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Girl Scouts: Are you crazy about canoeing?

Are you crazy about canoeing? Girl Scouts of Colorado has the solution for you. This summer we will be offering several training opportunities!

Small craft safety in canoeing. This class is for participants 12+ years old. Participants will learn the basics of canoeing and canoeing safety.

The second training we will be offering will be an adult training for people who want to become a canoeing instructor. This week-long course will be held at Sky High Ranch and is available for participants 17+. Participants will learn how to successfully and safely teach canoeing basics. Please see details below and on the activity finder for more information.

Training:

Red Cross Canoeing (ARC) Courses will be offered this year! The first round of the courses will be May 4th, 5th and 11th at Soda Lake from 9am – 4pm.

Offerings include

  • Small Craft Safety in Canoeing for participants 12 years and older, weighing a minimum of 90 pounds. The cost is estimated to be $40-$50. It will include the ACA Beginning Canoeing Manual and the ARC Small Craft Safety Manual as well as Small Craft Safety in Canoeing. Maximum number of beginning participants is 20-24.
  • An adult course will be available if we have enough registered or enough room. This will be posted in Girl Scouts of Colorado website.
  • Also offered will be an Aide Course for those 14 years and older. This year, only those with prior training will be accepted. The cost is estimated to be $40-$50.

Red Cross Instructor Course in Small Craft Safety Instructor in Canoeing (SCSIC) Will be June 2June 7 at Sky High Ranch

  • Must be a minimum of 17 years old and take the Canoeing pretest and required water test.
  • The cost of the course is $325 and includes 2 Red Cross Instructor Certificates, 6 manuals or books, 3 online Basic Water Safety/Small Craft Safety courses, room and board for the week and park fees.

A summer day camp will also be offering  SCSIC courses June 24-28, 2013. This will also be a full certification canoe camp. Completion of these courses will provide basic canoeing skills and the girls will able to take one or both of the one day white water training trips which are being offered this summer. There will also be a 3-day white water trip. Details will be on the website.

Trips:

Girl Scouts of Colorado is also excited to announce some amazing canoe trip opportunities this summer

June 15th – One Day Canoe Trip

  • Start canoeing at 9am at a site on the Colorado River TBD by river conditions at that time. Cost is $90. Must have taken prior canoe training or have the permission of trip leaders.

July 20th – One Day Canoe Trip

  • Start canoeing at 9am at a site on the Colorado River TBD by river conditions at that time. Cost is $90. Must have taken prior canoe training or have the permission of trip leaders.

August 2 to 5 – 3 Day Whitewater Canoe trip on the Colorado River.

  • $400-$500 estimated cost for the trip. Section to be canoed will be determined by water conditions.
  • Must have prior white water training.
  • Required trip planning meeting will be held in June.

For more information about these trips and trainings, please contact Judy Moisey-Asay, Girl Scout volunteer, at Judy.Moisey-Asay@va.gov.

Let’s talk about summer camp!

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If you have gone to, or worked at summer camp, you understand the magic of what can happen only at camp.  Summer camp helps shape a person’s character and the values they carry with them throughout life. Summer camps offer a unique environment where campers create a sense of family and community with one another, and walk away with life-long friends.  Summer camp is a great opportunity for every girl, who will enjoy a fun time not realizing they are participating in a life-shaping event. Girls walk away with an education and a lifetime of stories.

After working with summer camps for the past 8 years I have observed some amazing moments from campers and staff. Some of my favorites have been:

  • Watching a group of teenagers struggle to start a fire, but succeed
  • Participating in fun camp games
  • Singing songs as loud as we can just for fun
  • Sleeping under the stars for the first time and waking up with fine morning dew covering our sleeping bags

These are just a few of my great moments!  Giving campers the chance to try something new and fun is what summer camp is all about.

We want to know, what is your favorite summer camp moment? Please share this post, and let us know your story!

 Share your story by commenting on this post or using the Share form. 

It’s not too late for a girl in your life to have a special summer camp experience. There are spots available at overnight camp and day camp sessions. Check it out today.

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ALL THINGS HORSES GIRL SCOUTS OF COLORADO UPDATE!

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CRAZY ‘BOUT HORSES!  OPEN TO ALL BROWNIES and JUNIORS

All Brownies and Juniors:  We’ve opened up the Crazy ‘bout Horses event May 4th to ALL BROWNIES!  Come watch a Horse Show and learn all there is to know about horses with us May 4th at the National Western Event Center in Denver!  Three very lucky Girl Scouts who attend will each win two hours of riding time at Tomahawk: you can use the two hours to go on trail ride with your mom and dad and siblings, or have a lesson or two – registration based on availability. The Colorado Classic Horse Show is a multi-breed horse show which features Arabians American Saddlebreds, and Morgans.  It is a three day show May 3-5th with two sessions daily, starting at 10 am and 6 pm.  The Classic Horse Show is a charity show and the proceeds from the show are donated to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Horse Program. Saturday the 4th at the show is Girl Scout Day.  Girl Scouts come to the show and watch the performance, then have a special three hour introduction to horses.  This introduction includes a hands- on period where the girls learn to groom and care for a horse.  A professional farrier teaches the girls about feet and shoeing and we also have a session where the girls learn about wild horses and famous horses. The Girl Scout event is $10 per person, adults welcome to attend as well, but the Classic Horse Show is free to watch. Come early and watch the show!  Registration opens at noon for the Girl Scout event.  The Girl Scout event will run from 1pm-4:30pm.  Come get an activity booklet to do as you walk through the stations, a fun patch, and chance to win two hrs or riding time at Tomahawk!

TOMAHAWK RIDING and Riding this Fall at MMR!

Our hourly riding sessions at Tomahawk are slowly ending, May 4th and 5th will be our final weekend for hour riding sessions. . .we will start offering rides again in August after resident camp is over.  If you missed out don’t fret, we will be offering rides at Tomahawk AND Meadow Mt Ranch in August and September! This coming fall you can come ride at both locations for the great Girl Scout price of $20 for members per hour or $35 for non members.  Starting in August Meadow Mt Ranch will offer lessons and well as trail rides into RMNP with great views of our 14ers and snow caps, as well as alpine terrain, waterfalls, and alpine lakes.  . . majority of our rides are 3-4 hrs.  Tomahawk will be offering trail rides for hour or 2 as well as lessons and games on horseback! Sessions will be posted soon for fall season!

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!