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A Girl Scout zip lines down the new Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour at Camp Crossed Arrows near Nickerson. The new zip line tour is currently the only multi-line zip tour in the state. 

After officially opening the Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour in March, Camp Crossed Arrows is set to host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the state’s first zip line tour on April 15.

The new, first-of-its-kind in Nebraska, Soaring hawk Zip Line Tour features five lines that send zippers over the wooded ravines and rolling hills of the Elkhorn River Valley near Nickerson and officially opened to the public on March 14.

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska will celebrate its new attraction at the grand opening ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 at Camp Crossed Arrows. Camp Crossed Arrows is two miles north of Nickerson at 12997 County Road P1.

Between all five lines, riders get to soar across 2,208 feet of line. With walking the total distance of the tour is 3,590 feet, but the camp also offers a hayrack ride to escort riders throughout the tour.

Soaring Hawk’s first riders were a group of Girl Scouts advisory group students from Omaha and Lincoln, who took to the air last month, zipping down the course at speeds up to 30 mph.

“They are our older girls who are part of our scout advisory group, so they provide a lot of feedback to us as to what they want to do at camp and what amenities they would like to see,” Michael Davis, council property director for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Council, said

Although Camp Crossed Arrows is a Girl Scouts camp, the new Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour is also open to public.

A complete tour will cost $20 for Girl Scouts ages 10-18, and $20 for Girl Scout affiliated adults, while non-Girl Scouts youth will pay $40 and adults $50.

According to Davis, the tour takes around two to three hours to complete and reservations can be made in three-hour blocks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1-4 p.m., and 4-7 p.m.

“We are hoping everything from youth groups, church groups, civic groups, etc. will come out and ride,” Davis said. “Say if a Midland University club, or organization, wants to come out and use it as kind of a team-building experience. We want to keep it as busy as possible.”

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There is a weight limit for the course, with riders having to weigh more than 60 pounds and less than 275 to ride.

The tour is designed so that riders can ease in to the experience — with the first line the lowest and the fifth line the highest.

“We sequence it so one is kind of the ease in, two is a little bit higher and so on,” Anderson said. “The way it was designed we used the lay of the land so none of them are really high platforms that you have to jump off of.”

While riders only have to go up a few steps on to each platform, the fifth and final line in the tour takes them across a deep ravine.

“When you go across that last ravine from the belly of the zip, which is the lowest point you would hang, to the bottom of the ravine is 54 feet,” Anderson said.

Reservations to ride the new zip-tour can be made by visiting the webpage: www.girlscoutsnebraska.org.

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