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Earn Junior camping badges

Submitted by Michelle Pierce

Metro Denver

Lakewood

Senior Troop 2017 is hosting a camping skills overnight for Girl Scout Juniors at Twisted Pine January 12- 13, 2019 from  4 p.m. to 10 a.m. We are teaching camping skills. We will earn the following badges: “First Aid,” “Simple Meals,” “Camper,” and a special “Camping Basics” badge. We will learn about fire and knife safety and how to pitch a tent. Girls will make two meals and learn about first aid and knots. Register here: https://junior-camping-201.cheddarup.com

This is a passion that this troop has. They love camping and helping teach others the skills for camping. They have even come up with their own “Camping Basics” badge to provide to the participants.

Junior Twisted Pine Jan 12-13[2]

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Wanted: PA Feedback

Did you or your girl participate as a Program Aide (PA) or Program Aide Intern (PAI) at Girl Scout Camp this year? We want to hear all about it! Girls can share their experience through this brief survey that will ask about training, prep, and time spent at camp: https://girlscoutsusa.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_77gRgOxTrcGGSZ7 

Girl Scouts of Colorado is constantly working to improve the girl experience and the more feedback we have from you, the better we can serve girls across the state!

Questions? Email girlexperience@gscolorado.org

2018-2019 Outdoor Program events

Now that summer’s over, we hope you aren’t getting the no-camp blues! In case you are, don’t fear, the GSCO Outdoor Program team has events happening all year for all Girl Scouts! Check out our list of events and bookmark this page to keep these events on your calendar throughout the year.

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Date: 12/9/18

Location: Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey

Who’s it for: Believers in Santa and lovers of animals, ages 0 – 100

Cost: $15/person, Ages 0-4 free

A fun community event on December 9, 2018 at Tomahawk Ranch for all ages! Eat a delicious brunch buffet and visit and take photos with Santa. Listen to his tales of adventure while savoring sweets and lollies aplenty. Even warm up with hot cocoa & cider after a visit with the barnyard animals.

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Tomahawk Outdoor Skills and Hiking 

Dates: 1/12/19 – 1/13/19

Location: Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey

Who’s it for: Girls in 6th grade, who want to learn how to survive outdoors

Cost: $70/girl, Free for Explorers Passport Holders

During the winter retreat at Tomahawk Ranch, you’ll work on a series of outdoor skills and activities like outdoor cooking and primitive wilderness skills. You’ll go on a hiking adventure and learn to read trail maps, work as a team, and practice orienteering skills.

Expedition Antarctica: Me & My Guy 

Dates: 1/18/19 – 1/20/19

Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Who’s it for: Girls in Brownies and higher and the significant adult male in her life

Cost: $135/person

Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm.

Me & My Gal 

Dates: 1/18/19 – 1/20/19

Location: Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey

Who’s it for: Girl Scouts of any age and the significant adult female in her life

Cost: $110/person

An exciting two-night camping experience for individual girls and the significant female adult role models in their lives. Planned activities may include archery, crafts, hiking, stargazing, s’mores, barn visits, dance party, mattress surfing and more! Cost: $110pp, this includes all activities, a two night stay, five meals and snacks.

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Sky High Winter Retreat 

Dates: 1/26/19 – 1/27/19

Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Who’s it for: Girls in 7th to 12th grade who are willing to brave the cold for fun games and new skills

Cost: $80/girl, Free for Trailblazers Passport Holders

Enjoy a variety of winter activities: building snow shelters, snowshoeing to the pond for ice fishing and human curling, low ropes, evening stargazing and glow in dark snow capture the flag! No snow? We’ll have alternative activities ready to go!

Tomahawk Ranch Open House 

Date: 2/24/19

Location: Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants to visit Tomahawk Ranch and learn more about overnight camp

Cost: Free

Free to attend; take a staff led or self-guided tour of Tomahawk Ranch at our Open House. Get those burning questions answered and help little ones feel comfortable to attend camp this summer. Visit the different sleeping and program areas to get an idea of what the summer ahead looks like. Staff from Mountain Berry Culinary will also be available to answer any meal related questions. Open to all ages.

Sky High Ranch Open House 

Date: 3/9/19

Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants to visit Sky High Ranch and learn more about overnight camp Cost: Free

Check out Sky High Ranch at one of our Open House events this spring! Tour the property with one of our knowledgeable staff, learn about our summer program and what kinds of activities we have, and let us answer any questions you may have about summer camp. Our open houses are a great way to help your camper prepare for camp, and you too! Let’s bring on summer!

