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Equipment Rental FAQs

Are you interested in renting outdoor gear from Girl Scouts of Colorado? Have you ever started reserving gear, but then had a few questions? Do you want to know what gear we have? These questions (and more) are now answered in our FAQs!

Click the link to learn more about your next gear reservation: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2957542-equipment-rental?t=479246 

More questions? Email outdoor programs coordinator Marissa Rooney at Marissa.Rooney@gscolorado.org

 

Summer Heat Fire Camp Taster Event July 25

Girl Scouts of Colorado is partnering with the Colorado Springs Fire Department on an exciting camp offering for summer 2019. At “Summer Heat Fire” session, female firefighters volunteer their time to teach girls firefighting and leadership skills. Girls wear real firefighting gear while learning and working through a series of fire related challenges. Other activities may include; an aerial ladder climb, search and rescue techniques, vehicle extrication, and working with hose lines while suited up in protective firefighting gear and breathing apparatus. The highlight of the week is a live fire exercise where participants will extinguish a real propane fire! There is no physical requirement to participate in this camp and all Girl Scouts are welcome.

Are you interested in learning more? Girl Scouts can attend a one day event this summer where they will practice and learn a sampling of the skills and activities that will take place at the 2019 camp!

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Sign up now for for the Summer Heat Taster on Wednesday, July 25,  2018 9 a.m – 5 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Fire Department Tower!

  • This event is open to Cadettes going into 8th grade in fall 2018, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Troops can attend together, but girls will register individually. Additional adults for supervision are not required at this event, but if interested can register as a volunteer.
  • Event registration closes July 17. On July 18, all participants will be sent an email with more information and required forms and waivers to bring to the event with them at that time. Girls will not be allowed to stay for the program if they do not arrive with the waiver completed.

More information and registration here: 

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/summer_heat_fire_cam.html

Questions? Email Outdoor Programs Manager Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org.

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Grant funds available for 2018- 19 Destinations

Girl Scouts of Colorado has received a grant from Girl Scouts of the USA to support girls traveling on upcoming Destinations trips!

Girls must first apply to a Destination trip before apply for D-Pass grant funding. Grant Funds can be used for Destination trips occurring in Summer 2018, Winter 2018 or Summer 2019. In order for the D-Pass grant funds to be used for a Summer 2019 Destination, the grant funds must be applied to a trip balance by December 31, 2018.

Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate travel adventure for girls 11-years-old and older. Girls apply individually for trips sponsored by Girl Scout councils or Girl Scouts of the USA  to join Girl Scouts from around the world in the trip of a lifetime! Destinations for Summer 2018 still have girl spaces!  Try Native New Mexican Adventure, Saddle up Sycamore, Discover Cambodia, Rainforest, River & Reef, Germany- Castles in Sky, and many more! Visit http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/take-a-trip/destinations/ for more information and to apply.

D- Pass Grant Timeline

  • April 23: Application closes
  • April 30: Funding decisions announced
  • Post Destination: Applicant agrees to write a blog post, and create a short presentation about her Destination

Apply for the D Pass Here! https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/scholarshipapp_copy_copy

Questions? Contact anna.danila@gscolorado.org

Upcoming Spring Archery Level 1 Training Dates

GSCO has several upcoming options for you to become USA Archery Level 1 certified!

Adults who have completed Archery Level 1 certification are able to manage an archery course to facilitate an archery program for their troop or other Girl Scout event. The Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course provides graduates the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range and ensures that minimum Girl Scout standards for archery instruction are consistently taught to provide for the safety and enjoyment of the participants, instructors and spectators. Level 1 Instructors are well prepared to teach beginner archery programs to all ages (Brownie and older) and abilities in a variety of both indoor and outdoor settings in the disciplines of target, field or 3-D archery. The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Twisted Pine Lodge, Genesee, CO
Fee: $45
Notes: Cooking and Camping (8hr class) is also offered at Twisted Pine on Sunday, April 8th.

How to register: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/usaa_archery_level_1_229785781.html

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park, CO
Fee: $50 (lunch is included in this price)

How to register: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/usaa_archery_level_1.html

Date: Sunday, June 17, 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Twisted Pine Lodge, Genesee, CO
Fee: $45
Notes: Cooking and Camping (8hr class) is also offered at Twisted Pine on Saturday, June 16.

How to register: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/_usaa_archery_level_.html

More summer training dates are in the works, and this blog will be updated once those registrations are available!

After completion of the Level 1 Archery certification, adult volunteers can rent the GSCO traveling archery set from the Denver office for $50/ day of use.

To reserve the archery gear, questions on upcoming training, locations of ranges or any other questions about GSCO archery contact Marissa.Rooney@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor Equipment Rental through GSCO

Girl Scouts of Colorado has outdoor equipment and gear at the Denver office for your troop to use on your next outdoor adventure!

