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GSCO HOOF NOTES Horse Program newsletter/blog

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Horse Program will be maintaining a blog full of information on upcoming horse events. . . .keep reading our “Hoof Notes” for what the GSCO Horse Program is running around doing! 😉  We are gearing up for summer camp season but our hourly riding program will return August 17th.

You can see ALL horse related activities at the following link

http://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/ProgramActivitiesEvents/tabid/720/default.aspx?pid=23&ProductCode=HORSEB

In June and July we have half day events for Brownies “Horse Fun in the sun” and Daisies “Ponies and  Pals” in Parker, CO – check out them in the activity finder or the above link.

Keep checking the activity finder link above to see what riding options we are offering at Tomahawk and Meadow Mt this Fall season.  We will be offering trailrides as well as lessons for all level of riders in western instruction.   We will also be able to offer half day and all day trailrides at Meadow Mt.  Be sure to contact Julie Fischer for more information.

http://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/ProgramActivitiesEvents/tabid/720/default.aspx?pid=23&ProductCode=HORSEB

We also have list of Colorado  Instructors who are offering 3 beginner lessons at $20 per lesson.  Be sure to see our list on horse page.  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/horses

We will also be putting any events and upcoming information on the horse page.

We will be starting a year round WIT program.  In the Fall WITs can volunteer with the riding program during year and earn hours of experience.  Starting in August, contact Julie Fischer if you are interested in volunteering outside of summer camp and get more experience.  We are also looking into a Jr WIT program for younger girls. Check back for developments on our future horse programs, some starting in 2014!

If you are over 18 and LOVE teaching kids how to ride, we will be hosting a CHA Instructor Certification clinic August 12-16th at Tomahawk for GSCO members and non members.  You can find out more information at the GSCO horse page or activity finder link

http://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/OnlineStore/GSProductDetail/tabid/497/ProductId/128021838/Default.aspx

We still have room in two of our horse camps at Meadow Mt: Blazing Saddles I and Rodeo Riders I.   Come spend a week at Meadow Mt and ride ALL DAY!  Rodeo Riders will learn advanced drill team patterns ad well rodeo events and do gymkhana. . .they will perform a drill team show for the parents to music end of their session.  The Blazing Saddles camp will spend week riding the trails into RMNP and will have a slide show mailed with photos of their rides.  This camp will also learn about packing, trail etiquette and Leave No Trace camping skills.

Check back in week or so for more updates on what the horse program is doing horsing around!

Crazy ’bout Horses Event Pictures and Summary – What a Success – look for it next year!

 

Girl Scouts get Crazy ‘Bout Horses at the Colorado Classic Horse Show

Photos and story by Alice Hughes, event organizer and volunteer, Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered once again with the Colorado Classic Horse Show to offer the 7th annual Crazy ‘Bout Horses event on May 4, 2013 at the National Western Events Center in Denver, Colorado.  More than 150 Girl Scouts, ages 10-12, attended the 37th annual Colorado Classic Horse Show to learn about horse health, horse care and the horse show industry.

The Girl Scouts watched the horse show to learn about the Saddlebred, Morgan and Arabian breeds. After the show, the girls rotated through 10 educational stations with topics such as: horse behavior, horse health, safety around horses, trail riding and packing, grooming, horse shoeing, adopting wild mustangs, barn tours and a horse trivia game.

A perennial favorite is the grooming station where troops get hands-on experience brushing a very furry white Shetland pony named Godzilla belonging to David and Cindy Vogels of Andover Farm.

“Horses are very gentle creatures and are really fun to take care of,” said Lauren, 8, from Troop # 3591 from Monument, Colorado. “ My grandparents have horses and I get to ride their Shetland pony.”

New to the event this year was the Girl Scouts sponsored pack station where girls could learn how horses will carry their camping gear and supplies at summer camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Rocky Mountain National Park.

“I’ve never seen pack equipment and it looks pretty complicated,” said Quinn, 10, from Troop #3584 from Highlands Ranch. “I just love horses and I really liked watching the horse show too.”

