Drought Affects GSMH Fall Horse Program

It’s back to school time, back to Girl Scouts and for some girls that means back to fall horseback riding. This year, girls will participate in fall horseback riding at Cherokee Ridge Program Center instead of Sacajawea-East Program Center. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to safely maintain our horses at Sacajawea-East Program Center. Many of our counties are suffering under severe drought and have been for some time. Due to this drought our hay suppliers are unable to fill our orders, therefore we do not have the necessary hay required to adequately feed our horses at Sacajawea-East. The decision not to move our horses was made with the health of our horses in mind and is in the best interest of protecting our herd. The horses will stay at Cherokee Ridge Program Center where hay cutting was sufficient, along with pasture feeding, to maintain the herd over the winter. We are hopeful that after the winter we may be able to secure enough hay to resume spring programming at Sacajawea-East Program Center.

Troops and Groups of 5 or more registered members will be able to register for horseback riding at Cherokee Ridge Program Center on the first and third Saturdays of every month.  Please note the GSMH program centers will be closed for deer-hunting season and horseback riding will be suspended during this time.

If you are interested in signing up for horseback riding at Cherokee Ridge Program Center please fill out a Troop/Individual Horseback Program Registration Form http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/forms.php.

If you would like to make it a day or weekend adventure click on the view th Cherokee Ridge Program Center or Latonka Program Center information http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/properties.php   to see what kinds of accommodations are available and what other types of adventures you can add to your trip.

Please feel free to contact Keely Elfrink, Leadership and Learning Specialist – Outdoor Program, with any questions 877-312-4764 X 1515 or kelfrink@girlscoutsmoheartland.org



From Past to Present – 100 Years of Girl Scouting Camporees

Turning 100 deserves another celebration! Celebrate Girl Scouting’s 100th by getting together with your Girl Scout friends for an ole’ fashioned Camporee near you! The registration deadline for our From Past to Present – 100 Years of Girl Scouting Camporee is almost here – REGISTER BY AUGUST 15, 2012.

All participants will receive a commemorative patch bracelet the day of the event.

Want to join in the Celebration?

The Camporees are open to troops and individually registered girls. Troops need to follow the troop travel guidelines for ratio, first aiders, etc. and individual girls must be accompanied by a chaperone.  (In keeping with the Girl Scout Camporee tradition, this is a troop camping or individually registered Girl Scout experience.)

When and where are they happening? ­

September 21-23 (one day or all weekend!)

Central – Sedalia Fairgrounds

Southeast – Bootheel Rodeo Grounds, Sikeston

Southwest – Centennial Park Fairgrounds, Nevada


What is the Cost?           

Saturday daytime only (no overnight) $10* per person

Saturday daytime through Sunday morning $12* per person

Friday night through Sunday morning $15* per person


What Time does the fun start?

Gates open Friday September 21 at 5:00pm (all Locations)

(Friday is an on your own entertainment night)

Registration Starts at 7:30am Saturday

Opening Flag Ceremony at 8:30am Saturday

Saturday Night Campfire, Songs and S’mores

Closing Flag Ceremony Sunday at 11:00am



What goes on at a Camporee?

There are many scheduled activities throughout the day Saturday including:  Knot tying, Knife safety, Letterboxing; Tent pitching, Archery, team-building games & SWAP station, Trading Post & MORE!

What do I need to bring?

Camping is primitive tent camping only.  So you will need to bring your own tents.  If you don’t have one check with your service unit to see if they have one you can borrow.  They are a great troop investment.

You will be responsible for your own food, cooking utensils and cooking source. Only grills or camp stoves, no open fires are allowed.  Don’t have what you need; don’t forget to check with your service unit.  A food vendor will be available to purchase lunch and dinner on Saturday otherwise meals are on your own.

You will receive a confirmation email closer to the event which will include an agenda as well as directions, more information and even a sample packing list!


Some question you might still be wondering about:

Is there electricity or water at the camp sites?

There is at the fairgrounds but not at the individual sites…primitive camping only.


Is there shade?

There is some shade, but most of the area is open field.


Do the troops reserve their spot, or it is first come-first serve?

First come, first serve.


Can the girls use Cookie Cards?

Yes, just like any event.


What is happening on Sunday?

There will be a Scouts Own ceremony, Troop Team Challenges followed by closing ceremony.


Do I have to have the BOS training in order to bring my troop?

No, because it is a council event.


Do I need to bring swaps?

SWAPs are not required but are encouraged! You will receive information in your confirmation about an approximate number of participants for which to plan for.


How can we help with this event?

Troops are needed for flag ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday and to help plan the Scouts Own on Sunday. Adult Volunteers are also needed to help with various stations on Saturday.

Click here to Volunteer at the Camporees