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Hello, I am the Outdoor Programs Director for Girl Scouts of Colorado. I have been an outdoor industry professional for over 15 years working with camps, outdoor programs, ropes courses and more, and love what I do!

Save the date for 2017-18 outdoor programs

Save the date for these Outdoor Programs in the 2017-18 Girl Scout year.  ** Note: Updated throughout the year as events are live in our events calendar.

Tomahawk Ranch Closing Work Weekend 9/22-24/17 (registration closed) Families come to “close-up” camp in preparation for winter. Meals: Fri. dinner – Sun. breakfast, lodging provided at no cost. Jobs: cleaning buildings, picking up trash, repainting, maintaining trails, etc. Saturday night’s program helps families relax and celebrate their hard work.

Sky High Ranch Fall Troop Camp – Sky High Adventure: 9/29-10/1/17 (registration closed) A staff-led, Troop Camp at Sky High Ranch. Test yourself at Sky High on our zip line, low-ropes course, archery, and swimming and splash on stand-up paddle boards at the pond! We’ll have arts & crafts, hiking, campfires, and more! Campers must be at least 60 lbs. so they do not get stuck mid-zip.

Travel Webinar: 10/3/17 at 6- 7 p.m. (registration closed):  Learn about ways you can travel as an older Girl Scout. Topics:   how to travel through Girl Scouts individually / with a troop; travel resources; ways to travel – tour groups, world centers, & girl led planning.

Destinations Travel Webinar: 10/5/17 at 6 -7 p.m. (registration closed) Learn about ways to travel as an older Girl Scout! Destination specific topics:  program & trips for ’18 & ’19; GSCO deadlines ; resources for Destinations prep/money earning . You’ll hear from a Destinations “travel ambassador” about her experience in 2017, her trip, and lessons learned.

Sky High Ranch Halloween Party: 10/28/17 at 1-  5 p.m. (registration deadline 10/26/17) From zombies & princesses to s’mores & wizards, we’ve got everything at the SHR Halloween party! Visit Yummy Candyland, Spooky Graveyard, & Witch’s World where you’ll play games, make crafts, and collect treats! This event is not just for Girl Scouts-all are welcome to attend! $10/child, adults/free.

Tomahawk Ranch Trick or Treat: 10/29/17 at 5- 8 p.m. Come to Tomahawk Ranch for a night of trick-or-treating! A free event for all ages. No registration is necessary. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume!

Sky High Ranch Tree Lighting: 12/3/17 – (Registration deadline 11/30/17) Come to Sky High to celebrate our annual Tree Lighting with activities & brunch! This community/family event is fun for all ages! Brunch buffet begins at 10 a.m.; tree lighting at 1p.m. We’ll have a buffet, family photos, ornaments, and hot drinks, and GOODIES!!! $15/Adult, $10/child, Free/ages 0-3.

Tomahawk Ranch Bruch with the Barnyard & Santa 12/10 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Register early! A community event, bring your family & friends. Join us for brunch with Santa and meet his furry barnyard friends. Eat brunch buffet, savor sweets and lollies aplenty, take photos with Santa, and warm up fireside with hot cocoa or cider. Ages 12+: $15/pp Ages 11-3: $10/pp Ages 2 and under/ Free

Sky High Ranch Expedition Antarctica: 1/12-14/18 (Me & My Guy) – Registration is now open! For girls and the significant male in their lives! Join us for an intro to winter camping at Sky High Ranch on a three-day, two-night excursion. We’ll introduce cold-weather tent camping, survival skills – and weather dependent, we’ll practice snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snow shelter building! We’ll set up tents outside the lodge and see who can brave the elements all night! This camp is also open to Me & My Gal, however housing is limited!

Tomahawk Ranch Me & My Gal 1/12-1/14/18 – Registration is now open! A three day, two-night camping experience for individual girls and the significant female adult role models in their lives. Planned activities may include: archery, crafts, outdoor skills, s’mores, barn visits, mattress surfing, and more.

Camp Registration Launches! 1/18/18 at 9 a.m. Register online through CampInTouch for summer camps. Use Cookie Credits and apply for camp grants to keep the cost of camp down.

