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Outdoor skills training

Looking for outdoor skills training to prepare you for a summer of fun?

We have two great trainings lined up to get you certified in archery and boating!

Archery and the Small Craft Safety certification courses are required, if you’d like to take girls to shoot archery or take them boating in any capacity (both Brownie-Ambassador).

Both certifications last for three years and will teach you all the basics of how to set up a class, instruct a fun and safe class, give you activity/game ideas, and make it impactful for girls!

The archery class is also open to girls 15-years-old and older, as well as adults! Small Craft Safety is only open for adults 18+.

Having this archery certification allows you to reserve our traveling archery gear set (bows, arrows, targets, protective gear) and take it to shoot anywhere you’d like!

There are zero requirements for taking the archery class. For Small Craft Safety, you need to know how to swim and tread water.

Archery Level 1 Certification

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Twisted Pine – Genesee

Price: $45

Registration Link: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/archery_level_1_cert_1758567911.html

Small Craft Safety Certification

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Bear Creek Lake Park – Lakewood

Price: $50

Registration Link: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/small_craft_safety_t.html

*Participants are responsible for paying for their own park entrance fee.

For further questions and information click the registration links.

Small Craft Safety certification course

Want to go boating? If you’d like to take your Girl Scouts boating, you can register for the Small Craft Safety certification course. The Small Craft Safety certification is required to take any Girl Scouts boating. This one-day course will cover all the basics of canoeing and kayaking. The course will thoroughly cover boating equipment, paddle strokes, swamped boat rescues, and ways to keep boating fun and safe!

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Where: Sky High Ranch

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 6

Registration link:


GSCO Boating Program Receives Generous Kayak Donation

Marlene and Julie by the boats!
Marlene and Julie by the boats!

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Camp Director Silver


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The Girl Scouts of Colorado boating program is stronger than ever with the donation of kayaks and more in honor of a special volunteer. Early this summer Rocky Mountain Sea Kayak Club (RMSKC) members Marlene Pakish and Julie Rekart donated their first kayaks to the GSCO boating program  in honor of long-time RMSKC member Lou Ann Hustvedt, who recently lost her battle with cancer. Lou Ann, known as “Skipper” to the Scouts, had taught boating skills and knowledge to hundreds of young women in summer camps for more than two decades. Their generous donation included paddles, PFDs, spray skirts, cockpit covers and several other items. The boats were complete and ready to provide many years of service to the troop that Lou Ann loved and served. RMSKC’s Brian Hunter, called “Splash” while instructing at Girl Scout camp, picked up the kayaks from Marlene and Julie and gave them a good going-over before delivering them and other donated gear to the Scouts’ Summer Day Camp at Big Soda Lake in Bear Creek Park. Brian and Belle “Hedgehog” Bashaw (lead Girl Scout Kayak Instructor and a new RMSKC member) took the Carolinas for a test paddle. They agreed the boats were a perfect fit for the Girl Scout program: the kayaks accelerated quickly and were nimble on the water. They reported that they held an edge nicely and turned on a dime. In addition to the donations of the best inflatable boat for fishing, gear, and a RMSKC fund in Lou Ann’s name, Brian and Clark “Bald Eagle” Strickland taught for a week at Girl Scout Boating Camp this summer. Article written by Louise “Silver” Bashaw, Troop Leader and Volunteer Summer Day Camp Director, and Sue “Grendel” Hughes