At the veterinary station, Laura Wilhelm from Aspen Creek Vet Hospital, explained the background to the saying “never look a gift horse in the mouth.” She showed the Girl Scouts how you can tell a horse’s age by looking at their teeth and correctly identified the demonstration horse as 11 years old. Girls also used a stethoscope to listen to the horse’s heartbeat while learning more about the horse’s respiratory system.

Farrier Del Slaugh fired up his forge to show the Girl Scouts how he can transform a straight piece of steel into a fully functional horse show. Heating the steel up to an astonishing 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit, Del shaped the red hot metal into a horse shoe shape, added a Fullering groove and nail holes. To the delight of the girls, each group got to take home a lucky horse shoe from the demonstration.

At the horse behavior station, Girl Scouts from Troop 2762 from Colorado Springs were learning  how horses express their likes and dislikes and their unique personalities. Charming the crowd was half Arabian gelding “Toi Talent” who gladly accepted a peppermint and a pat from Madison, 11.

“Horses are so beautiful and fun to ride. Even though I own a horse, I’ve learned so much today!”

Presenter and trainer Nancy Goodwin from Finesse Farms from Erie, Colorado gave useful tips on safety around horses so that Girl Scouts could be prepared for horse camp in the summer. She even let the girls find a special scratching spot on the neck of demonstration horse Hottie, an American Saddlebred gelding.

After the event, girls could continue their education with a special take-home notebook filled with horse facts, fun activities and equine industry contact information.

Keep an eye out for next year – we plan on it being BIGGER and BETTER!

Denver Metro Girl Scouts – International Campers Needing Host Famlies!

Calling on Colorado Girl Scouts in the metro Denver area!

Do you have a daughter between the ages of 11 and 13?

Would you like to be a host family for a girl between these ages (11 – 13) from the People’s Republic of China?

Five girls, participants of the CAPABLE TEENS program in China, are coming to the Denver for three weeks 17 July – 4 August 2013, chaperoned by Capable Teens representatives.  Host families in the metro Denver area are needed to provide room and board for a Chinese girl for approximately 10 days before and after Girl Scouts of CO (GSCO) resident camp during the three weeks.  By spending time with your family, these girls from the Suzhou area of China (near Shanghai) are hoping for a thorough immersion into American life.  The Chinese girls are already signed up for GSCO resident camp at Magic Sky  (“Moose Magic”, July 21-26) and for Girl Scout day camp (“Science in Our World”, Clement Park, Littleton, July 29-August 2).  Either girls will bring their own equipment or it will be provided by Capable Teens USA.

CAPABLE TEENS, modeled on the Boy Scouts of America scouting program, are bringing these young Chinese girls for an American girl experience as an American Girl Scout.  We need your help in welcoming these young girls to CO and the US and introducing them to the GSUSA way of Girl Scouting.  Small stipend per family available.

For more information and for an application, please contact:

Linda Fuller
Girl Program Coordinator, Capable Teens USA
linda.j.fuller@hotmail.com
303-909-2264

 

 

 

Camps With Availability!

Summer is coming up! Is your Girl Scout registered for camp yet? We still have spaces in the following sessions! Register online now. Remember, registration closes 4 weeks before each camp starts!

To learn more about our summer camp programs, check out our Summer Camp Catalog!

