Category Archives: Camp

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: Updated throughout the year as events are 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: Fri. dinner – Sun. 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 Troop Camp – Sky High Adventure: 9/29-10/1/17 (registration closed) A staff-led, Troop Camp at Sky High Ranch. Test yourself at Sky High on our zip line, low-ropes course, archery, and swimming and splash on stand-up paddle boards at the pond! We’ll have arts & crafts, hiking, campfires, and more! 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 closed):  Learn about ways you can travel as an older Girl Scout. Topics:   how to travel through Girl Scouts individually / with a troop; travel resources; ways to travel – tour groups, world centers, & girl led planning.

Destinations Travel Webinar: 10/5/17 at 6 -7 p.m. (registration closed) Learn about ways to travel as an older Girl Scout! Destination specific topics:  program & trips for ’18 & ’19; GSCO deadlines ; resources for Destinations prep/money earning . You’ll 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 & princesses to s’mores & wizards, we’ve got everything at the SHR Halloween party! Visit Yummy Candyland, Spooky Graveyard, & Witch’s World where you’ll play games, make crafts, and collect treats! This event is not just for Girl Scouts-all are welcome to attend! $10/child, adults/free.

Tomahawk Ranch Trick or Treat: 10/29/17 at 5- 8 p.m. Come to Tomahawk Ranch for a night of trick-or-treating! A free event for all ages. No registration is necessary. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume!

Sky High Ranch Tree Lighting: 12/3/17 – (Registration deadline 11/30/17) Come to Sky High to celebrate our annual Tree Lighting with activities & brunch! This community/family event is fun for all ages! Brunch buffet begins at 10 a.m.; tree lighting at 1p.m. We’ll have a buffet, family photos, ornaments, and hot drinks, and 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. – Register early! A community event, bring your family & friends. Join us for brunch with Santa and meet his furry barnyard friends. Eat brunch buffet, savor sweets and lollies aplenty, take photos with Santa, and warm up fireside with hot cocoa or 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 is now open! 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, survival skills – and weather dependent, we’ll practice snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snow shelter building! 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 is now open! 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! 1/18/18 at 9 a.m. Register online through CampInTouch for summer camps. 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. 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. Meet staff and see where your camper will eat and sleep while at camp! No registration necessary.

Tomahawk Ranch Troop Camp 4/20-22/18 – Registration coming soon!

Tomahawk Ranch Spring Brunch 5/6/18 at 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Registration coming soon! Bring the family to brunch and explore Tomahawk Ranch. Visit the barn, greenhouse, summer cabins, and dabble at camp crafts! Get your camp questions answered by 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. Visit Tomahawk Ranch and explore camp on a self-guided tour. Get your 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. Meals/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) Splash the day away with one last salute to summer! This water-themed troop camp will be planned for you, includes:  swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boards. Meals and other traditional Girl Scout activities are included! 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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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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