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?

Pueblo West Girl Scouts Festival of Countries

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Submitted by Debbie Fortune
Pueblo West Library

SU 338 in Pueblo West has been holding a Festival of Countries for several years during Girl Scout month. This activity was attended by 67 Girl Scouts this year and featured nine countries. It is a great way for the girls to learn about Girl Scouting around the world and participate with other Girl Scouts outside their individual troops.

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Wild and Wacky Weather Camp

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins
Keystone Science School

Summit County Girl Scouts enjoyed a Wild and Wacky Weather camp at Keystone Science School March 16 and 17. The girls learned about their local weather, how to use personal weather stations, micro-climates of Colorado, why snow is so important to Summit County, and how to predict the weather! The girls also created a weather station log and checked the weather from the school’s weather station each morning. Our collaborative effort would not be possible without the generous support of the Summit Foundation and Copper Environmental Foundation-thank you!

Summit Daily News did a story about the camp in their March 27 issue

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“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/

Easter Brunch at Tomahawk Ranch!

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Looking for a delicious Easter brunch with an extra helping of family fun? Come join us for an “Eggventure” day at Tomahawk Ranch!

You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to participate in this fun event! It’s for the entire community!

You’ll spend the day enjoying a delicious brunch, creating Easter-theme crafts, meeting barnyard animals, participating in an Easter egg hunt and more!

Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 11 am – 3 pm (brunch will be served 11:30 am – 1:30 pm)
Cost: $15 (12 yrs and up); $10 (3-11 yrs); Under 3 yrs: FREE
Location: Tomahawk Ranch, near Bailey, Colorado
Attire: Dress for playing outside in the mountains!

Reservation deadline: March 25

Bring your own basket! The Easter egg hunt will start at 2 pm, all ages are welcome!

Brunch menu includes: Traditional eggs benedict with Canadian bacon and hollandaise, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, warm Danish and sweet pastries, Easter glazed ham, sweet potatoes and green beans, warm rolls with butter and homemade fruit cobbler!

For additional details or to register online, visit: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1258

For questions, email Cindy Saylor at cindy.saylor@gscolorado.org.

Brighton Troop hosts Christmas Party and Toy Drive

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Submitted by Lisa Dunbar
Brighton

Brighton Girl Scout Troop 50458 Hosted
Harpers Ferry Service Unit
2nd Annual
Christmas Party & Toy Drive
With the Jolly ole’ man, Santa.

Troop 50458, a combination of Cadettes and Senior Girl Scouts, had seen a need to help out children during Christmas. The thought that many kids during Christmas would not wake up with a present under the tree, the girls wanted to make sure they could help out as many as they can, so why not ask our fellow Girl Scout Sisters to help out. So that is what they did. They contacted the City Of Brighton to help these kids in need. Came up the idea that they could host a Christmas Party and ask everyone who attended to bring an unwrapped toy for children of the ages 8-13 years of age for both girls and boys.

Each Girl Scout enjoyed playing a life size game of, Girl Scout Cookie Land, a remake of the famous Candy Land. Two crafts, “God’s eye” and snowflakes that were made with recycled paper.

At the end of the night, 180 Girl Scouts and family member attended the event with 220 toys donated to the City Of Brighton. On February 5, 2013 the Troop was given “Certificate Of Appreciation” by the City of Brighton for their willingness to help out The Brighton Employee Charities Committee for helping those in our community.

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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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Shattering stereotypes of women

Submitted by Heide Schumm
Aurora, Colorado

Troop 2245 has been working on our Media Journey, and each of us cultivated two
commitments about shattering stereotypes of women that are presented in the
media. We wrote and recorded these videos at Rangeview High School. While we
were there we learned how a broadcasting studio works and watched the students
record daily announcements. While working on this journey we learned that there
a lot of different stereotypes of woman and we also learned how to overcome
them. Thank you to Ms. Kelley at Rangeview for putting together our video.[youtube=http://youtu.be/ATS4-lPO0qA]

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Coming together for Dominican Sisters Home Health

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Submitted by Marnie Walsh
Denver Metro

The Dominican Sisters Home Health Agency of Denver provides FREE health care for the poor, sick, and uninsured of Denver. The agency makes thousands of in home visits per year to Denver’s sick elderly who have no family. The tables were turned on March 11 when the agency was visited by the Cadettes of Girl Scout Troop 50301 laden with donations.

The visit was a culmination of organizations stemming from Christ on the Mountain (COTM) Catholic Church in Lakewood. Three girls from Girl Scout Troop 50301, Jolene Janus, Annie Janus, and Regan Snellgrove, as part of their Silver Award organized a quilt assembly project on January 27 at COTM which was a huge success thanks to the over 30 volunteers that showed up to design, cut, iron, sew, and tie. Thirty lap quilts were assembled that day. Fabric was donated by David Sandoval and the Knights of Columbus Council 7640 donated money to purchase the batting. Some parishioners sewed quilt tops at home to be finished by the volunteers on the assembly day. Other parishioners donated crocheted afghans. Through the combined efforts, 40 handmade lap quilts and afghans were donated.

The giving didn’t stop there, however. Mr. Sandoval presented a check on behalf of the COTM Outreach Committee who donated the cost of four wheelchairs. Girl Scout Troop 50301 also donated much needed medical supplies including three shower chairs, a raised toilet seat, med planners, 300 latex gloves, and over 700 cleansing wipes. The troop donated these wish list items using proceeds from their 2013 cookie sales. The Girl Scouts were treated to a tour of the Dominican Sisters property where the Scouts learned the history of the agency and the legacy of service the agency provides.

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