Camp Registration Round 2! 3/1/18 at 9 a.m. Register online through CampInTouch for summer camps. Use Cookie Credits and apply for camp grants to keep the cost of camp down. We offer more spaces of our most popular programs on this date.

Sky High Ranch Open House : 3/10/18 at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit Sky High Ranch and preview your girl’s summer camp experience. Meet staff and see where your camper will eat and sleep while at camp! No registration necessary.

Tomahawk Ranch Troop Camp 4/20-22/18 – Registration coming soon!

Tomahawk Ranch Spring Brunch 5/6/18 at 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Registration coming soon! Bring the family to brunch and explore Tomahawk Ranch. Visit the barn, greenhouse, summer cabins, and dabble at camp crafts! Get your camp questions answered by Tomahawk Staff. Cost: Ages 12+: $15/pp, Ages 11-3: $10/pp; Ages 2 & under/free

Tomahawk Ranch Open House 5/6/18 at 2-  4 p.m. Visit Tomahawk Ranch and explore camp on a self-guided tour. Get your questions answered by Tomahawk staff. See the different types of accommodations and program areas. No registration necessary.

Sky High Ranch Open House May: 5/6/18 at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit Sky High Ranch and preview your girl’s summer camp experience at our Open House. Meet staff and see where your camper will eat and sleep while at camp! No registration necessary.

Tomahawk Ranch Spring Work Weekend 5/18-20/18 (registers with summer camps in CampInTouch) Families are invited to a weekend where we “open” camp in preparation for summer. Meals/lodging are provided at no cost. Jobs may include: cleaning buildings/bathrooms, picking up trash, gardening, cleaning program areas, maintaining trails, etc. Saturday night’s evening program will help families relax and celebrate their hard work. No badge work or other activities are offered. Families of all ages are welcome.

Sky High Ranch Summer Splash Troop Camp 8/3-4/ 18 (registers with summer camps in CampInTouch) Splash the day away with one last salute to summer! This water-themed troop camp will be planned for you, includes:  swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boards. Meals and other traditional Girl Scout activities are included! Does not include zip line.

Tomahawk Ranch Closing Work Weekend 9/21-23/18 (registers with summer camps in CampInTouch) Families are invited to a weekend where we “close” camp after summer. Meals and lodging are provided at no cost. Jobs may include: cleaning buildings/bathrooms, picking up trash, gardening, cleaning program areas, maintaining trails, etc. Saturday night’s program will help families relax and celebrate their hard work. No badge work or other activities are offered.

Last minute changes = more overnight camp opportunities

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Camp directors have been working hard getting their camps ready for camp. Camp leadership staff arrived last week at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch and the rest of our seasonal (and amazing!) camp staff arrive around Memorial Day to envelop themselves in all that is camp during staff training and prepare for the arrival of campers.

We have had some last minute changes that created camp opportunities in the following sessions, register now for one of them!

SH16 Ranch Hands – Seniors and Ambassadors added: Homesteading at its finest! Spend days caring for farm animals and tending the garden. You’ll learn how to feed and care for animals, groom them, and help with basic farm upkeep. Plant and harvest fresh herbs and other yummy garden treats. Use projects from the farm and garden to create DIY crafts and activities. Includes a one-hour off-site horseback trail ride. There will be time for general activities too. This camp does not include the zip line.

SH34 Sky High Sampler – Seniors and Ambassadors added: Sample all that Sky High has to offer: learn the art of aiming at archery and take a trip on the zip! You’ll make a fun craft and new friends! Take a nature hike on the way to Upper Pond, where you will paddle your way across in a canoe. Campers must be a minimum of 60 lbs. to ensure they don’t get stuck mid-zip.

SH35 Wizarding World of Beasts – Seniors and Ambassadors added: The Wizarding World at Sky High is complete with fantastic beasts, mystical creatures, and days and nights full of magical enchantments. Get a chance to groom a thestral or hunt for dragon eggs. You’ll even learn to tame a wild hippogriff! Experience a magical camp like no other! Shop in Diagon Ranch Alley, test your courage defending against the Dark Arts, and mingle with other wizards at the Leaky Sky Cauldron. Don’t forget to bring and wear your wizarding or magical apparel! This camp does not include zip line.

