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Fall Trail Adventure Kickoff

Ready to earn your Trail Adventure badge? We have a special guest ready to teach you how to gear up to hit the trails this fall! Join the GSCO Outdoor Program team and Aliyah Cohen, equipment designer at The North Face, on these virtual webinars to learn more about how to plan, prepare, and train for your outdoor adventure. We will walk you through each step of the Trail Adventure badge and give you special tips, tricks, and resources to help you earn your badge.

We are offering two Trail Adventure Kickoff webinars this fall. One is for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. The other is for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

To learn more and register for the Daisy/Brownie/Junior webinar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/fall_trail_adventure_Oct6.html

To learn more and register for the Cadette/Senior/Ambassador webinar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/fall_trail_adventure_Oct7.html

After the webinar, girls will have access to an activity packet to help them complete badge requirements. Girl Scouts who complete all of the requirements to earn their Trail Adventure badge by February 1, 2021 are eligible to receive the badge and a Girl Scout bandana for FREE*. A link to an online notification form will be sent to all webinar attendees and will be available on our website for parents/guardians or troop leaders to fill out.

Can’t make it to the webinar? No worries! We will be recording the webinars and posting them to the GSCO YouTube channel. We will also post the activity packet and the link to request a free badge on our website after the webinars.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

NEW Get Outdoors Challenge Patch

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce the NEW Get Outdoors Challenge patch! This is a checklist challenge full of fun outdoor activities for the fall/winter and spring/summer seasons. Complete the required number of activities for your Girl Scout level to earn each side of the patch. This patch is designed to be girl-led and to get girls outside and having fun!

Steps

  1. Check out the activities. Learn more about the Ged Outdoors Challenge patch here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/GSCO%20Get%20Outdoors%20Challenge%20Patch.pdf
  2. Be prepared. As Girl Scouts, we know the importance of being prepared! If you’re venturing to a local park or hiking trail, first make sure they’re open. Pack sunscreen, bug repellant, snacks, protective gear (sunglasses, hat), and water!
  3. Get your patch. Between September 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, complete the required number of activities for your level from the fall/winter list. Between April 1, and August 31, 2021, complete the required number of activities for your level from the spring/summer list.
  4. Share your story. As you work on earning this patch, be sure to share your photos with GSCO on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and here on the blog.  Be sure to tag GSCO, and Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #gsoutdoors.
  5. Purchase your patch through the GSCO Retail Shop.

Head to the GSCO website to find more links to practice your outdoor skills, work on outdoor badges, get outside with your family, and spend time in the great outdoors this summer.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend: Cherry Creek State Park

Submitted by Sara Smaling

Metro Denver

Englewood

Brownie Troop 67255 celebrated Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend by enjoying a hike along the Pipeline and Wetlands Trail at Cherry Creek State Park.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Celebrating Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend at Home

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage, a Brownie from Pagosa Springs, celebrated Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend by exploring and learning about different state parks and completing the Girl Scouts Love State Parks Passport all in the comfort of her home with the virtual option. Sage hopes to visit Ridgway State Park with her family to see and learn more about the wildlife that lives there.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Troop Days at Camp: New Outdoor Programs Offered at GSCO Properties

Starting September 12, 2020, troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs!

Visit Twisted Pine in Genesee or Hamp Hut in Colorado Springs and spend a half day connecting with your troop and building your outdoor skills with programs in archery, Trail Adventure badge, guided hikes, outdoor art, and others. Programs are available from either a 9 a.m. – noon or 1 – 4 p.m. Fees are $15/ girl and adults are free.

Visit Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey or Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park and spend a full day with lunch included enjoying the beautiful camp properties! Troops can participate in programs ranging from Wizarding or Fun at the Farm to Life Sized Games, Camp Fun Day and Adventure/Survival! Registration includes cold lunch for all guests, and the opportunity for guardian/parent(s) who are driving girls up to enjoy refreshments and WiFi in our dining hall while the troop is experiencing and participating in program. Taglongs/siblings are welcome, however must always be supervised by parent/guardian and will not be allowed to participate in camp activities. Fees are $45/Girl Scout, free for adults.

Visit Meadow Mountain Ranch and spend a full day in outdoor exploration programs around the property, building outdoor skills, and hiking through meadows. Parents/guardians who are driving girls up may relax in the lodge while the troop is participating in programs. Lunch is not provided. Fees are $35/girls and free for adults.

Read about all the program options here!

For more information on the registration process, COVID -19 safety guidelines and what to expect on program review our Troop Day Programs FAQ’s here.

Questions? Email property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Some GSCO Properties Open for Family Weekend Rental

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce a new way to rent GSCO properties! We need to comply with the GSUSA guidelines that do not allow any overnight troop trips right now, but we will open some of our properties for GSCO families. The family reservation booking is now open to all GSCO members.

