Category Archives: Camp

Why I go to Girl Scout Camp

A friend of mine (also a life time Girl Scout, and a role model to me in the camping world) sent me a link to a great article: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/information-culture/2013/03/21/on-girl-scouts-glaciers-and-great-women/  that talks about the impact of Girl Scouts in a person’s life.

 And it got me thinking – why I still love Girl Scout Camp.

Camp has been a part of my life since I was old enough to attend overnight camp.  Every summer I looked forward to going back, meeting my counselors, learning new camp songs, experiencing new activities, meeting up with friends from previous summers, seeing how camp changed in a year (which animals would be there that summer, how full would the pond be, etc), and remembering who I was at camp.  Summer camp gave me the space and place to be my best self.  And on those days when I was – not my best self – it was a safe place to learn how to grow from mistakes, learn how to work as a group, and learn how to support others (and myself) through good days and long days too.

 I am who I am today because of camp.  I still enjoy spending time outdoors, learning new things about nature, and singing songs (they do get stuck in your head!).

 And, as Camp Director, I get to support the opportunity of camp being available to girls today – so one day they can look back and think, “yeah, that is why I love camp.”

 

Why do you love camp?

“Reduce Reuse Recycle” Rendezvous at Magic Sky Ranch

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cans to pencil holders2It was a green rendezvous weekend at Magic Sky Ranch – for Girl Scout week, for St. Patrick’s Day, and most of all – for Reduce Reuse Recycle!
Troop 334 were the “Super Heroes” who planned and ran the weekend. Attending troops learned how to repurpose a tin can into a pencil holder. They were able to create earth friendly cement and tile stepping stones to take home. They reduced the number of broken crayons by reusing them and making crayon trees (because trees are green too). They recycled pop can tabs into medallion lanyards for themselves during the weekend. They also learned about recycled materials, and went on a litter scavenger hunt. And they created journals from all recycled materials – a great place to keep their memories from this green weekend.
Thanks to Troop 334 for being the “Super Heroes (complete with custom designed capes!) who designed the weekend. You all are the super heroes to the troops who attended. And thanks to the troops who came – Troop 2844, 540 and 1352 (our WY neighbors!). You all are super heroes to the planet for learning to Reduce Reuse Recycle!

Check out more photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/sets/72157633021307716/

Spots still available for Summer Camp – register now!

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If the spring-like temperatures have got you dreaming of the lazy days of summer, now’s the time to get registered for Girl Scout summer camp! Registration for day and overnight camp sessions opened just over a week ago, but there are still spots open at sessions across the state.

Pick your path to a summer of adventure!

Here are some examples of sessions with openings as of  3 p.m. March 14. (This does not guarantee openings and this is not a complete list of all openings, please log in to find the latest information and get registered today!)

Day camps:

  • Make a Mess: Faith Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs
  • Awesome Animals: Interlocken Park, Broomfield
  • Monster Camp: Dedisse Park, Evergreen
  • Art in the Park, DeKoevend, Centennial
  • Kayaking, Bear Creek Lake Park, Morrison
  • Princesses on the Prairies, Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

Overnight camps: 

  • Rocks and Ropes, Meadow Mountain Ranch
  • Rodeo Rider II, Meadow Mountain Ranch
  • Wilderness Rangers, Meadow Mountain Ranch
  • Brownie Discovery Camp, Magic Sky Ranch
  • Moose Magic, Magic Sky Ranch
  • Night Owls, Magic Sky Ranch
  • Backpacker, Tomahawk Ranch
  • Silver Spurs I, Tomahawk Ranch
  • Hollywood and Broadway Bound, Tomahawk Ranch

Read the Summer Program Guidebook for complete details on sessions.

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Day and Overnight Camp registration opens tomorrow

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Overnight Camp and Day  Camp registration begins tomorrow, March 5,  at 7 a.m.! The Outdoor Program team is very excited for this summer, and all the awesome programs we will offer at Day Camps and Overnight Camps around the state. If you haven’t had a chance to look at the Summer Program Guidebook yet, we recommend you check it out. There is something for everybody!!

Feel like trying out your acting skills? Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook over a campfire, or perhaps you’ve just wanted to try sleeping under the stars? Can you see yourself riding a horse with your hair blowing in the mountain air while you ride through aspen groves, up hills, down valleys, and across camp? You could be the adventurous type and want to try rock climbing, rappelling, and high ropes courses. Or, are you a mad scientist who wants to learn some new scientific facts and techniques. We offer many different opportunities for any kind of camper. We have backpacking, photography, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor living skills, rock climbing, high and low ropes courses, and many other options for just trying something new. Not all programs are offered at all of our properties.  The 2013 Summer Program Guidebook has all the program information listed by location. If you have not received one in the mail, please feel free to view it online at: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/summer-program-guide .

Summer camp is a great opportunity for any child. Summer camp – both Day Camp and Overnight Camp — teaches independence, social skills, practical living skills, personal values, leadership, teamwork, strength, perseverance, a love of nature and the outdoors, and it’s a fun way to learn! Girl Scout camp has a way of creating a camaraderie and sisterhood among campers that lasts a lifetime. Camp is an environment unlike any other learning opportunity. Campers learn to respectfully interact with peers, and adults. Campers also learn the values of living by the Girl Scout Law and Promise.

