Category Archives: Camp

Rendezvous Adventures at Magic Sky Ranch

Looking for a fun event at camp with your troop?  Check out these spring Rendezvous weekends at Magic Sky Ranch!

 

Feb. 22-24 – Junior Troops

“A Knight’s Life” – Travel back in time for royalty, jesters, knights, and magic.

DEADLINE EXTENDED!  Sign up by end of day Wed. Feb. 6 for this fun weekend sure to warm up a chilly winter month.  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/655

 

Mar. 15-17 – Brownie AND Junior Troops

“Reduce Reuse Recycle” – Learn all the ways to be green – from environmentally to being a Girl Scout and more!

NOW OPEN to both Brownie and Junior troops!  Sign up by end of day Sun. Feb. 17 for a weekend that will make your friends green with recycling!  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/657

 

Apr. 19-21 – Junior Troops

Join us for this springtime Rendezvous with the theme and activities planned out for you – all you and your troop need to do is show up ready for a fun weekend!  Be sure to sign up by end of day Sun. Mar.24.  A spring-fling before the end of the school year!  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/659

 

You can read about previous Rendezvous weekends on this blog, and see pictures on the GSCO Flickr page.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/collections/72157629279256815/

Summer Program Guidebook now available online

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Before you start out on your Cookie sales this weekend, spend a few minutes perusing the 2013 Summer Program Guidebook and imagine all the fun and adventure you can have at overnight camp, day camp, troop camp, family camp or through events, series, travel opportunities and virtual opportunities.

Don’t let your Girl Scout experience fizzle over the summer, pick your path to adventure.

Summer Program Guidebooks will be in mailboxes in early February.

Learn more about camping with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Sky High Ranch moves to troop and group camping

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.

SAT NOV 17th!!!! ZIP LINE FOR TAITE – PANCAKE BREAKFAST & SILENT AUCTION

JOIN GECCCO GIRL SCOUT TROOP 71106 ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17th from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Fort Collins Applebee’s located at 4306 S. College. Only $7/ticket, all you can eat!

Silent Auction will be held from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Make sure to bring your checkbook or cash!

All proceeds benefit the Zip Line for Taite project at Girl Scouts’ Meadow Mountain Ranch and will be matched by an anonymous donor.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE

Contact Krista Beucler for tickets or to donate to the silent auction: tsunami3799@gmail.com or 970-215-3991.

Program Aide trainings coming soon

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Become a Program Aide and sharpen your skills as an emerging young leader. 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 one of the basic trainings. Upcoming trainings:

November 10th, Basic Program Aide and service project at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo

December 7-8, Basic Program Aide and Camping Specialty, Tomahawk Ranch, in Bailey

Questions? Contact Kim Petau @ kim.petau@gscolorado.org

What’s new with Girl Scouts of Colorado Summer Camp in 2013?

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Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is getting excited for the 2013 summer camp season!

Over the last few years, Girl Scout troop camping with staff-led programming has been one of our fastest growing camping segments, yet most opportunities have been outside of the summer camp season. For the summer of 2013 we are offering new summer camp programs to give our troops what they crave – a full group overnight summer camp experience with everything taken care of. You just bring your troop and have fun with them!

Girl Scouts of Colorado has nine camp properties across the state. While all these properties run camping programs year-round, here is a run down of what each property will offer for the summer of 2013:

Hamp Hut, Kiwa Korral, Lazy Acres, Pawnee Lodge and Twisted Pine

Offer a combination of troop camp, day camp and other group use.

Magic Sky Ranch

Magic Sky Ranch will focus on staff-led overnight camp for individual girls with a limited off-property horse program. Archery, high and low ropes, challenge and team building activities and activity center fun continues as just some of the available programs.

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Meadow Mountain Ranch will focus on staff-led high adventure overnight camp for individual older girls as well as “choose your own adventure” troop programming throughout the summer with a strengthened intensive horse program.

Sky High Ranch

Sky High Ranch will focus on staff-led overnight Girl Scout troop and group camp (a new offering for Girl Scouts of Colorado!) with horses, zipline, low ropes, archery, petting zoo, digglers swimming and canoeing.

Tomahawk Ranch

Tomahawk will focus on staff-led overnight camp for individual girls with horses, farm animals and archery.

Other summer camp and property news

  • Girl Scouts of Colorado will also offer more troop camp, family camp and day use opportunities throughout the summer, much of which will be at Sky High Ranch. Participation in these programs is on the rise, and we want to offer more of the experiences that our members crave.
  • All GSCO properties are now 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 other rental use. Our properties can accommodate family reunions, trainings, outdoor education, retreats, weddings and more. We hope that our members will take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy our wonderful properties. For more information, visit our website.
  • Watch for more details about all of GSCO’s summer camp opportunities in the Summer Program Guide, coming out in February 2013. Send additional questions to inquiry@gscolorado.org, or read our frequently asked questions on our website.

We look forward to having you camp with us in the summer of 2013!

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.