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Outdoor and Horse Programs

Girl Scouts – Diamonds offers a wide variety of outdoor programming for Girl Scouts of all ages. Register for program events through the Events Calendar

The Horseback Riding Program features events for riders of every level, including those who have never ridden a horse 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. 

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Questions? Email info@girlscoutsdiamonds.org.

 

Outdoor and Horsemanship Programs

Outdoor Events and Programming at Camp

Check our events calendar for upcoming actvities. 

Horse Programs at Camp NOARK

Check the events calendar for horse programming at Camp NOARK.

Horseback Riding Lessons

Off Season Lessons (fall and spring)

Are you eager to start your horsemanship journey? Are you ready to ride horses and learn how to care for them? Well, good news! Starting Monday, October 4, 2021, you can start scheduling 1-hour long lessons with the Camp NOARK Barn directly through our full-time barn staff. Take a look at the lesson schedule below:

Fall* dates: October 5-December 16, 2021
Spring dates: March 2-May 18, 2022

Wednesdays
Private 1-on-1 lessons
When: 3:45-4:45pm or 5-6pm
Cost: $35 per person
Register by email: barn@girlscoutsdiamonds.org

Thursdays
Small group lessons
When: 3:45-4:45pm or 5-6pm
Cost: $35 per person
Register by email: barn@girlscoutsdiamonds.org

Please schedule your lessons 10 days in advance to allow staff to accommodate you. Please give 24 hours notice for last-minute cancelations See Cancellation Policy on next page.

*Lesson times are subject to flexibility with earlier sunset times starting in late October/early November.

 

Troops on Tuesdays

Want a new place for your troop meeting? Not an evening for riding, but this 2-hour block is a great way to get some outdoor time, catch an interesting ground lesson, and maybe brush a horse or two! We’re a Girl Scout family and we look forward to hanging out with you! 

Date: First Tuesdays, September 1-December 16 and March 2-May 18
Where: Camp NOARK Barn, Huntsville
Cost: girl $8/adult $8
Register by: 2 weeks prior
Register by email: barn@girlscoutsdiamonds.org

 

ROCC Corner (Recreational Outdoor Challenge Course)

New at Camp NOARK: ROCC* Corner!

You can reserve a time to join our staff at Camp NOARK for team building and skills development through games and obstacles on our new low ropes challenge course.

Sessions are reserved in one-hour time slots and are customized for each group based on their needs and goals. 

Reserve a time.

*Recreational Outdoor Challenge Course

Activity Leaders

MariBeth “Jersey Burn (JB)” Harris Graham

JB is the brain and heart behind our new ROCC Corner program! We are so appreciative of the months of research, design, training and hard work she has put in.

MariBeth has been actively involved in Girl Scouting since she was 7 years old. In 2001, she attended her first three-day session of residential summer camp at Camp NOARK, which sparked a passion for the outdoors and summer camp that remains to this day. As a teenager, she started working at a local camp where she discovered a passion for high adventure programming and went on to be a climbing instructor and then climbing director. She also served as executive assistant, lifeguard and medic. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing with a minor in sociology from Arkansas Tech University and for the last five years she has worked in an intensive care unit and as a travel nurse. At camp she specializes in primitive camping and high adventure activities. She loves introducing Girl Scouts of all ages to new, fun, and exciting challenges and helping them explore life outside their comfort zones. She has worked at Camp NOARK and Camp Cahinnio as a counselor, unit leader and nurse.

Horse Program Riding Levels

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

Level 1 – Saddle Up

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). Girls must be Juniors or older before enrolling in Saddle Up sessions. Daisies and Brownies may attend other sessions offered to their age group.

Level 2 – Tenderfoot

At level two, Tenderfoot 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 – Horse Sense

Level 3, or Horse Sense, 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! 

Levels 4 and 5 – Wrangler and Advanced Wrangler

Wrangler (level 4) and Advanced Wrangler (level 5) objectives are similar, and lessons may often be combined, but Level 5 riders are expected to perform at a higher proficiency. Riders at these levels continue to practice safe horse handling, grooming, saddling, bridling and control at a walk, trot and lope. They will also have opportunities to compete in rodeo events such as barrel racing, pole bending, etc., and will conquer more advanced trails, including the possibility of overnight camping with the horses. Ground lessons for Level 4 and 5 will begin to focus on the entirety of the horse industry, learning about horse purchasing, ownership, veterinary care, and equine-related job opportunities.

Some objectives, especially those concerning the Camp Rodeo, will only be completed during the summer Wrangler and Advanced Wrangler sessions. During the 2-week summer Wrangler and Advanced Wrangler sessions, riders will help plan and compete in a rodeo hosted at NOARK, with attendance open to family and friends! 

Level 6 – Riding Club

Riders at this level have a mastery over all basic care of horses used for trail and rodeo riding, as well as strong riding skills at a walk, trot, and lope. Girls who have satisfied all the Level 5 requirements and successfully reached Level 6 are known as Riding Rookies

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.