Horse Camp Counselor Training (PD100)

May 25 – 28, 2023

Summer horse camps are always looking for good camp counselors who know their basic horsemanship skills, how to teach, and how to take responsibility for their students and horses. NWNHC offers a Horse Camp Counselor Certificate that aspiring counselors can use to prove their skills.

Students will spend 16 hours, over four days, in an intensive class learning advanced horsemanship skills, horse care and feeding, basic first aid, job responsibility, and teaching skills. The class will prepare teenagers to be a valued counselor at any horse camp. A passing grade is required to earn a certificate and be considered for the NWNHC camp staff.

The class is open to students 12 to adult with basic horsemanship experience and a passion for teaching others. The classes are held after school on Thursday and go through the weekend.

Download Counselor Workshop Syllabus

Class Times

Thursday, May 25    6:00p – 8:00p
Friday, May 26    6:00p – 8:00p
Saturday, May 27  9:00a – 4:00p
Sunday, May 28  9:00a – 4:00p


Aspiring Counselors   $325 *  
NWNHC Students      $200
* Aspiring Counselors who are asked to join the NWNHC team will receive a credit for NWNHC services or products equal to the difference in tuition.

Your Instructor

Jim “Hutch” Hutchins
Hutch is the director of education for the Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center and has been the NWNHC Camp Director since 2010. Hutch served as a Boy Scout camp counselor in his youth and has been guiding and training horse camp counselors for many years. Before getting into the horse business full-time, he spent 30 years as a manager for large and small companies where he studied employee development, managed teams and taught business courses for the University of Washington Extension.

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