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Arden Cahill’s Camp Corral is a Whale of a Good Time

From May 29th to August 3rd, Arden Cahill Academy will hold their 50th annual Camp Corral. Open to students and non-students alike, from ages 4 to 14, this all-inclusive camp offers activities from horseback riding and swimming to archery and theater.

Campers are divided into two groups: Lil’ Camp Corral, for Pre-k and Kindergarteners and Camp Corral for first graders to ninth graders. During two 5 week themed sessions, campers enjoy days that are packed with fun activities and will make memories that are sure to last a lifetime. Campers are divided into different groups and, throughout the day, the groups rotate around campus and get to have varying experiences.

At the barn there is horseback riding, complete with instruction, for young campers and older campers alike. There’s also a petting zoo that includes chickens, ducks, goats, rabbits and an alpaca and there’s a bounce house, so that the smaller kids can work off some of their excess energy. Also at the barn, for the older campers, is paddle boating, fishing, archery and riflery, for which campers receive instruction.

The junior Olympic size pool is the perfect place for campers to cool off. This activity includes basic swim instruction, when needed, and is all about fun. There’s a big waterslide for campers to slide down and even a water maze. Campers are encouraged to bring their “soakers” from home and join in on the fun! There’s a small splash pool for younger campers who might be new to the water. There’s adventure to be had indoors as well. Camp Corral offers art and discovery sessions and all activities are STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) based.

Activities have a weekly theme and include educational aspects along with camp fun. One of the favorite parts of camp is the computer time where campers have the opportunity to learn about computers while playing computer games. The game room is also popular where tournament and team based games are played as a competition.
Because Arden Cahill Academy and Camp Corral prides itself on its art and theater education, theater is a big part of camp and every camper participates in putting on the camp play. This is one of the big parts of camp that all of the campers seem to really enjoy. Past plays that the campers have put on include, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Shrek”. The play chosen is always a story that the campers are already familiar with, so they are eager to get involved and really make it their own.

For kids that need a little extra tutoring during the summer, Camp Corral is proud to offer summer sessions. Campers will sit out on one or two of the main camp activity cycles and take that time to brush up on their learning. This provides a good opportunity for a camper to not only have a great time with camp fun, but stay on top of their studies focusing on a subject or two that they may be having some trouble with or just need a refresher.

Aside from the daily activities, Camp Corral plans special events for campers and parents throughout the summer. The rodeo highlights what campers learned during their “barn” sessions and includes lassoing and face painting. Blue & White Days is a field day type event that is competition based. There are different activities throughout campus and games are played. Some favorites of the campers are the classic “egg toss” game and water balloon and flour bombs, which are both Camp Corral classics that campers of all ages will remember. During session 2 there is a color relay. Campers also get to enjoy themed parties such as a luau and an 80’s party. One of the biggest highlights of Camp Corral happens at the end of camp- the Big Night Camp-In. This night is special because campers get to spend the night at Arden Cahill from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am. Fun activities on this special night include a night swim, movies, popcorn, s’mores and much more. It’s a fun night that campers look forward to all summer and it’s a great way to wrap up an exciting camp experience.

Sessions are broken down into two 5 week periods. The first session runs from May 29th to June 29th and the second session runs from July 2nd to August 3rd. Campers can attend one or both sessions, or can attend on a weekly basis. Rates per session is $800 and the weekly rate is $180. Play/study camp is $900 for one subject and $1,000 for two subjects. Hot lunches are an additional $125 and horseback riding is an additional $125. Family discounts are available for families with multiple children who will be attending camp.

Arden Cahill Academy is located at 3101 Wall Blvd. in Gretna. For information about camp registration visit or call 392-0902.



About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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