Category Archives: Camp

Magic Sky Ranch reopens for reservations

In 2014, Magic Sky Ranch was put up for sale, after months of research into the best way to provide outdoor programs to Girl Scouts in Colorado. This was a hard decision, and we understand Magic Sky holds a place in the hearts of many of our girls, leaders, and alumnae. We made the decision to focus resources on other properties across the state, and our overnight camp programs at Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch. For more information on this decision, visit http://gscoblog.org/2014/09/girl-scouts-of-colorado-to-sell-magic-sky-ranch-and-dedicate-resources-to-outdoor-programs/.

While Magic Sky Ranch has been listed for sale, we have continued to take reservations for troops and service units, as well as some non-Girl Scout groups. During the summer of 2017 we temporarily removed Magic Sky Ranch from our booking website, while our council evaluated the status of the sale of the property.

We have now returned Magic Sky Ranch to our booking website, but due to the nature of the real estate process, we are only able to take reservations six months in advance.

If your troop or service unit makes a reservation at Magic Sky Ranch within six months, and the property is sold before the date of your reservation, Girl Scouts of Colorado will work with your troop to reschedule your reservation at another property or at another date, depending on availability at our other properties. You can make your booking at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

Thank you for your support of Outdoor Programs with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Connections: September 2017

Kick off your next Girl Scout year with access to brand new, girl-tested and approved programming! Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming in life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges are designed to help you unleash your inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

Learn more.

If you’re having trouble accessing these new resources, please reach out to your volunteer support specialist. Don’t know who that is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org

New Online Resources 

We’ve been updating some resources to make your life easier. Check them out:

Fall Product Program Begins Sept. 23

The Fall Product Program starts on September 23. In-person sales will run through October 15. Online sales end October 30. All troops must have a completed ACH form for the 2017-18 membership year to participate.

Our popular S’mores Club is back, and girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2017 Fall Product and 2018 Cookie programs will receive special rewards!

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Travel the world with Girl Scouts

Are you interested in learning more about all the ways you can travel as an older Girl Scout? Join our upcoming travel webinars! Register today to be on the email list to receive the webinar link sent out one week before the webinar date. Can’t make it? We will record them and post to the GSCO blog.

Our most successful summer camp session yet

GSCO had an amazing summer camp season this year, with more than 2,000 campers at overnight and day camps! Visit our Flickr page to see fun photos.

Thinking of renting a GSCO property? Our policies have changed, so make sure you’re up to date.

Share you G.I.R.L. story

Girl Scouts are adventure seekers, problem solvers, and so much more! We are G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)!

Share your G.I.R.L. story on the GSCO blog »

Join Daisy’s Circle and save

Join Daisy’s Circle and get a $5 new member coupon to use at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop. Shop in person in Denver, by phone, or email.

Coupon applies to in-stock merchandise only, and cannot be transferred or copied.

This offer expires on 10/15/2017, so join today!

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 9: CU Football Scout Day
Come cheer on the Buffs in Boulder as they take on the Texas State San Marcos Bobcats.

Sept. 16: Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies
Watch the Rockies play the San Diego Padres and get a fun event patch.

Sept. 23: Fall Product Program Begins
Participate to earn start-up funds for your troop this year, and for the chance to join the S’mores Club.

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1: SHR Fall Rendezvous
Test your mettle at Sky High with our zipline, low ropes course, archery, and more!

Oct. 14: Air Force Football Scout Camp Out
Root for the Falcons as they take on the UNLV Rebels and camp out after the game.

 

Centennial Campfire celebration at Meadow Mountain Ranch

More than 200 Girl Scouts and Girl Scout supporters gathered on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Meadow Mountain Ranch to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado at the last in a series of Centennial Campfire celebrations. MMR is a Girl Scouts of Colorado property located next to Rocky Mountain National Park in Allenspark. Girls and families enjoyed s’mores by the fire, a tour of the property, and a performance by the Songbirds Girl Scout Choir. A Girl Scout history display and mobile Girl Scout shop attracted attention in the main lodge.

All Girl Scouts who attended also received a free, fun patch honoring 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado. The first Girl Scout troop in Colorado got started in 1917 in the Colorado Springs area.

Policy changes for reserving GSCO properties

Due to the feedback we have received from a number of our troops and Girl Scout groups, as well as the high demand for property reservations that we currently have, a number of new policies will be implemented, effective August 15, 2017.  These policies are as follows:

  1. Service Units / troops / GS groups running a camp will need to reserve the entire property
  2. Service Units / troops / GS groups may not release any buildings/sites if they are running a camp and have the entire property reserved (see policy #1)
  3. Changes / transfers must be submitted 60 days prior to any reservation for all reservations
  4. Deposits are only transferred to a new reservation (may not roll to an existing reservation), and must be requested 60 days before the reservation
  5. Deposits may only be transferred to a new reservation once
  6. A 20% deposit is retained for any changes or cancellations requested less than 60 days before a reservation

What qualifies as a service unit/troop/GS group running a camp?