SH53 Story Tellers – Seniors and Ambassadors added: Calling all story tellers! Do you have characters and ideas that need to be heard? Practice your artistic skills by painting, drawing, scrapbooking and more to build your stories. We’ll start with one panel comics and finish with binding a fully illustrated book of your creation! Tell stories around the campfire and read stories to younger campers. When you’re not busy creating your stories, recharge your creative batteries with some splashing around at the pond, zooming down the zip line, team-building at the ropes course and other camp activities too. Campers will earn their Comic Artist badge.

TR06 & TR17 Camp Half Blood – New spaces added! Explore the world of Percy Jackson and come be a part of an epic quest! Discover your inner hero – develop survival and archery skills that Artemis herself would be proud of! Learn to navigate by the moon, the stars and the constellations, while delving into ancient Greek Mythology. To heal both the inside and out, you’ll gain first aid skills and learn to make Tomahawk’s version of ambrosia nectar. Campers will also have to opportunity to visit the barn, make crafts, campout, roast marshmallows around a campfire and more! Campers will stay in platform tents with cots and mattresses. Bathroom facilities are outhouses and water troughs.

TR15 Hawaiian Luau – New spaces added! At this water-based travel camp, campers will dive into a Hawaiian adventure with fun in the sun. Girls will relax poolside, go fishing, bask in the sun, and more.  At camp, you’ll participate in water-related sports and activities, host a luau, make leis and tie dye a shirt and matching socks, visit the barn, take a nature hike, make smore’s around and campfire and more! This camp includes off-camp trips to water destinations, such as local pools and lakes. Campers will stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse.

TR25 Unsolved Mysteries – New spaces added! Pack your backpack and follow the clues in search of answers to solve the case! Campers will learn skills of deciphering Morse code, investigating the scene of the crime, learn to dust and lift fingerprints, and be a part of finding the missing Tabor jewels. Beyond helping to solve the mysteries of Tomahawk Ranch, there will be plenty of time for general camp activities too, like visiting the barnyard, camping out, hiking, and roasting marshmallows around the campfire. Campers will stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse. Campers will earn their Detective badge.

TR37 Iron Chef – New spaces added! Prepare yourself for this EPIC cooking competition! Girls will gain outdoor cooking techniques and then battle other teams for the title of “Team Master Chefs.” The competitions will be filmed and the drama will be shown at the end of the two weeks. Your team will be challenged by secret ingredients, foods from around the world and different courses. So now Tomahawk, with an open heart and an empty stomach, I say to you in the words of Obi Joe: Allez cuisine! Campers will stay in a cabin with equipped bathrooms and showers.

TR39 Pioneers – New Spaces added! Welcome to the 1800’s! Learn to cook over a fire and use different fruits to make jams and pies. Learn to cure your own jerky and make butter. Go off-site fishing, collect eggs from our barn every night, and milk Tomahawk’s goats. Learn animal tracking, archery, and make tools from sticks and stones. Learn to make cheese, soaps and lotions from farm fresh goat milk. Learn survival skills to brave the elements while on the trail. Participate in so many other fun activities around camp such as, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, nature hiking, camping out, barn visits and more! Campers will stay in a cabin with equipped bathrooms. Campers will earn their Woodworking badge.

 

 

Are you ready to get wild? Expedition camp for Seniors & Ambassadors

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Seniors and Ambassadors, are you tired of the same old routine? Is the thought of another boring summer getting you down?  Tomahawk Ranch has the answer –  this summer take a walk on the wild side…Expedition Wild that is!

This summer campers have the chance to get out and experience varying landscapes that make up beautiful southwest Colorado.  Challenge yourself by climbing granite rock formations, raft through pristine white water on the Lower Animas River, or discover your inner cowgirl while riding horses at the famous Rapp Corral.

In addition to the fun and challenging adventures, there will be time for hiking and exploring historic Mesa Verde National Park and Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.  Can you unravel the secrets of the Anasazi? Or maybe try your hand at some amateur archaeology, all this and more await!

Camp in the gorgeous San Juan National Forest, a stone’s throw from Durango for part of your expedition.  The next leg of your adventure leads you to the amazing scenery of Great Sand Dunes National Park.  Explore the tallest sand dunes in North America, wade through cooling streams, and try your hand at the fun sport of Snow Sledding.

