Category Archives: Camp

Host families needed

Submitted by Linda Fuller

Metro Denver

Denver

Do you have a daughter between the ages of 10 and 15? Would you consider being a host family for a girl of a similar age from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) July 14 – August 1, 2017?

We’re looking for Girl Scout families as our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, saw a stranger as a friend she hadn’t yet met. The girls are participants in a Chinese program known as Capable Teens, modeled on American Boy Scouting. You do your usual weekend family stuff and introduce a young girl from China to a sampler of an American way of life. During the week, the girls will be at Girl Scout Camp at Sky High Ranch in Woodland Park. The girls are excited (and nervous!) about spending time with your family in this immersion into American life.

Expectations of American families:

  • Be willing to live your normal lives with the addition of a young female guest from China as well as being welcoming, loving, offering fun experiences and opening your lives to her.
  • Provide normal American opportunities for her to practice her English, be a part of your family, and gain an understanding of Girl Scouting.
  • $300 stipend available to help.

By opening your door, you open a girl’s eyes to the real America: real people, experiences, and life. At the same time, your generosity of spirit creates a positive view of the United States that crosses borders—and lasts a lifetime. Your values as a Girl Scout will create a bond with a youth in a way you never expected, make a difference in the life of a girl, and help your children to learn and grow as they open their lives to another culture.

For more information, please contact Linda Fuller, Girl Scout Program Coordinator, Capable Teens USA
linda.j.fuller@hotmail.com 303-909-2264

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

Star Wars Camp at Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Melissa Ellenberger

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

SU 13 had a fabulous time at Sky High Ranch during their camp-out. The girls made tie-dye t-shirts, hiked to the Kyber Crystal Mine, made their own lightsabers, went through Jedi training, and delivered the Death Star plans to Leia and R2D2.

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

Centennial Campfire Celebration at MMR rescheduled for August 27, 2017

The Centennial Campfire celebration at Meadow Mountain Ranch on May 21, 2017 has been postponed due to effects from the spring storm.  There is currently no power on the property, which presents safety concerns for the more than 600 guests we had registered.

The celebration has been rescheduled for August 27, 2017. Register now!

 

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.

 

 

Grant available for Women’s Wilderness Summit Sisters retreat

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Submitted by Annie Pierce, GSCO Property and Outdoor Program Administrator

This year, Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to offer one of our adult volunteers a space at the Summit Sister’s Camp run by Women’s Wilderness. Women’s Wilderness is hosting this camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch June 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017. Women’s Wilderness’s mission is to strengthen the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls and women through the challenge and support of group wilderness and community based experiences. Summit Sisters focuses on a deep nature connection, connection to your body, inspiration and calling, and competence and outdoor skills. Presentations at Summit Sisters this year will include: The Call of the Earth, Self Confidence Formula, Wildlife Tracking in the Rockies, Inner Beauty Workshop, and so much more. For more information about Summit Sisters, please visit their website at https://www.womenswilderness.org/summit-sisters/.

We will choose one adult volunteer for a free space at the Summit Sister’s Camp – a $450 value! All meals, lodging, and programming are provided. To apply for this opportunity, click on the following link and complete the questionnaire no later than May 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. All applicants will be contacted on May 15 after the winner of the grant has been chosen. Applicants must have a current or lifetime membership with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The link to the application is  https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/grantforsummitsisters06042017_06062017.

 

Junior and Cadette three-day spaces added at Sky High Ranch

Looking for something for your Cadette or Junior to do on the week of July 4th? Look no further! We have new spaces available for Girl Scout Cadettes and Juniors at Sky High Ranch from July 5-7, 2017 at the following sessions:

SH34 Sky High Sampler: Sample all Sky High Ranch 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: 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.

Cost: $310 early bird, $335 if balance of fees are paid after May 1.

Register and pay your fees prior to April 30 at 11:59 p.m. to lock in early bird pricing!  (include registration link for “register and pay your fees”

 

 

Broomfield/Westminster day camps: Last chance to register

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Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Cadette Troop 63572 is hosting two day camps this summer as part of their leadership progression. The two primary outcomes chosen for these camps are confidence and courage. The campers will work together through some traditional scouting activities like songs and games, and challenge themselves while learning new skills.