Did you know you can rent/reserve all sorts of gear from your Denver office? Most items have a minimal service charge for renting and items include; tents, pop-up canopies, ice chests, water coolers, lummi sticks, parachutes, compass kits, and more! We also have a traveling archery set including bows, arrows, targets and safety equipment. Archery equipment can only be rented by coordinating directly with Marissa.rooney@gscolorado.org as we need to verify leader archery certification.

Follow the steps below to view available outdoor gear and to reserve for your next adventure:

1) Go to http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/
2) Click on Equipment Rental (see listings)
3) Browse the items and click ‘book now’ when you’re ready
4) Enter the dates in which you want to use the equipment and enter the quantity
5) Please read the “terms and conditions” as they have changed as of Jan 3, 2018
6) Follow the steps to input your information and finish your reservation
7) Marissa Rooney (Outdoor Programs Coordinator) will contact you with one week of you making a reservation and will arrange a time to pick-up and drop-off equipment. Pick up and drop off times are dependent on GSCO staff availability. Our outdoor program staff is often out of the office and in the field, so please do NOT show up at the office without a planned pick up or drop off time as there will be no one to assist with getting or receiving your gear.

Gear Reservation Policies

  • All reservations need to be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Most equipment pieces are listed as an ‘overnight’ item which means you have them from mid-day starting the first day you reserved them to the following morning. (Ex: if you reserved Lummi Sticks for Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, you can pick up the Lummi sticks Tuesday early afternoon and will need to return them to the Denver office by Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by late morning (similar to a hotel night reservation)).
  • If you need to pick-up or drop-off equipment outside of your event dates, please add those dates into your reservations, so they go through the system and are reserved for only you!
  • Pick up and drop off times for gear are dependent on GSCO staff availability. Our outdoor program staff is often out of the office and in the field, so please do NOT show up at the office without a planned pick up or drop off time as there will be no one to assist with getting or receiving your gear.

For questions or more information contact Marissa.Rooney@gscolorado.org

 

Single event registration open for the Ski and Snowboard weekend

For all girls in 7th- 12th grade, registration is now open for single event passes for the Outdoor Adventure Club’s Ski and Snowboarding weekend with an overnight at Tomahawk Ranch on Jan. 26, 2018 at 7 p.m.  – Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.

What would a Colorado outdoor adventure program be without a ski day? We are excited to bring back this favorite event from last year’s OAC. This is one of our more ambitious events of the program year as we organize a charter bus, ski lessons, and manage our group of girls in a very busy public area.  Due to these factors, some of our registration processes and event details for this event differs from other events.

  • Registration Timeline: In order to reserve ski tickets, arrange lessons and order a charter bus for the correct number of participants, registration for will close on January 3. NOTE: After this point we will have reserved tickets, bus spots, and lessons.  Any cancellations of single event passes that occur after this date will be not be given a refund. After January 3, we will post a full event letter to your CampInTouch account.
  • Buddy Requests: We will honor one buddy request per girl for overnight cabin assignments, but ski/ snowboard groups will be determined by skill level and we can not guarantee girls will be with their buddy for ski groups – see below for more information.
  • Ski/Snowboard Group: On Saturday, ski/snowboard groups will be split up based on the information submitted in the “OAC Skill Level” form submitted in your CampInTouch account.  You are able to update this form at any point before January 3. Girls are welcome to snowboard, and should still rank their skill level of snowboarding on the form. NOTE: Girls attending with a single event pass MUST have ski experience of intermediate or higher, as we will not be providing lessons to single event pass purchases. Beginner lessons are being provided as part of the passport program. Due to the high cost of lessons, this is not an option for single event purchases.The intermediate and advanced ski/snowboard groups will be in small groups with two Girl Scout staff members or volunteers; all of whom are comfortable skiers/snowboarder and will be present for supervision and support. However, these volunteers are not trained ski instructors and will not offer professional instruction. As a reminder, the skill level options are:
    • Intermediate 1: Has skied/snowboarded 3-8 times and is comfortable going down green slopes with adult support, but minimal instruction.
    • Intermediate 2: Has skied/snowboarded 5 or more times and is comfortable going down blue slopes with adult support, but minimal instruction.
    • Advanced: Significant skiing/snowboarding experience and comfortable on black slopes.
  • Gear Rental: This is the only event of the OAC year where we require participants to provide their own gear. All participants will be required to bring their own ski or snowboard gear with them to drop off at Tomahawk Ranch on Friday night. If you do not have your own gear, please make arrangements ahead of time. The event letter posted on January 3 will include a complete packing list, as well as links to options for rentals.
  • Arrival/ Departure: All participants should plan to attend the full weekend: meet at Tomahawk on Friday night, travel to and from A-Basin on the group bus, and be picked up Sunday morning. We are not able to coordinate families meeting the OAC group at A-Basin on Saturday. We will only allow this in very special circumstances.

To Register: 

https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App

Instructions on How to Register: 

https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2856689.

We also need adult volunteers who are comfortable chaperoning a group of girls on blues or above for Saturday only from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Your ticket to A-Basin is included!

We hope to see you there! Email Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org to volunteer or with any questions.

About the Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is GSCO staff-led program for older Girl Scouts offering monthly high adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing.  Passport sales for the OAC have closed, but girls can register for individual events with single passes. Single event passes for the OAC Explorers (6th grade) are $100/ girl, and single event passes for the OAC Trailblazers are $75/ girl. Sign up at the links below to be notified as soon as single event registration opens for a program:

For more information and to see a list of upcoming events: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/adventure

Outdoor Adventure Club weekend at Tomahawk Ranch: Single event registration is now open

Registration is now open for single event passes for a weekend at Tomahawk Ranch December 15- 17, 2017 with the Outdoor Adventure Club. At this event, girls will learn wilderness survival skills, practice outdoor cooking, tour the Tomahawk farm, and go mountain biking.

Registration closes December 1 and the fee is $100 for the weekend. To register or for more information, use this link: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2017/outdoor_adventure_cl_1805802475.html

Questions? Email Marissa Rooney at Marissa.Rooney@gscolorado.org

About the Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is GSCO staff-led program for older Girl Scouts offering monthly high adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing.  Passport sales for the OAC have closed, but girls can register for individual events with single passes. Single event passes for the OAC Explorers (6th grade) are $100/ girl, and single event passes for the OAC Trailblazers are $75/ girl. Sign up at the links below to be notified as soon as single event registration opens for a program:

For more information and to see a list of upcoming events: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/adventure

Are you an experienced Girl Scout traveler?

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Calling all travel experts! We are seeking girls, adult leaders, or troops to be GSCO “travel ambassadors” and share their knowledge, expertise, and lessons learned through Girl Scout travel. If you are an expert in money-earning ideas for travel, World Centers, girl-led travel planning and logistics, destinations, or anything else related to Girl Scout travel- we want to hear from you!

 

If you have traveled through Girl Scouts and are interested in being a resource to other girls and leaders, or helping to promote Girl Scout travel in general, please sign up through the link below. We will then reach out to you with upcoming travel ambassador opportunities.

 

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/gscotravelambassadorsignup

 

Questions? Contact Anna Danila Outdoor & Travel Program Manager at http://anna.danila@gscolorado.org

Horseback Destination Chaperone- One Spot Open!

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The outdoor programs team has an exciting volunteer opportunity to share!

This summer, GSCO is hosting a horseback destination trip. The destinations program is through GSUSA where councils open up a unique trip to fellow Girl Scouts across the country. This year, GSCO is hosting a Colorado Horseback Adventure with 18 girl scouts from across the country with white water rafting, living at a cowboy camp and a horsepack trip in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Read more about the trip here: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/colorado-horseback-adventure/

We have one spot left for a chaperone on this trip. Chaperones would attend  free of charge and responsibilities would include being a positive role model for the young women in your group and facilitating a meaningful experience in Girl Scout sisterhood. This trip will also be staffed by GSCO staff and a team a wranglers through our vendor Bear Basin Packtrips. We are looking for chaperones with horse experience, but also to support staff and wranglers and focus on girl interaction.

If you are interested in chaperoning please apply through the link below- and we urge you to do so ASAP as applications close May 1st but we would like to make the decision sooner.

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/horsebackdestinationchaperoneapplication

Please direct any questions to anna.danila@gscolorado.org

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“What Camp Means to Me” : Words from a Camp Director

The following is a guest post from one of our volunteer Camp Directors, Penny Roberts. If you are interested in volunteering as a Camp Director and making a difference in the lives of young women through outdoor programs contact anna.danila@gscolorado.org

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WHAT CAMP MEANS TO ME 

By: Penny Roberts, CORE camp

“For the last 60+ years, camp has meant the world to me.  I stayed in Girl Scouting during my difficult junior high years because I was able to earn my way to camp every summer by selling Girl Scout Cookies!  My goal and my dream was to work at camp as a counselor and later on to take troops and family to camp to share in the experience.

So what’s so special about camp, particularly Girl Scout camp?  Hard to wrap it up quickly, but here are a few visuals – – – fresh air and sunshine, hot and cold and wet and dry, the smell of pine, flowers and grasses, horses to ride and pet, packs to carry over the peaks, water to play in and sit next to, peace and quiet beyond compare at night, sunrises and sunsets to take your breath away, stars beyond imagining, happy voices ringing out over the meadows, critters and birds and bugs to watch, fires to build and meals to cook, songs to sing all day every day, things to learn about growing up and getting along with others.  I could go on and on and on.

MOSTLY, it’s making new friends that may last a lifetime, cultivating a person-hood of confidence and patience and leadership and sharing.  Even MORE THAN THAT is having FUNTo be an older girl and then a woman with the ability to take others into the woods and on the trails and then into the wilderness to continue to live and grow outdoors.  Truly, our individual and collective mental, social and spiritual health depends on this time away from the pressures and confines of buildings and cities and jobs.  Except, of course, if you are lucky enough to have a real job working at camp!  Let’s DO IT, OK?!!  COME TO CAMP! “

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