Horseback riding facilities may be added or discontinued during the year based on compliance with our council’s list of safety checkpoints and insurance requirements. Each listed stable has an annual facility inspection, follows Safety Activity Checkpoints standards, and has appropriate insurance for riders. Other local stables have chosen not to be inspected and approved. Therefore, only use the stables on the Approved Horseback Riding Ranches and Stables when doing Girl Scout activities even if you personally use a different stable for your family riding.
Approved Ranches and Stables
Minimum Age/Grade is 4th Grade
Questions and Suggestions
Ranches and Stables Wanting Approval
Many times troops or families want to get outdoors without going to an event. You can always use an outdoor focused badge or journey for lots of outdoor activity ideas. Some outdoor focused resources include:
- Daisy Environmental Activity packet
- Brownie Environmental Activity packet
- Junior Environmental Activity packet
- Group Games packet (not all of these games need to be played outdoors but many can)
Other outdoor activities you can do with your troop or family include:
- Take a hike at a new park. How is the landscape different from your local park? Are the plants different? Are the animals different?
- Go geocaching
- Try letterboxing
- Get some binoculars and go birdwatching
- Check out your local nature centers, conservancies or state and national parks for programs geared to families or kids.
- Visit a zoo
- Get outside when it is raining- jump in puddles, check out how the rain changes the colors of trees, plants. What critters come out when it rains?
- Go play in the snow and build a snowman, make snow angels or go sledding
No matter which activity you chose, the important thing is to get outdoors and have some fun!
Many council sponsored events provide girls with experiences in the outdoors and are designed to build their confidence and skills. Trained facilitators guide both girls and adults so they can then continue these activities on their own. Events are structured for girls, troops, or families.