When your muscles are sore and feet tired, we will make our way to the healing waters of Pagosa Springs Hot Springs, for a rejuvenating swim and soak.  These healing waters have been soothing weary travelers for hundreds of years, come claim your place in the history of famous soakers.

After refreshing our bodies, we travel north to Eleven Mile Reservoir, where we will learn to fish and catch our dinner.  Tomahawk Ranch’s chef will be on hand to help cook meals, while camping out under the stars.  When you need a break from fishing from the shore, take a step onto a pontoon boat and relax as we cruise the reservoir.  All this and more await.

Don’t let summer be boring, make it a wild time, with memories that last forever.  Join our epic expedition, and take a walk on the Expedition Wild (TR41 Expedition Wild) side with Tomahawk Ranch.

Register now for Girl Scout Camp!
Review our options and expanded session listings online.

This entry was written by Kevin “Flint” Igo, Flint is the Outdoor Director at Tomahawk Ranch and oversees trip and outdoor adventure skill programs. He is also a year-round staff member at Tomahawk Ranch Camp.

Camp Registration Round 2 – New Spaces and Changes

These are registration changes and additions to GSCO’s summer camps. Every year we hold a few camp spaces back so we can maximize opportunities in camps that are most popular. We have created a few more of our most popular sessions, and modified some with themes that have been popular with girls this year! We’ve also caught a couple of typos, noted here too.

Thanks to Ruddy and Obi Joe, our camp directors, and their teams for their hard work dreaming up our summer camp sessions!

Register for these new sessions online March 2 at 9am!
New sessions and camper spaces will not be listed online until this time.

Sky High Ranch Session Changes/Additions

NEW! SH11: Canoe Crazy
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: Are you crazy about boating? Travel offsite to nearby lakes and pools to try canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and swimming! You will be participating in a water activity every day, weather permitting. Build your own boat and race in the annual Sky High Cardboard Regatta! There will be time for general activities too. This camp does not include a zip line. Campers will earn their Hiker and Camper badge.
Program Level: Brownies and Juniors
Early Bird Cost: $650
Replaces: SH11 Boatload of Fun

NEW! SH115 Farm Fillies
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: Farm animals are what it’s all about! Spend your days grooming and feeding Sky High’s animals, then join us for a good ol’ fashioned Western hoe-down with dancing, goodies and more! Practice your farm-tending skills and take home your very own personalized stuffed animal! This camp does not include zip line or a trail ride. Campers will earn their Camper badge.
Program Level: Brownies
Early Bird Cost: $615

NEW! SH145 Super Girls
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: Show off your inner superhero! Unleash your Amazonian hunting skills on the archery course and make a lasso, bracelets and tiara to harness your powers! Go back to your warrior princess roots by taking a night hike to learn about constellations and by sculpting your own legend out of clay! Practice self-defense and protect your empire by land and by water! This camp does not include zip line. Campers will earn their Playing the Past badge.
Program Level: Junior
Early Bird Cost: $615

SPACES ADDED! SH17: Adventure Olympics
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: Test your mettle at the Annual Sky High Adventure Olympics! Events include: the zip line dash, an individual vertical crawl (also known as rock climbing), and a trip with your team to compete in an equestrian event (a one-hour off-site horseback trail ride). Take aim at the archery range and hone your skills, preparing you to be a well-rounded athlete and see if you can hit gold! At Upper Pond, you can swim laps and start practicing to be the next Katie Ladecky. Then hop into a canoe to paddle your way to victory! There will be time for general activities too. Participants must be at least 60 lbs. to ensure they do not get stuck mid-zip. Campers will earn their Good Sportsmanship badge.
Program Level: Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
Early Bird Cost: $700

NEW! SH21: Happily Ever After
Dates: 6/25-30
Description: Be our guest, and join us for a week of fairytale adventures! Create a tale as old as time to perform for the rest of camp and animate your own make-believe friends! Visit the secret garden, the mermaid’s pond and the fairytale farm, plus bring your favorite costume (or wear one of ours) to a fabulous ball! This camp does not include zip line. Campers will earn their Hiker badge.
Program Level: Brownie
Early Bird Cost: $615
Replaces: SH21 #Epic Quest

PRICE CHANGE: SH37 Horseback Trip Adventure $1395 (printed incorrectly in camp mailer)

