Girl Scouts + Horses = Magic
Dear Girl Scout Leaders and Horse Professionals,
Remember: It's not about what we are doing, it's about what we are talking about!
Be sure to check with your local GS council if there are any current horseback riding opportunities for girls or how to help get one started by going to www.girlscouts.org (Be sure you're a current Girl Scout Volunteer!)
If you are new to horses/Girl Scouts please take a moment to review your councils’ Safety Activity Checkpoints (Example from Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians). Safety Activity Checkpoints are the minimum safety requirements for girl activities. For example, Daisy Scouts maybe required to be on a leadline with a side walker or a pre-ride demonstration may be required before scouts can ride.
EVERYONE (regardless of age) should review the GSUSA Junior Horseback Riding Badge before attending a horseback riding activity.
Please work together to create an amazing program for the girls, Girl Scouts can make an amazing impact in the horse industry if we give them a little knowledge and a chance.
"Kevin" aka Jenn Gay
Jenn has been involved with Girl Scouting since the age of 5, rode her first horse at Girl Scout Camp Innisfree Equestrian Center (IEC)(owned by Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan. Legacy council: Michigan Metro Girl Scout Council) at the age of 9 and was hooked. After attending summer camp for several years she began volunteering at IEC when she turned 12. To Jenn’s surprise and excitement she was offered a paid position at 17! Her passion for both horses and Girl Scouting grew as she moved up the ranks to Directorship at IEC. As many councils have felt across the country, Innsifree was closed shortly after her promotion as director. Jenn has made it part of her mission to help bring horse experiences to Girl Scouts by using her resources wisely and sharing the Girl Scout program with horse professionals.
Jenn also runs an educational riding program out of Heavenly Horse Stables in Pinckney MI.