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Yurt camping

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 went yurt camping. It was everyone’s first experience in a yurt and we had the most amazing time! The leaves were turning a brilliant yellow around us and the yurts were hidden amongst some trees. The girls hung out, played games, hiked, made s’mores, told stories around the fire of Girl Scout memories, and just bonded. We all had such a fantastic time and hope to go back in the future.

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

Troop 45192 camping in Estes Park

Submitted by Carla Archuleta

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Troop 45192 plans a camping trip every year with their cookie proceeds. This year, they planned to tent camp in Estes Park for the first time. The girls voted to also go whitewater rafting during our trip. However, the weather was not our friend and we were stuck in pouring rain, some sleet, and a little snow our first night. The tents leaked and some girls woke up in puddles. But, we still headed out to whitewater rafting. For many of the girls and some leaders, it was the first time! Even though some girls were a little scared, we all hopped in the raft and had an awesome time! We went out for pizza for dinner and the girls voted to use some cookie money for a room that night, as snow was in the forecast. So, we squeezed into a room, stayed warm and dry, and headed to the pool in the morning. The girls did an awesome job of staying positive despite all of our difficulties.

That first night we met the ranger and earned our “Space Investigator” badge. We also received a “Junior Ranger Night Sky” patch. We also had a surprise guest, a bat flew into the building and brought a little excitement to our night. What an adventure and the troop wants to go tent camping again very soon!

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

Troop 2393 goes hammock camping

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Laura Clark

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Troop 2393 spent some of their cookie proceeds this year to buy each girl a camping hammock. Despite the frigid forecast, they went hammock camping, and had a blast! The girls went dispersed camping, chose their own campsite, set up the hammocks themselves, and enjoyed a laid back weekend with some pretty awesome campfire songs and Dutch Oven dinners. It even snowed! They had so much fun they’re planning on going again soon.

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

Camping fun at Magic Sky Ranch

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 spent the weekend enjoying  Magic Sky Ranch and spending some time in the great outdoors. Girls finished up working on their “Primitive Camping” badge, which they started in May. We love going up there and have been doing it since girls were second year Daisies.

Girls did all the set up, most of the year down, and a lot of the cooking and preparation this year. Love seeing them progress and get more independent every year.

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

Six camping badges that empower girls through outdoor adventures

From Girl Scouts of the USA

It’s once again time for your girl to check her outdoor gear, restock her daypack, and get ready to spend more time in the great outdoors—like a Girl Scout! Whether she’s having camping adventures with her troop at Girl Scout camp, visiting a National Parkwith her family, or even pitching a tent in her own backyard, there are so many ways to have a Girl Scout adventure. 

Plus, she just might earn a Girl Scout badge or two… 

Daisy Buddy Camper badge: Camping is a great adventure to do outdoors. Here she’ll play in nature, eat outside, and sleep under the stars with her family, friends, or Girl Scout sisters. When she earns this badge, your Daisy will learn how to plan for a camping trip and properly pack her outdoor gear—so she’s always Girl Scout prepared! Earn this badge.

Brownie Cabin Camper badge: When your Brownie earns this badge, it’s a chance for her to spend time in nature and have fun with friends or family. She’ll dive deeper into planning her camping trip, learn how to use camping gear, prepare a delicious meal in the outdoors, and try her hand at a new camping skill! Earn this badge

Junior Eco Camper badge: We already know it’s easy being green when you’re a Girl Scout, and with this badge, your Junior will not only learn the Leave No Trace Seven Principles but also how to apply them! She’ll plan meals with the environment in mind, prepare a minimal-impact campsite, and go on a conservation hike. Having fun and protecting the environment at the same time? We’re in! Earn this badge

Cadette Primitive Camper badge: Primitive camping can be difficult, even for experienced campers, but we know your Girl Scout Cadette is up for the challenge! Through this badge, she’ll step up her outdoor skills—from planning a primitive camping adventure with her troop to gathering the gear she’ll need to succeed. Earn this badge.

