Experience the magic of more than 40 Girl Scout horses at 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.

Horse 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.

  • 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)

  • 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: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador (grades 3-12)
    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)

  • 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 (grades 3-12)
    Available: Year-Round
    Duration: 1 hour
    Min: 1 | Max: 4
    Fee: $30 per girl; $30 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, Horseback Riding (GSUSA Junior Badge); Cadettes: Discovery: Horses, Trail Rider; Seniors: Exploring Equines, Horse Smart Leadership.

    Grade Level: Brownie, 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

    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 (3rd 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)

Meet the Horses