Fall Horse Program at Camp Maripai

Camp Maripai in Prescott, Arizona is offering horsemanship programs Thursdays through Mondays from September 1 - November 3, 2013.

Check out our program offerings below. If you are interested in participating or have questions please contact Crystal Kilkenny at 602-452-7145 or ckilkenny@girlscoutsaz.org or Becky Clark at 928-445-4975 or gsmaripai@girlscoutsaz.org.

2 Hour Badge Workshops

Fee: $30/person
Grades: K-12 and Adults

Each 2 Hour program works toward or completes a level of our Council’s Own Horseback Riding progression patch, while teaching valuable life skills through interaction with horses. One hour is dedicated to horseback riding and one hour to horse knowledge. Trail riding may be available to girls 4th grade and up who have participated in a previous riding session at Camp Maripai or have equivalent experience. Levels are taught based on the skill level of the group. Below mentioned skills are only samples of skills learned.

Level 1  |  Riding Skills
  • Safely Mount and Dismount
  • Control Horse at Walk
  • Circle Horse at Walk
  • Stop Horse

Level 2  |  Riding Skills
  • Control Horse at Walk
  • Figure Eight at Walk
  • Control Horse at Trot

Level 3  |  Riding Skills
  • Control Horse at Trot
  • Serpentines and Figure Eights
  • Learn the Barrel Pattern
  • Two Point at Walk

Level 4  |  Riding Skills
  • Introduction to English Riding
  • Ride Bareback
  • Figures at the Trot

Level 5  |  Riding Skills
  • Introduction to Posting Trot
  • Lope from a Trot
  • Two Point at the Trot

Daisies Ride Too!
Daisies (grades K-1) will participate in a short orientation on safety followed by an introductory ride in our arena. An adult must accompany each rider and be able to walk next to and lead the horse. Adults will not ride in this program.

Special Programming

Mini Horse Camp
Fee: $50/person
Grades: grades 4-12

Mini Horse Camp offers horse crazy girls the perfect solution to camp during the school year. During this four hour camp, girls will be able to participate in 1 arena lesson, 1 ground lesson, and 1 trail ride. Bring a sack lunch!!!!! Supervision provided by riding staff. Contact gsmaripai@girlscoutsaz.org or ckilkenny@girlscoutsaz.org  to register.

Girl Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have a daughter or a troop that loves horses? Girls can come spend time hanging out with our horses while learning what it takes to keep up with their care! Girls can clean and polish tack, groom horses, "scoop poop", fill water troughs, and help out with other important "barn chores". Please call to schedule volunteer opportunities.

Grades: 6-12
Times: Weekdays after school

Weekend Horse Program for Encampments
If your neighborhood has a currently scheduled weekend encampment at Maripai in September or October, we would be happy to offer horse programming to your troop or group. Please note that girls will have priority and adults will only ride if youth spaces are not filled. Please contact your encampment director for more information about horse program opportunities. If your encampment is choosing not to participate in horse program but your troop would still like to participate, we would be happy to coordinate with your encampment and schedule your troop.

Program Available after your encampment on Sunday!
We can schedule program for your troop after your encampment is over. Simply contact us to schedule special programming for your troop!

Weekday Riding Lessons and Trail Rides

Riding Lessons
Lessons will last approximately 2 hours (1 hour mounted.) Students prepare (grooming and saddling) their horse for each lesson and these skills are taught in your first lessons. After lessons, students are required to untack their horse and prepare it for turnout. Currently, we are able to offer beginning and intermediate Western lessons. Call 602-452-7145 or email gsmaripai@girlscoutsaz.org to schedule.

Grades: 2-12 and adults
Group Lessons (up to 4 riders): $30/per person
Private Lessons (up to 2 riders): $40/ per person
Days and Times: Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays: 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm-5pm

Weekday Trail Rides
Group trail rides are available on weekdays for $30/person. Trail rides are only available for riders who have previously participated in an arena lesson at Camp Maripai or have equivalent experience. Trail rides are walk only. We can accommodate up to 7 riders at a time, please call 602-452-7145 to schedule your troop or group.

Grades: 4-12 and adults
Group Trail Rides (up to 7 riders): $30/person

Additional Information

Required Dress
Long pants and socks must be worn. Participants should also wear a bandana to help maintain the cleanliness of our helmets. Shirts with sleeves are recommended for trail rides. Shoes or boots with at least a 1/4 inch heel and smooth soles are required, however a limited supply of loaner boots are available at camp. We do NOT permit sneakers, sandals, or fashion boots. Riding helmets are provided for all riders.

Leaders/parents in SafetyWise ratio must stay at the riding arena while girls participate in riding activities unless otherwise. Tagalongs/Siblings are not permitted on site. Our spring/fall horse program is directed by a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Level 1 English & Western certified staff member and all riding staff and volunteers complete an application, background check, and training.

If you are unable to attend a program, you must notify the camp in writing at least 7 business days prior to the program date to avoid being held financially responsible. If you have cancelled at least 7 business days prior to the event, you will recieve a refund for the total amount paid for that event.

On rare occasions we must cancel program due to unforeseen circumstances including weather (primarily monsoons,) volunteer availability, and horse injury or illness. We will try to communicate cancellations with as much advance notice as possible, however in the time that it takes you to travel to camp a storm can move in on an otherwise perfect day and force us to cancel program. If this occurs, we will refund your program fees and offer a complimentary 1-hour indoor educational program related to horses.

Equine Waiver
The Equine Waiver must be signed by every rider and a parent/guardian if the rider is under 18 years of age.

Crystal Kilkenny, Camp Director
602-452-7145  or  ckilkenny@girlscoutsaz.org

Become a Volunteer Riding Instructor or Trail Guide!
We are seeking adults with extensive horse experience to instruct arena lessons, instruct ground/unmounted lessons, assist riding instructors with lessons, lead & drag trail rides, groom and tack horses, work horses during the week, and assist with general care of horses. Current First Aid/CPR certification is preferred. Free weekend accomodation for volunteers may be available.

Email ckilkenny@girlscoutsaz.org for more information. Or to complete a volunteer application please visit girlscoutsaz.org/become-a-volunteer.