Day   Camp DC01-Kaleidoscope Fairy   Adventure-Hamp Hut-Colorado Springs Jun 10 – Jun 14, 2013
Day Camp DC01T-Kaleidoscope Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut-Colorado Springs Jun 10 – Jun 14, 2013
Day Camp DC01V-Kaleidoscope Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut-Colorado Springs Jun 10 – Jun 14, 2013
Day Camp DC02V-Sports & Nature Sampler-Bear Creek Reg   Park-CoSprings Jun 17 – Jun 21, 2013
Day Camp DC03-Make a Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church-Colorado Springs Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2013
Day Camp DC03V-Make a Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church-Colorado Springs Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2013
Day Camp DC04-Show Stoppers-Sand Creek High School-Colorado Springs Jul 15 – Jul 19, 2013
Day Camp DC05-Dance Explorer-Rampart High School-Colorado Springs Jul 22 – Jul 26, 2013
Day Camp DC05V-Dance Explorer-Rampart High School-Colorado Springs Jul 22 – Jul 26, 2013
Day Camp DC06-Awesome Animals-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Jun 3 – Jun 7, 2013
Day Camp DC08-Monster Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen Jun 17 – Jun 21, 2013
Day Camp DC09-Neverland-Franktown Elementary-Franktown Jun 17 – Jun 21, 2013
Day Camp DC09T-Neverland-Franktown Elementary-Franktown Jun 17 – Jun 21, 2013
Day Camp DC10-Animal Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Jun 17 – Jun 21, 2013
Day Camp DC10T-Animal Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Jun 17 – Jun 21, 2013
Day Camp DC15T-Brave Games-Boulder Valley Church of Christ-Boulder Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2013
Day Camp DC16-Princesses on the Prairie-Plains Conserv Center-Aurora Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2013
Day Camp DC16T-Princesses on the Prairie-Plains Conserv Center-Aurora Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2013
Day Camp DC17-Explorers-City Park-Denver Jul 1 – Jul 3, 2013
Day Camp DC18-Girl Power-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Jul 8 – Jul 12, 2013
Day Camp DC19-Art Explorers-Twisted Pine-Genesee Jul 8 – Jul 12, 2013
Day Camp DC24T-Among the Pines-Kiwa Korral-Lyons Jun 10 – Jun 14, 2013
Day Camp PA01-Kaleidoscope Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut-Colorado Springs Jun 10 – Jun 14, 2013
Day Camp PA02-Sports & Nature Sampler-Bear Creek Reg Park-CoSprings Jun 17 – Jun 21, 2013
Day Camp PA03-Make a Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church-Colorado Springs Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2013
Day Camp PA04-Show Stoppers-Sand Creek High School-Colorado Springs Jul 15 – Jul 19, 2013
Day Camp PA05-Dance Explorer-Rampart High School-Colorado Springs Jul 22 – Jul 26, 2013
Day Camp PA15-Brave Games-Boulder Valley Church of Christ-Boulder Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2013
Day Camp PA16-Princesses on the Prairie-Plains Conserv Center-Aurora Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2013
Day Camp PA24-Among the Pines-Kiwa Korral-Lyons Jun 10 – Jun 14, 2013
Day Camp PAI05-Dance Explorer-Rampart High School-Colorado Springs Jul 22 – Jul 26, 2013
Day Camp PAI06-Awesome Animals-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Jun 3 – Jun 7, 2013
Day Camp PAI07-That’s Entertainment-Addenbrooke Park-Lakewood Jun 10 – Jun 14, 2013
Day Camp PAI10-Animal Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Jun 17 – Jun 21, 2013
Day Camp PAI11-Art in the Park-DeKoevend Park-Centennial Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2013
Day Camp PAI21-Oopy Goopy Science-DeKoevend Park-Centennial Jul 22 – Jul 26, 2013
Day Camp – Bear Creek DC12-Canoeing-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2013
Day Camp – Bear Creek DC14-Windsurfing-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2013
Day Camp – Bear Creek DC20-Countries and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Jul 15 – Jul 19, 2013
