Magic Sky Ranch – Session 4 Adventures

What a fun week it has been at Magic Sky Ranch!
There were very hot and sunny days, and the week finished with a long refreshing rain storm to send campers back to their families.
Here are just some of the adventures:
Several of the units had some girls enjoy the optional horseback ride at Sundance Trail Guest Ranch. Everyone had a great time visiting Arts and Crafts and creating many fun things to take home. Everyone had a chance to try their hand at archery, as well as enjoying High Ropes or Climb Wall as a new climbing adventure. Much fun stickiness was had with several units also creating GAK, as well as stretching their improve skills at Dance and Drama. The Disney themed All Camp was a big hit, and while the rain and thunder/lightning chased away all the “Green Moose” (watermelons) before we could look for them, everyone enjoyed a dance party with the watermelon instead. And of course –sillyness and songs abound at both the opening and closing campfires.

You can find the Session 4 pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/sets/72157634581945391/

Thanks to all the staff, parent volunteers, kitchen, site, and campers and their families for being a part of another great week of adventures at Magic Sky Ranch!

Magic Sky Ranch 2013 Staff

CEO update on property decisions

I’d like to address some of the concerns I am hearing around the state about the future of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s properties. I know how much every one of our camps are loved by our members – camp is where memories are created that shape our lives. We are presently compiling data on usage, demand, program costs maintenance/upkeep costs and customer market research to analyze how much camp property our council can maintain and support on a lean budget. 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, this takes time. 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. No decisions have been made on the future of our camp properties at this time, but we do know that we own more property than our membership uses and our property maintenance and upkeep costs are exorbitant, especially considering the low percentage of our membership who use them. We know we need to devote less resources to property and more resources to serving our members in the ways that they are participating in Girl Scouting.    

As for our offices, Girl Scouts of Colorado staff increasingly work directly with girls and volunteers in the communities they serve rather than in the office. GSCO is conducting a thorough analysis of all of our office and camp properties to reduce costs while still providing the tools staff need to effectively deliver on our mission and provide a quality Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Our focus is on service to people, not buildings, therefore, we anticipate downsizing office space at all service centers, including the home office in Denver, over the next few years. Currently, the only office or camp property that is listed for sale is the Colorado Springs Service Center, and we are trying to sublease the Fort Collins Service Center. However, real estate agents and other property experts are visiting all of our properties to assess values and liabilities. Our goal is to be even more visible in the communities where our members live.

Property decisions are always very difficult; but please know that I am committed to keeping our membership updated as we carefully move through this process. If you have more questions or concerns, I’m here to listen. I thank you for everything you do for Girl Scouts. You are sincerely appreciated!

Hundreds enjoy Girl Scouts Healthy Living Expo

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Hundreds of Girl Scouts and their families and friends joined Girl Scouts of Colorado for our Healthy Living Expo at the DaVita World Headquarters in Denver on Wednesday evening, July 10. The event was sponsored by DaVita, ZisBoomBah, Anthem, Waterpik, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, Delta Dental, Sports Authority and Big 5 Sporting Goods.

Participants discovered more about healthy living through hands-on activities in a fun carnival setting. Activity booths included information about nutrition, exercise, strong bones, heart health, self-esteem, fitness and more. There were also prizes given away, including iPods and restaurant gift cards. Booths and activity stations were courtesy of Girl Scouts of Colorado and our community partners, including ZisBoomBah, Live Well Colorado, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, DaVita, United States Olympic Committee, Mary Lee Chin – Dietician, BYOU “Be Your Own You!” Magazine, Juice Plus+, MELT Bath & Skincare, and Body & Brain Holistic Yoga.

Recognition was also given to Girl Scouts who had completed Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Challenge during the past year.

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director with Girl Scouts of Colorado, with help from Rachelle Trujillo, Chief Marketing Officer with Girl Scouts of Colorado, and Sloan Gonzales, Program Support Specialist with Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girl Scouts help with Black Forest Fire relief

From Terri Dayton

Yesterday Troop 4333 of Monument held a “yard sale” for all the victims of the Black Forest Fire.

They organized and advertised to receive donations of any sort from household items, kitchen items, animal supplies, furniture, pictures, toys, games, books and clothes. They received items throughout the weekend, receiving a gym full of stuff.

