Category Archives: Camp

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s property challenges and creative solutions

Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) has nine camps/rental properties that are amazing assets but that also cost the council money every single day. Our fixed overhead costs include utilities, care and maintenance, water, insurance staff and other expenses.

  • Currently GSCO property occupancy and revenues are low, not coming anywhere near covering our costs.
  • GSCO is facing a $650,000 revenue shortfall due to closing Magic Sky Ranch and Sky High Ranch resident camp sessions this summer in the wake of devastating wildfires.
  • Nationally, both inside and outside of Girl Scouts, participation in resident camp programs is on a declining trend.
  • The popularity of volunteer and staff-led troop camp and family camp is increasing.

So what are we going to do about these challenges? We’re going to offer programs that match what people want to do and get more members and friends to enjoy these beautiful properties! Girl Scouts of Colorado is committed to being careful stewards of our resources on behalf of the girls we serve. We are being responsive to the circumstances we face and the trends in the industry. We’re committed to diversifying and increasing our property revenue streams. We must do this to preserve the quality and service of our leadership programs for girls.

Girl Scout councils around the country are facing similar challenges, and many have had to sell properties to help alleviate financial pressures. That’s not what we want to do. Girl Scouts of Colorado is trying other solutions to more strategically and creatively use our property resources.

Effective October 15, all GSCO properties are open for use by our members and families as well as other groups and organizations. If there is not an existing Girl Scout camp in session or reservation, properties will be available for others to rent and enjoy. Our properties can accommodate family reunions, trainings, outdoor education, retreats, weddings and more. We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time relaxing at our wonderful properties. Visit the property section of our website to learn more.

Girl Scouts of Colorado 100th Anniversary Celebration Time Capsule Placed at Tomahawk Ranch, 7/28/2012

Submitted by Belle DiRanna, Time Capsule Committee, Troop 1292

Girl Scouts from across Colorado continued their celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting when they gathered to place a time capsule at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey on Saturday, July 28th. The time capsule will be opened in 2062, 50 years from now. The girls hope to show girls in the future what is was like to be a Girl Scout today.

The Time Capsule Committee began working on the project in February, 2010. Items placed in the time capsules were suggested and donated by Girl Scouts from across Colorado. Time capsule contents include a Cadette sash complete with patches and pins, a copy of “The Hunger Games” book, Angry Bird erasers, a sheet of “100 Years of Scouting” stamps , magazines, Girl Scout Cookie order form, cookie boxes, Girl Scout 100th anniversary memorabilia, and a Droid smart phone loaded with hundreds of photos, videos, Angry Birds app, and popular music.

The stainless steel time capsule was buried during the Camp S’more weekend with more than 140 Girl Scouts and alumnae in attendance. The Time Capsule Committee dedicated the time capsule during a ceremony complete with Girl Scout songs and wishes for the Girl Scouts of the future. The time capsule location is marked with a capstone in the shape of a trefoil that has been etched by the girls in the Time Capsule Committee. The capstone marks the date the time capsule was committed and the year it is to be opened, and includes an image of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts.

Click below to watch a video of the ceremony on YouTube. For more pictures of this event and Camp S’more, see our Flickr gallery.

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3 p.m. Update: Colorado Wildfires and Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp

Updates in BOLD

The wildfires in Colorado are continuing to cause concern for Girl Scouts of Colorado at several of our properties. After consulting with local fire departments and sheriffs and based on the current fire conditions and taking a cautious approach with girl safety, Girl Scouts of Colorado has made the following camp decisions:

Lazy Acres

  • Troop-led troop camping at Lazy Acres is cancelled through August, 2012 due to extreme fire risk in the area.
  • The status of troop camping at Lazy Acres in September and beyond will be decided by July 31, 2012.
  • All GSCO led-programing at Lazy Acres listed in the camp catalog will continue as planned – LA04, LA05, LA06, LA07, LA08).

