Category Archives: Camp

2021 Women’s Week and MMR Reunion: Registration NOW Open

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Allenspark

Registration is open now for Women’s Week 2021 and the 60th Anniversary Meadow Mountain Ranch Reunion.  The dates are July 22 – 26, and the reunion’s special events will take place on Saturday, July 24.

Women’s Week has been running for several years now, with the exception, of course, of 2020, and those previous participants have been anxiously awaiting the return of the event.  As a result, Women’s Week will be sponsoring the reunion event, and activities will be integrated and coordinated throughout the weekend.

The theme for the combined event is “I Am Camp,” and many of you will remember the beloved poem which starts out “I am Camp; I am sunlight, a sheen on the water, a mist on the mountains, and stars.”  Our MMR staff alum, and artist in residence for many years, Deb Heidebrecht (“Pepper”) has created a themed graphic logo, which you will see on the flier and registration form below.  This logo will be featured on all materials as well as items for purchase during the events.

Women’s Week is open to all women ages 18 and up, and the reunion on Saturday is open to all MMR alums, families, GSCO staff, Board members, former campers, and friends.  For Women’s Week, you don’t have to be a registered Girl Scout or ever even been to camp before.  It’s a great chance to go to the high country in Colorado and have fun in the out-of-doors as a camper yourself.  The program plans itself, while all the usual activities are built in.  Hiking, singing, cooking, crafts, nature activities, tours of the area – – – the sky’s the limit.  If you have a special program to offer, please bring your materials and ideas and we will see there is a time for it.

Of course, the cuisine is one of the big attractions.  We love to cook outside over an open fire if conditions allow.  We are quite adventurous in our menu selections, while accommodating any special dietary needs.  If you remember doing Dutch oven cooking, bean hole cooking, stick cooking, or other outdoor cooking techniques, we’ll probably have it for you.  A chili cook-off or a pineapple upside down cake Dutch oven competition have been big hits in past years.

We are hoping to fill our event, while being aware during our planning that changes or restrictions might apply.  Keep your fingers crossed and register early if numbers are limited. Please contact Penny Roberts, very informal camp director, at (970) 586-1775 or email probertscolo@gmail.com if you have any questions.

2021 Women’s Week and MMR Reunion

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

OAC March 2021: Registration is Now Open

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is back and registration is now open for our first event of the Spring 2021 season. Space is limited so register now!

On March 13 or March 14, 2021, Girl Scouts will spend half a day rock climbing at Garden of the Gods and half the day hiking and exploring the park. Join us as we kickoff the Spring 2021 OAC season! Register and learn more at the links below:

• Option 1 – Saturday, March 13: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/mar13_oac.html
• Option 2 – Sunday, March 14: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/mar14_oac.html

For more information about the Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) and future events, check out the pages listed below:

• OAC website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/outdoors/outdoor-adventure-club.html
• OAC FAQ page: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.wixanswers.com/en/article/outdoor-adventure-club-faqs
• OAC Registration FAQ page: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.wixanswers.com/en/article/outdoor-adventure-club-registration-faqs

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Snow Badge Spectacular: Registration Open Now

It’s winter and that means it’s time to get out and earn your Snow badge! Join the GSCO Outdoor Program team and Sandra Clark, Marketing Manager at The North Face, on a webinar on Wednesday,  February 10, 2021 from 5 – 6 p.m. to learn more about how to plan, prepare, and train for you outdoor adventure. We will walk you through the steps of the Snow badge and give you special tips, tricks, and resources to help you earn your badge. We know that each level of the Snow badge covers different snow sports, so we’ll be sure to cover each one, including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and downhill skiing/snowboarding.

To learn more and to register: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/feb10_snow_badge_spe.html

We will be recording this webinar and posting it to the GSCO YouTube channel for those that are unable to make it to the live event.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Winter Wonders

Submitted by Tehya B.

Metro Denver

Arvada

My name is Tehya and I am working to earn GSCO’s Get Outdoors Challenge patch! I did an eight-mile hike, built a snowman, and helped a neighbor shovel. I also went to zoo lights and on a winter scavenger hunt.

I am strong and courageous in my adventures. I use my skills to help others and change the world.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Family Reservations at select GSCO Properties

 

Reservations at select GSCO properties are NOW OPEN for family reservations! As the temperatures drop in Colorado, cozy up inside one of our GSCO cabin properties with your family. Families can reserve Twisted Pine in Genesee or Hamp Hut inside Garden of the Gods. Reservations must be for the whole weekend and the fee is $300/weekend.

