Category Archives: Camp

Shipwreck’d Camp

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver


The Woods Service Unit presents Shipwreck’d Camp April 24 – 26, 2020 at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey. Join us for pirate-themed fun as girls participate in an escape room, geocaching, boat racing, sword fighting, and more!




(Includes camp shirt, patch, food, and lodging)

Register here:


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

How to assemble the perfect cook kit

Girl Scouts love getting outdoors and camping with their troop! There are so many amazing places to explore in Colorado and getting the right gear to have a great time outside doesn’t have to be expensive. Here we share some ideas for what to pack in a car camping cook kit and where you can find these items for free or cheap!

Items to consider including in your cook kit:

Food Prep

  • Cutting board
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting knives
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Can opener
  • Rubber spatula
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Whisk
  • Cheese shredder


  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Dutch ovens and cast iron pans
  • Potholders/oven mitts
  • Spatula
  • Tongs
  • Colander (strainer)
  • Mixing spoons/spaghetti spoons
  • Spices
  • Cooking oil
  • Lighter

Serving and eating

  • Plates and bowls (reusable food storage and Tupperware is also a great substitute)
  • Cups and/or mugs
  • Forks, spoons, and knives
  • Big serving spoons and ladles


  • Garbage bags
  • Paper towels/dish rags
  • Sponges and pot scrubbers
  • Dish soap
  • Bleach
  • Strainer for catching food scraps from wash bins
  • Wash bins for dishes
  • Rubber spatula scraper

Food Storage

  • Aluminum foil
  • Resealable bags

Where to find all the above:

  • Dollar stores: Dollar stores are a great place to look for utensils, plates, bowls, measuring cups, dish pans, sponges, and more!
  • Thrift stores: Goodwill and other thrift stores always have a selection of pots, pans, plates, bowls, and other utensils in good condition.
  • Your home – with permission: If you have any extra or unwanted versions of these items at home, ask if you can use them for your cook kit.

Need more gear for your campout? We have camp stoves, Dutch ovens, tents, and more available for rent! Reserve gear from GSCO by following this link:

Winter snow fun

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 stayed in the lodge at Meadow Mountain Ranch for some relaxing and snow play. We went sledding both Saturday and Sunday over at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park and snowshoeing on the Nature Trail on over to Hercules.

Over the weekend, lots of games were played, s’mores were made, and lots of other was fun had. It was a good break before the craziness of the Cookie Program starts.

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

Live your best life at Girl Scout Camp: Registration for summer 2020 begins January 23

Girl Scout Camp is a place for ALL girls, where they can live their best life, answer the call to adventure, grow in confidence, and discover their power to change the world! For summer 2020, your girl can hike to the top of a mountain, star in an all-camp skit, spend the night in a hammock, or steer a canoe. She’ll try new things, push herself, and embrace challenges.

Girl Scouts of Colorado has sessions designed for girls entering first grade through seniors in high school at both Sky High Ranch near Colorado Springs and Tomahawk Ranch southwest of Denver. Overnight camp sessions are three days, six days, or two weeks. Registration begins at 9 a.m. January 23 on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at Exciting sessions and camps are available, including:

  • “Camp Rocks” at Tomahawk Ranch- Girls will go on a rockin’ adventure that includes climbing, exploring a Colorado mine, and discovering the wonders of a cave. While at camp, they’ll learn about the natural geology and formation of rocks and minerals, discover the magic of triboluminescence, grow crystals, and collect rocks and minerals to take home.
  • “Legendary Warriors” at Sky High Ranch – Girl Scouts will learn self-defense, archery, and survival skills, as well as spend a night sleeping under the stars and practicing ancient meditation.
  • “Valkyrie” at Tomahawk Ranch- Older Girl Scouts will learn survival skills, first aid, and self-defense techniques, as well as try target sports, dabble in sword fighting, and build fires. Finally, they’ll showcase their new skills on horseback.
  • “Kayaking Adventure” at Sky High Ranch is the ultimate flatwater kayaking adventure! Older Girl Scouts will pack their paddles (and bags) for a 6-day, out-of-state trip to the Grand Tetons or Yellowstone National Parks.

The entire summer camp schedule is posted on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website ( Register early. Some sessions fill in just a few hours!

Girl Scouts of Colorado also offers day camp, family camp, and troop camp adventures throughout the state.

Corrections to GSCO’s camp mailer for Summer 2020

Girl Scouts of Colorado was recently alerted to errors in our camp mailer for Summer 2020.

