Category Archives: Camp

New and Additional Camper Spots at Girl Scout Summer Camp!

You’ve asked, we’ve listened.  Check out these great new and additional camper spots at Meadow Mountain Ranch and Magic Sky Ranch!

These openings will be posted on Tuesday April 16 at 9am, and you can sign up via the link on our website: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/parents/camp

Magic Sky Ranch

NEW: Archery Adventures,  Cadettes, $550 June 23-28 or June 30-July 5 or July 28-August 2
Have you recently discovered that you love archery? Do you think you might like Archery? Come help us to break in our new field archery course at Magic Sky Ranch. Spend time working on your archery skills, and enjoying the adventure of the outdoors. There will be plenty of opportunities for other fun camp activities too.

ADDITIONAL SPACES: Best 3-Day Camp Ever, $265  July 14-16 or July 17-19
Imagine having just a few days at camp-what would you do with them? Have the Best 3-Day Camp Ever! Squeeze in as much as you can, possibly including: archery, climb wall, high ropes (4th grade & up), arts, nature, hiking, singing, campfire. Now  you can answer that question: “What did you do today?” – “Play at camp!”

Meadow Mountain Ranch

NEW: Troop Camp for Juniors! 3 days/$150 per person; 6 days (consecutive)/$200 per person
Troop Camps are now open for Junior Troops too! Program choices include: Scouting, Nature, Homesteading, and Wilderness Survival.
Prices are deeply discounted if your troop wants a longer and more amazing experience at Meadow Mountain Ranch!

NEW: Wilderness Rangers, Blazing Saddles II, and Rodeo Riders II for Cadettes!

Blazing Saddles II:  6/23-6/28; $800

Campers are introduced to advanced trail riding in Rocky Mountain National Park, horse care and first aid on the trail as well as intro to horse packing, Leave No Trace camping, and other camping skills. Campers will also learn about edible plants common to the Rocky Mountains. Previous experience: Blazing Saddles I or equivalent, handle own horse with minimal assistance.

Wilderness Rangers:  7/7-7/12; $800

Covers intermediate trail riding into Rocky Mountain National Park, wilderness horse packing, overnights, wilderness survival skills, Leave No Trace camping skills, advanced horse care/first aid on the trail. Previous experience: Must have completed Blazing Saddles II or intermediate horse camp, or proven equivalent experience, handle own horse with no assistance, riding for long periods of time on extremely rocky trails.

Rodeo Riders II: 7/14-7/19; $800

Camper will learn more advanced riding skills at a trot and lope such as side passing, pivots, more advanced drill team patterns, and gymkhana games. Previous experience: Advanced gymkhana riders, must be have attended Rodeo Princess or equivalent intermediate resident horse camp, control horse at a walk/trot/lope, and be able to handle own horse with minimal to no assistance.

Check out Girl Scout Camp Open Houses – and Camp Openings!

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Summer camp…it’s your child’s life learning classroom when they are out of school!

As we get out our T-shirts and shorts this spring, it’s time to start thinking about summer camp! Studies have shown that girls who attend camp have less summer learning loss, and are better at thinking outside of the box and problem solving.

Girl Scouts of Colorado offers many summer camp options that enable them to explore the classroom of life among peers and caring camp counselors. Learn more about our summer offerings, or visit one of the open houses at our amazingly beautiful properties:

Tomahawk Ranch: April 14, 1pm-4pm and May 19, 1pm-4pm

Meadow Mountain Ranch: May 18, 1pm-4pm

Magic Sky Ranch: May 5, 1pm-4pm

(Click here for directions to camp properties )

We also have online registration, or call us at 1-877-404-5708 to talk with one of our wonderful registrar team members to get your daughter into the right summer camp!

We also have some unique opportunities for older campers at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark/Rocky Mountain National Park!

It’s Ur Wilderness (6-day) $500 – 6/23-28 (MM05)
Girls will hike and explore ecosystems found in Rocky Mountain National Park and Meadow Mountain Ranch!

Wilderness Rangers (6-day) $800 – 7/7-12 (MM11)
Girls will get LOTS of trail riding experience in Rocky Mountain National Park doing wilderness horse packing, overnights, and wilderness survival skills!

Girl Scouts’ memory honored with special high adventure gift for Meadow Mountain Ranch

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View more photos of the check presentation 

Since the fall of 2012,  39 Girl Scout teenagers of GECCCO (Girls Enjoying Camping, Canoeing and Cycling Outdoors) Troop 71106 from Northern Colorado (Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and Greeley) have been working on a special fundraising effort for their beloved Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) Girl Scout camp near Allenspark.

In 2011 this troop lost a cherished member of their group, Taite Pugh of Loveland. Taite had special needs and epilepsy and died unexpectedly. While in Girl Scouts, one of Taite’s favorite activities was zip lining, which she did on an international trip to Costa Rica. She also loved camping with her troop at MMR. And after learning MMR’s future plans of being a high adventure camp for girls, with a zip line being one of the wish list camp features, the girls knew they needed to help with the fundraising efforts and name the zip line to honor the memory of Taite.

On Thursday, March 28th, the troop made their first fundraising milestone, presenting a check to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO, Stephanie Foote, for $10,000 at a Fort Collins Service Center ceremony.

“We are really touched that the GECCCOs decided to keep her memory going through this project,” said Taite’s mother, Cheryl, who shed tears of pride along with her husband and Taite’s father, Mark, at the March 28th ceremony. “Taite left an impression on these girls. They always were good about including her. Girl Scouts opened many new doors. And the trip to Costa Rica was a trip of a lifetime.”

Troop 71106 needs to raise $70,000 for the project, so fundraising efforts are still ongoing. They have held fundraisers for this project, such as a pancake breakfast in the fall and selling bracelets. A part of all their fundraising efforts, including 2013 Cookie Program proceeds, also are dedicated to the zip line project. (The troop sold nearly 10,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies and is fundraising for travel adventures they are planning to Peru and Alaska, to name a few.) Additionally, the troop is in the process of researching and applying for community grants.

“We hope this project inspires other troops to do community service,” said one of the troop members, Krista Beucler, who also commented that the troop is learning a lot through this project.

Once Taite fell in love with zip lining in Costa Rica she was always the first in line pointing and saying “up, up.” The troop hopes to help more children like Taite with special needs and disabilities find a love for zip lining by starting an annual day for them on this new zip line.

“We really can’t wait to complete the project. The project will make a difference for thousands and thousands of Girl Scouts,” said Sarah Bales, another member of the troop.

For more information on the MMR zip line project and how you can make a contribution, contact Elizabeth Winn at 970-319-3037 or elizabeth.winn@gscolorado.org.

Fox 31 Denver covered this event and aired a story on their morning show on Friday, March 29th. The Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper also ran a short article and photo in their April 4th edition.

Wild in the Outdoors-Raptor Girl Scout Day Camp in Pueblo!

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Come join us at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo (NRCP) for a Free Range Kids day camp this summer.  You will build shelters, learn new outdoor skills, cool off by wading in the Arkansas River and learn about Colorado’s raptors. This camp is takes place July 15-19 and is for girls in from second to fifth grade. If you can’t attend this Wild in the Outdoors camp, your Girl Scout troop can also fulfill nature badge requirements easily with the Nature Center activities.  There are free weekend raptor talks at 11:30am on Saturday and Sundays. On May 4th you can attend the Raptor Center Open House to see the new larger cages for recovering birds. To learn about all the various group and individual activities the Nature and Raptor center offers, you can visit their website or call 719-549-2414.  You can register for the Wild in the Outdoors camp here.

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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