By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development
Looking for events for the girls in your troop that love learning about and working with animals? Check out these three programs:
Introduction to Horses – Saturday, September 14, 2013 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Gentle Hill Farm, 1238 North Road, Tully, NY 13159, (Onondaga County), Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–3. Meet the horses! Tour their home (the barn) and discuss the safe practices you need to follow when around horses. Pair up with another girl and learn how to groom and tack your horse. Take a short ride around the arena. Learn about the daily chores and routines of owning a horse, horse colors and markings, and horse health care. ASTM/SEI approved riding helmets are provided by Gentle Hill Farm. Girls must be at least six-years-old to participate in this program. Leaders and girls should review the Horseback Riding Safety Activity Checkpoint before attending this program. A First Aid and CPR certified adult must accompany the group.
Animal Shelter Clean-up Day – Saturday, September 21, 2013 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., The Lewis County Humane Society, 6390 Pine Grove Road, Glenfield, NY 13343, (Lewis County), Open to Girl Scouts in grades 4–8. Before the event: Start a collection for the shelter. They are in great need of Purina Dog Chow and Purina Cat Chow, bleach, general cleaner such as Spic and Span, large rawhides, kitchen-size garbage bags, contractor-size garbage bags, dog treats, and Temptations for cats. Clean-up Day: Help with outdoor cleanup (rake leaves, clean up yards). Walk dogs and play with the cats. After the event: Fun patches can be purchased at your local Girl Scout boutique!
JADA Hill Goat Farm Tour – Saturday, October 5, 2013 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., JADA Hill Farms, 106 Kelsey Road, Deposit, NY 13754, (Broome County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–12 and adults. Tour a working goat farm! Learn about the farm’s breeding program and the different breeds of goats at the farm. Find out why they have the breeds they do and who they sell their goats to. What needs to be done on a daily basis to keep the goats happy and healthy? Learn about making soaps and creams from goat’s milk — they do this right at the farm! Be sure you wear sturdy shoes — no flipflops or sandals.