Girl Scouts of Colorado has made the difficult decision to eliminate staff-led programming, activities, staff positions and horses at Sky High Ranch. Sky High Ranch will be designated exclusively for troop and group camping, with no program activities such as zipline, archery or canoeing.
GSCO property costs are in excess of what we can support and what our membership uses. Decisions about how and where to focus GSCO’s outdoor programming were made based on resident camp fill rates over the last few seasons. Another consideration was the costs of maintaining, repairing and updating properties for program use.
Girl Scouts of Colorado’s camps are our most highly subsidized programs, with camper fees covering less than 50 percent of the program and property expenses. While we have already undertaken some creative solutions to try to increase our property revenue by extending property rentals to Girl Scout family, friends and other groups, it will take time to build results in this market.
Nationally, both inside and outside of Girl Scouts, participation in resident camp programs is on a declining trend. The popularity of troop camp and family camp is increasing, so that is where our focus is shifting as an organization.
Girl Scouts of Colorado will offer staff-led troop camping sessions this summer at several properties. Troops and other groups are able to camp on their own at all 9 of our properties throughout the state, including Sky High Ranch, to experience an outdoor leadership experience and appreciation for the wonders of nature.
Individual girl overnight camp sessions are planned at Tomahawk Ranch, Magic Sky Ranch and Meadow Mountain Ranch and day camps are scheduled across the state.
The 2013 Summer Program Guidebook, featuring camping sessions as well as events, series, travel and other opportunities, will be available online in late January and will be in mailboxes in early February.