  • The location for the “Focus on Canoeing” day camp for Girl Scout Juniors is Bear Creek Lake Park, not the location listed on the mailer.
  • The Open House at Sky High Ranch is April 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., not March 4.

The GSCO website been updated with the correct information. Thank you for your understanding!


Save the date: 2020 Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Penny “Pan” Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Imagine a day like this at camp, playing with friends old and new, choosing how to spend your time and enjoying every single minute in the Colorado high country at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark.

The early morning air is crisp and clean, and the coffee is already made! A short hike to the top of Vista Spur will help open your eyes and your heart to the beauty of the landscape and the surrounding ridges and high mountain peaks. You’ll be back to main camp in time for your breakfast capers, helping make the fire, cook or clean up, and then there’s still plenty of time for morning activities.

There might be a craft scheduled for the Paint Pot, or a nature activity to take a long explore on the Big Circle Tour. Veteran campers can guide new gals to the great grand-tree, Hercules, and stop by the long-standing Grandpa Trees, historical aspens from which all the aspens in the valley were propagated.

A few hearty hikers may have taken off for a day hike to Calypso Cascades or Meadow Mountain or Twin Sisters. Ladies are always welcome to spend time in the Homestead House viewing artifacts from the history of MMR back to its beginning with the Dannels Family in the late 1800s.  There are staff memorabilia there as well as scrapbooks tracing the established camping history from 1960 when the first pioneering group of girls reported that, “YES!” this 200-acre property was perfect for a Girl Scout camp.

Lunch gathers everyone back to the main unit to cook. Believe me when I say that the food is one of the highlights of this event. Susan Baker and her support staff help create and bring into being some of the most adventurous and creative outdoor cooking opportunities, where we try everything from bean-hole cooking to canning rhubarb jam to reflector oven cobbler.

Need a little “me time” after lunch?  We can come and go as we please, and sometimes new ladies arrive to join the fun. Do you have a special program to offer the group? Can you teach yoga, offer archery, do some needlework or other handicrafts, or sponsor a book review or poetry reading under the trees? Just pass the word.  Do you have world travels to report to the group or can we practice some Tai-Chi or strength training or team building activities?

Is it time to cook again already? Dinner might have an international flair or offer a competition to see whose chili is best. Are there special treats you remember from your years ago at camp that we can recreate again? Do you come from a part of the country where there were other camp specialties you’d like to share with us? Dinner might take a while, so come and sit around the fire ring and we’ll probably already be singing. Bring your songbooks, join in, learn new songs, practices some “oldies.” We might even have time for some fairy tales or Pooh stories and eventually we’ll “sing our way home at the close of the day.”

So that was one day. But, we offer almost four whole days! Play, relax, sing, sleep, explore. The whole of MMR is just for our event, so there is plenty of room and time to come and share in the fun.


June 22 – 25, 2020

First meal is Monday lunch; last meal is Thursday brunch.

Cost is $200 for the entire time or $60  for part-timers including three meals. 

Do you have special memories of MMR from times gone by? Were you a camper there in your early years? Were you a staff member while you were in college, learning how to teach and lead and inspire girls in the magic of camp?

Do you have long-lost friends you would like to reconnect with? Have you forgotten where things were or how to get there?

Do you have daughters or grand-daughters or mothers or grand-mothers or aunts or cousins? Some of the most magical experiences have been had by multi-generational teams who come to share in this special adventure.

Did you hear about us from others who had been to Women’s Week before? We’ve been at this for several years now, and it only gets better with time. The event is ours to plan and bring to reality.  It is for sure an event to cherish from one year to the next.

Registration is always open and the informational flyer is below. Please contact the Very Informal Camp Director, Penny “Pan” Roberts, at 970 586 1775 or PO Box 211, Estes Park, Co. 80517

2020 women’s week flyer next

Junior “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO


Where better to earn your Junior “Think Like An Engineer” Journey than at Tomahawk Ranch! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp.

Who: Girl Scout Junior troops or Juliettes with adult

Dates: Saturday, January 25 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

When: Arrive at 3 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Depart at 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey- enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

Cost: $70 per girl $40 per adult. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate. Price does not include Journey award patches.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

During this fun Journey camp, Juniors will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three design thinking activities to explore hands-on what it’s like to think like an engineer. You will also receive the materials needed for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community to complete their Take Action Project are complete their Journey!

Register/pay online or mail in registration form below.


