“Ponies and Pals” / “Horse Fun in the Sun” events for Individuals and Troops

We are now able to offer both “Ponies and Pals” and “Horse Fun in the Sun” events for troops and individuals at Colorado Riding Academy in Parker, CO. The events vary and are time dependent on the number of girls who attend. For troops and individuals who register through the facility, you will be provided 15-20 minute sessions, one including a short riding lessons. . . and sessions could vary from 3 – 5 depending on number in attendance.  You should plan on being there for at least 30 mins to an hour for individuals, and hour or so if a large group. The sessions vary and include short riding lessons, grooming and tacking, making horse treats, or learning bout the facility and caring for horses. The cost is $15.00 per girl and the girls will receive a patch and glow in dark bracelet (while supplies last).  The event for small groups and individuals is not 3-4 hours long – that time frame with the special GSCO events was due to the number registered. The facility will create a great session that will be a strong learning experience based on number attending – the girls will get the same information and plenty of hands on time with the horses. If you are interested or have questions, please feel free to contact Julie Fischer or Jessica Soucy –

Julie.fischer@gscolorado.org or dj2fischer@wildblue.net 303-747-2512

Jessica Soucy
Colorado Riding Academy
Office:  303-840-7105
Cell:  970-581-8217
45385 Summit Rd., Parker, CO  80138

Rodeo Riders July 15-19th 2013 MMR

Rodeo Riders at Meadow Mt Ranch July 15-19th session

Rodeo Riders had another amazing week at MMR! The girls were able to design their horse show in a day, choose music, and perform with the wranglers. The riders chose color schemes for this week and had a great time decorating their horses. They learned how to rope on horseback, do pole bending, and barrels for rodeo events.  They also got a break from the arena and were able to go on short trailride into Wild Basin. They performed with all three flags: USA, Colorado, and GS flags in their show. Check out the video of the final show:

Lazy Acres Broken Circle camp a great time

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Submitted by Kristi Owen
Troop 908

My troop attended Lazy Acres broken circle program camp last weekend.

What fun we had! Wild flowwr, Raven and Lacy ( camp names) taught us first aid, knife safety, fire building, knots, and more!

It was rustic and traditional making it even more fun and “campy.” Can’t say we loved the latrines or cleaning them but what the heck, it is camping right? And the food was really good.

Around the campfire we performed skits, sang songs, exchanged swaps with 40 other Girl Scouts, heard a tadger story. And of course s’mores!

I know my troop will remember this Girl Scout experience always!

Why Heather likes to volunteer at Day Camp

Submitted by Kim Petau
Colorado Springs

Heather:
I love watching the little girls having an amazing week in a safe environment. It is amazing watching their faces when learning a new song that I or the PA’s taught them and then to hear them singing the same song all week long or pleading to sing it again. The crafts that the staff always come up with are fun and it’s great helping the girls create something special they made. I love meeting new adults who also share the passion of Girl Scouts. I truly enjoy watching my daughter growing and learning how to be a role model to the younger Girl Scouts. I love that this a non-judgmental place for my daughter to be who she is. In fact the younger girls love to see her dressing up as “fairy” or “princess.” Because of my daughter’s special needs she feels more comfortable when I am around so it is awesome that I can volunteer at day camp, and feel just as welcomed as my daughter. My favorite camp so far has to be “Fairy Camp,” it was great watching the girls make tutus, crowns, necklaces, and ice cream. I can’t wait to volunteer at more camps this summer and next. I think volunteering at day camps will be a summer family tradition.

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

Hygiene Troop’s book drive a huge success

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Submitted by Rebecca Wilson
Longmont

Our amazing Brownies and Juniors in Troop 72081 love to work with younger troops and especially enjoy making a difference in our community. When we heard about “Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative” we knew we wanted to participate! We teamed up with Troops 70710 and 72558 to take action!

The goal of “Colorado Reads” is to help educate the next generation of leaders about the importance of literacy through peer mentoring and girl-led Take Action service. Our Girl Scouts determined that they would hold a read-in with the Daisies from Troop 70710, and our Brownies wrote, illustrated and read a story to them. Our Juniors also read to the Daisies and then we helped them get ready for an ice cream snack that included a gummy “bookworm!”

