July 11, 2014 (Garnet Valley, Pa) – All Riders Up (ARU), a non-profit charitable organization based on 12 acres in a neighborhood setting in Garnet Valley, will host the Boys and Girls Club of Chester for the next two weeks to provide equine education and awareness. The camp schedule includes three ½ day sessions each week, and the 70 children from Chester will receive an introduction to horsemanship while also learning to ride with the help of ARU staff, instructors, and a crew of dedicated volunteers.
In addition to riding & horsemanship, this year the camp is also offering the children an exposure to a calf roping demonstration by local cowboy/horse trainer Phil Wax, a honey bee keeping demonstration by Jack McMichael, and a "You Can Learn To Juggle Too" demonstration by Mr. Randy Lyons (Turk's Head Jugglers of West Chester), Jack McMichael and Ellen Thomas.
ARU provides equine assisted activities to encourage individuals with special needs in reaching their potential for physical, behavioral, and social development in an atmosphere of recreation and fun.
Recently they received a Sure-Hands hydraulic lift to assist wheelchair users in safely mounting their lesson horse that can also be beneficial for veterans in our community who can benefit from therapeutic riding. The lift was purchased through a grant awarded from the Wawa, Inc. Corporate Community Charities Committee and funds for installation were provided by awards from The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant program, and The Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grant program. For more information on ARU, visit www.allridersup.org.
The Boys and Girls Club of Chester was established in 1930 to provide a place of learning, support and growth for the youth of Chester in a safe environment. Today, they continue their mission in the George E. Carter Center located at 201 E. 7th Street in Chester. This modern facility offers school-aged boys and girls with entertaining programs and athletic activities in an environment which is focused on education, character development, and discussing healthy lifestyle choices. For more information, visit www.boysandgirlsclubchester.com.