NEW! SH49: Canoe Crazy
Dates: 7/16-21
Description: Are you crazy about boating? Travel offsite to nearby lakes and pools to try canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and swimming! You will be participating in a water activity every day, weather permitting. Build your own boat and race in the annual Sky High Cardboard Regatta! There will be time for general activities too. This camp does not include a zip line. Campers will earn their Hiker and Camper badge.
Program Level: Brownies and Juniors
Early Bird Cost: $650
Replaces: SH49 Boatload of Fun

NEW! SH615: Water Fillies
Dates: 7/23-28
Description: Sometimes a cowgirl just loves to cool off from a day at the barn with a dip in the pond! Split your time between boating at the pond and taking care of our animals at the barn. You’ll canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board, as well as groom, feed and play with our animals. There will be plenty of farm crafts and activities including making butter, lucky horseshoes and more. This camp includes a 1 hour off-site horseback ride. This camp does not include the zip line. Campers will earn their Trailblazer Adventurer badge.
Program Level: Junior
Early Bird Cost: $650

Tomahawk Ranch Session Changes/Additions

NEW! TR03 Dark Side
Dates: 6/11-16
Description: In a land far far away…while the rest of camp is asleep at night, you will experience camp in the dark! Take over camp at night by learning the secrets of our universe. Stay up with the stars and sleep in late. Create your own lightsaber and master Darth mind tricks! Host an EXTREME nighttime party! There will be plenty of time for general camp activities, such as campfires, crafts, archery, farm visits, hiking and more! Campers will stay in a cabin equipped bathroom and showers. Campers will begin their days at noon ending between 12am-2am, with three meals and snacks spaced out during the day. Campers will earn their Night Owl badge.
Program Level: Cadette
Early Bird Cost: $615
Replaces: TR03 On Target

NEW! TR07 Survival Campout
Dates: 6/11-16
Description: Develop your camping skills: pitching a tent, fire-building, outdoor cooking, orienteering with compasses and the stars, mapping, hiking, whittling, campsite set-up, shelter building, and more! Campers will spend multiple nights in a primitive camp site, setting up their own tents/hammocks and cooking their own meals. Campers stay in platform tents for two nights, and in hammocks/pitched tents for three-nights. Bathroom facilities are outhouses and water troughs. Campers will earn their Outdoor Art Apprentice badge.
Program Level: Cadette
Early Bird Cost: $615
Replaces: TR07 Campout

NEW! TR15 Hawaiian Luau
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: At this water-based travel camp, campers will dive into a Hawaiian adventure with fun in the sun. Girls will relax poolside, go fishing, bask in the sun, and more.  At camp, you’ll participate in water-related sports and activities, host a luau, make leis and tie dye a shirt and matching socks, visit the barn, take a nature hike, make smore’s around and campfire and more! This camp includes off-camp trips to water destinations, such as local pools and lakes. Campers will stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse.
Program Level: Junior
Early Bird Cost: $650
Replaces: TR15 Salamanders

NEW! TR17 Camp Half Blood
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: Explore the world of Percy Jackson and come be a part of an epic quest! Discover your inner hero – develop survival and archery skills that Artimis herself would be proud of! Learn to navigate by the moon, the stars and the constellations, while delving into ancient Greek Mythology. To heal both the inside and out, you’ll gain first aid skills and learn to make Tomahawk’s version of ambrosia nectar. Campers will also have to opportunity to visit the barn, make crafts, campout, roast marshmallows around a campfire and more! Campers will stay in platform tents with cots and mattresses.  Bathroom facilities are outhouses and water troughs. Campers will earn the Good Sportsmanship Badge.
Program Level: Cadette
Early Bird Cost: $615
Replaces: TR17 Hot Shots

SPACES ADDED! TR25 Unsolved Mysteries
Dates: 6/25-30
Description: Pack your backpack and follow the clues in search of answers to solve the case! Campers will learn skills of deciphering Morse code, investigating the scene of the crime, learn to dust and lift fingerprints, and be a part of finding the missing Tabor jewels. Beyond helping to solve the mysteries of Tomahawk Ranch, there will be plenty of time for general camp activities too, like visiting the barnyard, camping out, hiking, and roasting marshmallows around the campfire. Campers will stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse. Campers will earn their Detective badge.
Program Level: Junior
Early Bird Cost: $615