Day Camp – Bear Creek DC22-H2O Sports Sampler-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Jul 22 – Jul 26, 2013
Day Camp – Bear Creek PAI20-Countries and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Jul 15 – Jul 19, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS02-It’s Your Camp-Create it Jun 16 – Jun 21, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS03-Brownie Discovery Camp Jun 23 – Jun 28, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS04-Scientifically Speaking… Jun 23 – Jun 28, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS06-Brownie Discovery Camp Jun 30 – Jul 5, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS07-Crayons and Creativity Jun 30 – Jul 5, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS08-Night Owls Jun 30 – Jul 5, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS14-It’s Your Camp-Create it! Jul 21 – Jul 26, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS15-Brownie Discovery Camp Jul 28 – Aug 2, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS19-CIT II Jul 7 – Aug 2, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS20-Archery Adventures Jun 23 – Jun 28, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS21-Archery Adventures Jun 30 – Jul 5, 2013
MS Overnight Camp MS22-Archery Adventures Jul 28 – Aug 2, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM01-Becoming an Outdoor Scout Jun 16 – Jun 21, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM05-It’s Ur Wilderness Jun 23 – Jun 28, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM06-Blazing Saddles II Jun 23 – Jun 28, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM07-Rodeo Rider I Jun 30 – Jul 5, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM09-Citikids Wilderness Expo Jun 30 – Jul 5, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM10-Mountain Music Jul 7 – Jul 12, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM11-Blazing Saddles I
MM Overnight Camp MM12-Backpack 101 Jul 7 – Jul 12, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM13-Backpack 102 Jul 14 – Jul 19, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM14-Wild Basin Sampler Jul 14 – Jul 19, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM16-Blazing Saddles I Jul 21 – Jul 26, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM17-Star Science Jul 21 – Jul 26, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM18-Backpack 201 Jul 21 – Jul 26, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM19-Rodeo Rider I Jul 28 – Aug 2, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM20-Digiscape Jul 28 – Aug 2, 2013
MM Overnight Camp MM21-Rocks and Ropes Jul 28 – Aug 2, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR09-Bronze Bits N Bridles II Jun 30 – Jul 5, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR10-Silver Spurs I Jun 30 – Jul 5, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR12-Bronze Mustangs Jul 7 – Jul 18, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR13-Hollywood & Broadway Bound Jul 7 – Jul 18, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR14-Photography 4.0 Jul 7 – Jul 18, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR15-Silver Broncos Jul 7 – Jul 18, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR17-Golden Top Hand Jul 7 – Jul 18, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR20-Bronze Bits N Bridles I Jul 21 – Jul 26, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR21-Backpacker Jul 21 – Jul 26, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR22-Muddy Madness Jul 28 – Aug 2, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR24-Deep Space Jul 28 – Aug 2, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR27-Silver Spurs I Jul 28 – Aug 2, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR30-Program Aide Jun 30 – Jul 2, 2013
TR Overnight Camp TR32-Program Aide Jul 21 – Jul 26, 2013

