Going to summer camp this year meant a week of trail riding and farm life for some Alberta teenagers attending Peace Country Wilderness Camps in northwestern Alberta.
The camp has adopted a mobile, out-tripping model of camping where young people and volunteer leaders spend a week together (each week through the summer) either in the hills of the Wapiti River east of Grande Prairie or in the Wilmore Wilderness Park south of the city.
Although riding is a major component of every day, volunteer camp director Todd Donaldson of Grande Prairie said campers seem to enjoy each aspect of summer camp.
“It’s pretty much the modern equivalent of spending a week at the farm. They have as much fun splitting wood for the bonfire as they do horseback riding. Actually, they seem to get loads of fun from regular farm-like activities like throwing bales from the back of the truck or jingling the horses in the morning with the wranglers,” he said.
“And, on hot days, who would not enjoy a few hours splashing in one of the nearby rivers?”