NEW! TR27 Old Western
Dates: 6/25-30
Description: Welcome to the 1800’s! Find your inner cowgirl who braves the wild west. Learn animal tracking, archery, and make tools from sticks and stones.  Learn to make butter and make lotion from farm fresh goat milk. Learn survival skills to brave the elements while on the trail.  In addition, take a horseback ride, visit a local apiary, and go off-site fishing. Participate in so many other fun activities around camp such as, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, nature hiking, camping out, barn visits and more! Includes a 1hr off-site horseback trail ride. Campers will stay in platform tents with cots and mattresses. Bathroom facilities are outhouses and water troughs.
Program Level: Cadette
Early Bird Cost: $650
Replaces: TR27 Ranch Camp

SPACES ADDED! TR32 Dusty Boots
Dates: 7/9-20
Description: Explore Tomahawk’s barnyard and greenhouse. Learn all about the small animal farm, animal care, homesteading, crafting and cooking. Feed, groom, plant and enjoy! You’ll even get to bathe the pigs in buttermilk, make barn crafts, learn a line dance or two, go on campouts, roast s’mores around a campfire, participate in a delicious chuck-wagon meal, learn to rope, and more! Includes a 1hr off-site horseback trail ride. Campers will stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse. Campers will earn their Horseback riding badge.
Program Level: Junior
Early Bird Cost: $1250

Day Camp Session Changes/Additions

Cancelled: DC04 & DC06, Horseback & H2O Day Camps

Trip & Travel Camp Session Changes/Additions

SPACES AVAILABLE: TT01 Colorado Horseback Destination
Dates: 7/14-22
Description: Calling all adventurous horse lovers! This Destination takes older Girl Scouts on the horse trip of a lifetime while showcasing all the outdoor adventure opportunities Colorado has to offer. Girls will start by spending a weekend at our resident camp, Sky High Ranch, trying out some zip-lining, archery, and low ropes. Next, we will travel to our week-long home at Bear Basin Ranch in Westcliffe, CO, where the group will have days full of trail rides, white water rafting, and rustic cowgirl camp-outs. The trip is capped off with a two night overnight horse pack trip in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range at 12,000 ft. above sea level. Questions? Contact Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org. Registers through GSCO in CampInTouch. Note: This program is part of the Destination program, and requires a special application. You can read more about destinations and download the application here:  http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/colorado-horseback-adventure/
Program Level: Cadette (entering 8th), Senior, Ambassador
Early Bird Price: $1450

Family Camp Session Changes

PRICE CHANGE: FC04 Tomahawk Ranch Me & My Guy $100/person (printed incorrectly in camp mailer)

Expedition Antarctica: Winter “Me & My Guy” camp at Sky High Ranch

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Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy!

This two-day, one-night excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing and shelter building.

We will set up tents outside the lodge so campers can come inside during the night if desired. We’ll have plenty of hot cocoa and cider as well!

Registration deadline is January 6, 2017. The cost for this event is $50/ per person.

This camp is for girls and their significant male role model (age 18+) in their life. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults are able to come with multiple daughters, if desired.

Register through the GSCO website and contact Kim.Petau@gscolorado.org for any questions.

GSCO Outdoor Adventure Club Mid-Year Update

Greetings from the Outdoor Adventure Club! This pilot program has taken off and gotten girls outside and in touch with nature. In the OAC, girls have:

  • Tried beginning camping skills at Meadow Mountain Ranch
  • Gone rock climbing inside Garden of the Gods with an overnight stay at Hamp Hut
  • Experienced archery, orienteering and scrambling/rock climbing at Magic Sky Ranch

We are looking forward to even more adventures in 2017. This pilot program got started quickly after a brainstorming session with our Board of Directors about how to keep older girls interested in Girl Scouting and capitalize on the wonderful outdoor opportunities at our doorstep. We came up with a skeleton plan and got going – the excitement we’ve felt from girls and their families is contagious! We priced the passport very low so it would not be a barrier to entry for girls, and as a pilot program we wanted to generate initial interest. We sold 120 passports at $195/girl in no time at all, and we closed enrollment so we could best serve these outdoorsy girls!