During your stay, you can explore the numerous hiking trails around the property while working the GSCO Get Outdoor Challenge patch or exploring other activities in the area: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/GSCO%20Family%20Property%20Reservations%20-%20Activities%20in%20the%20Area.pdf

At this time, reservations are not open to troops due to COVID–19 restrictions. Ready to book? Read our FAQ’s, information on reservation processes and more here: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.wixanswers.com/en/article/gsco-property-rentals-for-families

Questions? Email Property.Reservations@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Meadow Mountain Ranch Nature Trail and Patch Program: NOW OPEN for Family Reservations

The Meadow Mountain Ranch Nature Trail is now open for Girl Scout families to book for a day hike on the nature trail or the other trails on the property!

The Nature Tail at Meadow Mountain Ranch is a 1.25 mile one-way trail with 21 stops along the way. The trail winds through aspen grove forests and along the north lateral moraine up to the top of Vista Spur with its nearly circular panoramas of high mountain peaks. Trail-goers experience history, geology, biology, math, and science while following along with activity guides with unique lessons or games specific to each stop on the trail. There are four activities guides and accompanying patches for each season: fall, winter, spring, and summer. You will learn about plants, flowers, animals, rocks, trees – all with a view!

The Nature Trail at MMR is currently only available to book on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays for a day only hike between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Up to two groups can book per day. All members of the group must have either a current Girl Scout membership or additional insurance for the non-members in the group must be purchased for the day by emailing insurance@gscolorado.org.

Currently due to Colorado Department of Health limits on personal gatherings, these reservations are only available to families or no more than two households. Read more about GSCO COVID–19 guidelines for in-person activities here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/who-we-are/working-together-to-keep-our-community-healthy.html

Ready to book? Read all about the Nature Trail patch program and how to reserve here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/MMR%20Nature%20Trail%20Flyer.pdf

Questions? Email property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Save the Date for Women’s Week 2021 and 60th Anniversary Reunion

 

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Northern & Northeastern CO

In the true spirit of optimism, the energetic organizing committee is hard at work preparing for Meadow Mountain Ranch’s Women’s Week and 60th Anniversary Reunion combined event for July 22 – 26, 2021.

Women’s Week runs for four nights with the all-day reunion activities on Saturday.  An over-the-top banquet will be held on Saturday evening, along with an awards ceremony, campfire and other activities. Women’s Week allows ladies ages 18 and up to come to camp and play, make friends, sing and sing and sing together, hike, make crafts, cook outside, and generally, enjoy the ambiance and company of old and new friends.

The Reunion event will feature camp tours, crafts, “trading post” items for purchase, immersion in the history of MMR for the past 60 years, and of course, singing and singing and singing.

Full-time or part-time registrations are offered, and an online registration form will be available shortly.  Contact director, Penny Roberts, at (970) 586-1775 or at probertscolo@gmail.com for questions or more general information.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Troop Days at Camp: Registration for Winter and Spring is Now Open

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Troop Days at camp in fall 2020 were such a hit that we are excited to offer them for winter and spring! Once again, troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs.

Visit Twisted Pine in Genesee or Hamp Hut in Colorado Springs and spend a half day connecting with your troop and building outdoor skills with programs in archery, teambuilding, guided hikes, and outdoor skills. Programs are available from 9 a.m. – noon or 1 – 4 p.m. Fees are $15/ girl and adults are free.

Visit Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey or Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park and spend a full day with lunch included enjoying the beautiful camp properties! Troops can participate in programs ranging from wizarding magic to barnyard exploration to adventure survival and curious clues! Registration includes cold lunch for all guests, and the opportunity for parents/ caregivers who are driving girls to enjoy refreshments and WiFi in our dining hall while the troop is experiencing and participating in program. Tagalongs/siblings are welcome, however must always be supervised by parent/caregiver and will not be allowed to participate in camp activities. Fees are $45/Girl Scout, free for adults. (Sky High Ranch is also offering a shortened and lower cost Sunday option).

Visit Meadow Mountain Ranch and spend a full day in outdoor exploration programs around the property, building outdoor skills, and hiking through meadows. Parents/caregivers who are driving girls may relax in the lodge while the troop is participating in programs. Lunch is not provided. Fees are $35/girls and free for adults.

Read all about the program options, pricing, and dates here. For more information on the registration process, COVID -19 safety guidelines, and what to expect on program review our Troop Day Programs FAQ’s here.

