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Magic Sky Ranch reopens for reservations

In 2014, Magic Sky Ranch was put up for sale, after months of research into the best way to provide outdoor programs to Girl Scouts in Colorado. This was a hard decision, and we understand Magic Sky holds a place in the hearts of many of our girls, leaders, and alumnae. We made the decision to focus resources on other properties across the state, and our overnight camp programs at Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch. For more information on this decision, visit http://gscoblog.org/2014/09/girl-scouts-of-colorado-to-sell-magic-sky-ranch-and-dedicate-resources-to-outdoor-programs/.

While Magic Sky Ranch has been listed for sale, we have continued to take reservations for troops and service units, as well as some non-Girl Scout groups. During the summer of 2017 we temporarily removed Magic Sky Ranch from our booking website, while our council evaluated the status of the sale of the property.

We have now returned Magic Sky Ranch to our booking website, but due to the nature of the real estate process, we are only able to take reservations six months in advance.

If your troop or service unit makes a reservation at Magic Sky Ranch within six months, and the property is sold before the date of your reservation, Girl Scouts of Colorado will work with your troop to reschedule your reservation at another property or at another date, depending on availability at our other properties. You can make your booking at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

Thank you for your support of Outdoor Programs with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Connections: September 2017

Kick off your next Girl Scout year with access to brand new, girl-tested and approved programming! Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming in life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges are designed to help you unleash your inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

Learn more.

If you’re having trouble accessing these new resources, please reach out to your volunteer support specialist. Don’t know who that is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org

New Online Resources 

We’ve been updating some resources to make your life easier. Check them out:

Fall Product Program Begins Sept. 23

The Fall Product Program starts on September 23. In-person sales will run through October 15. Online sales end October 30. All troops must have a completed ACH form for the 2017-18 membership year to participate.

Our popular S’mores Club is back, and girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2017 Fall Product and 2018 Cookie programs will receive special rewards!

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Travel the world with Girl Scouts

Are you interested in learning more about all the ways you can travel as an older Girl Scout? Join our upcoming travel webinars! Register today to be on the email list to receive the webinar link sent out one week before the webinar date. Can’t make it? We will record them and post to the GSCO blog.

Our most successful summer camp session yet

GSCO had an amazing summer camp season this year, with more than 2,000 campers at overnight and day camps! Visit our Flickr page to see fun photos.

Thinking of renting a GSCO property? Our policies have changed, so make sure you’re up to date.

Share you G.I.R.L. story

Girl Scouts are adventure seekers, problem solvers, and so much more! We are G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)!

Share your G.I.R.L. story on the GSCO blog »

Join Daisy’s Circle and save

Join Daisy’s Circle and get a $5 new member coupon to use at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop. Shop in person in Denver, by phone, or email.

Coupon applies to in-stock merchandise only, and cannot be transferred or copied.

This offer expires on 10/15/2017, so join today!

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 9: CU Football Scout Day
Come cheer on the Buffs in Boulder as they take on the Texas State San Marcos Bobcats.

Sept. 16: Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies
Watch the Rockies play the San Diego Padres and get a fun event patch.

Sept. 23: Fall Product Program Begins
Participate to earn start-up funds for your troop this year, and for the chance to join the S’mores Club.

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1: SHR Fall Rendezvous
Test your mettle at Sky High with our zipline, low ropes course, archery, and more!

Oct. 14: Air Force Football Scout Camp Out
Root for the Falcons as they take on the UNLV Rebels and camp out after the game.

 

Meadow Mountain Ranch Core Camp 2 offers backpacking option: Still lots of space to register July 21 – 24, 2017

 

Submitted by Penny “Pan” Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

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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 meadowmountaincorecamp@gmail.com.

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

 

 

 

Superpowered superhero camp

Submitted by Carolyn Decker

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

FLYING, ZAPPING, AND GIRL POWER!!

Join us for a superpowered, superhero camp!

