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Come Ride with Us!

Our well-respected program is geared for girls in kindergarten through high school. We invite you to come ride with us!

Weekend Horseback Riding

Ride our horses as a Girl Scout troop at Camp Little Cloud (20 minutes from Dubuque, Iowa)! Girl Scout individuals can ride too!

Equestrian Program

The Fall equestrian program is held Saturdays and Sundays throughout early fall at Camp Little Cloud (20 minutes west of Dubuque, Iowa).

Our Fall and Spring equestrian program offers the perfect program for horseback riding, even if it’s a girl’s first time riding! We offer a variety of activities centered on learning to care for and ride horses, tailored to each Girl Scout grade level.

Types of opportunities offered:

Arena Rides: Troops and individuals can sign up for a fun group experience tailored to your age level. Your group will learn how to stay safe around a horse, then saddle up for a fun ride in our arena!

Trail Rides: Girls will receive a lesson on how to safely manage their horse while on the trail, then will take to the woods for a leisurely horseback ride through camp.

Workshops: Girls sign up individually for these 3 hour workshops. In addition to riding time girls will learn additional aspects of taking care of horses including grooming and saddling.

Individual girls can sign up for arena and trail rides too! Individual girls can register on their own or with a friend; they will be placed with other girls or troops of their age level, for an added experience of making new friends.

Opportunities by Grade Level

Daisies- Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Arena Ride: Experience horseback riding at Camp Little Cloud during this 60 minute arena ride. You will ride around our arena with an adult leading. Play some games on horseback and get to know your new furry horse friend.  An adult 18 years old or older must accompany each girl to lead their horse. Cost: $20 per girl. Limit: 12 girls per session.

Brownies – 2nd and 3rd Grade

Arena Ride: After a short lesson on safety and how to control your horse, you will steer your own horse around the Camp Little Cloud arena during this 60 minute arena ride. Learn to start, steer, and stop your horse while playing some fun games on horseback. Cost: $20 per girl. Limit 8 girls per session.

Brownie Workshops: Take action with a 3 hour workshop to learn more than just riding a horse. Practice grooming techniques and prepare for riding by helping to put on the saddle. Discover what horses eat and how to feed them. Cost: $45 per girl Limit: 24 girls Dates: August 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., September 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Juniors – 4th and 5th Grade

Junior: Enjoy learning proper form for riding while you steer your horse around the Camp Little Cloud arena during this 60 minute arena ride. Try some new games on horseback to test your riding skills. Cost: $20 per girl. Limit: 9 girls per session

Trail Ride: During this 90 minute session, girls will learn to safely guide their horse, and then they will take a trip out of the pasture and into the woods of Camp Little Cloud! Cost: $25 per rider. Limit: 11 riders (girls and adults can ride, with a maximum of 10 girls, the 11th person can be an adult).

Junior Workshop: Discover the world of horses in this 3 hour workshop by grooming, saddling, and bridling your horse. Learn to lead them safely. Connect with others as you learn safety around horses and names for parts of the horse. Mount your horse and take action with a riding lesson to learn proper posture for riding and practice steering as you play some games on horseback. Cost: $45 per girl Limit: 24 riders Date: August 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador – 6th through 12th Grade

Arena Ride: Discover the opportunities for adventure in an advanced arena ride. Try some new, more active games, ride a challenging horse, maybe even try jogging if your group is ready for action! Cost: $20 per girl

Trail Ride: During this 90 minute ride, girls will learn to safely guide their horse, and then they will take a trip out of the pasture and into the woods of Camp Little Cloud! Cost: $25 per rider

Advanced Rider Workshop: This advanced workshop is specifically for girls who have completed Level 3 or above of horseback riding at resident camp and are interested in continuing to work on their horseback riding skills. Girls with equivalent experience may be accepted into this workshop with the permission of the lead equestrian volunteer. Cost: $45 per rider Limit: 12 riders Date: September 21, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

To reserve your riding time, call Janice or Gina at 1-800-798-0833.

See our Horseback Riding Guidelines. Note: there is a 250 pound weight limit per rider.

Equestrian Programs

Horse Fun & Horse Smart Program Kits
Girl Scout Brownie and Junior volunteers can check out the Horse Fun or Horse Smart program patch kits to help girls earn the Horse Fun patch or the Horse Smart patch! For a fee of $5, volunteers can check out the kits for 3 months. Contact Angela at AngelaV@GirlScoutsToday.org and 800-798-0833 for questions and to arrange for check out.

Ranch Hands
Ranch hands are advanced riders in 8th-12th grade and help with the Troop Riding program. Acceptance into the Ranch Hand program is based on an interview and riding test. Ranch Hands are required to saddle and bridle by themselves, ride in a specified patterns at a walk, jog and lope, and show that they are mature enough to work as staff. Contact Angela at AngelaV@GirlScoutsToday.org and 800-798-0833 for more information.

Trail Leaders
Trail Leaders are adult volunteers that help with the Troop Riding program. Contact Angela at AngelaV@GirlScoutsToday.org and 800-798-0833 for more information.