Category Archives: Camp

“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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Girl Scout Camp Social Media 2017

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The staff at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch is gearing up for another wonderful summer season. As in years past, we will share our fun on social media through the Girl Scouts of Colorado camp Facebook pages.

Tomahawk Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/tomahawkranch/

Sky High Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/gscoskyhighranch/

From time to time, photos and updates may also appear on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s other social media networks (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram)

We will also post photo albums from each session on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums. Look for albums a week after your girl’s session ends.

Please keep in mind, both camps are in remote areas, where internet service can be spotty. We will update as much as we can. However, making sure your girl has the best experience at camp is our top priority.

Happy Camping!

Daisy Troop 65856 uses cookie money to go to Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Kristina Graham

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

Daisy Troop 65856 used the money they earned from their Girl Scout Cookies sales to go to Sky High Ranch as a troop. Each girl got to bring one parent and enjoyed activities such as the small animal farm, hiking to the lake, a dance party, and a camp fire. This was the highlight of the year for most girls.

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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

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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.

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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

MMR Core Camp hiking

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.