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Snow Ponies!
Wednesday, March 15th 2017

We hope everyone is staying safe and warm in all the snow!

joey snow

The ponies here have warm blankets on, and a nice big run in shed with lots of hay to keep them well fed and snug!

Elliot loves to play in the snow,


Bernie and Harvey are enjoying playing in it too!


Enjoy the pics…..

Equifest 2017
Friday, March 10th 2017

Forrestel RIDING CAMP will be at EQUIFEST 2017!


Come visit our booth at B36 in the Showplex arena, opposite the main arena.

We will be there Saturday March 18th 10-5 and Sunday March 19th 10-4.

Come say hi, meet Mary & Kat, and learn more about Forrestel and what we have to offer.

Invite your friends to a great weekend of informative Demonstrations and visit with over 100 exhibitors.

Located at The Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Pky, Hamburg NY.

Don’t miss out!

The Power of Play
Wednesday, March 8th 2017

The winter months are exciting for us, as we prepare for the upcoming summer…..

Often we are asked, “so, what do you do in the off-season?” Believe it or not, this time of year can be just as busy as the summer months! We are meeting new and returning campers at camp fairs and open houses, putting together our staff team, checking out new program ideas and resources, connecting with our camp family via various social media avenues, and of course keeping our horses in top condition ready for summer, and adding new ones to the family. It is also a time of professional development for us, as we take part in webinars and conferences so that we stay current with the latest trends in the industry.

camp fair pic

One of the interesting themes we have noticed this year is talk around the power of play. Dr. Shimi Kang, a keynote speaker at the recent American Camp Association National Conference in Albuquerque and author of “The Self-Motivated Kid” talks about how play is directly linked to the development of the prefrontal cortex, which directs our highest levels of thinking and functioning.

dog and gilrs

She goes on to say that play is so important to our survival that the impulse to play is just as fundamental as our impulse to sleep or eat. Play is also essential to the development of creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration, the skills needed for success in the 21st century. (Kang, 2014)

Play Quote

The quote, “Play is the work of children,” takes on various forms and is contributed to Piaget, Maria Montessori, Fred Rogers, and other youth development experts. Play isn’t exactly a novel concept at Forrestel! Here are some of the ways we foster play throughout the summer:

  • Taking advantage of the outdoor playground all around us! There are sticks, leaves, rocks, etc. that can provide hours of creative thought and play.
  • Opportunities for camper performances at weekly campfires, the annual Lip Sync Contest, and promotional skits at assembly are various “stages” for true colors to shine!
  • 9-square, Frisbee, and other pick-up games are available for free time where campers often collaborate and make up their own rules.
    ball game
  • Cards and board games provide great fun during rest hour and at nighttime.
  • Campers use innovation and resourcefulness to plan theme events for evening activities and Sunday’s. The diving board becomes the “plank” for Pirate Day, a giant painted rock is the infamous “Mother Lode” for Gold Rush Day, and soccer goals turn into the “jail” for Fair Day.
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The Self-Motivated Kid – How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It by Shimi Kang, M.D.

It's Not Easy Being Green
Wednesday, March 8th 2017

Kermit the Frog is known for a song he sang titled, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”. While Kermit is referring to the color green in his song, he could also be telling about a state of being. When you are “green” at something, it often means that you are new. There are many times in life that we are put in a new situation, whether it be changing schools, joining a sports team or club, moving to a different location, starting a new job, switching careers, etc.


Coming to camp for the first time may bring about feelings of being green. Being new can seem scary or challenging at first. You may be wondering if you will fit in, if the other campers will like you, if the food tastes like what you eat at home, if your bed will be comfortable, and a long list of other thoughts that may be crossing your mind in the days and months leading up to your first sleep-away camp experience.

thinking of food

First of all, you should know that at Forrestel, we LOVE having new campers join us each summer! It is fun to welcome girls from new places that will contribute to the diverse culture of geographic locations that are represented each year. This will add to a growing list of connections that you will make by having friends from all around the world. New campers bring a fresh perspective and energy that is important to the life of camp – we THRIVE because you are a VITAL part of our camp family!


To help you feel comfortable in your new summer home, we have several things in place to make it easy for you to get in the groove of camp. First off, your counselors will greet you with a BIG smile and lend a hand with moving in and settling into your tent. They will explain the routines of a typical day and will be ready to answer any questions you may have. After that, you will get to play a ton of FUN games that will assist you with learning the names of the girls in your tent and around camp.


Once you arrive, you will have the opportunity to take a tour and see where each activity takes place, meet the staff, and find out all of the cool stuff you will get to do. Evenings will offer an opportunity to do an activity and be part of our weekly campfire. The Forrestel kitchen staff will serve up some awesome meals that will provide comfort as you spend your first few days at camp. Don’t be surprised if you ask your Mom when you return home to cook a recipe that is something new you tried at camp!


New can also be exciting! You will be embarking on an adventure that may be different from what your friends may choose to do this summer. Even veteran campers experience a taste of “being green” each summer.


They may be in a different tent with a new mix of campers from the year before or they may decide to try a new activity or challenge themselves in an old one. The great thing is that we are there to support each camper every step of the way. So, maybe it really IS easy being green after all at Forrestel! Come see for yourself and join us for summer 2017…we can’t wait to meet you!

A Visit with our Forrestel Ponies
Friday, March 3rd 2017

Bernie and Kat took a little road trip on Sunday to Northampton, MA.


While we were there we got to spend some time with our Forrestel ponies; Tully, Preston, Bo, Biscuit, Herschel and Honey,


It was so nice to see them all! They got lots of kisses and carrots.

We enjoyed watching Preston and Tully in their morning lesson


What good ponies!

On Monday Kat and Bernie made the trip home with Mister in tow. He has returned home for a little break and will be treated for some arthritis issues.


We are very proud of our ponies who spend their winters working hard and giving so much.
They are certainly looking forward to summer time!

Enjoy the pics!

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