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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 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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Outdoor and Horsemanship Programs*

*Note:   The horse program will be moving from Camp Crossed Arrows to Camp NOARK. Horse programming will resume at Camp NOARK when the Girl Scouts - Diamonds wilderness properties re-open.

Outdoor Events and Programming at Camp

Outdoor programming will resume when Girl Scouts - Diamonds wilderness properties re-open.

Horse Programs at Camp NOARK

The Girl Scouts - Diamonds herd will be in residendence at Camp NOARK beginning May 30. Horse programming will resume when Girl Scouts - Diamonds wilderness properties re-open. 

Horseback Riding Lessons

Come and enjoy some time at the Camp NOARK barn! During a 2-hour lesson, you can expect to meet the horses, learn how to groom and tack them, and have time for a fun ride in our arena. Take a chance to get outdoors and potentially play some arena games! Riders will need to be at least 5 years old. Rider weight limit for our horses is 250 pounds.  

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Pony Rides

Is your young rider too nervous for an independent ride? Do you simply want a leisure ride on a horse? Then pony rides will be perfect for you! Come and ride a few laps around the arena at the Camp Noark barn. For a pony ride, you can expect to meet the horses, assist with grooming and tacking up your horse, and a trained staff member will guide you around our arena.

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Horse Program Riding Levels

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

Note: Horse programming will resume at Camp NOARK when the Girl Scouts - Diamonds wilderness properties re-open.

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.