All posts by betsysmith

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!

Reach for the Peak – Calling Cadette / Senior / Ambassador Troops!



  • Don’t know much about the competition? Come learn more at our Tickler at Sky High Ranch on June 1st. Register online for the tickler.
  • Reach for the Peak has early bird Registration. Register by May 31st and get a discount.
  • Would you like to contribute to your experience at Reach for the Peak? There is a competition for each Cadette/Senior/Ambassador to design the T-Shirt for this year.

Need more info?

-Email (subject RftP)

-Register online!

-Visit our website!

-Like us on FACEBOOK: Reach for the Peak

Sign your Girl Scout up for camp!-Session Availability

Our first Girl Scout Summer Day Camp registration deadlines are coming up on May 6! Is your Girl Scout registered for camp yet? To learn more about Day Camp or Resident Camp options with Girl Scouts of Colorado, please visit our website or contact our registrars at 877-404-5708.

To learn more about these Girl Scouts of Colorado Camps, check out our Summer Camp Program Guide.

Colorado   Springs Day Camps
DC01-Kaleidoscope   Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut Partially Open
DC01V-Kaleidoscope Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut Partially Open
DC02V-Sports   & Nature Sampler-Bear Creek Reg Park Partially Open
DC03-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Partially Open
DC03T-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Open
DC03V-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Open
DC04-Show   Stoppers-Sand Creek High School Partially Open
DC05V-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
DC05-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
PA01-Kaleidoscope   Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut- Partially Open
PA02-Sports   & Nature Sampler-Bear Creek Reg Park Partially Open
PA03-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Partially Open
PA04-Show   Stoppers-Sand Creek High School Partially Open
PAI01-Kaleidoscope   Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut Open
PAI05-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
PA05-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
Denver Metro   Area Day Camps
DC06-Awesome   Animals-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Partially Open
DC07-That’s   Entertainment-Addenbrooke Park Partially Open
DC08-Monster   Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen Partially Open
DC09-Neverland-Franktown   Elementary-Franktown Partially Open
DC10-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
DC10T-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
DC16-Princesses   on the Prairie-Plains Conserv Center Partially Open
DC17-Explorers-City   Park-Denver Partially Open
DC19-Art   Explorers-Twisted Pine-Genesee Partially Open
DC18-Girl   Power-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Partially Open
PA08-Monster   Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen Open
PA10-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
PAI06-Awesome   Animals-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Partially Open
PAI07-That’s   Entertainment-Addenbrooke Park-Lakewood Partially Open
PAI08-Monster   Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen Open
PAI10-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
PAI11-Art in   the Park-DeKoevend Park-Centennial Partially Open
PAI21-Oopy   Goopy Science-DeKoevend Park-Centennial Partially Open
PAI23-Science   in Our World-Clement Park-Littleton Open
Lyons/Boulder   Area Camps
PA15-Brave   Games-Boulder Valley Church of Christ-Boulder Partially Open
PA24-Among the   Pines-Kiwa Korral-Lyons Partially Open
DC24T-Among   the Pines-Kiwa Korral-Lyons Partially Open
Pueblo Day   Camps
DC25-Wild in the Outdoors-Nature and Raptor Center-Pueblo Open
PA25-Wild in   the Outdoors-Nature and Raptor Center-Pueblo Open
Bear   Creek-Lakewood-Aquatics and other Camps
DC12-Canoeing-Bear   Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
DC14-Windsurfing-Bear   Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
DC20-Countries and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
DC22-H2O   Sports Sampler-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
PA20-Countries   and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Open
PAI20-Countries and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
Magic Sky   Overnight Camps
MS02-It’s Your   Camp-Create it Partially Open
MS03-Brownie   Discovery Camp Partially Open
MS04-Scientifically   Speaking… Partially Open
MS06-Brownie   Discovery Camp Partially Open
MS07-Crayons   and Creativity Partially Open
MS08-Night   Owls Partially Open
MS11-Best   3-Day Camp Ever Partially Open
MS12-Best   3-Day Camp Ever Partially Open
MS13-Moose   Magic Partially Open
MS14-It’s Your   Camp-Create it! Partially Open
MS15-Brownie   Discovery Camp Partially Open
MS18-CIT I Partially Open
MS19-CIT II Open
MS20-Archery   Adventures Partially Open
MS21-Archery   Adventures Partially Open
MS22-Archery   Adventures Partially Open
Meadow   Mountain Ranch Overnight Camps
MM01-Becoming   an Outdoor Scout Partially Open
MM05-It’s Ur   Wilderness Open
MM06-Blazing   Saddles II Partially Open
MM09-Citikids   Wilderness Expo Partially Open
MM10-Mountain   Music Partially Open
MM11-Blazing   Saddles I Open
MM13-Backpack   102 Open
MM14-Wild   Basin Sampler Partially Open
MM15-Rodeo   Rider I Open
MM21-Rocks and   Ropes Open
Tomahawk Ranch   Overnight Camps
TR04-Backpacker Partially Open
TR12-Bronze   Mustangs Partially Open
TR14-Photography   4.0 Partially Open
TR17-Golden   Top Hand Partially Open
TR21-Backpacker Partially Open
TR22-Muddy   Madness Partially Open
TR32-Program   Aide Partially Open
TR36-WIT II Partially Open

Because of Girl Scout Camp…part 4

Our photo images from staff below are just a hint of the Top 10 Things You Never Knew About Camp, (a great article from on the American Camp Association’s parent page) which include:

“10. Camp is older than dirt, almost literally. Started in 1861, the camp experience turned an impressive 150 years young in 2011. The secret behind the longevity? “Camps are constantly adapting to meet the changing needs of today’s families,” said Peg Smith, chief executive officer for the American Camp Association® (ACA).

