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GSWPA, WLD Ranch announce partnership to offer horse programs at local camp


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 accept people for their kindness, love and affection. They respect you if you respect them.”

Resident camp sessions at Hawthorne Ridge begin in June. Girls do not have to be in a troop to attend resident camp. More information is available at


About Girl Scouts

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the leading authority on girls' healthy development. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The 2.8-million-member organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 800-248-3355 or visit


About WLD Ranch

The western ranch atmosphere coupled with a friendly staff at WLD Ranch encourages experiences that make a difference in guests’ lives. Campers experience a combination of friendship building, focused learning, faith development, and fun. We see the difference camp makes when guests find the truth for their lives and experience life as it is meant to be. When people step away from the routines of life by coming to WLD Ranch, they can return home with a renewed perspective. Learn more at