Sky High Ranch

  • The 2012 resident camp season this summer at Sky High Ranch is cancelled due to worsening conditions with the Waldo Canyon Fire on June 26 and indefinitely-continued risk.
  • Troop camping at Sky High Ranch is cancelled through August, 2012.
  • The status of troop camping at Sky High Ranch for September and beyond will be decided by July 31, 2012.

Magic Sky Ranch

  • The 2012 resident camp season this summer at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled due to worsening conditions over the weekend of June 22 and indefinitely continued risk.
  • Troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled through August, 2012.
  • The status of troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch for September and beyond will be decided by July 31, 2012.

Hamp Hut

  • Troop camping at Hamp Hut is cancelled through August, 2012 due to the Garden of the Gods Park closure and risk from the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • The status of troop camping at Hamp Hut in September and beyond will be dependent on the status of Garden of the Gods Park and the conditions with the Waldo Canyon Fire and decided by July 31, 2012.

Refunds and other

  • Full refunds of paid camper fees will be provided within 30 days for cancelled sessions. (Grants will not be refunded.)
  • Evacuated Sky High girls who were scheduled for the 12-day session will receive a 50% refund.
  • If a refund is forthcoming and payment was made by Cooke Credit, the credits will be refunded with an expiration date of December, 2014. Credits can be used for another GSCO leadership experience, events, merchandise or camp next year.
  • Unfortunately, there are no additional resident camp opportunities available this summer, due to the volume of camp cancellations statewide.
  • As of now, there are no changes in programming at other GSCO properties, including Tomahawk Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Twisted Pine and Kiwa Korral.

These decisions are extremely disappointing for Girl Scouts in Colorado as well as our staff. In addition to the safety concerns, these decisions were made so that families can plan their summer schedules and camp staff can know the status of their employment.

Update: Colorado Wildfires and Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp

Updates for 6/27 in BOLD

The wildfires in Colorado are continuing to cause concern for Girl Scouts of Colorado at several of our properties. After consulting with local fire departments and sheriffs and based on the current fire conditions and taking a cautious approach with girl safety, Girl Scouts of Colorado has made the following camp decisions:

  • The 2012 resident camp season this summer at Sky High Ranch is cancelled due to worsening conditions with the Waldo Canyon Fire on June 26 and indefinitely-continued risk.
  • Troop camping at Sky High Ranch is cancelled through August, 2012.
  • The status of troop camping at Sky High Ranch for September and beyond will be decided by July 31, 2012.
  • Troop camping at Hamp Hut is cancelled through August, 2012 due to the Garden of the Gods Park closure and risk from the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • The status of troop camping at Hamp Hut in September and beyond will be dependent on the status of Garden of the Gods Park and the conditions with the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • The 2012 resident camp season this summer at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled due to worsening conditions over the weekend of June 22 and indefinitely continued risk. We are sorry that the property will not reopen on July 8 as we had hoped.
  • Troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled through August, 2012.
  • The status of troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch for September and beyond will be decided by July 31, 2012.
  • Full refunds of paid camper fees will be provided within 30 days for cancelled sessions. (Grants will not be refunded.)
  • Evacuated Sky High girls who were scheduled for the 12-day session will receive a 50% refund.
  • If a refund is forthcoming and payment was made by Cooke Credit, the credits will be refunded with an expiration date of December, 2014. Credits can be used for another GSCO leadership experience, events, merchandise or camp next year.
  • Unfortunately, there are no additional resident camp opportunities available this summer, due to the volume of camp cancellations statewide.
  • As of now, there are no changes in programming at other GSCO properties, including Tomahawk Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Lazy Acres, Twisted Pine and Kiwa Korral.

These decisions are extremely disappointing for Girl Scouts in Colorado as well as our staff. In addition to the safety concerns, these decisions were made so that families can plan their summer schedules and camp staff can know the status of their employment.

