Submitted by Penny “Pan” Roberts
Northern & Northeastern CO
Meadow Mountain Ranch
Core Camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch is a “sampler” troop camp program designed for troops and their leaders who wish to experience most of the types of programs that Girl Scout camps have to offer. This year, a group of trained volunteers is offering Core Camp 1 for less experienced troops for two nights and Core Camp 2 for more experienced troops for three nights at the spectacular high country location near Allenspark, CO.
This year, Core Camp 2 will offer 12-15 girls who have had past camping experience an additional progressive option into the world of backpacking. CC2 runs from July 21 – 24, 2017 and the backpacking group will be gone from main camp from after lunch on Saturday until before lunch on Sunday. They will not be leaving the MMR property, but will search out a secluded glade in which to pitch tents, cook out, practice outdoor skills, and have a great overnight with the help of experienced backpacking staff. No, the girls will not need to provide the specialized gear such as tents, packs, stoves, cook kits, or food. All they will need is their own sleeping bag, rain gear, clothing, and very minor misc. items for such a short trip.
There will be some special orientation given before they take-off about how to pack, cook out, set up camp, and other skills they will need to give them a compact insight into what could come later as they choose to delve further into the world of backpacking. Rocky Mountain National Park is out the west boundary of MMR, and no more spectacular options anywhere would await girls or troops or groups when they are ready to explore even further afield. Take it from me – – – I’m still backpacking after about 55+ years, and I never tire of it. We’ll be sure the girls have the best possible experience out and about in the woods and under the stars.
There is still room for about 50 more registrants for Core Camp 2, and it is possible to split the troop if not all girls choose the backpacking option. Some financial aid may be available. Cookie Credits can be used, and for information or to make your registration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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