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Because of Girl Scout Camp…part 2

Because of Camp:

I know that pancakes taste much better when cooked over an open fire

I have friends around the world

I have counselors that still send me Birthday cards and Campers that send me invitations to their weddings

I know how to vault out of a canoe

I saw a moose, bear, dear, elk squabit, jack-a-lope and plenty of chipmunks

I know how to be calm and offer help during a crisis

I know how to shoot an arrow and that it’s okay if I don’t get a bulls eye every time

I know that all people are beautiful and on their own path, and it’s my duty to respect, honor and positively influence them

I know how to groom a horse, and it’s not that gross picking their hooves

I know how to boil water at high altitude

I got to release a rehabilitated Kestrel back into the wilds of Pueblo

I know the value of receiving and sending a sticker filled card in the mail

I know enough songs that I can fill any amount of free time at camp with a melody and laughter

I know that sometimes you have to agree to disagree

I know that I don’t need to raise my voice to be heard by others

I know that homesickness can sometimes be cured with a little laughter, and a lot of activities

I know the magic of Modge Podge

I know how to make ice cream in a Zip Loc Bag

I first learned how to use a budget with just a small amount of money at the Trading Post

I know how to make Chocolate Chip cookies for 200

I know to sleep in my tent with my head facing uphill

I know how to survive using a BIFFY

I know the quite magic of aspen leaves in the wind

I know what it is like to watch the sunrise from Ranch Mountain

Everything I needed to know about being a good manager I learned as a CIT from a director named OshKosh

I am grateful for all that I learned at camp, and the continued opportunities I have to pass down the lessons, traditions and to continually challenge myself with intergenerational learning.

I am who I am today because of Camp.

 

“Aspen” a.k.a. Kathy Saad is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and is currently a Girl Scouts of Colorado Day Camp Director in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. To learn more about Day Camp or Resident Camp options with Girl Scouts of Colorado, please visit our website or contact our registrars at 877-404-5708.

Because of Girl Scout Camp…

Camp…the word has special meaning to anyone who has gone to camp…

I was a Girl Scout that never went to camp as a kid. I was young for my grade with a late birthday, and was always a shy, self conscious, late bloomer among my peers. I wanted to work at a camp the summer after graduation, like all of my friends, but was only 17 at time so instead, worked at the ice cream shop at the mall.

After my first year in college, I finally got my camp experience as a counselor at YMCA Camp Surf. It was the first time I felt like I had found the ultimate job, I found what I was meant to be doing. The job had perks for sure: learning to surf and how to teach it, living in cabins with screen walls and hearing the ocean pounding away each night, and wearing flip flops all day long as the mandatory footwear in a sandy environment.

But it wasn’t the perks that drew me in. It was at camp that I had found a place where I could truly be myself. I could explore and try new things without pressures that I’d experienced in all other areas of life. I learned how to use my voice among my peers. I became an expert at “repeat after me” songs. I was caring for kids each week and seeing amazing growth in them. It was the first place where I really learned how to appreciate myself and become comfortable in my own skin. I had been a closeted extrovert, not knowing or having the confidence to know how to express myself. That all changed at camp!

At camp, I realized that I was not on the right career path and that making the big bucks does not equal happiness. I found that happiness could happen anywhere, it just depended on your state of mind. I was able to blossom into the person I am today. My favorite people and memories involve camp songs, drives up to the ropes course, and sitting on the old camp stage, waiting for campers or weekend groups (usually Girl Scouts!) to arrive.

Camp is about opportunity. The opportunity for a girl to achieve something for the first time. The opportunity to make connections with “camp friends” who will be her friends for life. I am excited to work with an organization that creates opportunities for all girls to get to camp, to experience the outdoors, and have a chance of feeling how I feel when I am at camp!

Tomahawk Ranch Camp made this video, “because of camp girls will…” (check it out!)

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

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Why volunteer at Girl Scout Camp? First time camp volunteer, Kass Kohmnan, tells us “I decided to volunteer at Day Camp this year because I got hooked on the crazy happy vibe that was so evident when my daughter participated last year! Every day I came a bit earlier and stayed a bit later just to be a part of things. So many excited kids! They started each day happy and full of energy and finished happy and exhausted! You know it was a good day when even the grownups were smiling!” Want to have that happy vibe? We have opportunities all over the state, especially Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. Contact Alli Oswandel at  VS.Americorps@gscolorado.org to find out how! “I love volunteering at camp because it is my daughter’s very favorite thing about summer! She loves it and looks forward to it every year!” says long time camp volunteer, Jan Leary.

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!