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Troop Adventure Days at Girl Scout Camp  

Take your troop to Girl Scout Camp during Summer 2021 for a Troop Adventure Day at Magic Sky Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch, or Lazy Acres! You and your girls can enjoy a full day of programming with tons of options like our high ropes course, team-building, rock climbing, archery, nature programs, crafts, badge programs, and all kinds of camp fun and games! We know troops may want to stay overnight in a cabin at the camp property before or after the program. Currently, registration is for the day program only and when troops are permitted to have overnights, troops will have the option to book a cabin and extend their stay at camp through the whole weekend.

Check out all the program details below, then register on the GSCO Events Calendar.

Have questions? Check out the Troop Adventure Day program descriptions, pricing, and FAQ’s here.

Magic Sky: High Ropes Challenge and Team-building (June 4, June 6, July 16, July 18, and August 1)

Get back to the mountains and adventure at Magic Sky Ranch! Girls will challenge themselves on our high ropes adventure course and build confidence and leadership skills during a team-building program (high ropes are for Juniors and older, Brownies will indoor rock climb). After your time on the high ropes, cool off with a hike to the lake with some nature games and rock scrambling. This is a great camp for a troop ready to challenge themselves together and soar to new heights!

Magic Sky: Rock Climbing and Outdoor Badge Sampler (June 5, July 17, and July 31)

Get back to the mountains with your troop at join us for an Outdoor Badge Sampler at Magic Sky Ranch! Everyone will get to a chance to shoot archery and work on the Climbing Adventure badge while rock climbing on the outdoor cliffs above the lake. On top of the archery and climbing fun, everyone will earn a different badge depending on program level including: Brownie – Letterboxing, Junior – Geocaching, Cadette – Archery, Senior/ Ambassador – Outdoor Art.

Meadow Mountain Ranch: Camp Classics (June 19 and July 17)

Get back to the mountains and have fun with us at Meadow Mountain Ranch! Have you been missing camp? Us too! Join us for a day of all the camp classics like hiking on the Nature Trail, archery (Brownies and older), making your own ice cream, team-building, outdoor-inspired art, s’mores around the fire, and fun group games. This is a great camp for younger girls and first-time campers.

Meadow Mountain Ranch: Be Prepared: Trail Adventure and Outdoor Skills (June 20 and July 18)

Get back to the mountains at Meadow Mountain Ranch and be prepared for whatever the outdoors may throw your way! You will hike into Rocky Mountain National Park and work on the Trail Adventure badge; test your treasure hunting skills using a GPS device to find hidden geocaches full of trinkets, clues, and puzzles; and earn part of the new GSCO Outdoor Skills patch by learning skills in first aid, outdoor tools, water purification, navigation, and more. Plus, every girl gets to take home an outdoor adventure journal to set goals and record progression to toward their next outdoor quest!

Lazy Acres: Camp Adventure (August 7 and August 8)

Get back to the mountains at Lazy Acres! It’s a Girl Scout outdoor triathlon where girls will get to hike, canoe, and shoot archery all in one day! Hike to the beautiful cliffs of the Scout’s Own overlook for sweeping views the valley below, work on the new GSCO Outdoor Skills patch, and cool off in the water to splash around with canoeing before wrapping up the day by shooting archery and joining in for some fun group games.

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.

 

Outdoor Skills Patch Webinar

Thank you to all who joined Girl Scouts of Colorado for the Outdoor Skills Patch webinar! The recording is now available on the GSCO YouTube channel.

Thank you to the Reach for the Peak team for joining us to talk about their program as a great way to apply the skills learned through this patch program! Reach for the Peak is a competition-based program for Cadettes – Ambassadors and is hosted at Sky High Ranch every summer. Train as a troop to compete against other troops across the state in skills like knot tying, fire building, first aid, and more! For more information about Reach for the Peak, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Reach-for-the-Peak-246932074239/

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.

Summer 2021 Outdoor Program Updates

Girl Scouts of Colorado camp teams have been hard at work planning for ways to get more girls outside and at camp programs for Summer 2021! Check out the new Outdoor Skills Patch or Get Outdoors Challenge patch, and visit the GSCO Events Calendar to register for Troop Boating Days or the Rock Climbing Adventure Days.