Girl Scout summer camp update

The wildfires in Colorado are continuing to cause concern for Girl Scouts of Colorado at several of our properties. After consulting with local fire departments and sheriffs and based on the current fire conditions and taking a cautious approach with girl safety, Girl Scouts of Colorado has made the following camp decisions:

  • The 2012 resident camp season this summer at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled due to worsening conditions over the weekend of June 22 and indefinitely continued risk. We are sorry that the property will not reopen on July 8 as we had hoped.
  • Troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled through August, 2012.
  • The status of troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch for September and beyond will be decided by July 31, 2012.
  • Sky High Ranch sessions scheduled for June 29 to July 1 as well July 1 through 3, 2012 are cancelled due to the risk from the Waldo Canyon Fire and related road closures.
  • The status of Sky High Ranch sessions scheduled for July 8 and beyond will be decided on July 2, 2012.
  • Camping at Hamp Hut is cancelled through June 30, 2012 due to the Garden of the Gods Park closure and risk from the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • The status of troop camping at Hamp Hut in July and beyond will be dependent on the status of Garden of the Gods Park and the conditions with the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • Full refunds of paid camper fees will be provided within 30 days for cancelled sessions. (Grants will not be refunded.)
  • Evacuated Sky High girls who were scheduled for the 12-day session will receive a 50% refund.
  • If a refund is forthcoming and payment was made by Cooke Credit, the credits will be refunded with an expiration date of December, 2014. Credits can be used for another GSCO leadership experience, events, merchandise or camp next year.
  • Unfortunately, there are no additional resident camp opportunities available this summer, due to the volume of camp cancellations statewide.
  • As of now, there are no changes in programming at other GSCO properties, including Tomahawk Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Lazy Acres, Twisted Pine and Kiwa Korral.

These decisions are extremely disappointing for Girl Scouts in Colorado as well as our staff. In addition to the safety concerns, these decisions were made so that families can plan their summer schedules and camp staff can know the status of their employment.

Magic Sky Ranch Update

Magic Sky is in no immediate danger, and the firefighters are making good progress.

However, as a precaution, Girl Scouts of Colorado has decided to cancel the July 1 – 3 Core Staff Troop Camp at Magic Sky Ranch. Girl Scouts of Colorado will be contacting troops who have registered for this camp soon to discuss options.

At this time, we plan to move forward with the resident camp sessions at Magic Sky Ranch July 8 and beyond.

As there are further updates, we will report them here. Thank you for your continued support!

How to help the High Park Fire Victims

We are starting to hear from Girl Scouts wanting to know how they can help the victims of the High Park fire burning in Northern Colorado. Area organizations who are helping the victims are asking for monetary donations only. If you are interested in making a donation, here are some organizations to consider. Please remember Girl Scouts can’t raise funds for other organizations, but can make donations from Girl Scout troop treasuries or from personal funds.

Red Cross

Salvation Army

Larimer Humane Society

Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

Magic Sky Summer Camp Update

Girl Scouts of Colorado has decided to cancel all Magic Sky Ranch sessions through June, 2012 due to the risk from the High Park Fire. While the fire still hasn’t reached Magic Sky and there is no evacuation orders, it is still a dangerous situation. The safety of our girls is our top priority, so we are being cautious. Campers whose sessions are cancelled will be contacted by Girl Scouts of Colorado soon to discuss next steps.

As of now, we are planning to move forward with sessions at Magic Sky beginning July 1 and beyond. This is all contingent upon the path of the fire and success of firefighting efforts.

For additional information and updates on the High Park Fire, go to http://larimer.org/emergency/ and click on “High Park Fire.”

If there are any other major updates regarding Magic Sky and the fire, we will let you know here and on social media. Thank you for your continuing support!

Cancelled: Magic Sky Ranch June 10-15 Camp Week

Although Magic Sky Ranch is not being evacuated at this time, as of 9 a.m. on June 10, Girl Scouts of Colorado is cancelling the June 10-15 session at Magic Sky due to the High Park Fire risk. We are being cautious, due to the intensity of this fire, and do not want to risk danger to the girls. Campers will be eligible for a full refund or to be reassigned to another open session at any Girl Scouts of Colorado property this summer (as space is available). Please contact our registrar at christina.cubitt@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4878.

For additional information and updates on the High Park Fire, go to http://larimer.org/emergency/ and click on “High Park Fire.”