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Snow Mountain Ranch 

Dates: 3/16/19 – 3/17/19

Location: Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby

Who’s it for: Girls in 7th to 12th grade who’ve always wanted to dogsled

Cost: $115/girl, Free for Trailblazers Passport Holders

Our entire group will go dogsledding and cross-country skiing on wintery trails. In the evening we will have a group pool party and roller skating night. Everyone loved this event last year so much, we are doing it again!

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Keystone Science School Snow Spectacular 

Dates: 3/30/19 – 3/31/19

Location: Keystone Science School, Keystone

Program Level: Cadette (6th grade)

Cost: $110/girl, Free for Explorers Passport Holders

We have partnered with Keystone Science School for a weekend of play in the snowy mountains! You’ll cross-country ski, snowshoe, use an astronomy telescope and compete in a winter Olympics challenge.

Tomahawk Ranch Troop Camp (Link to come!)

Dates: 4/26/19 – 4/28/19

Location: Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey

Who’s it for: Troops looking to strengthen their bond, program level requirements to come

Cost: TBA

More information will be released shortly on this amazing weekend of fun!

Sky High Ranch April Open House 

Date: 4/28/19

Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants to visit Sky High Ranch, all ages are welcome!

Cost: Free

Check out Sky High Ranch at one of our Open House events this spring! Tour the property with one of our knowledgeable staff, learn about our summer program and what kinds of activities we have, and let us answer any questions you may have about summer camp. Our open houses are a great way to help your camper prepare for camp, and you too! Let’s bring on summer!

Around the World in Two Days: Traveling adventure camp

Submitted by Carolyn Decker

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are invited join us for Around the World in Two Days, a traveling adventure camp! The Ambassadors of Troop 78527 have planned lots of fun activities for you to explore different places around the world. Break away from the winter doldrums and enjoy three-days and two-nights camping in comfy heated cabins at Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey.

This fun-filled camp will start the evening of Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 and end after breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 27. Our troop has traveled internationally to Belize and wants to inspire your girls to go on an adventure where ever that may be, so pack your bags and join us!

Price is $100 per girl and $55 per adult. Girls will get a fun patch.

Registration deadline is Jan 7.

Troops must meet safety-wise ratios. Adults over safety-wise ratios must pay girl rate.

Please contact Maria Cross at cross.maria.e@gmail.com with any questions.

Register by printing the registration form below and sending the
completed form to Troop 78527 (address is included in the form). Or, you can email cross.maria.e@gmail.com and request an electronic registration form.

40962780_aroundworldcamp_flyerregistration

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When things go wrong, but it’s actually a good thing…

Submitted by Kate Goodman

Metro Denver

Centennial

Sometimes, when I’m in the throes of planning meetings and activities, I wonder, “What are we really doing? Is all my work as a troop leader or volunteer worth it?”

This past weekend, I got an answer. I want to share a story about a recent service unit campout, and my A-ha! moment with my troop of 8th grade Cadettes.

It was a hectic week to begin with – a few weeks into the school year. Another leader was planning to take our four Girl Scouts up to Tomahawk Ranch for the service unit campout on Friday night, because I was coming home from a work trip late Friday. I would come up Saturday morning with the materials our troop was using to do a craft with the younger girls: a quick flashlight using copper tape, craft sticks, and those little lightbulbs- LEDs.

On Tuesday, my co-leader reported her car was out of commission, so we scrambled and found another parent who could shuttle the five of them to Tomahawk Ranch on Friday. With that settled on late Tuesday, I got up early on Wednesday and assembled the health and permission forms. I worked, then hurried home and caught my flight to a conference. I arrived home late Friday to learn everyone had gotten off safely to the campout. Relieved, I fell into bed, planning to quickly pack first thing in the morning.

I woke and began assembling my sleeping bag and day pack. A quick search of the craft materials sent my heart into adrenaline-fueled thumping – I couldn’t find two of the essential items – the copper tape and the bag of LEDs. I’d had to special order these – I wasn’t going to breeze through the craft store and get more on my way out of town. After a staticky call to my service unit leader up at camp to verify my daughter hadn’t packed these things, I resigned myself to needing to brainstorm a NEW hour-long activity for the younger girls, and began my hour-plus long drive to reach Tomahawk. In the meantime, my co-leader shared the trouble with the Cadettes, and the girls began brainstorming.

