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Register NOW for Women’s Week 2019 at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Penny “Pan” Roberts, Very Informal Camp Director, Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Northern & Northeastern CO

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) is the most fun you can have at camp since you were 11-years-old! I promise! Even if you have never been to camp before you will “Make New Friends” (there’s me singing!) and do new things.  If you are a seasoned veteran of this or all or any other camps, I promise a unique mountain experience of fun and adventure of our own making.

Registration is now open for 2019 and we hope you can join us July 15 – 18.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the flyer with all of the registration information. Camp cost is $200 per person and the deadline to register is June 20.

Besides a huge variety of activities possible, we always have great food, thanks to Susan Baker and her food service team who help us experiment with cooking in the out-of-doors.

If you have a favorite activity, craft, hike, song, etc., you’d like us to include in the time at camp, just let me know and we’ll get it scheduled.  If you can offer a special craft, music, ceremony, or other fun program, let me know that, too, and we’ll set it up for you.

All of MMR is open to us this year, including the Pinecrest Unit for the folks looking for a different view or a little more solitude.  The flyer below also mentions a variety of new offerings if interest is there.  Opportunities for service projects for the camp can be arranged as well.  Of course, if you are hoping for some true get-away time from your usual hectic lives, this is the opportunity.  Chill, rest, relax, play, enjoy.  Immerse yourself in the beauty and unique mountain environment.  Water, grass, trees, sky, flowers, rocks – – – even dirt if you’d like to play in it!

The event is open to any woman at least 18 years of age.  Some of the multi-generational teams who have come like moms and daughters (mine included), aunts, grand-daughters have had the best bonding time imaginable.  I’d highly recommend it.  Bring your old camp friends, bring your stressed-out co-workers, all are welcome and the more the merrier! Having just ladies there gives us a special liberating experience from most anything else in our lives today.  Sharing our huge variety of lives and experiences helps us all gain truly long-lasting perspective and lets us return home anxious for next summer already!

Gals have come from all over the country from Maine to Washington, including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Connecticut, Utah, Kansas, Texas, and many other states. The word is spreading about how much fun Women’s Week is and we’d love to have you join us.

Special needs can usually be accommodated easily. The camp is glorious and truly one of our favorite places on earth. My contact information is at the bottom of the flyer and I serve as director, registrar, and I’ll even do dishes when my patrol’s turn comes up!

2019 WW publicity flyer

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

 

Longing to get back to camp? GSCO has a great opportunity for you!

The fourth annual Women’s Wilderness Summit Sisters event is at Meadow Mountain Ranch June 7 – 9, 2019. GSCO will once again be offering one adult member the opportunity to attend the camp for FREE, a $399 value. In addition, all Girl Scouts of Colorado adult members who would like to attend are able to receive a discount of $75.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summit Sisters is an immersive weekend retreat and a safe space for anyone 18+ who identifies as a woman, to connect with others, with nature, and to reconnect with herself. The Summit Sisters Retreat gives you the space…and it’s up to you how you want to fill it. Learn new outdoor skills. Try your hand at plein air painting. Find inspiration and motivation to grow. You can do as much – or as little – as you’d like. Enrollment includes all workshops and activities, camping or tent cabin, and meals. Summit Sisters is great for women of all experience levels, from those who are new to camping to the seasoned outdoorswoman.

Some of their amazing workshops include:

  • Thai massage for mind-body freedom
  • Taking the road to lasting change
  • Own your power
  • Sun salutation yoga
  • The Way of the Line – Cultivating a Moment of Pure Awareness

If you would like to apply for our grant, please complete the following form: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/grantforsummitsisters06072019_06092019. The winner will be chosen anonymously by committee vote. Previous winners of the grant are not eligible to receive the spot, but are more than welcome to attend using the special Girl Scout code. If you would like to register, claim your space today for $75 OFF (only $324) when you sign up and use your Girl Scout promo code GIRLSCOUTGALS  at check out. Find all the details and register at www.summitSisters.org.

