Sunset Ranch has teamed up with the Boy Scouts of America’s Aloha Council to offer Scouts the opportunity to obtain their Horsemanship Merit Badge. Programs are offered to individuals and troops throughout the year and during summer camps.
Shortly following their arrival at Sunset Ranch, Scouts go out to the lower pasture, catch their equine partners for the day and begin theexciting, hands-on learning process. Each day Scouts practice the skills covered in the Horsemanship Merit Badge Handbook, including: grooming, saddling, riding, and over-all care. Other topics covered in this exclusive program include equine health, anatomy, nutrition, breeds, and tack.
Daily rides focus on obtaining the mounted skills required for the Horsemanship Merit Badge. Mounted skills learned include: walking, trotting, turning, stopping, and backing. One unique aspect to our program at Sunset Ranch is that Scouts are encouraged to try both English and Western style riding.
The Horsemanship Merit Badge at Sunset Ranch is arguably one of the more exciting, challenging, and rewarding merit badges that your Scout will obtain. Here are some comments from recent Scout participants:
“I’m so grateful for your time and attention with the boys; Nic is just thrilled and asked if he could skip Boy Scout camp and just pitch his tent on your lawn by the barn! He is very interested in community service at Sunset Ranch and taking riding lessons in the near future! “
“We ran past our time because we were having so much fun and learning a ton!”
“Sunset Ranch is right next to Camp Pupukea and the view there is beautiful. We all really enjoyed being at the ranch and working with the horses.”
“(At Sunset Ranch), we (not only achieved) our Horsemanship Merit Badges, but had so much fun and learned a great deal of valuable information.”
Please contact us at (808)638-8333 for more information regarding our Horsemanship Merit Badge offering, or any other riding programs at Sunset Ranch. Mahalo nui loa!