Horse Programs at D-Bar-A

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D-bar-A Scout Ranch staff is uniquely qualified to present several programs for our youth to learn more about horses and about life on a working ranch. From the introductory Horsemanship Merit Badge to the fully immersive Ranch Hand Experience, your scouts will have an unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

Weekend Horse Program Opportunities

Note: Both the Horsemanship Merit Badge and the Mini Yucca weekend opportunities must be scheduled at least 90 days prior to the desired weekend.

Basic Horseback Riding

Every weekend, D-bar-A offers horseback riding programs to units staying in camp.

Corral Rides – $10 per Scout

For Scouts under the age of 10, we offer this great introduction to Horseback Riding. Up to 30 Scouts can take advantage of this opportunity in a 1-hour time-slot. Held at our Corral near the barns, Scouts ride horses while their adult partner leads the horse around the Corral.

Trail Rides – $15 per person

Scouts age 10 and older, as well as adults, can take advantage of this great Horseback Riding Program. Designed to introduce participants to the joys of Horseback Riding, Scouts and adults will get to see the Ranch from Horseback. Each ride lasts 1 hour.

Horsemanship Merit Badge

Maximum of 12 participants – $100.00 per person

The Horsemanship Merit Badge weekend starts with the desire of your scouts to learn more about horses. After establishing your weekend, participating Scouts will need to work on some prerequisites. Required study items will be sent to the unit leader.

Scouts will learn about safety around horses, the main parts of a horse and different breeds. They will learn about grooming, hoof care horse health issues and will have the opportunity to demonstrate the riding skills they learn.

Food and lodging are the responsibility of the unit. A variety of cabins and campsites are available at D-bar-A Scout Ranch.

Mini Yucca Weekend Experience

Maximum of 12 participants – $125.00 per person

Similar to the full Yucca Trail Program (see below), the mini-Yucca gives a unit the opportunity to hit the trail with D-bar-A’s horses for a weekend. While there is not enough time to earn the Horsemanship Merit Badge in this abridged version, it is a great introduction to traveling and camping with horses.

Summer Horse Program Opportunities

Yucca Trail

Prices, dates and registration!

If you are interested in doing some serious horseback riding, then you have to ride the Yucca Trail! While riding through parts of D-bar-A Scout Ranch that many never see and caring for the horse you’re riding, you will earn the Horsemanship Merit Badge.

The Yucca Trail is a four day, three night horseback riding experience with highly trained staff that you will never forget. It begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. on the first evening.

The experience starts when you are assigned a horse, which will be your responsibility until the final feast on the last day. You will ride, groom, feed, and care for your horse and even take turns during the night, tending to the herd.

You will sleep out under the stars, just like the cowboys do on the open range. During the day, you will be riding and learning what is necessary to earn the Horsemanship Merit Badge. At night, around the campfire, you will be able to sing songs of western ballads and listen to some tales of the old west.

The closing dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. on the final evening, where you will take part in a traditional western cookout. Parents and family members are invited to the dinner.

Participants should be at least 13 years of age and First Class, and have some riding and camping experience. Except for your personal camping gear, D-bar-A Scout Ranch will provide everything that you will need including food and cooking equipment.

A current BSA Health & Medical Record, parts A, B and C, including a Doctor’s signature is required.

Each session is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

Ranch Hand

Prices, dates and registration!

Spend a week learning what it takes to work at a Ranch!

Help the D-bar-A Ranch Staff care for our herd of horses, long horn cattle and burros in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Participants in this full-immersion program will earn the Horsemanship, Farm Mechanics and Welding Merit Badges, in addition to taking part in all aspects of running the Ranch from maintenance to horse care.

Learn how to rope, ride, spend a night under the stars with the horses and even participate in a true cattle drive!

You will get to work alongside the ranch staff on the 1700 acre farm. You will learn to bend and weld metal, work on farm machinery, and do repairs around the ranch.

There is no other Boy Scout camp East of the Mississippi River that has the experienced staff and resources to provide an experience like this.

Participants should be at least 13 years of age and First Class, and have some riding and camping experience. Except for your personal camping gear, D-bar-A Scout Ranch will provide everything that you will need including food and cooking equipment.

A current BSA Health & Medical Record, parts A, B and C, including a Doctor’s signature is required.

The Ranch Hand program is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. Prices and dates for 2016 coming soon.

For more information on the Yucca Trail, Ranch Hand or any of the other horse program opportunities, please contact Steve Bailey, Live Stock Foreman, at D-bar-A Scout Ranch – 810-441-0900.