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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 at 800-632-6894 x6780 or email

 

Outdoor and Horsemanship Programs

2019-2020 Outdoor Programs are listed on pages 25-30 of the Program Resource Book. Check there or on the events calendar for specific details!
 

Outdoor Events at Camp 2019-2020

2019-2020 Outdoor Programs are listed on pages 25-30 of the Program Resource Book. Check there or on the events calendar for specific details!

Horse Programs 2019-2020

2019-2020 Outdoor Programs are listed on pages 25-30 of the Program Resource Book. Check there or on the events calendar for specific details!

Troop Horseback Riding - held on multiple dates with multiple time options - check book or calendar for details.

 

Also Available: Schedule Your Own riding and archery time with one of the below options by clicking 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.

Archery Badge Workshop

Archery Badge Workshop | $5 per Girl Scout

Workshop limited to 12 participants. Girls entering 2nd grade and up (Brownie-Ambassador) are eligible to participate in this activity.

Girls will learn range safety, steps of shooting, equipment care and shoot archery during this event. The workshop will cover the 5 steps in the Cadette level archery badge. While other levels are welcome to participate in the archery badge workshop, only Cadettes are eligible to earn the badge.

Participants should dress comfortably but avoid wearing jewelry (necklaces, watches, bracelets) or baggy clothes. Socks and closed toe shoes required. 

Archery

Archery activity

$2 per registered Girl Scout; $5 per non-Girl Scout. Capacity max: 16 per scheduled hour. Girls entering 2nd grade and up (Brownie-Ambassador) are eligible to participate in this activity.

Workshops limited to 16 participants per hour block. USA Archery Instructor and equipment included. Girls will shoot with recurve or long bows, depending on their height and age. Instructors will cover archery safety and girls will shoot independently as time allows.

Participants should dress comfortably but avoid wearing jewelry (necklaces, watches, bracelets) or baggy clothes. Socks and close toe shoes required. 

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 4 (as marked on their CCA Rider Progress Report) have satisfied all the Level 3 requirements needed to advance. Level 4 riders continue to practice safe horse handling, grooming, saddling, bridling and control at a walk, trot, and and practice at a lope/canter. Level 4 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 4 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 Wrangler session, riders will help plan and compete in a rodeo hosted at CCA, with attendance open to family and friends!

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 continue 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 plan and compete in a rodeo hosted at CCA, with attendance 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. 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.