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March 15, 17, 24 & April 7
Beaumont Scout Reservation | Nagel Base
8 a.m.-4 p.m. | Cost: $60


The Horsemanship Merit Badge Skill Center provides Scouts with knowledge of how to care, groom and ride a horse. The skill center begins with an orientation session on March 22 and then is held over three consecutive Saturdays on March 25 and April 1 and 8. In addition to learning how to safely ride and care for horses, Scouts who earn this merit badge will gain an understanding of horse’s instincts and behaviors, as well as humane and effective methods for training horses.

Skill Center Schedule
March 15 Orientation at Emerson Center 7-8 p.m.
March 17 Classroom Riding
Safety around horses Safely tying up a horse, grooming, saddling
Parts of a horse Mounting
Hoof care Intro to riding
Bridles and saddles Stopping and starting
March 24 Breeds of horses Stopping and starting
Horse conformations Control and turning
Feeding horses The four gates
Horse health Obstacle course
April 7 Written test Riding test

 *For safety reasons, no one can ride who is over the maximum weight limit of 250 lbs. Weight will be checked at camp. The rangers and trail guides have the responsibility to restrict any person from riding or other Horse Camp activities who may pose, in their opinion, a safety risk to themselves, others or the horses.