Category Archives: Volunteer News

Volunteer View: July 2019

Camp Photos

Looking for photos of your girl at Sky High Ranch or Tomahawk Ranch? Head to our Flickr page to see all the fun Girl Scouts are having this summer.

More badges and Journeys

We are very excited to announce that Girl Scouts of the USA will release MORE badges and Journeys for all levels this summer! Mark your calendar, troop leaders will be able to access this content in the Volunteer Toolkit starting on July 16! Stay connected with the GSCO Blog and GSCO social media to get updates on to get updates on what will be released and when.

OAC 2019 – 2020 fall & winter event calendar released

The September 2019 – January 2020 OAC events have been released.

This year registration of all OAC events will open two months prior to the event. Girls can use Cookie Credits for event. Grants and discounts are available. Events this year include sailing and paddle sports, archery workshops, outdoor skills, ice climbing, trail running, and more! Visit the OAC page on the GSCO website for more information.

Ready for Not a Bummer Summer?

Just because school is out, doesn’t mean that Girl Scouts must go on break! Summertime in Colorado provides some of the best opportunities for Girl Scouts to engage in activities in their community. To earn the Not a Bummer Summer patch, you must complete the following requirements:

  • Girls must be renewed for the upcoming membership year (2019-2020)
  • Participate in two summertime activities as a troop
  • Complete one service project
  • Plan to start regular meetings before October 31

Once you complete the requirements, you can purchase your patch in-person or over the phone from the GSCO shop in Denver. We’d also love to hear about the service project that your troop completes. Use the Share Your Stories form on theGSCO blog to let us know how your girls have left a positive impact on their community.

Save the date for Leadership Summits

This volunteer learning opportunity is your chance to get energized for the new membership year, grow your leadership skills, and check required classes off your list!

Each training location will feature NEW program level 101 classes!

  • August 24 – Colorado Springs
  • September 7 – Loveland
  • September 28 – Metro Denver
  • October 12 – Pueblo
  • October 19 – Durango
  • October 20 – Frisco
  • October 26 – Grand Junction

Registration will open soon. If you need assistance completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Questions? Contact Brandi Martinez at brandi.martinez@gscolorado.org.

Additional training classes are added to the calendar frequently. To view upcoming classes and register for training, got to the events page on our website.

Summer Fun with Girl Scouts

Spend your summer having fun with Girl Scouts of Colorado! We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be.  Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens

July 19, 20, & 21, Denver

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens on July 19, 20, and 21! Girl Scouts of all ages, family and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets. Each Girl Scout participating in our special Girl Scout Days will receive an event patch.

Pirate’s Cove Girl Scout Summer Swim Party

July 29, Littleton

Join us at Pirate’s Cove for our annual Girl Scout Swim party! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Bring a friend and show them some of the fun that Girl Scouts has to offer! This is also a great opportunity to have a kickoff for your troop before the school year starts!

Colorado Rockies – Girl Scout Day

August 4, Coors Field, Denver

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Rockies as they take on the San Francisco Giants. All Girl Scouts attending are invited to participate in pre-game parade and will receive a special event patch.

Girl Scout Day with the Grand Junction Rockies

August 18, Grand Junction

One of our very own Girl Scouts will be singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the game! When you purchase/RSVP for tickets, you’ll be asked to enter a Girl Scout troop number for a referral. The troop with the most ticket referrals will be the “field of dreams team” for the night! They will get to go on the field and meet the players, run out for the National Anthem, and pick a troop leader to throw the first pitch of the game!

Paw Patrol Live

August 25, Colorado Springs

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets to Paw Patrol Live at the Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts. Discounted tickets are only available for the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, August 25.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks

September 28, Colorado Springs

 

Daisy’s Circle Supporter Spotlight: Amy Deschamp

Tell us about your connection to Girl Scouts.

I am a leader in a multi-level troop, mostly working with Daisies. I am a mom of a Girl Scout and a Girl Scout alum.

What is the most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today?

Experiences in a place where risk-taking and leadership is encouraged and developed with great role models

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

Not every girl is as lucky as my daughter or other girls in our troop, all girls should get an opportunity to be a Girl Scout!

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

It is easy because you don’t have to remember to write checks.

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.  For more information: https://www.gscodaisyscircle.org/

Remembering Girl Scout volunteer Eleanor F. Silver

Submitted by John Silver, GSCO Guest Blogger

Metro Denver

Denver

The 2019 Girl Scout Volunteer Recognition Awards were recently given out and it made me think about my mother who was a Girl Scout volunteer many years ago.

