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Animal Planet day camp gives girls a real wildlife experience


Submitted by Tina Saunders
Denver Metro

MONDAY – Had a WONDERFUL first day of our Animal Planet day camp in Westminster. Met some wonderful parents, volunteers, Program Aides and campers. The campers broke into their groups for the week, got to know each other, created patrol banners, discussed SWAP ideas, created their kaper charts and designed their field journals for the week. Thanks to JC Jackman for putting on such a GREAT performance! The kids loved it!! Afternoon snack was S’mores in a bag.

TUESDAY – day 2 of Animal Planet and we covered islands. The campers made bird masks, decorated dolphins, learned about habitats in the water through a dishpan tidal pool activity and explored an ecosystem trunk from The Wildlife Experience. For lunch we made walking tacos and in the afternoon we made Jell-o with gummy fish.

WEDNESDAY – day 3 of Animal Planet and it was rainforest day and so they made rainforests in a jar, we had a program kit from The Butterfly Pavilion and for crafts we had egg carton turtles, clay owls & toilet paper roll owls. For lunch we made cocoons (pigs in a blanket) and banana boats for lunch. We opened the day with the 6th grade girls teaching a healthy habit by teaching some yoga poses.

THURSDAY – day 4 of Animal Planet was desert day. They made animal track casts, painted wooden snakes and explored a trunk from The Wildlife Experience about camouflage. Lunch was pita pizzas and cake in an orange! YUM!

FRIDAY – Great last day of day camp. The girls received a copy of their group photo with JC Jackman for their frames, made clothes pin giraffes, learned about poachers with stuff from a Wildlife Experience trunk, and had a visitor from the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. We had hamburgers & watermelon for lunch and pudding cones for snack. We did a habitat clean up through the park, exchanged SWAPS and signed T-shirts.

Every day we opened and closed with a flag ceremony and announcements. Morning snacks were either fruit or something like crackers or pretzels. We also shared information about animals key to these areas and found fun games to play that were different every day so that they were learning new games.

View more photos from the week here.

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The Fourth of July at Magic Sky Ranch Girl Scout Camp

Golf Cart ParadeBeing the first time Magic Sky Ranch had campers on site for the Fourth of July, it was a day of new memories for us all! This week’s all-camp had a complete American theme, including face painting, line dancing, dunk tanks, water rocket fireworks and decorating golf carts for the 1st annual golf cart parade!

The whole morning of the 4th campers and staff visited different stations enjoying each activity. To wrap up our Fourth of July extravaganza, we watched and joined in the parade that led us to the dining hall and lunch! Then to continue the celebration, for our Friday mini all-camp, all of the campers were excited to show off their dance moves during the western hoedown!

When we were not celebrating the holiday, units enjoy all of the other fun and exciting things we have at camp, including arts and crafts, archery, dance and drama and everyone’s favorite: Piggy Parties!

Be sure to check out all the pictures of this session’s excitement at

Happy Camping.

All About Magic Sky Ranch Girl Scout Summer Camp Session 2 (June 23rd-28th 2013)

Session 2 was another great week of fun here at Magic Sky; we started our week being welcomed by an amazing double rainbow! All of the units have had a great week enjoying everything Magic Sky has to offer. This week’s programs included Archery Adventures, Paintbrushes and Play, Brownie Discovery, and Scientifically Speaking, and CIT I.

The Archery campers spent most of their week learning how to take care and use a bow and arrow and trying to hit the glorious bulls eye! After the group spent some time using compound bows they had the chance to challenge themselves a little more and learn to use recurve bows. They had a great discussion on which we liked better and why. When the unit was not on the range they enjoyed all the other fun activities MSR has to offer!

Our campers participating in the paint brushes and play unit spent the each day visiting Ash in the arts and crafts room twice a day. During the week they made; sand candles, baskets, pinch pots, dream catchers, decorated cupcakes, masks, pop can bracelets, nature sketching, and leather bracelets.

The Big Dipper and Northern Lights Science campers spent much of their time with Lady Bug in the Nature and Science Classroom where they did; marshmallow genetics, crime scene investigation, jelly bellyolgy, extraction of strawberry DNA, making volcanoes erupt, and much much more!! Finally the CITs spent their second week of training in the units shadowing councilors and program staff.

As a whole camp we enjoyed two wonderful all camps! On Wednesday the campers were sent back to the Wild West looking for gold and other gems but they had to be careful not to run into a bandit who could then steal all of their earnings! Luckily we also had sheriffs wonder the grounds looking for these bandits who were stirring up trouble! On Friday we enjoyed a Who’s Line is it Anyways game. Everyone laughed so hard watching staff and campers act so silly!

We hope all the campers had a great time and enjoyed their camping experience at Magic Sky! Be sure to check our Facebook and flickr page for tons of exciting pictures that were taken throughout the week!

Happy Camping!!

