Kamp Kessa Challenge Learning Community
The Kamp Kessa Challenge Learning Community is a unique and nationally acclaimed approach to adventure-based education and treatment. We use horses and the wilderness to teach the power of big ideas and the truth of larger purposes.
Why Horses and the Wilderness?
Horses with their different personalities, attitudes and moods, and the very real challenges of participating in rigorous activities in the elements, are especially powerful ways to learn teamwork, problem solving, leadership, communication, relationship building, character and confidence.
A meaningful relationship with a horse ‘naturally’ teaches responsibility, through the need for meeting the basic needs of the horse, caring, through the love and caring that develops between horse and rider, respect, through the inevitable acknowledgment that the horse has a mind of his or her own, and honesty, since we can’t long portray ourselves as better than we are in our abilities and skills before our personal safety becomes an issue.
Kamps and Day Programs Include:
- partnering with a horse
- trail riding
- games and riding in the arena
- Kamana Wilderness education
- campfire lunches
- story telling
- agriculture education
- initiative games
- Native American crafts and activities
Call for reservation: 502-376-4367
You can stay a day or a weekend, it will change your life.
The Kamp Kessa Challenge Learning Community is made possible through Sheltered Risks Incorporated (SRI).
Sheltered Risks Incorporated and Kamp Kessa are federally recognized as a tax-exempt nonprofit agency.
SRI and Kamp Kessa are co-directed by Thecla Helmbrecht Howard, Ed.D. "Dr. T" and Anthony H. Howard, M.S. "Mr. H".
Dr. T. and Mr. H. have over 50 years combined experience as child and adolescent treatment and education specialists.
Our low student to staff ratio and the expertise of our staff and volunteers make it possible for almost any youth to safely participate, have fun, and learn new skills. In the last ten years over 1300 ‘Youth of Promise’ have completed a week in residence at Kamp Kessa. Regular, special and alternative education, deaf, hard of hearing and ‘mental health’ students have successfully participated.
The Sheltered Risks Inc. Philosophy: SRI is based on the belief that great love and great achievement involve great risk. We have made it our mission to make the risks of love and achievement as sheltered as possible; thus our name Sheltered Risks.
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