They sorted as best they could, then the people came and came and came. The victims of the Black Forest Fire could come and pick up what they needed and whatever they wanted from all of the donated items. They were amazing in their gratitude toward the girls, and the support that these girls did for their community was amazing and overwhelming to me. Some people came for one or two items, some for loads of stuff. One person I met cried as she picked up a quilt that was exactly like the one she had on her bed when her house burned down.  I met another person that just wanted a robe and a laundry basket. How simple was that?

Troop 4333 also worked with the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary for pet supplies. They brought stuff from crates, soft and hard shelled to food, bedding and blankets.

While they still have some stuff left over from the donation/giveaway (as there is still quite a need) they did an amazing job working with their Principal, Mr. Wedel, and their community in the organization and execution of this wonderful out pouring of love and support.

I overheard one person thank a Girl Scout for doing this. The child looked her right in the eye and said “This is just what we do, you don’t have to thank us. We did it for you.”

I love this troop!!!

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado

A Letter From A Camp Parent!

As summer progresses, it is amazing to hear the wonderful comments and stories parents tell about how camp impacted their child and family. Thanks to Candace for her wonderful feedback!

Dear Betsy,

It is with great pride I write this letter to you.  My daughter is finishing up the week long  Art in the Park day camp.  I cannot begin to say enough wonderful things for the camp staff at DeKovend park.  Every day my daughter and I were greeted and welcomed in the most kind and sincere way.  The activities that she did were  exceptional and very age appropriate.  Her smile was bigger each day at pick up from all of the fun she had.  The stories of her experiences have been endless each night.  Her unit leaders (Poppy and Cocoa) made her feel very safe and secure from the first day forward.  Poppy was very conscientious of Sarah’s food allergies, and did a fabulous job of creating a menu that allowed her to still be a part of the meals.

Both of my daughters attended day camps last year under the supervision of Wyoming.  It was very reassuring to see her again this year.  My older daughter had Poppy as a unit leader last year in Pioneer camp.  They were both greeted Monday morning by Poppy like they were long lost friends.  This reassured me that I was leaving my daughter in a safe place. My older daughter will attend the day camp at Clement Park in July.  I have no doubt in my mind that her experience will be as terrific as her Sister’s.

Thank you for all of your hard work and planning that goes into running a day camp so smoothly. I would recommend Girl Scout camp to anyone who asked.  As long as my daughters are in Girl Scouts, they will attend Girl Scout Camp in the Summer.

 

Sincerely,
Candice Falgout

GSCO Meadow Mt Ranch Rodeo Riders June 30-July 5th

Rodeo Riders had a great week learning drill patterns, rodeo events such as barrel racing and pole bending, and even roping off a horse!  They did a great job designing their drill team horse show and adding the Fourth of July festivities to it.  The girls rode every day for at least 6 hrs in the arena and worked as a team planning out their drill team patterns and music.  The riders also got to try their hand at roping on horseback, barrel racing, and pole bending.

Check out video at the following you tube link:

http://youtu.be/0gT9ouTwkVs

Animal Planet day camp gives girls a real wildlife experience

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Submitted by Tina Saunders
Denver Metro

MONDAY – Had a WONDERFUL first day of our Animal Planet day camp in Westminster. Met some wonderful parents, volunteers, Program Aides and campers. The campers broke into their groups for the week, got to know each other, created patrol banners, discussed SWAP ideas, created their kaper charts and designed their field journals for the week. Thanks to JC Jackman for putting on such a GREAT performance! The kids loved it!! Afternoon snack was S’mores in a bag.

TUESDAY – day 2 of Animal Planet and we covered islands. The campers made bird masks, decorated dolphins, learned about habitats in the water through a dishpan tidal pool activity and explored an ecosystem trunk from The Wildlife Experience. For lunch we made walking tacos and in the afternoon we made Jell-o with gummy fish.

WEDNESDAY – day 3 of Animal Planet and it was rainforest day and so they made rainforests in a jar, we had a program kit from The Butterfly Pavilion and for crafts we had egg carton turtles, clay owls & toilet paper roll owls. For lunch we made cocoons (pigs in a blanket) and banana boats for lunch. We opened the day with the 6th grade girls teaching a healthy habit by teaching some yoga poses.

THURSDAY – day 4 of Animal Planet was desert day. They made animal track casts, painted wooden snakes and explored a trunk from The Wildlife Experience about camouflage. Lunch was pita pizzas and cake in an orange! YUM!

