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Outdoor Programs & Resources

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

The Horseback Riding Program* also hosts 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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Outdoor and Horsemanship Programs*

2019-2020 Outdoor Programs are listed on pages 25-26 of the Program Resource Book. Check there or on the events calendar for specific details!

*Note:  Due to the temporary resting of Camp Crossed Arrows and the moving of the horse program to Camp NOARK, all previously scheduled outdoor programs at Camp Crossed Arrows have been cancelled. Horse programming will resume at Camp NOARK in time for 2020 summer residential camp

Outdoor Events at Camp 2019-2020

2019-2020 Outdoor Programs are listed on pages 25-26 of the Program Resource Book. Check there or on the events calendar for specific details!

Due to the temporary resting of Camp Crossed Arrows and the moving of the horse program to Camp NOARK, all previously scheduled outdoor programs at Camp Crossed Arrows have been cancelled. Horse programming will resume at Camp NOARK in time for 2020 summer residential camp. 

Horse Programs 2019-2020

Due to the temporary resting of Camp Crossed Arrows and the moving of the horse program to Camp NOARK, all previously scheduled horse programs at Camp Crossed Arrows have been cancelled. Horse programming will resume at Camp NOARK in time for 2020 summer residential camp. 

Schedule your own archery time. Email  camp@girlscoutsdiamonds.org for more details and arrangements.

$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 are limited to 16 participants per hour block; equipment is provided. Renters must secure a certified USA Archery Instructor (contacts provided). 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. 

Horse Program Riding Levels

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

Note: The horse program will be moving from Camp Crossed Arrows to Camp NOARK. Horse programming will resume at Camp NOARK in time for 2020 summer residential camp.

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 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 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 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, with attendance open to family and friends!

Level 5 – Advanced Wrangler

Riders who have successfully reached Level 5 (as marked on their 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, with attendance open to family and friends!

Level 6 – Riding Club

Riders who have successfully reached Level 6 (as marked on their 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. 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.