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Glenwood Springs Girl Scout awarded Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scout Allie A. of Glenwood Springs in the Mountain Communities region is headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Allie will attend “Intro to Cowgirl Mountain,” a five-day camp at Sky High Ranch in the summer of 2019.  She wrote in her application for this award, “Next year, I will start middle school. I am scared and nervous. I am excited, but I do not feel like I have the confidence I need. I feel going to an overnight camp by myself, without my family, to be around other girls who are already in middle school will get my confidence up.”

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision.

After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

Service Unit 413 encampment

Submitted by Melissa Stamps

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Service Unit 413 in Colorado Springs is hosting our super hero encampment. This event is open to troops, parents, and girls.

When:  May 10, 2019 5 p.m. – May 12, 2019 7 a.m.

Where: Sky High Ranch

Cost: $30 per girl, $20 per adult

Questions/ To Register: Melissa Stamps at mcs9886@yahoo.com.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

PA Training: Outdoor skills specialty

Submitted by Denine Dains

Metro Denver

Twisted Pine

Troop 3972 is excited to lead Girl Scout Cadettes/Seniors in a one-of-a-kind leadership experience! Join us at Twisted Pine, a cozy cabin, 20 minutes from Denver.

Oct. 19, 2019: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYQoy4AcMus8Bi6aI982flfxqrLzeZE5N0cDJrlJAX9Rp-Sg/viewform

Oct. 20, 2019: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegZpKDJ23n6wZuDO3TVL-499-E8O0j0F9QmkIBfTG8HpnEvQ/viewform

Learn valuable skills such as assisting younger Girl Scouts in a troop or small group setting. You will also specialize in leading larger groups in a camp setting.

You will learn how to:

  • Lead large groups of girl scouts in camp songs
  • Assist young girls in a flag ceremony
  • Assist young Girl Scouts with chopping food at camp while using a knife
  • Set up a propane stove
  • Make traditional camp foods, such as walking tacos and a foil wrapped dessert!
  • Follow the rules regarding fire and cooking with a dutch oven
  • Create a safe cleaning station for dishes
  • Lead yourself in a professional, safe manner while working with younger girls
  • Be a good role model to younger Girl Scouts

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Troop 3972 is a dynamic group of go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders. Many of the girls have been together since kindergarten and help lead a day camp in the Denver metro-area for more than 100 campers.

By leading their Girl Scout sisters in leadership opportunities, they are reaching their own fundraising goals to fund a scuba diving trip to the Bahamas.

We are excited to meet your Girl Scouts and the future leaders in our community!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

MMR Core Camp 3: July 26 – 29

Submitted by Jenn Macios

Northern & Northeastern CO

Meadow Mountain Ranch

MMR Core Camp was inspired from history and tradition within the alumnae who were once apart of the resident camp program. MMR Core Camp is all about connecting, community, and camping with a new generation of Girl Scouts at Meadow Mountain Ranch.

MMR Core Camp 3 is July 26 – 29, 2019. With this Core Camp, there is something for everyone. Juniors and above have a chance to try a speciality program where they will have twice the opportunity to experience program in areas like archery, arts and craft, outdoor cooking, photography, or even take a two-night backpacking trip into the Rocky Mountain National Park. There is also a general program for girls who just want to experience camp and try a little bit of everything.

Grab your troop and join us at MMR Core Camp this summer: https://mmrcorecamp.weebly.com

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Epic Adventures day camp

Submitted by Brandy Schauppner

Metro Denver

Brighton

What could be better than spending a week at day camp? Join us for an EPIC experience doing crafts, outdoor fun, team building, some badge activities, and even a Take Action project.

This is for girls from Daisy through Junior with leadership opportunities for Cadette through Senior!

Brownies will have the chance to earn their Brownie W.O.W. Journey with the help of Cadettes who are working on their LIA awards.

We will spend our days making new friends, playing in the sun, going on hikes, and even a tour of the ON-SITE historical museum!