Any camp in which the host troop or service unit will be collecting a registration fee per girl, adult or troop falls under this category.  This includes money earning events for troops, or events in which multiple troops will be attending and pay a fee to attend the camp.  If a small group of troops is planning a trip to one of our properties, and no fees are collected, or groups are paying only for their facility, food service, or activities will not fall under this policy.

Why must service units/troops who are running a camp reserve the full property?

This policy allows for service units/troops to use shared spaces for programming, without affecting other troops/Girl Scout groups on property and their schedules.

What if I do not get the number of registrations that I need to pay for the full property?

We encourage service units or host troops to plan their camps around these policies as much as possible.  This may include:

  • Make the registration deadline for troops and/or girls no later than 60 days before their property reservation.
  • Decide the fees that will be charged per troop or group in order to make a successful camp
    • What is minimum amount of money that will need to be collected in order to pay for the full property reservation?
    • What additional fees will need to be covered, including food service, activities, and supplies?
    • What is the minimum number of registrations needed to run the camp?
  • If you need assistance deciding the amount that your service unit or troop should charge for registrations, please contact your volunteer support specialist.

What if not all sites or buildings are available for the dates that I would like to run a camp?

If not all sites are not available, service units or GS groups will need to find another date to run their camp.  Property reservations open 365 days in advance, and are first come, first served.  We recommend to groups who will be running a camp to plan as far in advance as possible.

Why do changes and transfers need to be requested 60 days before the reservation?

When a reservation is cancelled, or sites are released on short notice, it is difficult to reserve that site to another troop or GS group.  This often leaves our properties or sites unused, and does not show accurate availability to troops who are looking for available sites.  We want to provide all Girl Scouts the same opportunity to stay at one of our properties.

Why can’t I transfer my deposit to an existing reservation?

We want to discourage the use of our property reservation system as a way for troops or GS groups to hold a number of different dates while they decide which dates would work best for them.  To be a sister to every Girl Scout, please make a reservation  only if you believe your troop or GS group will be able to stay on the property at that time. If the troop’s plans change, please email the Property and Outdoor Program Administrator at property.reservations@gscolorado.org to change to a different date that will work for your troop, no later than 60 days before your reservation date.

If you have additional questions or comments, please contact the Property and Outdoor Program Administrator at property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Save the date for 2017-18 Outdoor Programs

Save the date for these Outdoor Programs in the 2017-18 Girl Scout year.  ** Note: This is updated throughout the year when events become 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: Friday dinner – Sunday 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 Rendezvous – Sky High Adventure: 9/29-10/1/17 (registration deadline 9/14/17)

Join us for a staff-led, Troop Camp Rendezvous at Sky High Ranch. Test your mettle at Sky High on our zip line, low-ropes course, archery, and swimming and splashing on the stand-up paddle boards at the pond! Of course, we’ll have arts and crafts, hiking, campfires, and all the traditional things you love about Girl Scout Camp! 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 deadline 9/29/17)

Want to learn about the ways you can travel as an older Girl Scout? Join our travel webinar! Register to be on the email list, and receive the link one week prior to the webinar. Can’t make it? We’ll post to the GSCO blog and send links in the next newsletter. Topics:   how to travel through Girl Scouts individually / with your troop; where to find travel resources; ways to travel from tour groups, to world centers, to girl led planning.

Destinations Travel Webinar: 10/5/17 at 6 -7 p.m. (registration deadline 9/19/17)

Learn about the ways to travel as an older Girl Scout and join this travel webinar! Register to be on the email list, and receive the link one week prior to the webinar. Can’t make it? We’ll post to the GSCO blog and send links in the next newsletter. Destination specific topics include:  overview of the Destinations program & trip options available for ’18 & ’19; timeline and checklist of GSCO council deadlines ; resources for Destinations prep and money earning . You’ll also 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 and princesses to s’mores and wizards, we’ve got everything at the SHR Halloween party! Visit Yummy Candyland, Spooky Graveyard, and Witch’s World where you will play games, make crafts, and of course, collect treats! We’ll have music, dancing, and games. This event is not just for Girl Scouts! All are welcome to attend! $10/child, and free/adults.

Tomahawk Ranch Trick or Treat: 10/29/17 at 5- 8 p.m.

Come to Tomahawk Ranch for a fun night of trick-or-treating! This is a free event for all ages. No registration is necessary. Come dressed in your best spooky Halloween costume!

Sky High Ranch Tree Lighting: 12/3/17 – Registration link coming soon!

Come to Sky High Ranch to celebrate our annual Tree Lighting with activities and brunch! This is a community/family event and is fun for all ages! Brunch buffet begins at 10 a.m.; tree lighting is at 1p.m. We’ll have a buffet, family photo ops, crafts, ornaments, and hot drinks, and of course, 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. – Registration link coming soon!

A community event for all ages! Bring your family and friends. Join us for brunch with Santa and meet his furry barnyard friends. Eat a delicious brunch buffet, savor sweets and lollies aplenty, take photos with Santa, and warm up fireside with hot cocoa and 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 link coming soon!

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, and survival skills and weather dependent, we’ll practice snowshoeing, ice fishing, snow shelter building, and more! 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 link coming soon!

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! 1/19/18 at 9 a.m.