A few additional programs to look for are our Troop and Family Camping options that can be found on the Activity Finder. Programs include, but are not limited to: Day archery programs; Reach for the Peak at Sky High Ranch; and troop and family camping at Lazy Acres, Tomahawk Ranch, Magic Sky Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch and several other locations across the state.

We look forward to this summer and all the great opportunities Girl Scouts of Colorado is offering. We are super excited to meet all the new campers, and see all returning campers again.

So don’t forget to check out the Summer Program Guidebook now and be ready to register tomorrow morning. Some camps fill fast, so don’t delay.

– Girl Scouts of Colorado Outdoor Programs Team

 

A Knight’s (Winter) Life at Magic Sky Ranch

DSC05202 DSC05214 DSC05225 DSC05246 DSCN0955The February 22-24 Junior Rendezvous at Magic Sky Ranch started with the “Knight Life” theme – all things castles, queens, jesters, and jousting. The weather added a new element – SNOW!

Troops 73582, 73131, 50986 – along with the planning troop 71106 (GECCCOs) enjoyed creating a Knight Life at MSR including learning new plate spinning skills, jingling with new bells, masks, and playing games to please the queen (whomever was in the red & gold dress). Even though the storm cut the weekend short – it will be a long time before anyone forgets the Knight’s (winter) Life Rendezvous at Magic Sky Ranch!
Thanks so much to the GECCCOs for planning and running another great weekend.
Thanks so much to the troops who attended.
Thanks to everyone for your flexibility and enjoyment of the (much needed) snow, and to all the MSR staff – for food, plowing and support!
You can check out some pictures from the weekend here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/sets/72157632849668800/

Girl Scout Family Memorial Weekend Camping at Meadow Mt Ranch

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Come visit us for a DIY camping available at Meadow Mountain Ranch all weekend May 24 -27.  Sign-up for your tent or Tabin campsite via property reservations.

Go to http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/meadow-mountain-ranch then click on reserve now to start the reservation.  

Each tabin can sleep a family of 6-8 people, you’ll be able to cook for yourselves, go hiking into Rocky Mountain National Park Wild Basin, go sightseeing in Estes Park (14 miles north of camp) and hang out in the mountains for the long weekend.    Space is limited so reserve your spot now!

Check out these great volunteer-led Day Camp programs

 

Be sure to check out our additional volunteer Day Camp programs this summer!

KIWA: Outwit, Outplay, Outcamp at Kiwa Korral 2013 is a Survivor themed camp that promises to be a lot of fun. Camp is held June 24th – 28th, 2013. Registration period is March 1- 29, 2013. Our popular PA training program will be offered to girls eligible for PA training (completed grades 6 and over). Please contact Siobhan Murtha by email siobhan@Q.com or phone 303-772-7006 for more information and a camp registration packet.

LOVELAND: The 2013 Loveland Day Camp will be July 15th through the 19th and will be titled “Amazing Animal Adventure.” Contact Amber at (970-669-4450) and the website is www.lovelandgsdaycamp.info

SWIFT PONDS: Livin’ in the Wild Wild West Day camp is a wonderful opportunity for young girls, ages 6 to 12 to experience group living in a natural environment with the security of their own beds at night. Girls over 12 enjoy leadership activities as Program Aides. Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts are welcome! Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., every day. http://fortcollinsgirlscoutdaycamp.info/

The last Basic Program Aide training until September

The final Basic Program Aide training will be held March 9th at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo (www.natureandraptor.org ) with a special service project at the Raptor Center at the end of the training.  Program Aides can mentor younger girls, help plan and run Girl Scout events or help at Day or Resident summer camps.  You must be in the 7th -12th grade to attend this training.  Questions? Contact Kim.Petau@gscolorado.org

Girl Scout Wranglers-in-Training and older girl volunteers needed

We are looking for volunteers – older Girl Scouts who are crazy about horses and Girl Scout WITs (at least going into WIT I program in 2013) – to help us with an exciting horse event for Girl Scout Juniors and Bridging Brownies! Older girl volunteers will rotate as assistance at the stations and help the professionals while learning along with the girls. Any volunteers in the WIT program (or going into WIT program in 2013) will have the hours count towards their WIT training.

The event is for bridging Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors who will spend a full afternoon of hands-on, horse-related activities while they earn a fun horse patch. All Girl Scouts will be able to watch a show horse competition at the Colorado Classic Horse Show. Girl Scout Juniors and Brownies will rotate through stations to learn about: veterinary care, horse shoeing, horse breeds, behavior, safety around horses, grooming and a barn tour, plus more fun horsey info.

The date of the event is May 4th, 2013 at the National Western Event Center in Denver, CO from 1:30-4pm. Volunteers will need to be there by 10am to help with set up, etc.

If you are interested, please contact Julie Fischer at julie.fischer@gscolorado.org or 303-747-2512.