Experience the magic of more than 40 Girl Scout horses at the Camp Sycamore Hills Equestrian Center. Try something new, improve your horsemanship, or practice team building with horses. With the help of the equestrian team, you can either start or continue your adventures with horses.

Equestrian programs are offered year round, during the week and on weekends, except during Summer Camp from mid-May until mid-August. Make your reservations through CouncilAlignMENT. Contact a member of our equestrian team for more information regarding requests.

 

Equestrian Program Opportunities

  • Horse Day Camps

    Bring your group for a day with the horses. This day-long program includes riding lessons, games on horseback, and learning how to get a horse ready to ride. Participants need to bring a sack lunch, drinks, and snacks for the day. Adults are not required to stay but are welcome.

    Grade Level: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador (grades 3-12)
    Available: Weekdays
    Duration: 9 AM – 4 PM
    Min: 6 | Max: 12
    Fee: $50 per girl; $50 per adult (if participating)

  • Horseback Riding Lessons

    Lessons include both Western and English riding. Students second grade and above are grouped with no more than four students per class of similar skill and experience. For more information, contact Jen Vaughn, Assistant Equestrian Manager.

    Grade Level: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Available: Year-Round
    Duration: 1 hour
    Min: 1 | Max: 4
    Fee: $30 per girl; $30 per adult (if participating)

  • Horse Smarts Team Building

    Horse Smarts is a team building program that enhances leadership and communication skills by observing and interacting with horses. All activities are non-riding and do not require any previous experience with horses.

    Grade Level: Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Available: Mid-August – Mid-May; may be requested on weekdays
    Duration: 3 hours
    Min: 6 | Max: 20
    Fee: $20 per girl; $20 per adult (if participating)

  • Horsemanship Badge Workshop

    We offer age-appropriate workshops that can be adapted to the experience of the group. These workshops include riding and non-riding components. During workshops girls can earn a council sponsored horse badge for each grade level. Juniors: Hands on Horses, Horse Sampler; Cadettes: Discovery: Horses, Trail Rider; Seniors: Exploring Equines, Horse Smart Leadership.

    Grade Level: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Available: Mid-August – Mid-May; may be requested on weekdays
    Duration: 3 hours
    Min: 6 | Max: 24
    Fee: $30 per girl; $30 per adult (if participating)

  • Loving and Grooming

    This one-hour non-riding program includes a tour of the barn, learning general safety around horses and ponies, and hands-on experience with grooming. Girl Scout Brownies will earn the Loving and Grooming Badge.

    Grade Level: Daisy, Brownie, Junior
    Available: Mid-August – Mid-May; may be requested on weekdays
    Duration: 1 hour
    Min: 6 | Max: 20
    Fee: $8 per girl

  • Pony Ready

    This one-hour non-riding program allows participants to advance their grooming skills and learn to lead a horse or pony. Girl Scout Brownies will earn the Pony Ready Badge.

    Grade Level: Brownie, Junior
    Available: Mid-August – Mid-May; may be requested on weekdays
    Duration: 1 hour
    Min: 6 | Max: 10
    Fee: $10 per girl

  • Ring Ride/Troop Lesson

    Instruction is based on the experience level of the group. Lesson may be tailored to the interests of the group but will begin with the basics and focus on progressive riding skills. Girl Scout Brownies (third grade) will earn the Riding Round Up Badge. This session includes helmet and boot fittings, horse assignments, and lesson.

    Grade Level: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador (grades 3-12)
    Available: Mid-August – Mid-May; may be requested on weekdays
    Duration: 1.5 hours
    Min: 6 | Max: 12
    Fee: $18 per girl; $18 per adult (if participating)

  • Trail Ride

    Learn the basics and receive instruction on how to make the most of your trail ride. Length of the trail ride depends on skill level demonstrated during basic instruction. The session includes helmet and boot fittings, horse assignments, and instructions. In the case of inclement weather or unsafe trail conditions, alternate arena activities will be substituted.

    Grade Level: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Available: Mid-August – Mid-May; may be requested on weekdays
    Duration: 1.5 hours
    Min: 6 | Max: 12
    Fee: $18 per girl; $18 per adult (if participating)

  • Vaqueras Training Day

    Vaqueras are trained to prepare horses for the various horse programs and assist girl participants. Girls have the opportunity to improve their riding skills.

    Grade Level: Cadette, Senior, Ambassador (grades 7-12; must be 12 years or older)
    Available: Mid-August – Mid-May; see calendar for program dates
    Duration: All Day
    Min: 6 | Max: 12
    Fee: $25 per girl

  • Custom Programs

    Let your imagination soar and show us what you can come up with!

    For example, one groups holds an election day event complete with ballot booths, horse candidates for each office, voter registration cards, and more.

    Grade Level: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador

 

Equestrian Program Resources

  • Physical Restrictions
    To protect the health and safety of our horses and participants, the maximum weight limit for participants in Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee horse riding programs is 200 lbs. Current research shows that horses should carry no more than 20% of their weight. Our limit is based on the size of our horses, weight of our equipment, and the type of activities we provide. As a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) accredited site, we have established this policy in accordance with their safety protocols and recommendations. If your group is participating in a workshop or program that includes ground activities, participants not eligible to ride can still participate in the ground portion (fees can be adjusted accordingly with prior notification).

  • Cancellation Policy
    • Any changes in your requested program numbers must be made 30 days prior to the date of your program, otherwise you are responsible for paying for the number on your request form. Schedule changes and refund requests must be in writing (mail, email, or fax).
    • Program fees are non-refundable 30 days prior the date of your program.
    • Outdoor adventure program fees will be fully refunded in the event of inclement weather if cancelled by the outdoor adventure manager. There will be no refunds if the program still runs and you choose not to participate.
    • In the event of inclement weather for horse programs, your program will be modified to run in the covered riding arena. Horse programs run rain or shine.

    To request a refund, please follow the guidelines below:

    • Submit the request with explanation in writing and mail to:
      Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
      Attn: Outdoor Adventure Manager
      4522 Granny White Pike Nashville, TN 37204
    • Or fax to (615) 460-0213
    • Or email Lanny Brown at lbrown@gsmidtn.org

    NOTE: If you do not receive a response within two business days confirming receipt of your email and your request is under consideration, please contact Lanny Brown at (615) 460-0213.

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