My mother Eleanor F. Silver, who passed away last year at age 98, volunteered for many years in Brighton.  She was passionate about developing a vibrant Girl Scout program and served as a troop leader and in multiple capacities for the service unit.

Here are excerpts from an essay entitled “Celebrating Eleanor” that was written by my sister (and Girl Scout!) Nancy L. Ottem:

“… Mama told me that after being active with Girl Scouts in Thornton, she wanted to get her girls into troops when we moved to Brighton.  She said that Brighton was quite cliquish and class conscious in the later ‘50s. When Mama inquired about her girls joining the existing local troop the leader responded: ‘I think we have enough girls.'”

“But Mama would not stand for that.  She was on a mission!  She envisioned Girl Scouts being an avenue for engaging ALL young girls, regardless. Just before we changed the subject, she quietly thought aloud: ‘I am kind of proud of that.'”

As a result, my mother contacted Girl Scouts of Colorado (Mile High Council at the time) and drove her turquoise Chevy to the South Broadway office and in 1958 organized a second Brownie troop in Brighton, to which all were welcome.

Another time we were discussing the many organizations and clubs she had been a member of in Brighton. … She mentioned that she had been invited by friends to join other clubs they belonged to, which were exclusive or by invitation only.  But she always declined.  She told me she would not ever belong to something that was not open to all.”

Eventually, my mother was named Girl Scout Leader of the Year in Brighton.

My mother was placed in nursing care near the end of her life, where she continued her interest in the Harper’s Ferry Service Unit in the Brighton area.  Some of her belongings were sold at a tag sale and by coincidence the total receipt was $839. What is the coincidence?  839 was the number of the Girl Scout troop she established in Brighton so many years ago! This money has been added to a fund for Girl Scout projects in the Brighton area.

Funds from my mother’s trust and gifts from or arranged by her loving family support Girt Scouts in Brighton and beyond.

John Silver of Metro Denver is proud to be an adult volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado. As the brother and son of Girl Scouts, John is now an adult seeing Girl Scouts through new eyes. John will be reporting on things he learns– that you might not know either! He will also be researching badge earning and other opportunities for Girl Scouts today.

Girl Scouts volunteer in Vernazza, Italy

Submitted by Kristin Coulter

Metro Denver

Denver

Money earning activities and hard work pays off. Park Hill Girl Scout Troop 63573 recently returned from a glorious ten-day tour of Italy. One day of the trip was spent volunteering in the spectacularly beautiful Ligurian coastal town of Vernazza. You may never have heard of Vernazza, but you have likely heard of Cinque Terre. In Italian, Cinque Terre means Five Lands. Vernazza is one of the five small towns that make up the region.

We picked Cinque Terre as the location for a service project because it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are more than 1,000 sites around the world that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has determined to have such cultural, historic, or other significance that they merit international treaty protection.

In 2011 Vernazza was hit by devastating floods. Up to 13 feet of mud and debris was left in the narrow streets and passageways of the cliff-side ocean village. Eight years later, the inhabitants continue to feel the impact of the floods. Our troop helped reclaim a site where a vineyard terrace wall had collapsed. After a long harrowing climb up terrace steps, that would have made a mountain goat pause, we reached a section of wall that had crumbled. Along way we saw poppies, hydrangeas, and lemon trees on the edges of the rows of grape vines.

The teenage Girl ScoutAmbassadors, along with sisters, cousins and mothers, that made up our group of 11, worked hard to separate rocks from dirt and big rocks from small rocks. The walls require a particular combination and variety of rock sizes in order to hold. The water from irrigation lines and rain must be able to pass the small rocks while the large rocks keep the soil from eroding. We formed a bucket brigade in order move dirt to an upper terrace so that the wall could be rebuilt. Our efforts were rewarded with delicious focaccia and pecorino cheese, as well as a lesson in small batch wine making. We left with full hearts having given back to the country we were visiting and with the knowledge that we had helped make the world a better place.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Volunteer View: June 2019

Renew by June 26 for Early Bird incentives

Early Bird is your chance to be the first to renew for another exciting year of Girl Scouts! Whether she’s a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker or leader, when your Girl Scouts renew their memberships, they gets the chance to unleash their greatness for another year.  Renewing shows your Girl Scout you believe in the power of G.I.R.L. You understand the amazing opportunities she gets as a Girl Scout, and you’re committed to helping her continue her journey to greatness.