The Seniors of Troop 78527 are hosting an adventurous superhero camp for Brownies and Juniors. This camp is all about discovering what you are capable of and how to achieve it. There will be tons of fun games and activities, where each girl will discover her superpowers and learn to use them. She’ll get a chance to learn how to fight evil and get all kinds of creative with her secret identity. She will create her own jewelry with sparkling stones that represent her superpowers. Girls will also design their own mini-sidekick and flowing cape to wear to supercharge their fight for good.

Girls will get to enjoy camping with their troop in heated cabins, eat delicious food provided by Tomahawk Ranch, and have a super time having fun with older girls. Troop leaders can relax because all the activities will be planned and led by Senior Girl Scouts. What a great way to have your troop experience camping for the first time! Non-Girl Scout friends are welcome to join too.

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey Colorado southwest of Denver
When: Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6, 2017
Arrive beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday for dinner and the start of all the fun festivities. Depart at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The deadline for registration is September 2, 2017. Please look on the GSCO event page for the registration form and flyer. Use superhero as a keyword!

Girls must attend with adults at the Girl Scout adult to girl ratios.
The camp costs $100 for each girl attending and $55 for each adult. (Adults over safety-wise ratios must pay $100) Cost includes activities, lodging, five meals and snacks, and a Superhero fun patch.

Questions? Please contact Maria Cross at cross.maria.e@gmail.com or at 703-597-6188.

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

Eagle Girl Scout receives Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

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Junior Girl Scout Mya D. of Eagle is headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Mya is excited to attend “Penthalon” at Sky High Ranch in July 2017. While she has been on many camping adventures with her troop, this will be Mya’s first time away from home to attend a week-long camp. Read a portion of Mya’s scholarship essay:

Girl Scouts is important to me because it teaches me stuff that I wouldn’t normally get taught at school. Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs’ story was inspiring to me for many reasons. I like that she never stopped learning and that she helped people and that she always tried to do her best. Dr. Jacobs was a true leader herself and I think that Girl scouts help her with that too. 

What I really like about Dr. Jacobs is that she kept going to school to get more knowledge. I like that because she is trying new things and that is courageous. It also takes strength and that is part of the Girl Scout Law. 

Another thing that I like about her is that she helped make Eagle a better place by becoming one of the first doctors here. I live in Eagle so that means a lot to me to know that she helped a lot of people here. 

Girl Scouts has taught me to be a leader and to trust each other. It teaches us to be kind, caring, loyal and responsible. It means to be a sister to every Girl scout. Some of my favorite memories are of rifle shooting and sleeping in teepees and a “cat eye” hike we did as a troop last year. I love to be outdoors just like Dr. Jacobs.”

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision.

After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

Registration for Girl Scout Camp is now underway on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. For summer 2017, girls can attend overnight camp sessions at Sky High Ranch near Manitou Lake and Woodland Park or perennial favorite Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey, southwest of Denver. Activities include archery, backpacking, photography, and rock climbing. Overnight camp runs from 3 to 12 days for girls ages 6 and up.  Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to offer day camping adventures throughout the state. The summer camp schedule is live on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (girlscoutsofcolorado.org). Girl Scout summer camp programs are open to all girls throughout Colorado, whether they’re in a troop or not, and new campers get a 10-percent discount.

Girl Scouts has been helping girls shine for more than 100 years. Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve more than 20,000 girls across the state with the help and support of 10,000 adult volunteers! Learn more how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

PA Training with a camp specialty

Submitted by Denine Dains

Metro Denver

Westminster

Springtime brings a third year of Camp Specialty PA Training at Twisted Pine. In addition to learning the valuable skills of assisting younger Girl Scouts in a troop or small group setting, Girl Scouts will specialize in leading larger groups in a day camp setting. They will learn how to:

-lead large groups of Girl Scouts in camp songs
-assist young girls in a flag ceremony
-assist young Girl Scouts with chopping food at camp while using a knife
-set up a propane stove
-make a foil packet lunch
-follow the rules regarding fire and cooking with a Dutch oven
-create a safe cleaning station for dishes
-lead themselves in a professional, safe manner while working with younger girls
-being a good role model to younger Girl Scouts

Training will be held at Twisted Pine on March 19 and April 29, 2017. We will start promptly at 3 p.m. and finish at 8 p.m. Afternoon snack, dinner, and dessert-snack will be provided. Bring a mess kit. To register, click the links below:

March 19: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_rGltml7dT_p1s2xPw3R9Q1KAb_I-iJHCNzVZGuY3Zg/edit

April 29: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJ-copliKeN4GsK7hsLl1iEkYtFOeYG1kBGeif0Vl5C3vV_A/viewform

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Registration for Girl Scout Camp 2017 begins Jan. 19

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Mark your calendars! Registration for Girl Scout Camp 2017 begins Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. GSCO is proud to offer a variety of sessions designed for girls entering first grade through seniors in high school at both Sky High Ranch near Colorado Springs or Tomahawk Ranch southwest of Denver. Overnight camp sessions are 3 days, 6 days, 9 days, or 12 days.

For summer 2017, your girl can rough-it survivor-style, summon the courage to zip down the zip line, sing and dance with new friends, or even paint a chicken’s toe nails! Sessions begin June 7 and include themes such as:

  • Pioneers at Tomahawk Ranch- Girls will travel back in time to the 1800’s! They’ll learn to cook over a fire, prepare food as their ancestors did, track animals, and make their own soaps and lotion.
  • Oopy Goopy Science at Sky High Ranch – Girls will learn how to launch pop and tea bag rockets, explode watermelons, and make fizzy lemonade to drink.
  • On Target at Tomahawk Ranch – Girls can become skilled archers while practicing on the range and field course and learning a new target activity called FLU-FLU (archery golf)! They’ll also get to whittle their own arrows and fashion them with arrowheads and fletching!
  • Water Fillies at Sky High Ranch – Cool off from a day at the barn with a dip in the pond! Girls will split their time between the pond and barn. They’ll canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle board, as well as groom, feed and play with the animals.
  • Dream Team at Tomahawk Ranch – This is the ultimate girl-led adventure! Girls will design their own session by choosing from a variety of activities including: horseback riding, archery, outdoor cooking, hiking, crafts, stargazing, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, and spa nights!

Girl Scouts of Colorado will also continue to offer day camp, family camp, and troop camp adventures throughout the state.

A new Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp website will launch in early December (www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/camp). You’ll find all the session listings, information about camp properties, and more. Remember to register early. Some sessions fill in just a few hours!

This holiday season, give your girl the gift of Girl Scout Camp! Girl Scout Camp is the experience of a lifetime and there are so many reasons to send your girl to Girl Scout Camp!

When friends or family ask what your girl might want this holiday season, suggest the gift of Girl Scout Camp! Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. can order a Girl Scout Gift Card online or purchase one in person at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Questions? Please email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

Meadow Mountain Ranch Core Camp shows girls and leaders a high country camp experience to remember         

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Estes Park

Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Core Camp is a special chance for Girl Scout troops to come together for a sampling of all the various activities that make Girl Scout Camp one of the most fun and valuable experiences ever!  If your girls and leaders are camping novices, Core Camp’s experienced volunteer staff will help all of you gain the skills and find all the fun and excitement that camp has to offer.  If your troop has been to camp before, Core Camp offers a variety of activities that may expand your horizons.

Here are some of the things that happened at MMR’s Core Camp this July: hike to Hercules, cookout, archery, nature activities, outdoor skills and orienteering, crafts, flag ceremony, opening and closing campfires, story time, skits and sing-alongs, kapers, and more.