What goes into this price? Great question!
After running our first OAC events, we realize that each event is like a pop-up resident camp for 120 girls at a different location around the state — talk about logistics! Here are a few things that go into this cost per girl:

  • Lodging: Sometimes we use GSCO properties, sometimes we don’t…either way, we have costs for overnight experiences.
  • Food: We pay an average of $7/meal per girl when she attends and eats at OAC events. Often we have girls bring sack lunches to help keep this cost down.
  • Transportation: Once we are at one location, if it doesn’t have our activity there are buses to reserve! Giant charter and school buses cost $1,000s per day to reserve.
  • Administrative Staff: Each event takes lots of coordination on the administrative side to set up the event online, communicate with parents, and create rosters, health sheets, sign-in paperwork, etc.
  • Program Staff: Along with our amazing volunteers, we have 3-4 program staff who save time out of their regular schedules to work our events on the weekends.
  • Outdoor Vendors: Because we are serving a huge number of girls on a large scale with highly skilled outdoor activities we don’t always have volunteers who are (1) trained, (2) in proximity, and (3) readily available, for our needs. Because of this, we use vendors who can work with us to give a discount, but we still incur costs per girl for outdoor activities.

We are so grateful to the families who are participating this year.  It has been exciting and a great opportunity to get to know the girls and their desires as older Girl Scouts. 

Looking ahead into 2017:

  • We anticipate that there will be price increases. It is our goal to keep this as affordable as possible, but with an actual cost of about $1,400 per passport, we know the price needs to increase to keep the program going.
  • We anticipate separating girls by ages a bit. We know that 6th grade feels young and once you get a year of middle school under your belt it’s easier to mix with older girls. We are playing around with ideas of doing programs specifically for 6th graders and then for the older girls too.
  • We want to increase the numbers of girls served!
  • We want to increase availability of programs around the state!

If you have any program, transportation, or other resources you think would be helpful for this new project, please let us know! Contact anna.danila@gscolorado.org with your resource and idea suggestions.

 

Save the Date – Outdoor Programs in 2017

There is nothing better for the  mind, body and spirit, than spending time in nature. Natural experiences are being prescribed for medical conditions and the value of unplugging is more and more apparent.

Make plans to get outside this year with your Girl Scouts! Set a goal to get outside for 5 minutes of each troop meeting (or more!) Leaders and girls will enjoy time and connections they are able to build with nature and each other.

Here are outdoor events this year. Share them with your troop, mark your calendar!

Sept. 30-Oct. 2Sky High Ranch Fall Olympics Rendezvous  We’ll have opening /closing ceremonies, an Olympic torch, and medals. Includes: summer and winter Olympic sports, modified in silly ways. SHR is a rustic facility, be prepared to share a cabin with other troops.

Oct. 22 – Sky High Ranch Halloween Event – Do you want a chance to break in your Halloween costume before the big day? Come for a spooky, spectacular time! There will be pumpkin decorating, face painting, dancing, hay rides, and more from 11am-3pm. $5/person if registered online, $7/person at the dooe. (Children under 3 are free). No pets.

Oct. 30 – Tomahawk Ranch Trick or Treat –  Happy Halloween! A fun, free community evening of Trick or Treating! Dress in your costume & come collect treats at cabins. Hot cocoa & caramel apples will be found too! No registration needed.

December 4– Sky High Ranch Tree Lighting Ceremony and Brunch  Annual Tree Lighting & Brunch community event. Brunch at 10a.m.; tree lighting at 1p.m. We’ll have a buffet, family photo opps, crafts, and hot drinks!

December 11 – Tomahawk Brunch at the Barnyard with Santa  – Bring your friends & family to Tomahawk for brunch with Santa and the barnyard. Warm up at the campfire with cocoa and cider. Remember  your camera for pics with Santa and his furry friends.

January 13-15 – Expedition Antarctica” Sky High Ranch Me & My Guy  – Join us for an intro to winter camping at Sky High Ranch on a 2-day, 1-night excursion. We’ll introduce cold-weather tent camping, and survival skills.. Weather dependent, we’ll practice skills snowshoeing and shelter building. We’ll set up tents outside the lodge-campers can come inside if they want.

January 19 – Summer Camp Registration Opens! – mark your calendars, 9am our online offerings open!