Girls and adults renewed by June 26, 2019 are eligible to earn an Early Bird Patch. Troops with at least two Troop Leadership Team members and three girls renewed and an Annual Troop Report submitted by June 26, 2019 are eligible to earn a $25 shop credit.

Learn more

Join us for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

Girl Scouts love getting outside, especially in Colorado! Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have teamed up for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend July 13-14. Special Girl Scout activities are planned in state parks! Read more about participating state parks and the fun event options.

Outdoor Programs

New outdoor adventures for girls 6th grade and older

If your girls are going into 6th grade or older, check out the September – January Outdoor Adventure Club. Registration for all OAC events will open two months before the event.

The Outdoor Adventure Club is staff-led programming and girls can attend on their own or with a buddy. Girls can use Cookie Credits to pay for events. Grants and discounts are available.

Activities this year include:

  • Sailing and paddle sports
  • Archery workshops
  • Outdoor skills
  • Ice climbing
  • Trail running
  • and more!

Visit the Outdoor Adventure page for more  information.

Going for Gold?

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, troop leaders, and parents across Colorado! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss out on the upcoming training webinar on Tuesday, June 18, from 5 – 7 p.m. This is a free training.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. In this training, girls will learn the requirements, council procedures, and tips for making her Gold Award experience successful and rewarding.

Gold Award training is mandatory for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Troop leaders, co-leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend.
To register please contact GSCO’s highest awards manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Learn more

Ready for the Not a Bummer Summer?

Just because school is out, doesn’t mean that Girl Scouts must go on break! Summer is a great time to spend more time with your Girl Scout sisters. For summer 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado has a NEW patch program to encourage you to participate in Girl Scouts over the summer. Troops can earn the patch between June 1 – August 31. Here are the requirements:

  • Girls must be renewed for the upcoming membership year (2019-2020)
  • Participate in two summertime activities as a troop
  • Complete one service project
  • Plan to start regular meetings before October 31

Sounds pretty fun right?! We think so! Once you complete the requirements, you can purchase your patch in-person or over the phone from the GSCO shop in Denver. We’d also love to hear about the service project that your troop completes. Use the Share Your Stories form on the GSCO blog to let us know how your girls have left a positive impact on their community.

STEAM For All Festival

Sunday, July 14

12 – 4 p.m.

Wings Over the Rockies

As part of Apollopalooza, a week-long regional celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and future human space exploration, the STEAM For All Festivalwill be filled with engaging and hands-on STEAM activities dedicated to getting EVERYONE involved in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. All children age 16 and under are free and adults are $5. The $5 adult fee will be waived for two adults accompanying groups of 5 or more Girl Scouts. To take advantage of this opportunity you must email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org with your troop number, number of girls, and number of adults by July 10. Special thanks to Lockheed Martin for partnering with Wings Over the Rockies and Girl Scouts of Colorado to make this opportunity available for Girl Scouts.

Summer Fun with Girl Scouts

Spend your summer having fun with Girl Scouts of Colorado! We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be.  Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Girl Scout Days at Water World

June 17 – 30, Federal Heights

Girl Scouts of all ages, friends, and family are invited to take advantage of special discounted pricing for Water World June 17-30.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Water World

June 20, Federal Heights

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to Water World to celebrate the World’s Largest Swim Lesson! Swim lesson 8 –10 a.m., park opens to all at 10 a.m.

Girl Scout Night at the Colorado Rapids

June 28, Commerce City

Join the Colorado Rapids for Girl Scout night! All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited! Each Girl Scout in attendance will receive a limited-edition Colorado Rapids patch at the game and access to the post-game fireworks show. The top three troops with the most ticket referrals will get to participate in a special in-game experience.

Women’s Week at MMR

July 15-18, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Allenspark

Women 18 years of age or older are welcome at Women’s Week. You don’t have to be a current or past Girl Scout, you just have to want to come and play in the outdoors with other like-minded friends. Some of the best experiences were had by a few women who had never been to camp before. Mom and daughter and granddaughter groups have had great family experiences and come back every year to be sure they don’t forget what it’s all about.

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens

July 19, 20, & 21, Denver

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens on July 19, 20, and 21! Girl Scouts of all ages, family and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets. Each Girl Scout participating in our special Girl Scout days will receive an event patch.

