Come Ride with Us!
Our well-respected equestrian program offers riding opportunities for Girl Scouts in kindergarten through high school. We invite you to come ride with us!
Weekend Horseback Riding
Our weekend horseback riding program offers both troops and individual girls in K-12 grade the opportunity to ride, developing courage and confidence while having fun connecting with one of our lovable horses. 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.
Our weekend program is located at Camp Little Cloud (21700 Girl Scout Road, Epworth, IA) only a 20 minute drive from Dubuque, IA.
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! $20 per girl.
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. $25 per girl.
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. $45 per girl.
Remember- 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. Call to learn about all available time slots.
Horseback Riding Dates
To learn more and reserve your riding time, contact Janice Firzlaff at 1-800-798-0833 or JaniceF@GirlScoutsToday.org
April 25 – 26: Arena and Trail Rides
May 2: Arena and Trail Rides
May 3: Arena and Trail Rides
Pony rides for children attending Family Fun Day (1pm – 3pm an adult must lead horse for each child riding and will sign up and pay at the door)
May 9: NEW FOR SPRING! Family Trail Ride 9am – 10:30am – $25 per person (For children 4th and above and adult family members)
Arena and Trail Rides
May 16-17: Arena and Trail Rides
May 23: Arena and Trail Rides
May 24: 9am – 12pm: Brownie Workshop Arena and Trail Rides
May 30: Arena and Trail Rides
May 31: 9am – 12pm: Junior Workshop Arena and Trail Rides
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 Date: May 24, 2015, 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: May 31, 2015; 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. An advanced rider workshop is not offered in the spring.
To reserve your riding time, contact Janice Firzlaff at 1-800-798-0833 or JaniceF@GirlScoutsToday.org
See our Horseback Riding Guidelines. Note: there is a 250 pound weight limit per rider.
Volunteer for our
Horseback Riding Program
Our weekend equestrian program is entirely run by volunteers who care deeply about sharing their love of horseback riding with Girl Scouts. We have two different ways that girls and adults can participate in this program. To learn more and to apply to volunteers please contact Angela at AngelaV@GirlScoutsToday.org and 800-798-0833 for more information.
Trail Leaders are adult volunteers that help with the Troop Riding program.
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.