Senior Adventure Camper badge: Girl Scouts are natural outdoor adventurers, and whether your Girl Scout Senior likes to kayak, mountain bike, or go rock climbing, why not combine her passion with an overnight camping trip to make the most of her outdoor experience? Adventure camping requires minimal equipment and gear because she’ll be active all day and possibly moving campsites. And thanks to this badge, your girl will know exactly how to prepare for the challenge. Earn this badge

Ambassador Survival Camper badge: Is your girl ready to test her camping skills with minimal supplies? Once she earns this badge, she will be! She’ll learn what it’s really like to go off the grid, survive off the land, and explore the great outdoors with her crew. And she’ll not only be prepared for future adventures outdoors but also be able to share her knowledge with others. Earn this badge.

TC04 Gypsum and TC06 Camp Jackson now more accessible!

Troop Camp is an amazing way to camp with your troop. If you missed registration for a Rendezvous, Troop Camps are also a great way to get to a camp with your troop and have a memorable outdoor experience. At Troop Camp, lodging, food, and programming is taken care of for you and your girls by the host site and/or volunteers running the camp.

Archery at Troop Camp

Here are recent changes with these two camps:

1. TC04 Gypsum Troop Camp: We’ve been working with our partner and they have changed our “back out” deadline to accommodate decision making for troops once they know what their cookie funds will be. We now have a little over a month more to get 50 girls registered for this camp (deadline for our goal has changed to April 27 from March 20). We hope that this new deadline gives troops more time to plan for and register for this camp!

2. TC06 Camp Jackson Troop Camp: Due to work with our partner, we have been able to lower the price to $160/girl Early Bird ($185 Regular Pricing) from $225/girl Early Bird ($250 Regular Pricing). We hope that this new price makes this camp more accessible to girls (we need 35 girls registered by July 10 to meet our goals for this camp).

Here is a list of all of the Troop Camps we will offer this summer. Register your girl now for a Troop Camp!

Camp Name Dates Cost through 4/30 Cost after May 1 Description Ages
TC01, TC 03 & TC05 Meadow Mountain Ranch Troop camp 6/12-14, 7/10-12, and 8/7-9 $160 $185 Explore the wonders of MMR in Allenspark. This camp offers tabin lodging, meals (Fri. dinner-Sun. brunch + snacks), & activities: archery, hiking, teambuildilng, outdoor cooking, campfires & more! Troops will be led by GSCO staff & volunteers. This camp needs a min. of 25 girls by 5/29/15 to run. Questions? Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager, Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)
TC02 Lazy Acres Wilderness Wise Troop Camp 6/26 to 28 $70 $95 Learn outdoor survival skills with your troop at this volunteer-led troop camp at Lazy Acres near Rye. Program includes: basic outdoor skills, how to handle getting lost, skits, crafts, and nature exploration. Questions? Contact director Jill Marostica, jillmarostica@juno.com. Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)
SH16 Sky High Troop Camp 6/28 to 30 $160 $195 Enjoy a staff-planned troop camp at Sky High Ranch. Activities may include: hikes, crafts, archery, campfires & more! Troop leaders are responsible for their campers at all times, and all program is planned and led by our amazing summer camp staff! Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8); Senior (9-10); Ambassador (11-12)
TC04 Gypsum Troop Camp 7/19 to 21 $225 $250 Camp with your troop in the beautiful mountains in Gypsum, at the Spirit of Adventure Ranch. S.O.A.R., which offers teepee lodging, meals (Sun. dinner-Tues. lunch), & activities: archery, outdoor skills, rock climbing, pool time, low ropes course, astronomy & more! Juniors must be at least 10 years old to attend this camp. Questions, Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. This camp needs a minimum of 50 girls by 4/27/15 in order to run. Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8); Senior (9-10); Ambassador (11-12)
TC06 Camp Jackson Troop Camp 8/9 to 11 $160 $185 Camp with your troop in the beautiful mountains of Southern Colorado (near Rye). Camp Jackson offers cabin style lodging, meals (Sun. dinner – Tues. lunch), & activities: horseback riding, archery, canoeing, low ropes course, pool time, campfires & more! Register through CampInTouch;  Questions, Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. This camp needs a minimum of 35 girls by 7/10/15 in order to run. Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)

Register Now for a Troop Camping Experience!