Pirates Cove Girl Scout Summer Swim Party

July 29, Littleton

Join us at Pirate’s Cove for our annual Girl Scout Swim party! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Bring a friend and show them some of the fun that Girl Scouts has to offer! This is also a great opportunity to have a kickoff for your troop before the school year starts!

Colorado Rockies – Girl Scout Day

August 4, Coors Field, Denver

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Rockies as they take on the San Francisco Giants. All Girl Scouts attending are invited to participate in pre-game parade and will receive a special event patch.

Girl Scout Day with the Grand Junction Rockies

August 18, Grand Junction

One of our very own Girl Scouts will be singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the game! When you purchase/RSVP for tickets, you’ll be asked to enter a Girl Scout troop number for a referral. The troop with the most ticket referrals will be the “field of dreams team” for the night! They will get to go on the field and meet the players, run out for the National Anthem, and pick a troop leader to throw the first pitch of the game!

Paw Patrol Live

August 25, Colorado Springs

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets to Paw Patrol Live at the Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts. Discounted tickets are only available for the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, August 25.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks

September 28, Colorado Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

 

 

Adult volunteers needed in Morgan County

As a way of saying thank you to United Way of Morgan County for their support of Girl Scouts of Colorado and other local nonprofits, Girl Scouts of Colorado is seeking adult volunteers to help with United Way of Morgan County’s “United We Race” event!

When: Saturday, September 7, 2019

Where:

Riverside Park – Nature Trails

1600 Main St

Fort Morgan 80701

Registration: 9 a.m.

Event/Competition: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This event is similar in fashion to the famous television show, “The Amazing Race,” where up to 50 teams will start the event. Teams will go to many physical, mental, and unique competition points throughout the event where they will be eliminated. The United Way needs volunteers to help run these competition points.

To sign up to volunteer, please contact Chaundra with the United Way at (970) 867 – 2218 or mcunitedway@kci.net.

If you know older Girl Scouts interested in volunteering, please contact GSCO Donor Relations Manager Carol Griffin at carol.griffin@gscolorado.org.

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Volunteer View: May 2019

Be an Early Bird

What’s next for your girls in Girl Scouts? Reserve your spot for the 2019-20 membership year today! Girls and adults renewed by June 26, 2019, are eligible to earn an Early Bird Patch. Troops with at least two Troop Leadership Team members and three girls renewed and an Annual Troop Report submitted by June 26, 2019, are eligible to earn a $25 shop credit.

Also, invite new girls to join your troop with the Extended Year Membership. For $35, girls get to participate for the remainder of this membership year (summer fun, anyone?) and enjoy a full year of troop activities for the 2019-20 membership year. These girls will also receive an Early Bird Patch.

Learn more

Outdoor Adventure Club for 2019-2020

Attention girls going into 6th grade and up, now is when Girl Scouts gets really exciting! Step your adventure up a level and get your adrenaline pumping at an Outdoor Adventure Club event. Troop leaders for Cadettes and up: Tell your girls about this awesome opportunity. Girls in 6th grade can participate in the Explorers events and girls in 7th and up go to Trailblazer events. Outdoor Adventure Club is a great way to give girls an added dose of outdoor adventure and keep girls engaged in Girl Scouting!

Sample activities include:

  • Ice climbing
  • Boating, paddling, and sailing
  • Camping trips
  • Trail running and more
  • Check the website for the full details on fall and winter events.

Volunteer Training

New eLearning platform launches in July

In July, Girl Scouts of Colorado will have a new, interactive online learning site that will host a variety of required and enrichment training to support your Girl Scout volunteer experience. In the meantime, Nuts and Bolts, Overnight Trips and Extended Trips are on our interim eLearning site. Each class page also has links to forms and additional resources. All classes are mobile-friendly and are an hour or less in length.

Volunteers can access the site by going to the Volunteer page -Training and Online Support, and clicking on “Visit Our eLearning Site.” Volunteers will receive credit for taking the class by completing a survey on the class page.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Emily Speck, mission delivery manager, at (303) 607-4811 or email her at Emily.Speck@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor Programs

Girl Scout Camp

Camp registration is still open! Visit our camp website for more information and to find available sessions.

Equipment Reservations

We have outdoor gear you can reserve for a very small fee! Check our website for more information.

Reservations must be made 15 days prior to when you need equipment (or the system won’t let you reserve it).