9. Camp is worth its weight in gold, and then some! The camp experience is life-changing – developing friendships and memories that last well beyond the final campfire. And, there is a camp for literally every budget. Often camps offer special pricing or financial assistance, and some camp experiences qualify for tax credits or for payment with pre-tax dollars. Visit for more information.

8. Green is “zen.” Research shows that first-hand experience with nature, like those at camp, reduce stress in children and help them better handle stress in the future. In addition to teaching children how to be good stewards of the environment, camps are teaching children how to enjoy the world around them and take a minute to breathe deep and feel the nature, which ultimately teaches them how to de-stress the natural way.

7. Mommies and Daddies do it too. Camp is not just for children and youth. There are family camp experiences, and camps for single adults, senior adults, and any adult that wants to relax and enjoy all camp has to offer. Adults benefit from the same sense of community, authentic relationships, and self-discovery that children do. Camp is an excellent vacation option, allowing adults to try a variety of new activities in a safe and fun environment.

6. Try this on for size! Camp is a great place to try new activities and hobbies. Afraid of rock walls? According to ACA research, 74 percent of campers reported that they tried new activities at camp that they were afraid to do at first. And, those activities often leave lasting impressions. In the same survey, 63 percent of parents reported that their child continued new activities from camp after returning home.

5. Manners matter, and often linger. The camp experience teaches more than just archery or lanyard making. The entire experience is made of teachable moments, perhaps one of the biggest is how to live with a group of people. Campers learn to pick up after themselves, respect each other’s property, and to say “Please” and “Thank You.”

4. Veggies taste better with friends. Hollywood and fictional novels may have given camp food a bad reputation, but in truth, camps are constantly exploring healthy food options, and often are at the forefront of things like allergy specific diets, healthy snack options, and vegetarian meals. According to ACA’s 2011 Emerging Issues survey, 90.7 percent of responding camps indicated that healthy eating and physical activity was an important or very important issue.

3. If everyone else went to camp, maybe there’s something to it! Camp has played an important role in the lives of some of the most talented people in history. ACA’s family resource site offers a list of notable campers – including business professionals, celebrities, artists, and great thinkers.

2. Camp gets those neurons pumping! Education reform debate and concern over summer learning loss have pushed academic achievement into the spotlight. Research shows that participation in intentional programs, like camp, during summer months helps stem summer learning loss. In addition, camp provides ample opportunity for developmental growth, which is a precursor to academic achievement. And, because of the “hands-on” nature of camp, often children who struggle in traditional education settings do well at camp.

1. Camp builds leaders for the 21st century and beyond! Independence, resiliency, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and the ability to relate to other people — these are the skills that tomorrow’s leaders will need, and the skills camp has been adept at building for 150 years. “Tomorrow’s leaders will not be those who can type or text with lightning speed, they will be those who can have a face-to-face conversation and articulate their thoughts, ideas, and values,” said Smith. “Tomorrow’s leaders will be able to relate globally and find common ground with people who are vastly different from themselves — people from different backgrounds and cultures. Tomorrow’s leaders will be made and educated by experiences like camp.”

What are your favorites on this list? At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we are excited about #7! Check out two really cool parent/daughter opportunities coming up at Magic Sky Ranch!

June 21-23
July 26-28

boc-staff promises school & food

Because of Girl Scout Camp…part 2

Because of Camp:

I know that pancakes taste much better when cooked over an open fire

I have friends around the world

I have counselors that still send me Birthday cards and Campers that send me invitations to their weddings

I know how to vault out of a canoe

I saw a moose, bear, dear, elk squabit, jack-a-lope and plenty of chipmunks

I know how to be calm and offer help during a crisis

I know how to shoot an arrow and that it’s okay if I don’t get a bulls eye every time

I know that all people are beautiful and on their own path, and it’s my duty to respect, honor and positively influence them

I know how to groom a horse, and it’s not that gross picking their hooves

I know how to boil water at high altitude

I got to release a rehabilitated Kestrel back into the wilds of Pueblo

I know the value of receiving and sending a sticker filled card in the mail

I know enough songs that I can fill any amount of free time at camp with a melody and laughter

I know that sometimes you have to agree to disagree

I know that I don’t need to raise my voice to be heard by others

I know that homesickness can sometimes be cured with a little laughter, and a lot of activities

I know the magic of Modge Podge

I know how to make ice cream in a Zip Loc Bag

I first learned how to use a budget with just a small amount of money at the Trading Post

I know how to make Chocolate Chip cookies for 200

I know to sleep in my tent with my head facing uphill

I know how to survive using a BIFFY

I know the quite magic of aspen leaves in the wind

I know what it is like to watch the sunrise from Ranch Mountain

Everything I needed to know about being a good manager I learned as a CIT from a director named OshKosh

I am grateful for all that I learned at camp, and the continued opportunities I have to pass down the lessons, traditions and to continually challenge myself with intergenerational learning.

