Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) announced a new partnership that will provide summer horse programs for Girl Scouts at Camp Hawthorne Ridge, 7755 Hawthorne Ridge Rd., Girard.
WLD Ranch, less than three miles from the camp at 7351 Woolsey Rd, Girard, will provide four horse programs for Girl Scouts registered for special resident camp sessions at Hawthorne Ridge.
Girls will stay at Hawthorne Ridge and enjoy traditional camp activities like campfires, archery, hiking and swimming, and will be transported to WLD Ranch for the horse riding sessions.
“Horseback riding is high on the list of Girl Scouts’ favorite activities, but these programs are more than just fun,” said Dana Young, GSWPA Director of Outdoor Program. “Like Girl Scouts, WLD Ranch is committed to helping build confidence and character in girls, so the partnership with them helps our mission while providing memorable and meaningful camp experiences.”
Resident camp sessions at Hawthorne Ridge that feature WLD Ranch programs are designed for girls in grades 2-8, from beginners to more advanced riders, and vary in duration from a two-night stay to five nights.
Anna Beall, director of health and safety and director of the horse program at WLD Ranch, feels the partnership programs are a chance for girls to be free from the pressures they often face. “Girls don’t have to be worried about how they look or what clothes they wear,” Beall said. “Girls can be themselves. Horses ac...