Please make reservations starting on the day you need to pick and return your equipment, not just the days you are using it. Equipment charges are priced per item not per day.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks: July 13 and 14

GSCO is joining Girl Scout councils across the country in partnering with our local state parks to encourage Girl Scouts, troops, and families to get outside and visit their local state park on July 13 or 14. We encourage Girl Scouts to visit state parks in each of their regions where there will be opportunities for hiking, environmental education, ranger programs, and special activities unique to each park. Park entrance fees of $8 per car apply, and a national “GS Love State Parks” patch will be available for purchase. Check out the GSCO event calendar for more information coming soon! Questions? Contact Anna Danila atAnna.danila@gscolorado.org

Upcoming Events

Junior Designing Robots Badge Workshop with Arrow Electronics

June 1, Centennial

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to earn their Designing Robots badge with Arrow Electronics. Arrow Electronics is an American Fortune 500 company headquartered in Centennial. The company specializes in distribution and value-added services relating to electronic components and computer products.

Civics Education: Preparing the Next Generation of Informed and Engaged Citizens

June 3

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to join bipartisan leaders, including Chelsea Clinton, to discuss the importance of educating and engaging today’s youth in civics to preserve and strengthen our country’s democracy. This nonpartisan event is an opportunity community leaders, public officials and education experts to discuss how out-of-school civics programs can prepare the next generation to be involved citizens with a deeper understanding of their government-both now and for the rest of their lives. Register for the livestream of this special event.   A recording will be available for those unable to participate the livestream. A discussion guide will also be provided for girls and troops to engage in the conversation.

World Environment Day

June 16, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Allenspark

In partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service, Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to offer members a way to focus on and celebrate the environment. Girl Scouts of all ages, families, and friends invited to this free, exciting event. This event is hosted by the GSCO Global Action Committee.

Girl Scout Days at Water World

June 17 – 30, Federal Heights

Girl Scouts of all ages, friends, and family are invited to take advantage of special discounted pricing for Water World June 17-30, 2019.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Water World

June 20, Federal Heights

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to Water World to celebrate the World’s Largest Swim Lesson! Swim lesson 8 –10 a.m., park opens to all at 10 a.m.

Women’s Week at MMR

July 15-18, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Allenspark

Women 18 years of age or older are welcome at Women’s Week. You don’t have to be a current or past Girl Scout, you just have to want to come and play in the outdoors with other like-minded friends. Some of the best experiences were had by a few women who had never been to camp before. Mom and daughter and granddaughter groups have had great family experiences and come back every year to be sure they don’t forget what it’s all about.

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens

July 19, 20, & 21, Denver

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens on July 19, 20, and 21! Girl Scouts of all ages, family and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets. Each Girl Scout participating in our special Girl Scout days will receive an event patch. We are looking for creative Girl Scouts to submit their best design  by May 31 for the 2019 patch.

Colorado Rockies – Girl Scout Day

August 4, Coors Field, Denver

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Rockies as they take on the San Francisco Giants. All Girl Scouts attending are invited to participate in pre-game parade and will receive a special event patch.

Save the Date: Cyber Challenge

October 19, Littleton

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scouts in 6-12 grade are invited to detect, decode, and defend! They will test their cybersecurity skills, team up with other girls, and meet with cybersecurity professionals! All day event at Arapahoe Community College. Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to the email interest list.

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

November 9, Colorado Springs

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2019 Secrets to Success event. Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, and giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. All girls in grades 6 – 12 are invited to Secrets to Success. Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to the email interest list.

Register NOW for Women’s Week 2019 at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Penny “Pan” Roberts, Very Informal Camp Director, Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Northern & Northeastern CO

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) is the most fun you can have at camp since you were 11-years-old! I promise! Even if you have never been to camp before you will “Make New Friends” (there’s me singing!) and do new things.  If you are a seasoned veteran of this or all or any other camps, I promise a unique mountain experience of fun and adventure of our own making.

Registration is now open for 2019 and we hope you can join us July 15 – 18.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the flyer with all of the registration information. Camp cost is $200 per person and the deadline to register is June 20.

Besides a huge variety of activities possible, we always have great food, thanks to Susan Baker and her food service team who help us experiment with cooking in the out-of-doors.

If you have a favorite activity, craft, hike, song, etc., you’d like us to include in the time at camp, just let me know and we’ll get it scheduled.  If you can offer a special craft, music, ceremony, or other fun program, let me know that, too, and we’ll set it up for you.