This summer, we have expanded options for Troop Camp! Troop Camp is an amazing opportunity for you to camp with your Troop. The benefits of Troop Camp include:

  • Bonding and friendships the girls develop while camping away from home
  • Programming offered by either staff of the camp or volunteers
  • Meals planned and shopped for (sometimes you learn to cook your own as part of the activities with good instructors!)
  • You’ll sleep in cabins or tabins or teepees!
  • Safety Activity Checkpoint Ratio Adults do not pay to attend!
  • Each Troop must have one adult who has completed Overnight Training, and one who has First Aid and CPR in attendance.

Troop Camps are not only fun, but also a chance for leaders who might not have as much experience camping to get their girls outside. Leaders will learn tips and tricks from the staff and volunteer experts running the camps. Troops meet other troops and can later transition to camping on their own in the future.

Here are descriptions and highlights of the Troop Camps this summer. Pay attention to registration deadlines, as we often need a certain number of girls registered in order to make each camp a success. Register prior to April 30 to get the lowest pricing for Troop Camp! Each parent must register their daughter for Troop Camp here.

Camp Name Dates Cost through 4/30 Cost after May 1 Description Ages
TC01, TC 03 & TC05 Meadow Mountain Ranch Troop camp 6/12-14, 7/10-12, and 8/7-9 $160 $185 Explore the wonders of MMR in Allenspark. This camp offers tabin lodging, meals (Fri. dinner-Sun. brunch + snacks), & activities: archery, hiking, teambuildilng, outdoor cooking, campfires & more! Troops will be led by GSCO staff & volunteers. This camp needs a min. of 25 girls by 5/29/15 to run. Questions? Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager, Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)
TC02 Lazy Acres Wilderness Wise Troop Camp 6/26 to 28 $70 $95 Learn outdoor survival skills with your troop at this volunteer-led troop camp at Lazy Acres near Rye. Program includes: basic outdoor skills, how to handle getting lost, skits, crafts, and nature exploration. Questions? Contact director Jill Marostica, jillmarostica@juno.com. Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)
SH16 Sky High Troop Camp 6/28 to 30 $160 $195 Enjoy a staff-planned troop camp at Sky High Ranch. Activities may include: hikes, crafts, archery, campfires & more! Troop leaders are responsible for their campers at all times, and all program is planned and led by our amazing summer camp staff! Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8); Senior (9-10); Ambassador (11-12)
TC04 Gypsum Troop Camp 7/19 to 21 $225 $250 Camp with your troop in the beautiful mountains in Gypsum, at the Spirit of Adventure Ranch. S.O.A.R., which offers teepee lodging, meals (Sun. dinner-Tues. lunch), & activities: archery, outdoor skills, rock climbing, pool time, low ropes course, astronomy & more! Juniors must be at least 10 years old to attend this camp. Questions, Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. This camp needs a minimum of 50 girls by 3/20/15 in order to run. Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8); Senior (9-10); Ambassador (11-12)
TC06 Camp Jackson Troop Camp 8/9 to 11 $225 $250 Camp with your troop in the beautiful mountains of Southern Colorado (near Rye). Camp Jackson offers cabin style lodging, meals (Sun. dinner – Tues. lunch), & activities: horseback riding, archery, canoeing, low ropes course, pool time, campfires & more! Register through CampInTouch;  Questions, Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. This camp needs a minimum of 35 girls by 7/10/15 in order to run. Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)

Registration for Girl Scout camp is now open

Camp slide

Registration for Girl Scout camp is now underway on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org! If you haven’t already picked your session or decided where you will be attending camp this summer, you need to act quickly. Some sessions will be full by the end of the day!