I am who I am today because of Camp.


“Aspen” a.k.a. Kathy Saad is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and is currently a Girl Scouts of Colorado Day Camp Director in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. To learn more about Day Camp or Resident Camp options with Girl Scouts of Colorado, please visit our website or contact our registrars at 877-404-5708.

Because of Girl Scout Camp…

Camp…the word has special meaning to anyone who has gone to camp…

I was a Girl Scout that never went to camp as a kid. I was young for my grade with a late birthday, and was always a shy, self conscious, late bloomer among my peers. I wanted to work at a camp the summer after graduation, like all of my friends, but was only 17 at time so instead, worked at the ice cream shop at the mall.

After my first year in college, I finally got my camp experience as a counselor at YMCA Camp Surf. It was the first time I felt like I had found the ultimate job, I found what I was meant to be doing. The job had perks for sure: learning to surf and how to teach it, living in cabins with screen walls and hearing the ocean pounding away each night, and wearing flip flops all day long as the mandatory footwear in a sandy environment.

But it wasn’t the perks that drew me in. It was at camp that I had found a place where I could truly be myself. I could explore and try new things without pressures that I’d experienced in all other areas of life. I learned how to use my voice among my peers. I became an expert at “repeat after me” songs. I was caring for kids each week and seeing amazing growth in them. It was the first place where I really learned how to appreciate myself and become comfortable in my own skin. I had been a closeted extrovert, not knowing or having the confidence to know how to express myself. That all changed at camp!

At camp, I realized that I was not on the right career path and that making the big bucks does not equal happiness. I found that happiness could happen anywhere, it just depended on your state of mind. I was able to blossom into the person I am today. My favorite people and memories involve camp songs, drives up to the ropes course, and sitting on the old camp stage, waiting for campers or weekend groups (usually Girl Scouts!) to arrive.

Camp is about opportunity. The opportunity for a girl to achieve something for the first time. The opportunity to make connections with “camp friends” who will be her friends for life. I am excited to work with an organization that creates opportunities for all girls to get to camp, to experience the outdoors, and have a chance of feeling how I feel when I am at camp!

Tomahawk Ranch Camp made this video, “because of camp girls will…” (check it out!)


Check out Girl Scout Camp Open Houses – and Camp Openings!


Summer camp…it’s your child’s life learning classroom when they are out of school!

As we get out our T-shirts and shorts this spring, it’s time to start thinking about summer camp! Studies have shown that girls who attend camp have less summer learning loss, and are better at thinking outside of the box and problem solving.

Girl Scouts of Colorado offers many summer camp options that enable them to explore the classroom of life among peers and caring camp counselors. Learn more about our summer offerings, or visit one of the open houses at our amazingly beautiful properties:

Tomahawk Ranch: April 14, 1pm-4pm and May 19, 1pm-4pm

Meadow Mountain Ranch: May 18, 1pm-4pm

Magic Sky Ranch: May 5, 1pm-4pm

(Click here for directions to camp properties )

We also have online registration, or call us at 1-877-404-5708 to talk with one of our wonderful registrar team members to get your daughter into the right summer camp!

We also have some unique opportunities for older campers at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark/Rocky Mountain National Park!

It’s Ur Wilderness (6-day) $500 – 6/23-28 (MM05)
Girls will hike and explore ecosystems found in Rocky Mountain National Park and Meadow Mountain Ranch!

Wilderness Rangers (6-day) $800 – 7/7-12 (MM11)
Girls will get LOTS of trail riding experience in Rocky Mountain National Park doing wilderness horse packing, overnights, and wilderness survival skills!

Wild in the Outdoors-Raptor Girl Scout Day Camp in Pueblo!

P 25

Come join us at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo (NRCP) for a Free Range Kids day camp this summer.  You will build shelters, learn new outdoor skills, cool off by wading in the Arkansas River and learn about Colorado’s raptors. This camp is takes place July 15-19 and is for girls in from second to fifth grade. If you can’t attend this Wild in the Outdoors camp, your Girl Scout troop can also fulfill nature badge requirements easily with the Nature Center activities.  There are free weekend raptor talks at 11:30am on Saturday and Sundays. On May 4th you can attend the Raptor Center Open House to see the new larger cages for recovering birds. To learn about all the various group and individual activities the Nature and Raptor center offers, you can visit their website or call 719-549-2414.  You can register for the Wild in the Outdoors camp here.