All of MMR is open to us this year, including the Pinecrest Unit for the folks looking for a different view or a little more solitude.  The flyer below also mentions a variety of new offerings if interest is there.  Opportunities for service projects for the camp can be arranged as well.  Of course, if you are hoping for some true get-away time from your usual hectic lives, this is the opportunity.  Chill, rest, relax, play, enjoy.  Immerse yourself in the beauty and unique mountain environment.  Water, grass, trees, sky, flowers, rocks – – – even dirt if you’d like to play in it!

The event is open to any woman at least 18 years of age.  Some of the multi-generational teams who have come like moms and daughters (mine included), aunts, grand-daughters have had the best bonding time imaginable.  I’d highly recommend it.  Bring your old camp friends, bring your stressed-out co-workers, all are welcome and the more the merrier! Having just ladies there gives us a special liberating experience from most anything else in our lives today.  Sharing our huge variety of lives and experiences helps us all gain truly long-lasting perspective and lets us return home anxious for next summer already!

Gals have come from all over the country from Maine to Washington, including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Connecticut, Utah, Kansas, Texas, and many other states. The word is spreading about how much fun Women’s Week is and we’d love to have you join us.

Special needs can usually be accommodated easily. The camp is glorious and truly one of our favorite places on earth. My contact information is at the bottom of the flyer and I serve as director, registrar, and I’ll even do dishes when my patrol’s turn comes up!

2019 WW publicity flyer

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

 

Longing to get back to camp? GSCO has a great opportunity for you!

The fourth annual Women’s Wilderness Summit Sisters event is at Meadow Mountain Ranch June 7 – 9, 2019. GSCO will once again be offering one adult member the opportunity to attend the camp for FREE, a $399 value. In addition, all Girl Scouts of Colorado adult members who would like to attend are able to receive a discount of $75.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summit Sisters is an immersive weekend retreat and a safe space for anyone 18+ who identifies as a woman, to connect with others, with nature, and to reconnect with herself. The Summit Sisters Retreat gives you the space…and it’s up to you how you want to fill it. Learn new outdoor skills. Try your hand at plein air painting. Find inspiration and motivation to grow. You can do as much – or as little – as you’d like. Enrollment includes all workshops and activities, camping or tent cabin, and meals. Summit Sisters is great for women of all experience levels, from those who are new to camping to the seasoned outdoorswoman.

Some of their amazing workshops include:

  • Thai massage for mind-body freedom
  • Taking the road to lasting change
  • Own your power
  • Sun salutation yoga
  • The Way of the Line – Cultivating a Moment of Pure Awareness

If you would like to apply for our grant, please complete the following form: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/grantforsummitsisters06072019_06092019. The winner will be chosen anonymously by committee vote. Previous winners of the grant are not eligible to receive the spot, but are more than welcome to attend using the special Girl Scout code. If you would like to register, claim your space today for $75 OFF (only $324) when you sign up and use your Girl Scout promo code GIRLSCOUTGALS  at check out. Find all the details and register at www.summitSisters.org.

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Your Next Step: Renew your Girl Scout Membership TODAY

What’s the next step for your girl in Girl Scouts? Will she earn a Highest Award, travel the world, get her adrenaline pumping on outdoor adventures, explore the world of STEM, or all of the above? The sky’s the limit! Check out the Badge Explorer with her to see all the possibilities for your next Girl Scout adventure.

And as a massive bonus, the longer you stick with Girl Scouts, the more you’ll get out of it. Studies show girls who participate in Girl Scouts for three or more years are significantly more likely to:

  • have a positive sense of self,
  • be civically engaged,
  • achieve higher education and income,
  • practice leadership,
  • have healthy relationships,
  • and feel satisfied with their lives.

Who could want more? Secure your spot for the 2019-20 Girl Scout year now!

  • Girls renewed by June 26 will receive a FREE Early Bird patch, which will be mailed directly to their address in myGS.
  • Troops that renew at least two unrelated adults, three girls, and complete their Annual Troop Report by June 26 will earn a $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Starting this year, service units can earn up to $200 in Early Bird renewal prizes to support their local Girl Scout community!

Service units that retain 35 percent of their 2018-19 members by May 30 will earn $100 to put toward service unit activities.

Service units that retain 45 percent of their 2018-19 members by June 26 will earn an additional $100 to put toward service unit activities.

Question? Contact your local volunteer support specialist. Don’t know who your volunteer support specialist is? Call 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.