FRIDAY – Great last day of day camp. The girls received a copy of their group photo with JC Jackman for their frames, made clothes pin giraffes, learned about poachers with stuff from a Wildlife Experience trunk, and had a visitor from the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. We had hamburgers & watermelon for lunch and pudding cones for snack. We did a habitat clean up through the park, exchanged SWAPS and signed T-shirts.

Every day we opened and closed with a flag ceremony and announcements. Morning snacks were either fruit or something like crackers or pretzels. We also shared information about animals key to these areas and found fun games to play that were different every day so that they were learning new games.

View more photos from the week here.

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The Fourth of July at Magic Sky Ranch Girl Scout Camp

Golf Cart ParadeBeing the first time Magic Sky Ranch had campers on site for the Fourth of July, it was a day of new memories for us all! This week’s all-camp had a complete American theme, including face painting, line dancing, dunk tanks, water rocket fireworks and decorating golf carts for the 1st annual golf cart parade!

The whole morning of the 4th campers and staff visited different stations enjoying each activity. To wrap up our Fourth of July extravaganza, we watched and joined in the parade that led us to the dining hall and lunch! Then to continue the celebration, for our Friday mini all-camp, all of the campers were excited to show off their dance moves during the western hoedown!

When we were not celebrating the holiday, units enjoy all of the other fun and exciting things we have at camp, including arts and crafts, archery, dance and drama and everyone’s favorite: Piggy Parties!

Be sure to check out all the pictures of this session’s excitement at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/sets/72157634430081786/

Happy Camping.

All About Magic Sky Ranch Girl Scout Summer Camp Session 2 (June 23rd-28th 2013)

Session 2 was another great week of fun here at Magic Sky; we started our week being welcomed by an amazing double rainbow! All of the units have had a great week enjoying everything Magic Sky has to offer. This week’s programs included Archery Adventures, Paintbrushes and Play, Brownie Discovery, and Scientifically Speaking, and CIT I.

The Archery campers spent most of their week learning how to take care and use a bow and arrow and trying to hit the glorious bulls eye! After the group spent some time using compound bows they had the chance to challenge themselves a little more and learn to use recurve bows. They had a great discussion on which we liked better and why. When the unit was not on the range they enjoyed all the other fun activities MSR has to offer!

Our campers participating in the paint brushes and play unit spent the each day visiting Ash in the arts and crafts room twice a day. During the week they made; sand candles, baskets, pinch pots, dream catchers, decorated cupcakes, masks, pop can bracelets, nature sketching, and leather bracelets.

The Big Dipper and Northern Lights Science campers spent much of their time with Lady Bug in the Nature and Science Classroom where they did; marshmallow genetics, crime scene investigation, jelly bellyolgy, extraction of strawberry DNA, making volcanoes erupt, and much much more!! Finally the CITs spent their second week of training in the units shadowing councilors and program staff.

As a whole camp we enjoyed two wonderful all camps! On Wednesday the campers were sent back to the Wild West looking for gold and other gems but they had to be careful not to run into a bandit who could then steal all of their earnings! Luckily we also had sheriffs wonder the grounds looking for these bandits who were stirring up trouble! On Friday we enjoyed a Who’s Line is it Anyways game. Everyone laughed so hard watching staff and campers act so silly!

We hope all the campers had a great time and enjoyed their camping experience at Magic Sky! Be sure to check our Facebook and flickr page for tons of exciting pictures that were taken throughout the week!

Happy Camping!!

For Pictures visit:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/sets/72157634303307197/

GSCO Blazing Saddles II MMR Camp Session June 23-28th

The Meadow Mt Ranch Camp High Adventure Horse Program had another successful week of horseback trailriding as well as horsepacking.  The Blazing Saddles II campers packed in on horse back for overnite trip to Thunder Lake in Wild Basin/RMNP – at elevation of 10,574 – almost 8 miles on way from camp.  They then rode back down to lower elevation and camped in the outpost camp with the horses the next two nights.  On their back country pack trips, they also got to venture by Ouzel Falls, Calypso Cascades, and Copeland Falls.  The campers learned about Leave No Trace camping skills, camping overnite with livestock/horses in RMNP, caring for their horses in remote settings and working as team, and trail riding etiquette.  They also got to do some star gazing and learned about some edible plants and survival skills.  They speny some down time making walking sticks and were awarded trail track patch for the destinations they rode to during the week.   The staff and campers got some amazing pictures of the terrain and Wild Basin showing it’s true majestic scenery.

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