Program Aide Internship (PAI) and Program Aide opportunities are also available. Although we are not providing the training at camp, we will be offering the internship part of the requirement. If you would like to complete PA training prior to camp and need help finding a training session, please email us at epicadventures.gs@gmail.com. We may hold a PA training if enough girls are interested.

When:

June 10 – June 14, 2019

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Campers arrive at 8:30 a.m. and go home at 3 p.m. each day)

Where;

Adams County Regional Park (Adams County Fairgrounds)

Al Lesser Building Park

9755 Henderson Rd.

Brighton 80601

Contact

Email: epicadventures.gs@gmail.com

Directors: Anna Mills and Brandy Schauppner

Anna Mills: (303) 907 – 4654

Brandy Schauppner (720) 878 – 3947

Information and Registration website: https://epicadventuresdaycamp.wordpress.com/

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Weekend of cabin camping and fun

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Girls in Troop 70720 spent the weekend at Magic Sky Ranch, camping at Old Lodge. We did some hiking on Old Homestead Trail. We enjoyed games, s’mores, scary stories, a talent show, rock climbing, and more. We love this property and have been going there for eight years.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

GSCO Photo Challenge: Brownies away from home

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

In 2018, our Girl Scouts attended the Brownie Camporee at Tomahawk Ranch. They were between 7 and 8-years-old, and for nearly all the girls, it was their first time away from home. Not only did they earn their “Girl Scout Way” and “Potter” badges, they also completed the “Wonders of Water” Journey by assisting with planting a garden at Tomahawk. They had a wonderful time!

These Girl Scouts were risk-takers by leaving their parents for two nights. It was hard for some of them, but they ended-up having so much fun. They will be spending their 2019 cookie proceeds on camp again this year!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Meadow Mountain Ranch Nature Trail: Now open for troops without property reservation

You asked, and we listened! The nature trail at Meadow Mountain Ranch will now be available for troops to use without a property reservation, and troops will be able to go to Meadow Mountain Ranch for the day and hike the trail.

Troops will be able to request a date or dates that they would like to hike the trail up to six months in advance by going to https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/mmr_nature_trail_request. Requests will be considered based on the availability of the property and if any other requests have been received. Requests are not guaranteed, and will be considered on a first come, first-served basis.

If a request is approved, troops will be charged $10 for use of the trail, which will go to the upkeep of Meadow Mountain Ranch and the Nature Trail.

If a troop or service unit has reserved the full property, they will have full access to the nature trail without an additional charge.

What is the Nature Tail at Meadow Mountain Ranch?

It’s a one-way 21-stop guided journey along the north lateral moraine up to the top of Vista Spur with its nearly circular panoramas of high mountain peaks.  Trailgoers experience history, geology, biology, math, and science, along a seasonal journey.  You will learn about plants, flowers, animals, rocks, trees – all with a view!

What’s the best way to enjoy the Nature Trail?

Plan on two – four hours for maximum immersion and to accommodate all experience levels. Pick up a seasonal guide book and reference materials from Homestead House. Start the trail at the wooden kiosk on the right side of the main road west of the Lodge across from Nature Nook and end the trail at the C.I.T. House to the east of main camp.  Plan for uphill and flat sections.  The goal is to complete as many activities as possible. Use a guide book for each season and stop at each numbered post for information and activities.

Helpful hints:

  • Groups of eight-ten are ideal, so everyone can see and hear at each station.
  • Wear comfortable, camp-appropriate shoes.
  • Bring water and snacks and day pack to hold your stuff.
  • There are benches to sit on about half way up and at the top of Vista Spur.
  • A walking stick is helpful and winter boots or snowshoes are needed in winter.
  • Watch for sudden weather changes; think you’ll need a raincoat?  Maybe!

What about the patches?

The complete patch set is a five-segment, 4” square colorful seasonal collection.  Anyone can purchase the central circle patch to show your pride in MMR, but you must complete a seasonal series of activities to earn any of the other four segments. You’ll need to hike the trail and complete that season’s activities from the guide books.  Each segment costs $1.50 and patches are available for purchase in the GSCO Retail Shop.