Since 1971, the horses at Camp Sycamore Hills have played a significant role in enhancing leadership experiences for girls. Today, Camp Sycamore Hills is home to more than 40 horses and offers programming to help Girl Scouts start their journey to leadership by discovering the world of horses.

Horse Programs call girls to take action in what matters to them. There are horse programs available for girls of all ages and skill levels to best fit the needs of the troop or individual.

  • Digital Horses
    Grade Level: 5th grade and up
    Fee: $20 per person
    When: Check our website calendar for dates.
    Description: Try your hand at equine photography. Under staff supervision, you will use digital cameras to take pictures in the barn and pasture at Camp Sycamore Hills and then return to the bunk house to create a CD digital scrapbook, on our mobile computer lab.
  • Horseback Riding Lessons
    Grade level: 2nd grade and up
    Fee: $25 per girl
    When: Year-Round; generally on weekdays
    
Description: Lessons include both Western and English. Students are grouped with no more than four students per class of similar skill and experience.
  • Horsemanship Workshop
    Grade level: 4th grade and up
    Fee: $30 per girl; $18 per adult
    When: Most weekends of the school year; may be requested on weekdays.
    
Description: We offer age-appropriate three hour workshops that can be adopted to the experience of the group. These workshops include riding and non-riding components.
  • Horse Day Camps
    Grade level: 3rd grade and up
    
Fee: $50 per girl; $50 per adult (if participating)
    
When: Weekdays (inquire for availability)
    Description: 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. 
Groups must signup with a minimum of 6 (maximum of 12) 
riders. Participants will bring a sack lunch, drinks and snacks for the day. Adults are not required to stay, but are welcome.
  • Horse Smarts Team Building
    Grade level: 6th grade and up
    Fee: $20 per girl; $15 per adult
    When: Weekdays (inquire for availability)
    
Description: 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 experience with horses. Groups must sign up with a minimum of 6.
  • Loving and Grooming
    Grade level: Kindergarten and older
    Fee: $5 per girl
    When: Most weekends of the school year; may be 
requested on weekdays.
    Description: 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.
  • Pony Ready
    Grade level: 2nd grade and up
    
Fee: $8 per girl
    
When: Most weekends of the school year; may be
 requested on weekdays.
    
Description: 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.
  • Ring Ride/Troop Lesson
    Grade level: 3rd grade and up
    
Fee: $18 per rider
    
When: Most weekends of the school year; may be requested on weekdays.
    
Description: Instruction is based on the experience level of the group. Lessons may be tailored to the interests of the group but begin with the basics and focus on progressive riding skills. Girl Scout Brownies will earn the Riding Round Up Try It. This 1.5 hour session includes helmet and boot fittings, receiving horse assignments and lesson.
  • Trail Ride
    Grade level: 4th grade and up
    Fee: $18 per rider
    
When: Most weekends of the school year; may be requested on weekdays.
    Description: Trail rides begin with basic instruction and practice. The length of the trail ride depends on the skill level demonstrated during basic instruction. The 1.5 hour session includes helmet and boot fittings, receiving horse assignments and instructions. In the case of inclement weather or unsafe trail conditions, alternate arena activities will be substituted.
  • Vaqueras Training Day
    Grade level: 7th grade (at least 12 years old) and up
    Fee: $20 per girl for training only
    
Description: Vaqueras are trained to prepare horses for the various horse programs and assist girl participants. Vaqueras may also improve their own riding skills.
  • Custom Programs
    Be creative! We’ll work to develop a program to meet your needs.

Meet the Horses