Volunteer at the Camp Ketcha Barn

 

If you love horses, volunteering may be just the thing for you!

Whether you’ve been around horses your whole life or you’re just beginning, you may be able to help out at the Camp Ketcha Horse Barn. When you volunteer you will get to spend time caring for horses and other animals, be outside and help your local non-profit.  It’s a wonderful way to learn about horses and get involved in your community at the same time.

 

Our Volunteer Program has changed:

Volunteer opportunities will be scheduled weekly or every other week depending on available projects and needs of the horsemanship program.  Volunteer projects will be supervised by a Volunteer Project Manager and volunteers will be expected to participate in the project planned that day.

The “Barn Bucks” program has been discontinued.  If you have some barn bucks that have not been used, please check with Rosemary.

What kind of work would I be doing?

You would be caring for the horses doing the typical “horse owner” jobs– things like mucking stalls and paddocks, cleaning and filling water buckets, helping to feed the animals, barn cleaning and maintenance and many other miscellaneous skills along the way that are important for horse care.  There are also limited opportunities that include hands on work with horses directly; however, you do have to complete a training program with Rosemarybefore you can participate.  If you’ve been begging your mom and dad for a pony, these are all things that you’re going to have to know how to do!

 

How old do I have to be and how often can I volunteer?

Ages 12 & up:  Our youngest volunteer opportunity begins at 12 years old.  Volunteers ages 12 to 14 must be currently in our riding lesson program.  Volunteer opportunities will be posted online – please let Rosemary know if you plan on attending any of the volunteer work projects.

Ages 18+: Additional volunteer opportunities may be available during the week – please check with Rosemary for more information.

 

What do I get in return?

  1. To begin, you get that warm and fuzzy feeling of helping out your local non-profit organization.
  2. You might also be earning required credits towards your high school graduation or other team organization.
  3. You receive invaluable knowledge about horses, their behavior, health needs and general care, especially important if you’re hoping to get a horse of your own some day.
  4. Lastly, you get to spend time around these wonderful animals!

 

 

Alright, Sign Me Up!

To be considered as a volunteer, you will need visit the Camp Ketcha Horse Barn, meet with our Equine Programs Director, Rosemary and fill out a volunteer application.  Volunteer applications can also be emailed.  If you have any other questions in the meantime, you can call the barn at 207-883-8977 Ext 110 or email Rosemary at rbaker@campketcha.org.  If you meet all of the requirements and we do have enough volunteer opportunities still available, we will contact you to let you know that you’ve been accepted.  You will schedule a regular time (or schedule times on a case by case basis) to volunteer.  Lastly, you will sign a 2013 Equine Release and Volunteer Policy Agreement before you begin.

 

Fall 2013 Volunteer Projects: