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Outdoor Programs & Resources

Girl Scouts – Diamonds offers a wide variety of outdoor programming for Girl Scouts of all ages. The Camp Crossed Arrows Horseback Riding Program also hosts events (marked* below) for riders of every level, including those who have never ridden a horse or attended Camp Crossed Arrows in the past, as well as those who have never been involved in Girl Scouting before. If your girl has previous riding experience, please read the riding levels information at the bottom of this page to select the correct level. Register for events through the Events Calendar or the links in the listings below.

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Questions? Contact Linda Archer for Outdoor Programs at 870-251-1292 or email, or contact Jillian Taylor for Horsemanship Programs at 870-251-1292 or email

 

Outdoor and Horsemanship Programs

October 20-22: Boo Bash Encampment

Level: b j c s a | $25 per girl; $15 per adult | Camp Cahinnio, Booneville, AR

Join Girl Scouts and Dystophia Rising for a weekend filled with chills, thrills and camp fun! Enjoy a fall carnival complete with face painting, haunted trail tours, games, a hayride and more! Dress to impress for the costume contest, take home fun prizes and experience a campfire by the lake. 

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October 21: Pony Tales

Level: d b | $30 | Camp Crossed Arrows, Floral, AR

Daisies and Brownies will meet our friendly herd, learn about basic horse safety, groom their own horse and ride in the round pen while being led by an adult. Perfect introduction to the barn for young riders!

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October 27-29: Back To Basics Troop Encampment

Level: d b j c s a | $10 | Camp Crossed Arrows, Floral, AR

Have you heard about the new Troop Camping Badges? Are you ready to get outdoors with your troop? Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with setting up campsites and practiting Leave No Trace camping principles. Troops will be assigned camping areas and activities based on badge requirements. 

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November 3-5: 8th Annual Outdoor Rendezvous

Level: c s a | $110 | Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Jasper, AR

Outdoor enthusiasts from all over the midwest will join for networking, camping, education, yoga and enjoying the outdoors. Various educational classes will be offered, including basic rock climbing group classes and individual rock climbing classes, plus several other outdoor educational classes and guest speakers.

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November 11: Saddle Up

Level: j c s a | $30 | Riding Level 1 | Camp Crossed Arrows, Floral, AR

Learn to ride a horse and earn your Horseback Riding (Junior) Badge! For Juniors and older with little to no experience with horses (CCA Riding Level 1). Participants will learn to safely approach, lead, groom and saddle their own horses, as well as basic control at a walk (start, stop, steer). After learning to ride independently, riders will play fun arena games with the horses! 

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November 12: Tenderfoot

Level: j c s a | $30 | Riding Level 2 | Camp Crossed Arrows, Floral, AR

For Juniors and older who are comfortable leading horses on the ground and riding independently at a walk (CCA Riding Level 2). You know the basics of riding, now take it to the next level! Participants will practice riding at a walk and learn to trot, as well as begin learning to bridle, pick hooves, and take on new and more challenging arena games. 

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November 17-19: Guys 'N Gals

Level: d b j c s a | $75 per girl/adult pair, $25 per additional girl | Camp Crossed Arrows, Floral, AR

Cowgirls and cowboys come together at camp for a weekend of horse fun! Girls will attend with their favorite adult male role model and receive a horseback riding lesson at their appropriate skill level. Adults will partner up  with their girls for some fun horsey games! Adults may also participate in an arena ride, but are not required to ride to fully enjoy this event.

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February 24: Saddle Up

Level: j c s a | $30 | Riding Level 1 | Camp Crossed Arrows, Floral, AR

Learn to ride a horse and earn your Horseback Riding (Junior) Badge! For Juniors and older girls with little to no experience with horses (CCA Riding Level 1). Participants will learn to safely approach, lead, groom and saddle their own horses, as well as basic control at a walk (stop, start, steer). After learning to ride independently, riders will play fun arena games with the horses!

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February 25: Tenderfoot Workshop

Level: j c s a | $30 | Riding Level 2 | Camp Crossed Arrows, Floral, AR

Let's take it to the next level. This riding workshop is for Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador levels. Girl Scouts who are comfortable leading horses on the ground and riding independently at a walk (CCA Riding Level 2). You know the basics of riding, now take it to the next level! Participants will practice riding at a walk and learn to trot, as well as learning to bridle, pick hooves and take on new and challenging area games.

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March 17-19: Horse Lover’s Day Camp

Level: d b j c s a | $25 Sat. or Sun. only, $60 Sat. – Mon. | Camp Crossed Arrows, Floral, AR

Learn the basics of grooming and riding, play fun riding games, and create a horsey craft. In addition to a daily horsemanship class, girls will explore all camp has to offer, including hiking trails, rock climbing, and shooting arrows or slingshots. Riders will be grouped by appropriate skill level for mounted lessons. This Day Camp is for girls of ALL age levels with little to no experience with horses, all the way through CCA Riding Level 3. Trail rides will only be available to girls in 7th grade and older who have mastered the required Level 3 arena skills. 

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April 6-8: Scouting U

Level: b j c s a | $12/day, $25/weekend | Camp Cahinnio, Booneville, AR

Choose your classes and earn up to three badges in this all day workshop. Badge options vary by level. Lunch is provided and you'll get a chance to get to know Camp Cahinnio. What's more fun than a day at camp? How about an entire weekend? Attend Scouting U and choose the weekend option for even more badge-earning opporunities. Plus, we will have a campfire and special program for all Saturday night attendees. 

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April 7: Camp Crossed Arrows Family Day and Camp Open House

Level: Family | Free | Camp Crossed Arrows, Floral, AR

Discover camp with your family on this free, fun-filled day! Try your aim with target sports including BB guns and archery, canoe, meet the camp horses, make crafts and more. Meet the camp director and summer camp staff and ask questions during our open Q&A. Participants are responsible for their own lunch. Come all day or for only a few hours. This event is open to the public and family members are welcome to attend.

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April 8: Camp Cahinnio Family Day and Camp Open House

Level: Family | Free | Camp Cahinnio, Booneville, AR

Discover camp with your family on this free, fun-filled day! Try your aim with target sports including BB guns and archery, canoe, hike around camp, make crafts and more. Meet the camp director and summer camp staff and ask questions during our open Q&A. Participants are responsible for their own lunch. Come all day or for only a few hours – the choice is yours. This event is open to the public, and family members are welcome to attend. 

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April 13-15: Trailblazer, Wrangler & Advanced Riders Spring Weekend

Level: c s a | $50 | Riding Levels 3-5 | Camp Crossed Arrows, Floral, AR

Ever wondered what camp is like when it's not summer time? Cooler weather is great for hitting the trails on horseback, getting extra saddle time playing fun arena games with small groups of riders and sitting around the campfire. Come back to camp during the school year to catch up with camp friends and the horses, and maybe even stay up late with a movie and your favorite snack! (For Cadettes and older who, at a minimum, are comfortable grooming and taking their own horses and riding independently at a walk and trot, CCA Riding Level 3+.) 

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May 11-13: Campin’ Cowgirls

Level: d b j c s a | $75 per adult/girl pair, $25 per additional girl | Camp Crossed Arrows, Floral, AR

Do you like horses or want to learn more about them? Come explore the camp barn with your favorite female role model! Lean about grooming, feeding, and other horse care, as well as create horse-themed crafts and cook-out together under the stars. Girls will receive a horseback riding lesson at their appropriate skill level and adults will partner with their Scout for some fun horsey games! Adults may also participate in an arena ride, but are not required to ride to fully enjoy this event. 

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Also Available: Schedule Your Own Riding

Schedule your own riding time with one of the below options HERE. 

Private/Small Group Horseback Riding Lessons

$20 per rider. 1.5-hour lesson blocks. Capacity: 1-3 riders per lesson.
*Available for registered Girl Scouts only.

Lessons include full overview of horsemanship safety, grooming, saddling, riding, etc. Lessons are catered to the age and grade level of the students and will build on skills over time at the students’ pace. Minors who participate in private lessons are required to be accompanied by an adult chaperone throughout their lesson time. Trail rides are available to riders in 7th grade and older, after proving mastery of CCA Riding Level 3 arena and ground skills, at a minimum.

Large Group Riding Lessons

$8 per registered Girl Scout, $16 per non-Girl Scout. 1.5-hour lesson blocks. Capacity: 3-12 riders per lesson.

