary delights and food safety.

FSCamps and Chartwells are highly ‘NUT AWARE’, and we make sure any special food needs are carefully monitored and delivered.

Food Allergies, Dietary Needs, and Special Menu Options can all be addressed, and camp families are able to speak with Dining Services, and Camp (Medical) Staff as required before and during the summer.

FSCamps staff eat with the campers during lunch to ensure supervision and camaraderie throughout the camp day.

Feel free to download our Sample Lunch Menu for an overview of typical offerings, and please note actual camp menus are posted online during the summer.

Swim

FSCamps have exclusive use of The College at Westbury pool during the summer camp season.

  • The pool is indoors and heated
  • The pool is maintained by The College at Old Westbury Athletics Department and has a Certified Pool Operator on-site throughout the summer.
  • The pool is inspected by NY state (Nassau County) Department of Health.

 Campers attending the following FSCamps programs receive Instructional Swim;

Rising Stars, All Stars, and Swim Camp

Campers attending all other FSCamps programs have a Daily Recreational Swim period. This is typically 45 minutes of pool time with assigned time before/after for changing in the locker rooms.

*** Note this is not a mandatory swim…campers who do not wish to swim can do other supervised activities. ***

FSCamps Aquatics staff are on-site throughout the camp season and are certified Nassau County Dept of Health Lifeguards, American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and Water Safety Instructors. Our aquatics director oversees all aspects of the pool and camper safety is a primary concern. All campers who wish to swim take a “swim test”, participate in regular “buddy checks”, and are presented with pool rules and procedures on a weekly basis.

 

Transportation

FSCamps partner with a leading transportation company on Long Island, to offer the highest level of safety and service for camp families who would like to add the optional bus transportation.

Door-to-Door bus service is available for an additional weekly fee from the following NASSAU County Towns (Zip Codes);

Albertson (11507), Bethpage (11714), Carle Place (11514), East Meadow (11554), East Norwich (11732), East Williston (11596), Floral Park (11001), Garden City (11530), Glen Cove (11542), Glen Head (11545), Great Neck (11020/11021/11023/11024), Greenvale (11548), Hicksville (11801), Jericho (11753), Lake Success (11042), Levittown (11756), Locust Valley (11560), Manhasset (11030), Mill Neck (11765), New Hyde Park (11040), North Bellmore (11710), North Merrick (11566), Old Bethpage (11804), Old Westbury (11568), Oyster Bay (11771), Plainview (11803), Port Washington (11050), Roslyn (11576), Roslyn Heights (11577), Sea Cliff (11579), Syosset (11791), Westbury (11590), Woodbury (11797).

Door-to-Door bus service may also available for an additional weekly fee from select Towns (Zip Codes) on the Queens/Nassau border AND Suffolk/Nassau border.

Don’t see your Town or Zip-Code? Please call the FSCamps office (516) 226-2267 or email ow@fscamps.com for transportation availability in your area.

All vehicles used for FSCamps are air-conditioned and are the ‘smaller’ school buses with seat belts available for all passengers.

All drivers are qualified and experienced professional, exceeding all requirements pursuant to NY State Law and Guidelines.

Please be aware, as FSCamps summer sessions are weekly, the enrollment does change week-to-week, therefore bus routes also change week-to-week.

Transportation must be added NO later than Ten (10) days prior to the start of a camp session.

Feel free to download our Transportation Flyer for an overview of FSCamps Transportation.

Registered families who add the transportation option, will receive additional details prior to the summer.

Stay Connected

Registered Camp Families can log into their CampInTouch ‘Family Account’ to check on camper forms, get information on their summer schedule, update credit-card information, and access summer photo albums.

Link to CampInTouch

As part of the FSCamps Family, we want to be able to share as much as we can of all the fun and learning that is the FSCamps Experience.

 
FSCamps Social Media is a great way to view summer action shots and videos, as well as staying in the loop year-round for all things FSCamps;

Like us on facebook: Facebook@futurestarsow

Follow us on Instagram@fscampsow

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Character

As part of the FSCamps philosophy, camp staff look to take a holistic approach as they work with campers to help them build skills, build character, and build friendships.

Individual camp programs look to implement an age and level appropriate curriculum with weekly programs and daily schedules. To complement this, camp programs also look to touch on Character Education, with Confidence, Honesty, Respect, Sportsmanship, and Trust some of the key ‘traits’ discussed. Campers also participate in some friendly competitions and challenges, as part of the annual FSCamps Blue Team v FSCamps Red Team Challenge! This is a summer long event that incorporates campers and staff working together and developing camaraderie in a fun environment.

FSCamps Blue v Red Flyer – PDF

FSCamps Blue Team – PDF

FSCamps Red Team – PDF