Questions? Email property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Coming Soon: Meadow Mountain Ranch will soon be available for Girl Scout groups to use for day hikes, and the Nature Trail and accompanying patch program. We are currently monitoring fire conditions in the Meadow Mountain Ranch area, but look for a blog post with the details on how to reserve the Meadow Mountain Ranch Nature Trail when it opens for troop and Girl Scout group use later this month!

NOTE: Given the developing and quickly changing nature of COVID-19 in our communities, GSCO reserves the right to cancel any Troop Day program at any point if there is a concern for the health and safety of staff or participants. Additionally, as we head into the winter season, if the weather makes road travel to camp unsafe or is determined to be unsafe for participants to be outside, we also reserve the right to cancel a program. If we need to cancel a Troop Day program, all registered participants will be given a full refund and we will work with the group leader to reschedule the program.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Activity Approval Form

At the beginning of each Girl Scouting year, Girl Scouts of Colorado and Girl Scouts of the USA review our volunteer/program policies, Volunteer Essentials, and our safety policies, Safety Activity Checkpoints. These resources are here to not only communicate our policies, but to ensure every adult member and girl are prepared and safe. It is the expectation of every volunteer to review these resources every year. The 2020 version of Safety Activity Checkpoints includes a new section on key components of an Emergency Action Plan, clarification of which activities require approval by GSCO and updated guidelines on general Girl Scout program safety.

In the same light of ensuring girl safety, we have a new process at Girl Scouts of Colorado for council approval for activities, events, and trips held by troops and service units. The Activity and Event Approval Form must be completed at least 30 days prior to your event, activity or trip. Activities that require prior approval include any:

  • Troop or service unit hosting a money earning event or activity.
  • Troop or group overnight or travel experience.
  • High-risk activity that requires approval per the Safety Activity Checkpoints.

This new process for Activity and Event Approval goes into effect for any activities taking place after December 15, 2020.

What are Safety Activity Checkpoints?

Safety Activity Checkpoints (SAC) is a resource that provides safety standards and guidelines for general Girl Scout programs and specific activity areas. SAC includes information on required volunteer certification, adult volunteer to girl participant ratios, emergency plan templates and guidelines for specific activities. SAC includes activity chapters on everything from bicycling to camping to horseback riding to rock climbing! Each activity chapter includes a resources to help troops plan the activity and specific safety guidelines around equipment, instructor experience/training, limited to Girl Scout program levels that can participate and if approval from GSCO is required before your troop or Girl Scout group can do the activity. You can review the 2020 version of Safety Activity Checkpoints here!

Why do some activities require approval by GCSO?

In Girl Scouts we want to ensure that girls are participating in activities that are developmentally appropriate, progressive, and of course safe. By requiring the approval of some of the more “high-risk” activities girls can participate in, Girl Scouts of Colorado can make sure the group has the proper insurance, have taken the necessary leader training, is taking the necessary safety precautions, and is properly prepared for the activity. It is in no way meant to limit a girls experience, rather our goal is the increase the amount of fun, safe experiences girls can participate in.

What is the activity and event approval form? How do I know if my activity needs approval?

This is a form that troops, Service Units and other Girl Scout groups in Girl Scouts of Colorado will need to complete 30 days prior to any activity that needs approval. Activities that require approval are:

  • Any troop or service unit hosting a money earning event or activity.
  • Any overnight or travel experience.
  • Any high-risk activity that requires approval per the Safety Activity Checkpoints. You can determine if your activity needs approval by reading the activity specific chapter, or by looking at the “Activities at a Glance” chart on p. 21 of Safety Activity Checkpoints

What is the timeline for activity approval and how will I know I am approved?

Please complete the form 30 days prior to your activity. Depending on the type of activity you are planning, you may not need to wait for additional GSCO approval after your submission. Upon completion of the form you will receive an email indicating if additional staff approval will be required for your activity. If additional approval is required, you will be connected via email from a GSCO staff notifying you of your approval within 10 business days of your submission.

Still have questions? Reach out to us at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Listen Now: Trail Adventure Kickoff Webinars

Thank you to all who joined Girl Scouts of Colorado live for the Fall 2020 Trail Adventure Kickoff webinars! We hope you learned something new and are excited to work on your Trail Adventure badge.

You can view the recordings by following the links below:

Girl Scouts who complete all of the requirements to earn their Trail Adventure badge by February 1, 2021 are eligible to receive the badge and a Girl Scout bandana for FREE*. Use this online form to request your free badge and a GSCO bandana: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/trail_adventure_badge_request_form_fall_2020

Additional resources are also available to help you earn your Trail Adventure badge! Download these activity and resource packets.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.