Register online through CampInTouch for summer camps that register through Girl Scouts of Colorado. 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 that register through Girl Scouts of Colorado. 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 at our Open House. Meet staff and see where your camper will eat and sleep while at camp! No registration necessary.

Tomahawk Ranch Rendezvous 4/20-22/18 – More information coming soon!

Tomahawk Ranch Spring Brunch 5/6/18 at 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Registration link coming soon!

Bring the family to brunch and explore Tomahawk Ranch on a tour. Visit the barn, greenhouse, summer cabins, and dabble at camp crafts! Get your burning camp questions answered by the 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.

Come visit Tomahawk Ranch and explore camp on a self-guided tour. Get your burning 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 camp. 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 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)

Come splash the day away with one last salute to summer! This water-themed troop camp will be completely planned for you and includes swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boards. Meals and other traditional Girl Scout activities are included as well! This program 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.

Join Girl Scout alumnae for overnight camping at Sky High Ranch

Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado!

Join Girl Scout alumnae for overnight camping at Sky High Ranch September 22 to 24, 2017. Camping trip includes activities, meals, and a special alumnae tea party.

Don’t miss this chance to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado with fellow Alumnae!

Contact ppgs100-registration@outlook.com
to register today, registration closes August 14.

Journey weekend Dec. 1 – 3, 2017: Looking for partners

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Hello leaders and older girls!

Our troop of Cadettes and soon-to-be Seniors are planning a weekend at Tomahawk Ranch to work on a journey. We would love to partner with some other Cadette and Senior troops for the planning so that we can all be successful in completing a journey and meet some new scouting friends.

We have not selected the journey yet, but we do have three cabins reserved. You can make your own food or purchase the food at the camp. If you make your own food, you will need to bring your own gear, plates, etc.

The only fees would be to cover the cost of the cabin and your food (which you either bring or you purchase from GSCO). This is not a money-earning activity for our troop, just an opportunity for the troop to work with other girls.

Our troop will take up the better part of one cabin. We need to cancel the reservation for the other two cabins two-months in advance, so the deadline to commit will be October 1.

If you are interested in working with us on a journey please contact us at troop53572@gmail.com.

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“Look Wider Still” and “Her Story” day camp

Submitted by Dena Darling-McBean

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Avondale

June 12 -15, 2017 was the “Look Wider Still ” and “Her Story” day camp at the United Methodist Church in Avondale. What a time it was for both the staff and girls! Girls came together from Pueblo West, Pueblo, Avondale, and Fowler for a week of history and of course, lots of fun. We visited folks like Sister Nancy, who works with migrant workers, and others in the eastern part of Pueblo County. Miss Lil Montez told us about Capt. Charles Autobee, who was one of the first men who settled in the area. She told the girls of her great- grandmother, Pickin Bones, who was a Native American. The girls even wrote a song about her (Miss Pickin Bones)! They made tye-dye t-shirts as their camp shirts and tried their hand at painting what they thought it looked like when the pioneers came to Colorado years ago. We traveled to Bents Fort, where they learned so much about prairie life back in the day. Thursday was the last day and we spent part of it at the El Pueblo Museum. The girls learned about the girls and families who lived in Ludlow back in the 1900’s and the families who were killed in 1914 in the massacre that happened there. The girls made cornhusk dolls as well while they were there.

The girls then said “Camp was too short and could I please ask the council for a two day extension, a reunion, and for next year, two weeks of camp and an overnight in each week? Please Miss Dena! Please!”

I already have my staff in place for next year and a committee of girls is beginning to form. I want to thank Girl Scouts of Colorado and The Colorado Trust for making this camp possible for these young ladies from the Daisy level to the Senior Level.

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New dates available in August and September for property reservations

Are you looking for a place to camp with your troop in August or September of 2017? You’re in luck! Several of our properties are available and we want to get your troop outdoors.

Sky High Ranch:
August 11 – 13
August 25 – 27
September 1 – 3

Magic Sky Ranch:
August 11 – 13
August 25 – 27

Meadow Mountain Ranch:
August 11 – 13
September 1 – 3
September 15 – 17
September 22 – 24

For prices, accommodations, and to make your reservation, use GSCO’s online booking system at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

All sites are first come, first-served, and must be reserved with a 20% deposit. Balances are due in full 30 days before the reservation date. Bookings made less than 30 days before the reservation must be paid in full when making the reservation.

If you have questions about our properties or the property reservation process, please email the Property and Outdoor Program Administrator at property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Wizarding weekend at Tomahawk Ranch

Submitted by Amy Caperton

Metro Denver

Littleton

Come join us at Tomahawk Ranch for a weekend of Quidditch, wand making, potion making, games, and crafts.

August 25- 27, 2017
Juniors and Cadettes

$100 per girl. $35 for Safety Wise adults. (Extra adults can join for full price IF there is room)
Visit http://troop2904.ksibusinesssolutions.com

Questions: Please e-mail us at troop62904@gmail.com

A $25 deposit per person is required to hold your spot. Please send one check for all participants.

Deadline for registration is July 15

Sponsored by Troop 2904

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