Co-Directors of Core Camp, Jennifer (“Wally”) Hayes and Wendy (“Zoot”) Roberts combined their years of experience to lead the way and keep things on track and were able to answer questions and solve challenges.  Jenny (“Coon”) Schmitz was our Program Director and crafts expert par excellence.  Penny (“Pan”) Roberts was happy to return to her previous coveted position of Nature Director and Linda Robinson rounded out the Planning Committee, filling in where needed and enjoying the ride herself.

Of course, Core Camp would never be successful without fantastic food, and Susan Baker and her Ft. Collins older girl troop came through with flying colors.  Because of the fire ban the cookout held in the units allowed everyone to experience the use of Coleman propane stoves for cooking.  Nevertheless, the chicken and dumplings and the scrambled brownies were a general big hit.  The traditional s’mores were served without fail to the campfires via the delivery system from the oven in the lodge to the Green Cathedral for all to enjoy. THANKS to all of them for smiling through the never-ending cycles of meals and clean-up.

Next year’s Core Camps are already on the schedule, so plan ahead and join us for another chance to experience Meadow Mountain Ranch’s magic!

July 14 – 16 (2 nights) and July 21 – 24 (3 nights) are the dates.  Cookie Credits can be used.  Some financial aid is available.  The sky is the limit to the fun and good solid camp time in the Colorado high country.  Program aids are encouraged to use their skills to help out with all activities on camp.   Contact us any time at meadowmountaincorecamp@gmail.com.  Watch the camp brochure for more details.  Hope to see you there next summer!

 

 

Top honors for GSCO Property Director

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Congratulations to Girl Scouts of Colorado Property Director Myrnan Fronczak! She was honored as the IFMA (International Facilities Management Association) Member of the Month for January 2016. 

Myrnan is in charge of all of the properties owned and/or leased by GSCO.  She takes care of everything to insure that our properties and facilities are well-maintained and provide a good experience for all users. Her duties also include overseeing service providers and keeping up with all the zoning and building codes.  One of the organizations that provides information and support to those have the responsibilities such as Myrnan’s is IFMA.

You wanted adventure programs, we’ve got adventure programs!

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Girl Scouts of Colorado’s summer camps have answered your call! According to our 2015 summer survey results there was an outstanding number of parents/campers who asked for “more adventure program.”

We could not agree more with your advice! We have worked very hard to increase the number of camps which offer adventure programming for girls who want to explore, take risks, and learn about themselves and others in their leadership journey.

These adventure trips are a chance to explore Colorado’s great outdoors:
MMR High Adventure Troop Camps! TC044 July 15-17; and TC074 September 9-11
TR39 Expedition WILD! July 10- July 21
TT01 Colorado Horseback Adventure at Bear Basin Ranch (near Lazy Acres) 7/24-7/30

Adventure Camps at Sky High Ranch:
June 12-17 SH04 Zippers, SH08 Zip Life
June 19-24 SH155 Night Ninjas, SH165 Iron Chef SHR
June 26-July 1 SH25 Night Ninjas, SH26 Zippers
July 10-15 SH42 District 14, SH435 Adventure Olympics, SH445 Legends of Archery
July 17-22 SH52 Sky High Ranch Pentathlon, SH535 District 14
July 24-29 SH61 Girl vs Zombie, SH63 Legends of Archery, SH64 Zip Life

Adventure Camps at Tomahawk Ranch:
June 12-17:  TR04 The Olympians, TR06 Arrows, TR07 Survivor
June 19-24 TR16 The Olympians
June 26-July 1 TR23 Scout vs Wild, TR26 Arrows, TR27 TARDIS
July 10-21 TR32 I <3 Camp, TR34 Mocking Jay, TR37 Girl vs Zombie, TR38 TR Goes Pro, TR39 Expedition WILD!, TR405 The Dark Side

Register now for Girl Scout Camp! Review camp sessions. Reserve a Girl Scouts of Colorado Property for your troop/group! Check out Travel Opportunities for Girl Scouts! Pay camp balances with CampInTouch, with a Cookie Credit Card or a Gift Card prior to April 30 to lock in Early Bird Pricing!