Read on for other updates from the Outdoor Program team. Questions? Email Property.Reservations@gscolorado.org.

Resident Camp (Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch)

Currently, our camps are able to operate at 55% capacity due to sleeping-quarter capacity requirements per COVID-19 guidelines set by the state. Given that limited capacity, both resident camps are almost full with only a few camper spaces remaining! We now know the sleeping quarter requirements will be in effect all summer, so our capacity will not increase. While our camp team wishes we could have more girls at camp, we will not be opening any additional resident camper spaces this summer given state restrictions. If you are already registered for camp, look for more communication to come through your CampInTouch portal with camp welcome letters, packing lists, and COVID-19-related policies.

Day Camps

Day camps are now open for registration! Check out the camp sessions listings for more information. Our volunteer-run day camps will fall under a different and more restrictive sector in the state COVID- 19 guidelines than guidelines for troops. We are still awaiting final Colorado COVID-19 guidelines that will impact capacities or possibly restrict volunteer groups’ ability to run day camps. All day camps are run by volunteers, and many use their own volunteer-run registration system. Contact day camp directors for more information on registration timelines, cancellations, and refunds.

Outdoor Adventure Club

We have some exciting summer events coming your way like waterfall hikes and paddle days! Summer programs will be announced on the OAC website on April 26. Sign up for the OAC interest list to be the first to know when registration opens for the June event.

Troop Adventure Days

Given the current restrictions on troop overnights and additional State of Colorado COVID-19 youth overnight program requirements, we have decided that our staff-led troop programs will continue to be day-only for this summer. Visit us for a Troop Adventure Day at Magic Sky Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch, or Lazy Acres for a full day of programming with tons of options like our high ropes course, team-building, rock climbing, archery, nature programs, crafts, badge programs, and all kinds of camp fun and games! We know that troops may want to stay overnight in a cabin at the camp property before or after the program. Currently, registration is for the day program only and when troops are permitted to have overnights, troops will have the option to book a cabin and extend their stay at camp through the whole weekend.

Read more about Troop Adventure Days on our website here and check out all the program details and registration information on the GSCO Events Calendar. 

Properties and Troop Overnights

Troop Overnights

We know troops are eager to start planning summer camping trips or other overnights. While troops are now able to meet in person, overnights are not allowed yet for the following reasons:

  • GSUSA does not allow for councils to have overnights until the council’s state is in their final stage of reopening. Colorado is not there yet.
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released COVID–19 restrictions for youth-serving organizations for overnights, even if the overnight is exempt from childcare licensing and under 72 hours. This means that a troop overnight experience would fall under the “overnight camp” COVID-19 guidelines, even if that would typically not be considered a “camp.” These requirements could be quite burdensome on troops, including always having a registered nurse onsite during the overnight; having a communicable disease plan specific to the group that includes medical and isolation protocol, testing, and screening protocol; capacity limits; keeping groups in small cohorts; sleeping protocols; and many other requirements. We know meeting all these requirements could be challenging for the average troop, and we are continuing to work with the state to determine if it is possible for troop overnights to fall into a different category with fewer restrictions.

GSCO Property Reservations

While it may be a possibility for troops to have overnight experiences come summer, at this time we are PAUSING taking any new reservations on our properties until it is confirmed that troops can have overnights and our properties are available for troop overnight use. At this time, existing group reservations will not be canceled, but we are pausing taking any new reservations currently as we continue to work with the state on overnight guidelines. We understand this can be frustrating and thank you for your patience as we’re working hard with the state on this. We are hopeful to have an update in May and will share that in Volunteer View, on the GSCO Blog, and on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

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 Scout Troops can Now Book a Hike at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Meadow Mountain Ranch is now open for Girl Scout troops to book for a day hike on the Nature Trail or the other trails on the property! The Nature Tail  is a 1.25 mile one-way trail with 21 stops along the way. The trail winds through aspen grove forests and along the north lateral moraine up to the top of Vista Spur with its nearly circular panoramas of high mountain peaks! Trail-goers experience history, geology, biology, math, and science while following along with activity guides with unique lessons or games specific to each stop on the trail. There are four activities guides and accompanying patches for each season: fall, winter, spring, and summer. You will learn about plants, flowers, animals, rocks, trees – all with a view!