February 4-5 – Winter Troop Camp at Lazy Acres! Enjoy winter fun at Lazy Acres! We celebrate with snowshoeing, snow archery, winter crafts, making edible snow and more! Sat. dinner – Sun. lunch are provided, bring a sack lunch for Sat. Dress warmly, bring a sled! Questions?  contact Jill Marostica jillmarostica@juno.com or (719) 676-4054.

March 2 – Camp Registration Round 2! – we fine-tune our camp offerings based on demand and open more spaces in popular sessions to maximize our camp enrollment!

April 14-15 Outdoor Skills Event at Sky High Ranch  – we held this leader enrichment for outdoor skills at Tomahawk last year. Join us at Sky High Ranch to learn more outdoor skills. More details coming soon!

April 21-23 Tomahawk Mountain Lodge Rendezvous – Is your troop looking to spend a weekend in the Rockies? Join us for a weekend of campfires, cocoa,  snow shoeing, stargazing, crafting, relaxation yoga, farm visits, dancing, DIY sugar scrubs and more!! Activities are age appropriate. Join in, or take it easy and stay warm with some hot cocoa by the fireside. All programs are planned by an older girl troop & Tomahawk Staff.

May 7- Tomahawk Spring Brunch –  Join us for a brunch and open house for you and your family. Come experience our camp cuisine and take a camp tour. On the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to ask staff all your burning summer camp questions. Staff will lead you on a visit of the lodge, barn and greenhouse. You’ll have the opportunity to dabble in a camp craft! Cost: $15(Adults, 12+); $10 (Ages 3-11); Under 3yrs FREE. Registration ends May 7, 2017.

May 7 Tomahawk and Sky High Ranch Open Houses – visit our camps for an open house before your girl comes to camp this summer!

We are excited to expand our offerings outdoors year over year! Please contact the Chief Outdoor Program Officer for additional questions regarding any outdoor programs.

Outdoor Adventure Club – First Weekend at MMR!

oac-tb-the-short-wallLast weekend the Outdoor Adventure Club had it’s first monthly event at Meadow Mountain Ranch!

The girls built a solid  support with each other while completing challenges together on our low ropes course.

The girls focused on building a foundation of outdoor cooking, fire building and campsite setup skills. This weekend, we have two more rounds of girls coming through the September program. We encourage girls who are in this program to “share their stories” on our blog.

Because of such high demand for this program, we have split weekends up into multiple events, and offered multiple weekend dates. This is a very exciting pilot program and we are thrilled at the response and feedback we will receive from girls and their families in order to work on future programs like this for older girls.

 

SHR Fall Olympics Rendezvous – camp with your troop!

Each year, Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camps host several programs for troops and families. One of those is called a Rendezvous. A Rendezvous is a weekend troop camp at one of our overnight camps (Sky High Ranch or Tomahawk Ranch) where an older troop learns valuable leadership skills while leading camp activities for younger troops. This Rendezvous is your next Troop Camp opportunity:

Sky High Ranch Fall Olympics
September 30 6pm through October 2 11am (Friday dinner through Sunday  brunch)

“Welcome to the Sky High Ranch Fall Olympics Rendezvous! Girls and adults will be divided into 5 countries representing each of the 5 Olympic rings. There will be opening and closing ceremonies, an Olympic torch, medals and other Olympic traditions. The activities will include various summer and winter Olympic sports, often modified in silly and unusual ways. Because this Rendezvous is in late September, the weather is difficult to predict. SHR is a rustic facility so please be prepared to share a cabin with another troop and dress for the weather!”

Register now for this exciting event!

All troops in attendance must have two unrelated adult Girl Scout volunteer approved chaperones. One adult must have attended Overnight Training, and one must have current CPR and First Aid certifications.

Happy 100th to the National Park Service – Get Your Girl Scouts Outside!

Get your scouts outside this weekend!
Get your scouts outside this weekend!

In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, get your Girl Scouts outside during free entrance days to national parks this weekend!

When:
August 25-28
September 24 (National Public Lands Day)
November 11 (Veteran’s Day)

Learn more about free days at our National Parks!

Can’t get to a National Park? That’s ok, just get your Girl Scouts outside at a local park, open space, nature center or other local outdoor resource in your community!