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GSCO Blazing Saddles II MMR Camp Session June 23-28th

The Meadow Mt Ranch Camp High Adventure Horse Program had another successful week of horseback trailriding as well as horsepacking.  The Blazing Saddles II campers packed in on horse back for overnite trip to Thunder Lake in Wild Basin/RMNP – at elevation of 10,574 – almost 8 miles on way from camp.  They then rode back down to lower elevation and camped in the outpost camp with the horses the next two nights.  On their back country pack trips, they also got to venture by Ouzel Falls, Calypso Cascades, and Copeland Falls.  The campers learned about Leave No Trace camping skills, camping overnite with livestock/horses in RMNP, caring for their horses in remote settings and working as team, and trail riding etiquette.  They also got to do some star gazing and learned about some edible plants and survival skills.  They speny some down time making walking sticks and were awarded trail track patch for the destinations they rode to during the week.   The staff and campers got some amazing pictures of the terrain and Wild Basin showing it’s true majestic scenery.

GSCO MMR Blazing Saddle I Session June 16-21

MMR Blazing Saddles I first session of camp enjoyed wonderful week filled with amazing views of the Wild Basin RMNP and Continental Divide as these young ladies ventured into the wilderness via horse.  They learned about trail etiquette as well as camping out in outpost camp with their horses, edible plants, star gazing, Leave No Trace and more. The campers rode to Finch Lake and Calypso Cascades waterfalls. They experienced trail riding in the Rocky Mts at it’s best.

GSCO Horse Fun in the Sun Brownie Event

The Girl Scout Brownie Event Horse Fun in the Sun was a great success. We had so many interested in attending and had a full event plus extras! The Brownies learned about caring for a horse, which included grooming, tack, nutrition and facility, and a short riding lesson in arena. The girls also got to make horse treats, which were fed to the horses at the end of the event, as well as got to try their hand at some roping! With the high interest from Girl Scouts for this event, we will have it available for troops and individual Girl Scouts to do year round. Those interested can contact Colorado Riding Academy to register. The rate will still be $15 per Girl Scout and the girls will receive a patch and glow in dark “I love Horses” rubber/elastic band bracelet.

Jessica Soucy – Colorado Riding Academy



Ponies and Pals GSCO Event Parker, CO

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Daisies had a great time at the Ponies and Pals Event June 22nd in Parker, CO.  They learned about caring for a horse, which included grooming, tack and a short riding lesson in arena.  The girls also got to make horse treats, which were fed to the horses at the end of the event. With the high interest from Girl Scouts for this event we will be offering this event for troops and individual Girl Scouts to do year round. Those interested can contact Colorado Riding Academy to register. The rate will still be $15 per Girl Scout and the girls will receive a patch and glow in dark “I love Horses” rubber/elastic band bracelet.

Jessica Soucy – Colorado Riding Academy



Girl Scout Voices Satisfaction Survey

Please complete the “Making Girl Scouts Even Better” survey and you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card! You must complete this survey to be registered to win. The survey results will help us understand how Girl Scouting is benefiting you and girls like you. Your input will tell us how we can make your experiences even better. That means that your answers are very important to the success of Girl Scouting!

To complete the survey, simply click the links below or copy and paste the link into your web browser to take the survey. If you completed the Girl Scout Voices Registration earlier this year, you should have received an email with a link for your age level. Check your email for the reminders. Although the survey is anonymous, using the link from your email will ensure you’re entered in the drawing to win the gift card!

Here are some important details about this Girl Scout Survey:

• Your survey answers will be for research purposes only and confidentiality will be protected throughout the entire project, and you will never be identified in any publication, written or spoken.

• Deciding to take the survey is completely up to you. You may stop at any time. You may choose not to answer any questions you do not want to answer.

• The results of this survey are only for the use of Girl Scouts of Colorado and Girl Scouts of the USA. That means you will not receive any sales or marketing contacts as a result of your participation. We sincerely hope that you will participate in this survey. Thank you so much for participating!


The survey is only open until July 18 – so share your voice with us today!

To be eligible to win the Amazon Gift Card, girls first need to go onto Girl Scout Voices and register (if they aren’t already). Because our survey is anonymous, you need to enter your contact info separate from the survey questions, then, all we’ll see is that you completed it!  

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Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top cookie sellers


View more photos of the Top Cookie Seller Luncheon in Denver

Over the last month Girl Scouts of Colorado held several events throughout the state to honor the more than 400 Colorado Girl Scouts who sold 750 packages of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2013 sale. (View the program of this year’s top cookie sellers)

On Saturday, June 22nd, I had the honor of attending the ever-popular Top Seller Luncheon at the Denver Marriott Tech Center with roughly 95 of this year’s top sellers from around the state. Girl Scouts of Colorado’s President and CEO Stephanie Foote as well as retired Vice President of Product Sales Dorothy Gregory, the new Director of Product Sales Angel Haxton and Denver Product Sales staff, Jordan Alvillar and Dana Harrod, also joined me at the event. I always love seeing the girls of all ages dressed up in their fancy attire with smiles ear to ear! The luncheon includes a presentation of the top cookie seller medals, voting on next year’s cookie recognitions and dancing with the yearly conga line through the banquet hall.

Also on Saturday a rock climbing top seller event near Durango took place. Volunteer Dena Thomason snapped these photos at the event to share with us. Looks like fun was had by all!

Other cookie top seller events this month included the Glenwood Caverns and Pueblo Dinner Theatre on June 8 and coming up on June 29 is high tea at Victoria’s Tiny Tea Room in Eaton. Did you attend one of these events? Please share your photos and stories with us so we can showcase them here on the blog as well .

Congratulations to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2013 Cookie Top Sellers!