The girls also decided to hold a book drive to benefit an organization in our community, which was one of the challenges of the Program. From mid-March thru April, our Troops collected books by placing collection bins in our elementary school, the church where we hold our meetings, and by going through our own personal libraries. We also received a large contribution of books from Firestone Troop 778. Our girls chose the Wild Plum Center in Longmont to be our partner. After contacting Wild Plum, we learned that they service more than 300 families in the community with in –home services, as well as 100s of children in their preschool programs.

Our initial goal was to collect 300 new and gently used books so that every family would receive a book that they could keep. We were thrilled to end our collection with over 600 books, more than twice our original goal! Not only was Wild Plum able to provide a book to each family, but the children in their preschools were also able to choose a book to take home. On May 1, some of our Girl Scouts were able to participate in the book delivery to the Wild Plum Center, as seen in the photograph. The children were so excited to see all the wonderful books and our Girl Scouts were proud of their accomplishments and happy to be able to share their good fortune with the Wild Plum Center.

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

Countries and Cultures day camp takes girls to new, intriguing places

Submitted by Daffodil
Bear Creek Lake Park

Countries and Cultures, Bear Creek Lake Park, Lakewood

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This week Day Camp brought us to many new and intriguing places. Countries and Cultures week at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood gave campers the unique chance to travel the world and learn about new costumes and cultures. The week began with a brainstorm session as girls talked about where they would enjoy traveling. Destinations that the girls were able to visit included parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Polynesian Islands.

Girls were immersed in these new places through food, music, and crafts. Snack time brought a chance for girls taste cheese from around Europe, and also featured an English-style tea party. Lunch was another creative way that campers experienced new places. Units prepared everything from a hearty poutine to Asian stir fry. Lunch was a fun and interactive experience for the girls every day this week.

Along with food, campers delighted in creating arts and crafts from different countries and cultures. Campers made sarongs, Chinese lanterns, African drums, Mexican piñatas, and so much more. For two days this week camp had the pleasure of hosting Sara, a foreign exchange student from Spain. Sara is a Girl Guide back home and jumped at the chance to be a part of Girl Scouts on her visit to Colorado. It was a learning opportunity for both Sara and campers to talk about the differences in our culture, and we loved having her around.

The week ended with a global buffet followed by interactive presentations from each unit. The buffet featured the classic all American hot dog, an eclectic fruit salad, a hearty helping of paella, and delicious dumplings. Presentations were presented camp wide and taught us about the culture of Kenya, China, and deaf culture. Girls walked away from camp with new knowledge and a new excitement for learning about our world.

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

Another Great 3-Day Camp

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There’s 104 days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end it so the annual problem for Magic Sky Ranch is finding a good way to spend it!

In our 3 day sessions we really wanted to make it the best 3 day camp ever. To do that we wanted to give the girls a chance to get creative and experience new things!

Campers got to practice their archery skills with their counselors as well as making pet rocks with our arts and crafts specialist. They got to reach new heights and learn how to set and achieve their own goals on the climb wall and with the low ropes team building exercises with the challenge adventure specialists, and our dance and drama specialist taught campers to be creative and silly and helped them gain confidence while having fun doing improv! Our nature and science specialist had many options for the girls to choose from: laws of motion with bottle rockets, taxonomy with jelly beans, states of matter and ice cream, reflection and light with giant bubbles and polymers with gak. All the activities are very hands on and interactive to make it easier to take in more of the information and still have fun! Campers were given the opportunity to appreciate nature with their hike to the lake and they were given many opportunities for independence and responsibility! We all do kapers (chores) at Magic Sky Ranch to help keep our camp Girl Scout tidy and this allows campers to learn about responsibility and helping out! Whether its choosing bedtime or what to wear for the weather or how to spend their rest time the campers and figuring out how to be independent and be themselves!

We ended our Phineas and Ferb-tastic session with a roller coaster inator invention hour where the campers were given various supplies and freedom to invent whatever their hearts desired while working with their unit! At the end of this session all the campers took a lot of happy memories with them and some life long skills like teamwork, independence and responsibility!

 

Thanks for sharing time at camp, and check out the pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/sets/72157634705445737/

Glenwood Springs area Jamboree a great time

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Submitted by Virginia Brown
Glenwood Springs

Twenty Girl Scouts along with 10 mothers attended the Glenwood Springs Service Unit Jamboree July 12-14th at the Jackson Ranch in Glenwood Springs. One of the girls came from Silt, while another girl came from Basalt to attend the event. Girls pitched tents, cooked outside, worked on various badges (artist, cooking, GS Ways) caught tadpoles, frogs, and toads!

