Danville, KY's Camp Horsin' Around

By Kevin Litwin on April 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Adkins

Children with chronic illnesses can have their spirits lifted for a day, weekend or a full week at Camp Horsin’ Around.

The camp is located on 191 acres of open space in Boyle and Mercer counties, with five cabins on site that can each hold up to 20 campers and eight counselors.

Camp is open seasonally to children in Kentucky and surrounding states who have chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, asthma, sickle cell anemia, kidney disease, AIDS or heart ailments.

“We even have a medical building that can handle emergencies and chemotherapy if necessary,” says Jackie Nicholson, treasurer of Camp Horsin’ Around.

The camp is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to get children away from medical treatment and sickbeds for a short time to enjoy the outdoors.

The privately funded facility is patterned after those founded by Paul Newman, who named his the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps.

Children have the opportunity to enjoy all of the activities their bodies will allow, including a ride on Flash, the camp horse.

There is also a river that spans three-quarters of the property, and youngsters are welcome to swim and catch small fish.

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There’s so much energy here and a proud ownership among the people who care so much about making Danville a great place to live and visit.

Jennifer Kirchner, Executive Director, Danville/Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau