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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:

Instructions on How to Register:

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 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:

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:

Questions? Email Marissa Rooney at

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:

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.


Questions? Contact Anna Danila Outdoor & Travel Program Manager at

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:

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.

Please direct any questions to

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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

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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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Outdoor Adventure Club 2017-2018 Dates Released Soon!



We are working hard to finalize all our dates and programming for the 2017-2018 Outdoor Adventure Club season for both our OAC Explorers (6th graders) and OAC Trailblazers (7th- 10th graders)! Since many of our programs use outside vendor we are just waiting on the final confirmation from a couple vendors to release ALL of our dates and locations for next year. Thanks for your patience and we will have the dates out as soon as possible and before the April 17th registration opening date.

All date and a detailed FAQ page are available at the OAC website at the link below:

Please direct any questions to Anna Danila at



Outdoor Adventure Club at Keystone Science School: Space Still Available!


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If you haven’t had the opportunity to join a program through the Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) this year- now is your chance!

Spaces are still available for single event registration for an  OAC event at Keystone Science School this March. The Outdoor Adventure Club is a monthly high adventure program for Girl Scouts Cadette and up.  For March, the OAC is heading to Keystone Science School for a weekend of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, outdoor education, winter Olympics and fun!Both weekend groups have spaces available at $75 for the single event.

For registration and more information about the March 18-19th weekend follow the link below

For registration and more information about the March 25th- March 26th weekend follow the link below

Questions? Contact Anna Danila at


Camp Cancellation: H2O & Horseback Day Camp

We regret to share that the Summer 2017 H2O & Horseback Day Camp is cancelled.

Unfortunately, we were unable to secure the contract with the horse stables to run camp this summer.  We have noticed a trend of local horseback stables expanding their summer programming to offer their own summer camps- making it difficult for the stables to contract with outside organizations like GSCO to camps. We are as disappointed as we know the girls hoping to attend camp will be! We can assure GSCO girls and parents that we will be working tirelessly to find a way to incorporate horseback programming into our day camps for summer 2018.

If you are interested in attending one of the day camps offered by the Metro Denver Stables, please see the information below. (Disclaimer:  These programs are not associated with GSCO)

Please direct any questions to Anna Danila, Outdoor & Travel Program Manager,

12 Mile Stables at Cherry Creek Day Camp

Chatfield Stables Day Camp

Bear Creek Lake Park Stables Day Camp (information for 2017 not posted yet)



Outdoor Adventure Club Passport Sales Close on Tuesday!

The Outdoor Adventure Club is a brand new program for the 2016-2017 year. This is a passport program, where girls purchase a passport at the start of year to be eligible for one outdoor adventure a month. You can read more about the Outdoor Adventure Club here:

We have received a huge amount of interest in the program, and we are looking forward to serving older Girl Scouts through outdoor adventure programming! We have had so many girls purchase the passport that in order to allow every passport holder to attend all outdoor adventure club events, we will need to close passport sales on Tuesday 7/ 19 at midnight. Single event purchases will be available two months before each event as space allows.

Please contact Anna Danila, Outdoor & Travel Programs Manager at or (303)681-6079


GSCO Archery Certification Opportunity

Calling all Katniss Everdeen’s! Are you or your troop interested in Archery? This is your chance to get certified as a Level 1 Archery Instructor through USAA Archery. This certification allows an adult (16 and over) to supervise and facilitate troops shooting at an archery range.  GSCO is offering this certification class from 11am- 5pm on Saturday June 4th at Sky High Ranch for only $60 including lunch. Can’t make this training? We will be offering another one in September, contact Anna Danila for more questions or more information at

Register here:

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So, what can you do after you are certified as an archery instructor?

You can help your cadette troop earn their archery badge!

You can rent the council archery set and take your troop to a local archery range!

Check out these links for local free or low cost archery ranges!