The Nature Trail at MMR is available for Girl Scout troops, groups, and families to reserve for a day-only hike between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Up to two groups can book per day. All members of the group must have either a current Girl Scout membership or additional insurance for the non-members in the group must be purchased for the day by emailing insurnace@gscoloraod.org.

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, GSCO can allow for troops to use the Nature Trail under the Outdoor Recreation sector guidelines. As long as Boulder County is in Level Yellow, groups need to be 10 people or fewer. A troop larger than 10 can still rent the Nature Trail and then divide into multiple smaller groups of 10 or fewer and have different starting times for their hike. If Boulder County moves to Level Blue, group sizes can be up to 25. Read more about GSCO COVID – 19 guidelines for in person activities.

Ready to book? Read all about the Nature Trail Patch Program and how to reserve here:  https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/MMR%20Nature%20Trail%20Flyer.pdf

Questions? Contact 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.

2021 Women’s Week and MMR Reunion: Registration NOW Open

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Allenspark

Registration is open now for Women’s Week 2021 and the 60th Anniversary Meadow Mountain Ranch Reunion.  The dates are July 22 – 26, and the reunion’s special events will take place on Saturday, July 24.

Women’s Week has been running for several years now, with the exception, of course, of 2020, and those previous participants have been anxiously awaiting the return of the event.  As a result, Women’s Week will be sponsoring the reunion event, and activities will be integrated and coordinated throughout the weekend.

The theme for the combined event is “I Am Camp,” and many of you will remember the beloved poem which starts out “I am Camp; I am sunlight, a sheen on the water, a mist on the mountains, and stars.”  Our MMR staff alum, and artist in residence for many years, Deb Heidebrecht (“Pepper”) has created a themed graphic logo, which you will see on the flier and registration form below.  This logo will be featured on all materials as well as items for purchase during the events.

Women’s Week is open to all women ages 18 and up, and the reunion on Saturday is open to all MMR alums, families, GSCO staff, Board members, former campers, and friends.  For Women’s Week, you don’t have to be a registered Girl Scout or ever even been to camp before.  It’s a great chance to go to the high country in Colorado and have fun in the out-of-doors as a camper yourself.  The program plans itself, while all the usual activities are built in.  Hiking, singing, cooking, crafts, nature activities, tours of the area – – – the sky’s the limit.  If you have a special program to offer, please bring your materials and ideas and we will see there is a time for it.

Of course, the cuisine is one of the big attractions.  We love to cook outside over an open fire if conditions allow.  We are quite adventurous in our menu selections, while accommodating any special dietary needs.  If you remember doing Dutch oven cooking, bean hole cooking, stick cooking, or other outdoor cooking techniques, we’ll probably have it for you.  A chili cook-off or a pineapple upside down cake Dutch oven competition have been big hits in past years.

We are hoping to fill our event, while being aware during our planning that changes or restrictions might apply.  Keep your fingers crossed and register early if numbers are limited. Please contact Penny Roberts, very informal camp director, at (970) 586-1775 or email probertscolo@gmail.com if you have any questions.

2021 Women’s Week and MMR Reunion

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 was at the 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.

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.

New Camp Boxes Now Available from Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch

Bring some of the fun of Girl Scout Camp home! Both Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch are offering NEW camp-in-a-box experiences for August 2020.

Sky High Ranch has a “Fairy Garden” box for campers who miss the magic of camp fairies! This special, limited edition box is full of magic, fantasy, and woodland mischief. Camp fairies picked their favorite activities for a box designed especially for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Older Girl Scouts may order this box as well. To learn more about what’s inside the “Fairy Garden” box and order yours, use this link. The deadline to order is August 31.

Missing the magic of the annual Colorado summer Renaissance Festival? Tomahawk Ranch is here to help with a box designed for Juniors to Ambassadors. Younger Girl Scouts may order this box as well. To learn more about what’s inside and order yours, use this link. The deadline to order is August 31.

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!

If you have questions or run into trouble completing registration, please contact GSCO Customer Care at 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.

Missing Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

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 and her family still made the trip to camp nearby and visited the Sky High Ranch entrance.

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.