Reach for the Peak – Calling Cadette / Senior / Ambassador Troops!

CALLING ALL CADETTE / SENIOR / AMBASSADOR TROOPS!!!!

IT’S TIME TO SIGN UP FOR OUR OUTDOORS SKILLS COMPETITION.

  • Don’t know much about the competition? Come learn more at our Tickler at Sky High Ranch on June 1st. Register online for the tickler. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1300
  • Reach for the Peak has early bird Registration. Register by May 31st and get a discount.
  • Would you like to contribute to your experience at Reach for the Peak? There is a competition for each Cadette/Senior/Ambassador to design the T-Shirt for this year.

Need more info?

-Email haley.peel@gscoloardo.org (subject RftP)

-Register online!

-Visit our website!

-Like us on FACEBOOK: Reach for the Peak

Sign your Girl Scout up for camp!-Session Availability

Our first Girl Scout Summer Day Camp registration deadlines are coming up on May 6! Is your Girl Scout registered for camp yet? To learn more about Day Camp or Resident Camp options with Girl Scouts of Colorado, please visit our website or contact our registrars at 877-404-5708.

To learn more about these Girl Scouts of Colorado Camps, check out our Summer Camp Program Guide.

Colorado   Springs Day Camps
DC01-Kaleidoscope   Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut Partially Open
DC01V-Kaleidoscope Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut Partially Open
DC02V-Sports   & Nature Sampler-Bear Creek Reg Park Partially Open
DC03-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Partially Open
DC03T-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Open
DC03V-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Open
DC04-Show   Stoppers-Sand Creek High School Partially Open
DC05V-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
DC05-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
PA01-Kaleidoscope   Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut- Partially Open
PA02-Sports   & Nature Sampler-Bear Creek Reg Park Partially Open
PA03-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Partially Open
PA04-Show   Stoppers-Sand Creek High School Partially Open
PAI01-Kaleidoscope   Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut Open
PAI05-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
PA05-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
Denver Metro   Area Day Camps
DC06-Awesome   Animals-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Partially Open
DC07-That’s   Entertainment-Addenbrooke Park Partially Open
DC08-Monster   Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen Partially Open
DC09-Neverland-Franktown   Elementary-Franktown Partially Open
DC10-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
DC10T-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
DC16-Princesses   on the Prairie-Plains Conserv Center Partially Open
DC17-Explorers-City   Park-Denver Partially Open
DC19-Art   Explorers-Twisted Pine-Genesee Partially Open
DC18-Girl   Power-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Partially Open
PA08-Monster   Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen Open
PA10-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
PAI06-Awesome   Animals-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Partially Open
PAI07-That’s   Entertainment-Addenbrooke Park-Lakewood Partially Open
PAI08-Monster   Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen Open
PAI10-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
PAI11-Art in   the Park-DeKoevend Park-Centennial Partially Open
PAI21-Oopy   Goopy Science-DeKoevend Park-Centennial Partially Open
PAI23-Science   in Our World-Clement Park-Littleton Open
Lyons/Boulder   Area Camps
PA15-Brave   Games-Boulder Valley Church of Christ-Boulder Partially Open
PA24-Among the   Pines-Kiwa Korral-Lyons Partially Open
DC24T-Among   the Pines-Kiwa Korral-Lyons Partially Open
Pueblo Day   Camps
DC25-Wild in the Outdoors-Nature and Raptor Center-Pueblo Open
PA25-Wild in   the Outdoors-Nature and Raptor Center-Pueblo Open
Bear   Creek-Lakewood-Aquatics and other Camps
DC12-Canoeing-Bear   Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
DC14-Windsurfing-Bear   Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
DC20-Countries and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
DC22-H2O   Sports Sampler-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
PA20-Countries   and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Open
PAI20-Countries and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
Magic Sky   Overnight Camps
MS02-It’s Your   Camp-Create it Partially Open
MS03-Brownie   Discovery Camp Partially Open
MS04-Scientifically   Speaking… Partially Open
MS06-Brownie   Discovery Camp Partially Open
MS07-Crayons   and Creativity Partially Open
MS08-Night   Owls Partially Open
MS11-Best   3-Day Camp Ever Partially Open
MS12-Best   3-Day Camp Ever Partially Open
MS13-Moose   Magic Partially Open
MS14-It’s Your   Camp-Create it! Partially Open
MS15-Brownie   Discovery Camp Partially Open
MS18-CIT I Partially Open
MS19-CIT II Open
MS20-Archery   Adventures Partially Open
MS21-Archery   Adventures Partially Open
MS22-Archery   Adventures Partially Open
Meadow   Mountain Ranch Overnight Camps
MM01-Becoming   an Outdoor Scout Partially Open
MM05-It’s Ur   Wilderness Open
MM06-Blazing   Saddles II Partially Open
MM09-Citikids   Wilderness Expo Partially Open
MM10-Mountain   Music Partially Open
MM11-Blazing   Saddles I Open
MM13-Backpack   102 Open
MM14-Wild   Basin Sampler Partially Open
MM15-Rodeo   Rider I Open
MM21-Rocks and   Ropes Open
Tomahawk Ranch   Overnight Camps
TR04-Backpacker Partially Open
TR12-Bronze   Mustangs Partially Open
TR14-Photography   4.0 Partially Open
TR17-Golden   Top Hand Partially Open
TR21-Backpacker Partially Open
TR22-Muddy   Madness Partially Open
TR32-Program   Aide Partially Open
TR36-WIT II Partially Open

Because of Girl Scout Camp…part 4

Our photo images from staff below are just a hint of the Top 10 Things You Never Knew About Camp, (a great article from on the American Camp Association’s parent page) which include:

“10. Camp is older than dirt, almost literally. Started in 1861, the camp experience turned an impressive 150 years young in 2011. The secret behind the longevity? “Camps are constantly adapting to meet the changing needs of today’s families,” said Peg Smith, chief executive officer for the American Camp Association® (ACA).

9. Camp is worth its weight in gold, and then some! The camp experience is life-changing – developing friendships and memories that last well beyond the final campfire. And, there is a camp for literally every budget. Often camps offer special pricing or financial assistance, and some camp experiences qualify for tax credits or for payment with pre-tax dollars. Visit www.CampParents.org/affording-camp for more information.

