Girl Scout Leadership With Horses
Girl Scouts should have opportunities not only to learn and improve horsemanship skills, but to develop leadership and teaching skills while serving the community. The majority of Instructors in Training (IIT) work on days when equestrian activities are offered to troops. IIT will assist getting horses ready, teach ground skills to younger participants, and assist in the arena with basic skills. Opportunity’s for program participants to enroll in riding lessons or other horseback experiences will be developed. Although staff and adult volunteers always supervise the delivery of the equestrian program, having IIT assist will allow more participants to experience one-on-one assistance when needed.
There is a five-level upgrade process for the IIT and provides motivation for them to continually strive for excellence in all aspects of their participation, including safety, teaching, leadership, and horsemanship.