Louise Jackson and other volunteers had actually started with weeklong day camps over 50 years ago. The tradition of Girl Scout events at the ranch continues with today’s girls and moms attending the Jamboree. A special part of each years event includes Louise coming down to the camp area, with her daughter Sandy Jackson. This year, Louise and Sandy also brought Sandy’s sister Patty to visit with the girls about Girl Scout history in not only the Glenwood Springs area, but all over the world. Patty shared stories of traveling to various World Centers, news of the new World Center in Africa; along with tales of canoeing in the Boundary Waters of the Great Lakes as girls themselves. Patty volunteers with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians for both the Gold Award Committee and the WAGGGS.

Sandy shared about attending what was then called SOS – Scouts on Survival. SOS sounded like a version of today’s reality TV but just for Girl Scouts. Sandy and other Girl Scouts were dropped off on an island with a tea bag, two sugar cubes and a piece of rope. Needless to say, today’s Girl Scouts were enthralled with the chat and are all looking forward to attending their own destinations!

Girls worked on various badges, tying knots, building tarp tents and obstacle courses, making homemade ice cream, painting wonderful pictures to share (they used feathers as paint brushes!), learning about GS Ways and helping with kapers around camp. They even worked on some community service projects on the ranch.

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

 

2014 Outdoor Program Changes

Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the following changes in our outdoor program offerings for 2014 in response to high costs and low use, as well as a council-wide effort to create a leaner, financially-strong organization.

– GSCO will train volunteers to run day camps in their communities and promote these programs in the camp catalog, but we will not offer council-sponsored day camps.
– GSCO will offer some vendor-provided horseback riding opportunities at overnight camps, but our statewide council horse program is being suspended. We would need to increase horse program fees or subsidies an additional 20 to 50 percent to make this program viable. GSCO does not have the resources presently to cover this financial loss.
– Magic Sky Ranch will be open from May 15 to September 15 for overnight summer camp and other use, but closed the rest of the year. The Old Lodge and tent spaces will be open year round.
– Meadow Mountain Ranch will be open for troop camping and group rental only from May 15 to September 15, with no council-sponsored programming on property.
– Kiwa Korral, Lazy Acres, and Sky High Ranch will be open for troop camping and group rental only from May 15 to September 15, but closed the rest of the year.
– At this time, there are no scheduled changes to operations at Tomahawk Ranch, Hamp Hut, Twisted Pine or Pawnee Lodge.

These decisions are difficult, as camp properties are so close the hearts of those who have made lasting memories at camp. GSCO is committed to offering the best value and Leadership Experience for girls at our overnight programs next summer at Magic Sky Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch.

As for the future of the camp properties, 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.

GSCO is developing an Outdoor Programs advisory committee of staff, volunteers, and Senior-aged Girl Scouts and above who will help develop more outdoor volunteer trainings and offerings. We look forward to first offering training on Volunteer Day Camps at the upcoming Springaganza in 2014.

Please direct any questions or suggestions you have to Betsy Till, Outdoor Programs Director at betsy.till@gscolorado.org.

More Camp Fun – in just 3 Days

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Our first 3-day session of the season was packed full of fun with the theme of “Best 3-Day Camp Ever!”  Cabins brainstormed the first night to come up with creative names based on the theme, and at campfire we welcomed: “Pinky the Chihuahua” “The Shooting Stars”  “The Unbustables” “Isabella’s Biggest Fans” “The Milkyway-inators” “The Fireside Girls” and “The Platypi”.

The days were filled with fun at “Major Monogram’s Designs” (arts & crafts), “Doofenshmirtz Goes Good” (nature & science), “Ferb & the Ferbettes” (dance & drama), “Isabella and the Fireside Girls Team Time” (climb wall or team building), “Take Aim with Phineas” (archery), “Perry Goes Back to Nature” (a hike), and “Candance & Stacy Time” (unit/quiet time).  Even s’mores were enjoyed with the “Original Girl Scout-inator” – watching “The Golden Eaglet” – a 1918 film about Girl Scouts. The camp session wrapped up with an all camp “Roller Coaster & Inator Invention Hour” where each unit created quite the creative contraptions and then showed them off to everyone.

Thanks to all the families, campers, staff and volunteers for supporting the “Best 3-Day Camp Ever!” July 14-16 at Magic Sky Ranch. 

For pictures, check here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/sets/72157634668944558/

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