8. Green is “zen.” Research shows that first-hand experience with nature, like those at camp, reduce stress in children and help them better handle stress in the future. In addition to teaching children how to be good stewards of the environment, camps are teaching children how to enjoy the world around them and take a minute to breathe deep and feel the nature, which ultimately teaches them how to de-stress the natural way.

7. Mommies and Daddies do it too. Camp is not just for children and youth. There are family camp experiences, and camps for single adults, senior adults, and any adult that wants to relax and enjoy all camp has to offer. Adults benefit from the same sense of community, authentic relationships, and self-discovery that children do. Camp is an excellent vacation option, allowing adults to try a variety of new activities in a safe and fun environment.

6. Try this on for size! Camp is a great place to try new activities and hobbies. Afraid of rock walls? According to ACA research, 74 percent of campers reported that they tried new activities at camp that they were afraid to do at first. And, those activities often leave lasting impressions. In the same survey, 63 percent of parents reported that their child continued new activities from camp after returning home.

5. Manners matter, and often linger. The camp experience teaches more than just archery or lanyard making. The entire experience is made of teachable moments, perhaps one of the biggest is how to live with a group of people. Campers learn to pick up after themselves, respect each other’s property, and to say “Please” and “Thank You.”

4. Veggies taste better with friends. Hollywood and fictional novels may have given camp food a bad reputation, but in truth, camps are constantly exploring healthy food options, and often are at the forefront of things like allergy specific diets, healthy snack options, and vegetarian meals. According to ACA’s 2011 Emerging Issues survey, 90.7 percent of responding camps indicated that healthy eating and physical activity was an important or very important issue.

3. If everyone else went to camp, maybe there’s something to it! Camp has played an important role in the lives of some of the most talented people in history. ACA’s family resource site offers a list of notable campers – including business professionals, celebrities, artists, and great thinkers.

2. Camp gets those neurons pumping! Education reform debate and concern over summer learning loss have pushed academic achievement into the spotlight. Research shows that participation in intentional programs, like camp, during summer months helps stem summer learning loss. In addition, camp provides ample opportunity for developmental growth, which is a precursor to academic achievement. And, because of the “hands-on” nature of camp, often children who struggle in traditional education settings do well at camp.

1. Camp builds leaders for the 21st century and beyond! Independence, resiliency, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and the ability to relate to other people — these are the skills that tomorrow’s leaders will need, and the skills camp has been adept at building for 150 years. “Tomorrow’s leaders will not be those who can type or text with lightning speed, they will be those who can have a face-to-face conversation and articulate their thoughts, ideas, and values,” said Smith. “Tomorrow’s leaders will be able to relate globally and find common ground with people who are vastly different from themselves — people from different backgrounds and cultures. Tomorrow’s leaders will be made and educated by experiences like camp.”

What are your favorites on this list? At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we are excited about #7! Check out two really cool parent/daughter opportunities coming up at Magic Sky Ranch!

June 21-23
July 26-28

boc-staff promises school & food

Pueblo Kiwanis Club helps local Girl Scouts

We are very thankful to the local Kiwanis group in Pueblo who has been helping area Girl Scouts with several projects. In April, the group pitched in to repair and rebuild the fence at the Pueblo Service Center, as well as did a site cleanup day. Local Girl Scouts pitched in and helped with both projects. The Kiwanis Club is planning a service day at Lazy Acres Ranch, the local Girl Scout camp in the San Isabel National Forest, in May.

Thank you also goes to C-Spicola’s Roll-Off Service, Inc. who donated a construction roll-off and trash removal to the Girl Scouts of Colorado for these projects.

The Pueblo Chieftain ran information about the April 6th service day. And KKTV-CBS (Colorado Springs/Pueblo) ran a story about their service day on April 24th.

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado with help from Amy Myers and Karen Burghart from Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Fund Development team and Lisa Sanchez, Team Lead, Recruitment Specialist, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Pueblo, San Luis Valley and SE Colorado area.