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

Brownie “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO


Camping, Journeys, and Girl Scout sisters~ Oh My! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp as you earn your “Think Like An Engineer” Journey!

Who: Girl Scout Brownie troops or Juliettes with adult chaperone

Dates: Friday, January 24 to Saturday, January 25, 2020

When: Arrive at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, Depart at 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey– enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

During this Journey camp, Brownies will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three “design” thinking activities to explore hands-on what it is like to think like an engineer. You will also receive materials for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community for their Take Action Project to complete their Journey.

Cost: $70 per girl, $40 per adult- price does not include Journey patches. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7

Register/pay online:

Email with questions.


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

Day camp volunteer search for Broomfield

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver


With winter break just around the corner, it may seem wild to be thinking about Summer 2020 already, but that’s just what we’re doing! We’re looking for volunteers to help our day camps be successful. Volunteers don’t have to be troop leaders – any Girl Scout parent is eligible.

Troop 63572 is hosting two day camps in the Broomfield area over the summer. Magical Mysteries will take place at Interlocken Park June 15 – 19 and Magical Mysteries will take place at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church July 27-31. Adults who volunteer for a week can get their girl’s entire registration fee reimbursed – free camp!

Volunteering at day camp is a lot of fun and is a great way to give back to Girl Scouts. As an adult volunteer at our camps, you step in only when needed – the older girls run the show and plan the activities. Being a volunteer at day camp is a great way to share the Girl Scout progression and be a part of the leadership experience.

Visit our website at for more information or email us at

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

Connections: December 2019





Colorado Gives Day is December 10

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. On December 10, 2019, you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation today.

By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 10! Every non-profit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation today or give on December 10.  Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.


Summer Camp Registration opens Jan. 23

Live. Love. Camp! Girl Scout Camp is where your girl is surrounded and supported by girls, where she can go beyond dreaming to actual doing! At camp she’ll try new things, step out of her comfort zone, and embrace her curiosity. Girl Scout Camp is a girl-led, girl-friendly place where everything girls do – whether it’s climbing to the top of a mountain, leading an all-camp performance, or gathering her courage to zip down the zip line – leads to leadership.

Visit to learn more about the awesome adventures we have in store for summer 2020.

Upcoming events at camp

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. or 12 p.m.

Cost: $15 (ages 4 and older), free for kids 3-years-old and younger
Bring your friends and family to Tomahawk Ranch for a delicious brunch, a visit with Santa and a fun visit to his barnyard. You can also savor sweets and lollies a plenty and warm up at the campfire with hot cocoa and cider. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa and his furry friends at the barn. When purchasing tickets for this event you will be able to register for your preferred time slot. An event itinerary will be provided after registration. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline for registration is December 9.

Expedition and Mini Expedition Antarctica

January 17 -19, 2020

Cost: $135/person

Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm. Our special guest instructor this year will be Jessie Krebs, head instructor at SERE Training. This camp is for girls and their significant male role model/guardian (age 18+) in her life. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults can come with multiple girls, if desired. Limited accommodations are available for campers who wish to attend with a female adult instead.  Register now. Spaces are limited!

Is your Girl Scout ready to earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards

Do you know that Girl Scouts can earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards as early as fourth grade? Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. And the skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

Gold Award: The mark of the truly remarkable
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—and it’s only available through Girl Scouts! To earn this unique award, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good by tackling issues dear to their hearts while driving lasting change in their communities and beyond.

Girl Scout Silver Award

Girl Scout Cadettes flex their leadership muscles by doing research and taking action on issues of their choice. Through their commitment to their communities, girls gain confidence and skills that will catapult them to Gold Award success—all while creating positive change.

Girl Scout Bronze Award

By taking action with others to improve their communities, Girl Scout Juniors gain important leadership skills and learn that even seemingly small actions can make a big impact.

Learn more

2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program begins Feb. 2

When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than life-changing experiences and adventure. They also develop essential life skills—goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership the Girl Scout way to lift one another up and change the world, together.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program runs Feb. 2 – March 8.

Visit our website to find a training or cookie rally near you!

Upcoming Events

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout groups of 10 or more (including chaperones, friends, and family) contact Bobbie Fanchini at 800-320-1733 or to learn more about exclusive Girl Scout rates. All Girl Scouts will receive a Moscow Ballet Fun Patch with their ticket, and groups of 25 or more (all GS count as one group) are invited to a day-of-show meet and greet with a ballerina!

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2020 Secrets to Success events. Every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success.

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City