Hickory Nut Gap Farm Camp
Camp Registration Opens on 15 January 2023
Beginning in the early 80s, sisters Susie Hamilton and Annie Ager began holding a summer day camp that began as a way to keep their own kids and others from the surrounding community busy during the summer. As their kids grew older, Susie and Annie grew the camp to include a larger number of paid campers that loved the semi-structured learning environment where they could explore the arts, horseback riding, and numerous other activities. As the years went by the camp moved from Susie’s house up the road to Hickory Nut Gap Farm where it continues to impact hundreds of kids between the ages of 6 and 15 every year. Beginning in the Summer of 2022, the camp will operate as part of Project HNG which will allow us to provide scholarships to those who might not otherwise be able to attend, but it will continue to provide campers with lots of opportunities to be helpful, get dirty, and have fun.
Riding lessons are available throughout the year based on instructor availability and the weather of course. Lessons are available for youth starting at 6 years old and can accommodate skill levels from beginner to advanced.
Saturdays on the farm is a unique program for 12-16 year olds and serves as an extension of summer camp throughout the year. Participants come out to the farm for a full day to hike, ride horses, and work on projects as a group while building bonds with each other through numerous activities. Mostly it’s a great opportunity to get outside, get dirty, and get the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing useful projects together. Sessions occur once a month and are free for all that want to participate. To see the schedule check out our events page and to sign up, just click on the link below and fill out the form.
Equine-assisted therapy encompasses a range of treatments that involve activities with horses and other equines to promote human physical and mental health. The use of EAT has roots in antiquity, and EAT applies to physical health issues in modern form dates to the 1960s. Project HNG currently works with several local practitioners to provide opportunities for them to provide effective equine therapy and is expanding the program to provide more regular services to clients in the community.