For summer 2015, Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce girls will be able to have those experiences — and hundreds more—at Sky High Ranch! Resident camp is returning to this beautiful rustic camp near Manitou Lake and Woodland Park for the first time since 2012. For many Girl Scouts, attending resident camp at Sky High Ranch is a family tradition.  Their mothers, grandmothers, and even great-grandmothers, in some cases, have fond memories of their summers at Sky High Ranch.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will also offer resident camp at perennial favorite Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey, southwest of Denver. Some of the activities at our resident camps include archery, backpacking, photography, and rock climbing. Our standard resident camp runs 6-days. We also offer 2-week camps , as well as mini 3-day camps.

Girl Scouts of Colorado 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. Pay by April 30th for the best prices!

Registration for Girl Scout camp opens TOMORROW

Whether you’re standing atop a mountain peak taking in the forever view, flying down the zipline with your heartbeat thumping in your ears, struggling to handle a squealing pig, or landing your arrow smack in the bullseye … Girl Scout Camp is a place where you can be YOU.

Registration for Girl Scout camp opens TOMORROW (Tuesday, January 13, 2015) at         9 a.m. on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website girlscoutsofcolorado.org/camp.  It’s going to be a great camping season! By popular demand, resident camp is back at Sky High Ranch. Amazing sessions are also planned at Tomahawk Ranch and awesome day, family, and troop camps are available across the state.

Need help picking the right session? Check out these recent interviews with Monica Gray, Tomahawk Ranch Camp Director:

Robbyn Hart of 850 KOA News Radio talks with the Girl Scouts

9News talks with Girl Scouts about camp registration

Here are a few “behind the scenes” pictures from the interview at 9News.

Girl Scout Camp is a no-judgment zone where you’ll reach new heights, push your limits and choose your fun with a group of girls who truly get you.  Our 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. Pay by April 30th for the best prices!

Women’s Week and Core Camp for troops offered in July 2015

Submitted by Penny “Pan” Roberts

Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark, Colorado, will be the site for two very special events in the summer of 2015.

Women’s Week launched for the first time in the summer of 2014, and nearly 45 women from all over the country gathered for three days of fun, food and fellowship. There was such a resounding expression of support, enthusiasm and encouragement that it’s easy to offer it again. This event is open to any adult women, ages 18 and up, in any location, even out of state. It is not necessary to be registered Girl Scouts, just have a love of camping, the Colorado High Country and meeting and having fun with new and old friends. So bring your daughters, friends, neighbors, old camp buddies, GSCO Staff members, or just yourself whether or not you have ever attended camp, or always wanted to!

We most enjoyed playing like we were campers again – – – doing crafts, hiking, experiencing nature activities, singing all times of the day and night, archery, tai chi in the meadow, campfires and most especially, the outdoor cooking. The weather cooperated so we could cook out every single meal and we experimented with old favorites like stick cooking, one-pot meals, bean-hole cooking, and a special chili cook-off! There was even a Coffee Queen who made sure the brew was fresh and hot at all times of the day and evening.

Early morning hikes took us to the top of Vista Spur, a big circle tour acquainted and reacquainted all of us to the larger view of MMR and a few even ventured into Rocky Mountain National Park to see how the old familiar trails, bridges and natural settings had fared following the 2013 floods.

The History Group of GSCO launched a permanent history display in the Homestead House and we also reinstalled the Time Capsule near the lodge for another 25 years.

Core Camp for Troops is being offered for any Girl Scout troop who wishes to have a special experience in Colorado’s High Country. The Women’s Week and other alumnae volunteers will be available to help with program and coverage support if needed. Core Camp used to be offered every summer after resident camp was over, and this provided a time for troops to come up with their leaders, and have special programs offerings by experienced camp staff. We are offering two sessions for flexibility of scheduling, and Core Camp is open to all age groups Brownies through Ambassadors.

Anyone with questions or who needs information can contact the volunteers listed on the flyers at any time. We hope a lot of you can join us to make these events a huge success!

2015 Womens Week publicity flyer

2015 Core Camp publicity flyer