Buttercup Bootcamp will be at East Interlocken Park in Broomfield from June 26 – 30, 2017 and She’s Crafty will be at the Westminster campus of Front Range Community College July 17 – 21, 2017. Information and how to register can be found at: https://scoutingforfun.com/

Registration will close on May 15, 2017. Don’t wait to register!

Each camp is $175 and is completely volunteer-run. Our troop has held many successful events and the girls are excited to work with younger girls at these fun camps.

Interested in volunteering or helping as a PA or PAI? Info is available on the camp website! The number of campers we can have will be dependent on the number of adult volunteers.

Contact us at camplikeagirlscout@gmail.com with questions.

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

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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.

Meadow Mountain Ranch Core Camp 2 offers backpacking option: Still lots of space to register July 21 – 24, 2017

 

Submitted by Penny “Pan” Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Core Camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch is a “sampler” troop camp program designed for troops and their leaders who wish to experience most of the types of programs that Girl Scout camps have to offer.  This year, a group of trained volunteers is offering Core Camp 1 for less experienced troops for two nights and Core Camp 2 for more experienced troops for three nights at the spectacular high country location near Allenspark, CO.

This year, Core Camp 2 will offer 12-15 girls who have had past camping experience an additional progressive option into the world of backpacking.  CC2 runs from July 21 – 24, 2017 and the backpacking group will be gone from main camp from after lunch on Saturday until before lunch on Sunday.  They will not be leaving the MMR property, but will search out a secluded glade in which to pitch tents, cook out, practice outdoor skills, and have a great overnight with the help of experienced backpacking staff.  No, the girls will not need to provide the specialized gear such as tents, packs, stoves, cook kits, or food.  All they will need is their own sleeping bag, rain gear, clothing, and very minor misc. items for such a short trip.

There will be some special orientation given before they take-off about how to pack, cook out, set up camp, and other skills they will need to give them a compact insight into what could come later as they choose to delve further into the world of backpacking.  Rocky Mountain National Park is out the west boundary of MMR, and no more spectacular options anywhere would await girls or troops or groups when they are ready to explore even further afield.  Take it from me – – – I’m still backpacking after about 55+ years, and I never tire of it.  We’ll be sure the girls have the best possible experience out and about in the woods and under the stars.

There is still room for about 50 more registrants for Core Camp 2, and it is possible to split the troop if not all girls choose the backpacking option.  Some financial aid may be available.  Cookie Credits can be used, and for information or to make your registration, contact meadowmountaincorecamp@gmail.com.

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

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Two more Girl Scouts in the Mountain Communities region are headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Samantha of Glenwood Springs will attend Sky High Animal Adventures at Sky High Ranch in June. Kayla of New Castle will go to Tomahawk TriWizard at Tomahawk Ranch in July.

“I am so excited to go to the TriWizard Camp this summer. I can’t wait to have fun with friends, learn new things, and learn to be more independent,” Kayla wrote.

“I am so excited to go to camp and learn as much as I can about the animals! I’ve never spent that much time away, and it will be so fun to meet new friends,” Samantha wrote.

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.

Registration for Girl Scout Camp is now underway on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. For summer 2017, girls can attend overnight camp sessions at Sky High Ranch near Manitou Lake and Woodland Park or perennial favorite Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey, southwest of Denver. Activities include archery, backpacking, photography, and rock climbing. Overnight camp runs from 3 to 12 days for girls ages 6 and up.  Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to offer day camping adventures throughout the state. The summer camp schedule is live on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (girlscoutsofcolorado.org). Girl Scout summer camp programs are open to all girls throughout Colorado, whether they’re in a troop or not, and new campers get a 10-percent discount.

Girl Scouts has been helping girls shine for more than 100 years. Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve more than 22,000 girls across the state with the help and support of 10,000 adult members! Learn more how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.