An hour later, I arrived at camp, found the location of our station, and started talking to my co-leader and girls and a bonus Cadette from another troop.

They didn’t need my ideas. They had come up with a name-learning game, appropriate song, and activity around fire pit safety and how to start a fire, complete with hands-on gathering of ‘dead and down’ tinder, kindling, and fuel. The younger Girl Scouts had a great time at our station. They asked good questions. They joined in on the song. And they set up mock camp fires, using the “log cabin” structure – wait no, my troop taught them it was the “hashtag.” (Aaaand now I feel old.)

Five rotations later (with a lunch break in the middle) my troop had educated more than 100 other girls on these concepts. Mostly, I had stood back and watched. I occasionally pointed out the time to help them stay on schedule. I didn’t need to design the craft for them. I didn’t need to tell them how to simplify certain concepts or to make it fun. I didn’t have to tell them to split up the leading time and make sure they included our bonus Cadette. They just did it.

That was my answer. I needed to say less, suggest less, and listen more. It took a panicked-filled hour-long drive from home to camp to come to terms with it, but there it was. Girl Scouting was working exactly as designed, and my troop was living proof.

That evening, when my daughter set up and lit the campfire for the entire service unit, nearly single-handedly*, the younger girls called out encouragement and concern (she had to sit inside the extra-large stone ring to set up and start the fire). Here, I realized, was the whole Girl Scouting mission in one day: older Girl Scouts drawing upon their knowledge and skills to teach the younger girls, and then showing them that they, not the adults had the ability to do things for themselves. It didn’t hurt that it all ended with roasting marshmallows for s’mores!

* This is a whole other story!

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Second annual open house at Meadow Mountain Ranch

 

Join your Girl Scout sisters for a second annual open house at Meadow Mountain Ranch on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event is free, open to the public, and will feature:

  • S’mores in the Nature Nook: Connect with Northern Colorado Girl Scout staff
  • Nature Trail: Learn about the new seasonal patch program, ONLY at MMR!
  • Performance by the Girl Scout Songbirds Choir in the Lodge
  • Zip Line for Taite: Meet GECCCO’s and “break ground”
  • Self-guided property tour: Hike to Hercules, see the new shower house, and check out the new Pinecrest Memorial Unit Shelter
  • Visit Homestead House and learn the history of Girl Scouting in Colorado
  • GSCO Mobile Shop with brand-new MMR merchandise
  • Bring your own lunch and picnic on the property

Register here:  https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/meadow_mountain_ranc.html

Meadow Mountain Ranch flyer

Cabin at Tomahawk Ranch available: September 28 – 30, 2018

Has your troop been looking to go to Tomahawk Ranch, but the dates you want are always sold out? Well, here’s your opportunity to go! We had a recent change that opened the Tom Tom cabin for the weekend of September 28-30, 2018.

Tom Tom has a capacity of 28 people and has bunk beds for sleeping, heat and electricity, indoor restrooms with showers, and a full kitchen if you would like to cook your own meals. Also, if you reserve the property by this Friday, August 31, and complete your Food Service Form and Activity Request Form, you will be able to purchase all of your meals prepared by our famous Tomahawk chef, Ninja, and have the amazing Tomahawk staff run a number of activities, like visiting our small animal farm, while you are there!

Reservations are first come, first-served and the reservation must be made at https://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.  Food service can be requested at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/food-service-request.html and activities can be requested at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/activity-request.html. Please do not complete the Food Service Request or Activity Request form without first booking the cabin. Full payment for the cabin will be required upon booking.

If you have any questions, please contact property.reservations@gscolorado.org. We hope to see you there!

Women’s Week 2018: Mark your calendars for 2019

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

A smaller-than-usual, but happy group of women gathered at Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) for Women’s Week 2018. Participants from Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Indiana, Maine, and Colorado gathered for food, friendship, and fun in the high country near Allenspark.

Highlights of this year’s gathering were the dedication of the Pinecrest Memorial Unit Shelter and special brunch, a Tajar Tales performance by the Tajar Tales Performance Ensemble, hiking in the pouring rain, crafts (and more crafts), singing (and more singing), spectacular scenery, and the best food around.

Thanks again as always to Susan Baker and her food service gurus, who helped us figure out how to makes S’mores in ice cream cones, and other culinary delicacies without being able to cook over an open fire due to Level 2 fire bans.

Also, thanks to Taryn “Flower” Taylor who reconnected with MMR alumnae and friends from her past and provided special professional-level photography documentation of all the ladies and special events.