Lessons include full overview of horsemanship safety, grooming, saddling, riding, etc. Lessons are catered to the age and grade level of the students and will build on skills over time at the students’ pace. Available as a one-time riding event or recurring lessons. Trail rides are available to riders in 7th grade and older, after proving mastery of CCA Riding Level 3 arena and ground skills, at a minimum.

Horseback Riding Badge Workshops

$10 per rider. 3-5 hours depending on group size. Capacity: 2-12 riders.
*Available to registered Girl Scouts only.

Workshops are catered to the size and age of the group and includes full overview of horsemanship safety, grooming, saddling, and riding. Junior level scouts will complete the requirements to earn the Junior Horse Badge. Daisies’ mounts will be led by an adult at all times while riding.

“Pony” Rides

$4/hour per each registered Girl Scout, $8/hour per each non Girl Scout. Capacity: up to 24 riders per hour.

Perfect for young children and birthday parties! Participants ride in round-pen while being led by a riding instructor on the ground. 2-3 horses are available during the reserved time. This activity is open to both Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts.

Camp Crossed Arrows Horse Program – Riding Levels

Please see below to select the correct Riding Level for your girl for our Horsemanship Program events!

Level 1 – Saddle Up

Girls must be Juniors or older before enrolling in Saddle Up sessions. Daisies and Brownies may attend other sessions offered to their age group, including Spring Break Day Camp. Level 1 riders have never ridden before, or need some practice before riding at a walk confidently and independently in the arena. Level 1 riders learn to safely approach, lead, groom, and saddle their own horses, as well as basic control at a walk (stop, start, steer).

Level 2 – Tenderfoot

Riders who have successfully reached Level 2 (as marked on their CCA Rider Progress Report) have satisfied all the Level 1 requirements needed to advance. Level 2 riders continue to practice safe horse handling, grooming, saddling, and control at a walk, and will begin learning to bridle, pick hooves, and ride at a trot.

Level 3 – Trailblazer

Riders who have successfully reached Level 3 (as marked on their CCA Rider Progress Report) have satisfied all the Level 2 requirements needed to advance. Level 3 riders continue to practice safe horse handling, grooming, saddling, bridling, control at a walk and trot, and will begin learning to ride at a lope/canter. After completing the arena riding requirements, Level 3 riders will learn trail safety and hit the trails!

Level 4 – Wrangler

Riders who have successfully reached Level 3 (as marked on their CCA Rider Progress Report) have satisfied all the Level 2 requirements needed to advance. Level 3 riders continue to practice safe horse handling, grooming, saddling, bridling, control at a walk and trot, and will begin learning to ride at a lope/canter. After completing the arena riding requirements, Level 3 riders will learn trail safety and hit the trails!

Level 5 – Advanced Wrangler

Riders who have successfully reached Level 5 (as marked on their CCA Rider Progress Report) have satisfied all the Level 4 requirements needed to advance. Level 5 riders continue to practice safe horse handling, grooming, saddling, bridling, and control at a walk, trot, and lope. Level 5 riders will compete in rodeo events such as barrel racing, pole bending, etc. at a higher level, and will conquer more advanced trails, including the possibility of overnight camping with the horses. Ground lessons for Level 5 will begin to focus on the horse industry as a whole, learning about horse purchasing, ownership, veterinary care, and equine-related job opportunities. During the 2-week summer Advanced Wrangler session, riders will help to plan and compete in a rodeo hosted at CCA- attendance is open to family and friends!

Level 6 – Camp Crossed Arrows Riding Club

Riders who have successfully reached Level 6 (as marked on their CCA Rider Progress Report) have satisfied all the Level 5 requirements needed to advance. Level 6 riders have a mastery over all basic ground care of horses used for trail and rodeo riding, as well as strong riding skills at a walk, trot, and lope/canter. Girls entering the 11th grade, regardless of riding level, are also eligible to enroll in the Counselor-In-Training summer camp session, a comprehensive training designed to teach leadership skills and prepare girls to apply for Girl Scout camp staff positions. CCA Riding Instructor applicants must be 18 years of age prior to the start of the summer season. Assistant Riding Instructors may be 16 years of age. All applicants, especially those under age 18, are strongly encouraged to participate in volunteer days, Riding Rookie Trainings, and/or CIT summer sessions before applying for a Riding Instructor position.