You may be wondering what this looks like, what properties are open, and who is all allowed to attend. With COVID-19 still being very present in our community, and world, GSCO is taking as many precautions as possible with our new Family Property Reservation opportunity. Below is a short FAQ regarding this new process, if you have additional questions please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Making a family reservation is done the same way as all other bookings, you can make the reservation online here: http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/, or you can email our Outdoor Programs and Properties Administrator at Jenn.London@gscolorado.org. When making a reservation, please select the sites with “Family Reservation” in the title.

Please review this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Grand Junction Girl Scouts Receive Camp Boxes

Juniors from Troop 13497 in Grand Junction are among the Girl Scouts statewide who ordered and received one of GSCO’s camp-in-a-box experiences! Most of the girls chose a Harry Potter-themed box from Tomahawk Ranch. Their troop leader even organized a special pick-up event at a local park for the girls to get their boxes and open them together.

Both Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch are offering a FOURTH camp-in-a-box experience! Sky High Ranch has a “Fairy Garden” box for campers who miss the magic of camp fairies! To learn what’s inside the “Fairy Garden” box and order yours, use this link. Missing the magic of the annual Colorado summer Renaissance Festival? Tomahawk Ranch is here to help! To learn what’s inside this camp box and order yours, use this link. The deadline to order both boxes is August 31, 2020. Both camps will mail boxes the day after the deadline with an expected arrival within seven to ten business days. The cost of each box is $50, including taxes and shipping. Quantities are limited, so order yours today!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend: Project Greenify, a Girl Scout Gold Award Project

 

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend is coming up September 12 – 13, 2020! This year, girls can participate virtually or in–person by visiting select Colorado State Parks to participate in self–guided activities like nature trails, junior ranger programs, activity backpacks, and more! RSVP and learn more here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/girl_scouts_love_sta.html

Leading up to this event, we want to showcase a fantastic Girl Scout Gold Award project related to state parks, “Project Greenify,” from Sidney B.  Read on to learn more about Sidney’s project:

My name is Sidney. I am currently a Junior in high school at Steamboat Mountain School. I have been a Girl Scout since I was in kindergarten and am currently working towards earning my Gold Award, which is the highest honor you can receive as a Girl Scout. My project is focused on state park waste diversion. However, a huge part of my project is focused on educating the public on the basics of recycling and waste diversion in hopes to inspire and empower future generations to make a difference and share their knowledge with the world! My project branched into a variety of pieces such as a staff orientation to educate staff at state parks on the basics of waste diversion so that they can help share their knowledge. I worked to create a Junior Ranger curriculum that includes reduce, reuse, and recycle guidelines. I did my own in-person waste sorts with the public in order to bring awareness and get helpful data as an insight into the issue of recycling contamination. To help further knowledge of recycling, I developed and posted signage that is both sustainable and durable that will help educate people and empower them to make the right choice! Every piece of my project aims at sustainability of our amazing state parks for future generations of girls to enjoy.

As you may know, September 12 and 13 is Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend! This is a chance to celebrate our state parks and the amazing opportunities and wild spaces they protect while giving way for changing our environment for the better.

As a piece of my Gold Award project, I have created a YouTube Channel called Project Greenify to share fun and educational videos for Girl Scouts across Routt County and Colorado. I have created a series of three different videos along with attached resources. The first is a general overarching introduction to waste diversion and recycling, and teaches the basics of environmental stewardship. The second video teaches how to do your very own waste sort at home and learn why our waste matters. The third video is a fun activity called “Birds and Worms’ and is designed for young Brownies and Daisies. By watching these videos and completing these activities, Girl Scouts are continuing the legacy of environmental stewardship, using resources wisely, and making the world a better place! In addition, Girls will be able to work towards earning their “eco” badges.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Magic Sky Rock Climbing Badge Adventure Day: Spaces Still Available

UPDATE: Registration is now closed as we have reached capacity.

Spaces are still available for Rock Climbing Badge Adventure Day at Magic Sky Ranch!

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fee: $20 (Grants available)

Join us for a day of outdoor rock climbing and outdoor skill building to complete some of the requirements for the Rock Climbing Adventure badge. Girls will learn about climbing equipment, techniques, knots, and other skills before exploring up the rock wall. After climbing, girls will learn Leave No Trace and other outdoor skills to be prepared for future adventures.  No prior climbing experience is required, and this event is open to all Brownies – Ambassadors.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/092020_rock_climbing_NC.html

This is not an individual girl drop-off event; girls must attend as part of a troop or with their own adult supervision. All child and adult attendees agree to follow the most current GSCO COVID -19 guidelines in relation to in -person events and have completed a COVID waiver.

An event letter with more information about COVID polices and procedures during the event will be emailed to participants two weeks prior to the event.

If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Camp Box from Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Pikes Peak

Pagosa Springs

Sage from Pagosa Springs was planning to attend Girl Scout Camp for the very first time this year at Sky High Ranch. The camp was canceled, but Sage was surprised by her parents with the Aspen Art Box and a camping trip nearby Sky High Ranch.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.