Also, thanks to the GSCO professional staff who joined us on Wednesday to dedicate the newly-completed shelter in the Pinecrest Unit. This will serve as a special gathering place for groups who choose to stay in this large, but more distant tabin unit. When the new zipline is completed, it will also provide a picnic place for those groups as well.

Any ladies 18 years of age or older are welcome at Women’s Week. You don’t have to be a current or past Girl Scout, you just have to want to come and play in the outdoors with other like-minded friends. Some of the best experiences were had by a few women who had never been to camp before. Mom and daughter and granddaughter groups have had great family experiences and come back every year to be sure they don’t forget what it’s all about.

A lot of our past participants were called away this year for various reasons like family reunions, overseas trips, graduations, weddings, and the like, but most all of them have expressed their desire to return next year.  The dates are already set – – – mark your calendars right now – – – JULY 15 – 18, 2019 and the schedule will be pretty much the same. First meal on Monday at noon and last meal will be brunch on Thursday morning. Cost is $180 for the total time, but a part-time $60 three-meal grouping of any kind can be arranged. Some “campership” financial assistance may be available.

Is there some special program you would like to offer such as yoga, folk dancing, drumming, or a special craft you’d like to share with the group? Let us know and bring along materials to share. Is there a great menu item you’d like to propose we try, especially if we can build fires next year? Just let us know. The sky is the limit – – stargazing, flying kites, bird watching. Want to explore the “Haunted Florist” or spend time on the self-guided nature trail? Want to climb Longs Peak? Want to sleep out in the back meadow? Want to explore “Hidden Places” known only to a few? We make our own schedules and can flex with the weather and time needed to make it all happen. We can get up early, stay up late, take a nap, take a walk, whatever suits your fancy. Opportunities for service projects can also enhance our camp with the help of David and Julie Fischer, property managers.

For further information, please contact the very informal camp director, Penny “Pan” Roberts, at probertscolo@gmail.com or evenings at (970) 586-1775. Help us continue our history of making Women’s Week at MMR one of the highlights of the summer.

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Songbirds Girl Scout Choir needs you

“Sing, sing together, merrily, merrily sing!” Girl Scouts sing for lots of reasons: to keep traditions alive, gather in congenial comradeship, create memories, learn new things, expand our horizons, make joyful music together, but most of all TO HAVE FUN !

The Songbirds Girl Scout Choir, under the direction of Penny Roberts, began in the fall of 2002 as an outgrowth of the 90th Anniversary Roundup in the legacy Mountain Prairie Girl Scout Council. We had so much fun, we wanted to continue singing together. Our youngest member was about four-years-old at the time, and often rode on her mom’s shoulders when we sang with their Girl Scout troop. Penny had wanted to be a choir director since she first saw more than 10,000 Girl Scouts and adults from around the country gather in the amphitheater at the 1962 Roundup in Button Bay, Vermont to raise their voices in song.

The Songbirds meet on the second Saturday of every month from September through April. They gather at the Berthoud Elementary School at 560 Bunyan Avenue in one of the classrooms. A guitar class is offered each month at 9 a.m. for those singers age 10 and up, who want to join in the fun and learn how to play guitar chords to accompany the choir. From 10 a.m. to noon the group sings old songs, new songs, fun songs, campfire songs, foreign language songs, rounds, graces, folk songs, motion songs, clapping games, Lemmi sticks, and on and on it goes.

Songbirds are looking for new members! Please bring your troop, friends, neighbors, adults and children. Anyone is welcome. There is no charge and no registration. Come once or join for the rest of the year and beyond.

Choir members are provided with three different songbooks and royal blue logo shirts are worn to special performances.

Songbirds sing in performance whenever requested. For example, we will have a performance and a sing-along at the Open House at Meadow Mountain Ranch on Sunday, September 23, 2018. We’ll help others have fun while they explore our wonderful mountain camp facility. If you’d like a taste of what the Songbirds do, come join us there.

A flyer is below with contact information if needed. “All together, sing together, lalalalalalala la la  la!” and “Sing, sing, sing, come my friends and sing with me. Round up your voices, fill the air with music free.”  Please join us, one and all!

2018 songbirds flyer favorite

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Bananas was missed

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Bananas, a longtime camp counselor at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Tomahawk Ranch, spent the last three months in New Zealand on a work visa and visiting friends. As you can imagine, her family at camp and at home really missed her! When she came home, her Girl Scout family welcomed her in style at the Denver airport and even brought her some style to wear in the photo!

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