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PA Training with a CAMP specialty

Submitted by Denine Dains

Metro Denver

Westminster

Cadette Troop 3972 is offering PA Training with a CAMP specialty this winter and summer. To register, use the links below:

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Twisted Pine from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Hamp Hut from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Girl Scouts learn camping skills at MMR Core Camps

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Allenspark

Volunteer-run core camps at Meadow Mountain Ranch this past summer enticed almost 200 girls to the Colorado high country to hike, cook out, sing, do crafts, archery, kapers, and generally, get a really broad sampling of what Girl Scout Camp is all about.  The two-night Core Camp (CC for short) gave less experienced troops a quick overview of a variety of program offerings and expert volunteers were there to take the lead in making that program a success.  Leaders did not need to worry about planning or scheduling, organizing or executing parts of camp program they might not be quite as knowledgeable about.  Most of the volunteer staff had been camp counselors or camp directors before, even as far back as the 1960s.  They were truly excited to share their favorite things of camp to new girls and leaders.  Included in the short time at camp were archery, outdoor skills, crafts, hiking, cookouts, campfires, nature activities, kapers (camp chores), ceremonies, etc.  Add into organized sessions was plenty of free time to hang out with troop friends (“me time”), make new friends, sleep in the tabins in the units, and enjoy the beauty and mountain environment of one of the most beautiful Girl Scouts camps anywhere.

Core Camp 2, a three-night camp, offered more time for more fun.  This year a pilot program of beginning backpacking skills was offered, and a good group of girls had a mini-trip to the back meadow with packs to see what great adventures might await when we get away from main camp.  Extended craft sessions, a little more time for organizing and preparing for the cookout, and night-time activities were offered.  The same volunteer staff members were on tap to help girls and leaders have even more fun, and certainly the goal is to have more girls come for three nights next year.

Highlights of Core Camps included “Art in the Park,” a nature immersion session, where girls and leaders were able to draw or paint out in the woods their personal interpretations of the beauty of nature and then display their works in a fresh-air art gallery where they shared with the visitors the spirit behind their masterpieces. Of course, they get to take their art works home with them.  The “Partner Scavenger Hunt” allowed pairs of girls and adults an extended time outdoors finding things, writing poetry, creating musical instruments from things in nature and also sharing their favorite experiences with the whole group.

Crafts in the Paint Pot activity shelter included various selected offerings such as beadwork, memory boxes, dream catchers and more.

The outdoor skills program offerings allowed girls experiences with knot tying, fire building, lashing, orienteering, plant identification and more.  A lot was crammed into these sessions, but the very experienced volunteers sparked a lot of interest and enthusiasm.

There was a “Meadow Meander” which allowed a couple of groups a special opportunity to immerse themselves in the tall, tall grass in the middle meadow and take a closer look at the flowers, bugs, leaves, trees and just lie quietly and take it all in.  “What’s that?” “What kind of flower is that?” “Why does this look like thisl?” “Where did that come from?” Exploration and satisfaction abounded, and allowed for some fabulous photo ops, too, to allow us to share the moment and make memories to last a lifetime.

The archery area was busy all day with rotations of all the girls and leaders, led by experienced staff members who gave instructions and made sure that what might be a new activity for some would prove to be a complete success for everyone, adults included!

The dates are already set for our volunteer-run Core Camps for summer, 2018.  See the listings in the camp brochure, and save the dates as follows: 

CC1:  July 20 – 22 (two nights)

CC2:  July 27 – 30 (three nights)

For information or to make registrations contact Linda Robinson, registrar, at meadowmountaincorecamp@gmail.com.

Unforgettable Mountain Meadow Ranch

Submitted by Claire J. and Anna L.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

We spent two days and one night at Mountain Meadow Ranch in July 2017 for “Core Camp I.” Our troop had 19 Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors, plus many moms to sleep overnight in the tabins. We used a portion of our cookie profits to help pay for this camp, and it was just a short one-hour’s drive to Allenspark, which borders Rocky Mountain National Park.

“We did archery, hiking, chores, and arts and crafts. I liked that we did a lot of hiking. One hike was to Hercules, the tree that used to be the biggest one in RMNP. The other hike was to the top of the hill that MMR is on. It was at 6:15 in the morning! This is one activity I enjoyed at MMR camp!”

“I liked it all but, my favorite was arts and crafts. We made necklaces, weaved baskets and painted. I loved MMR camp!”

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

Save the date for 2017-18 outdoor programs

Save the date for these Outdoor Programs in the 2017-18 Girl Scout year.  ** Note: Updated throughout the year as events are live in our events calendar.

Tomahawk Ranch Closing Work Weekend 9/22-24/17 (registration closed) Families come to “close-up” camp in preparation for winter. Meals: Fri. dinner – Sun. breakfast, lodging provided at no cost. Jobs: cleaning buildings, picking up trash, repainting, maintaining trails, etc. Saturday night’s program helps families relax and celebrate their hard work.

Sky High Ranch Fall Troop Camp – Sky High Adventure: 9/29-10/1/17 (registration closed) A staff-led, Troop Camp at Sky High Ranch. Test yourself at Sky High on our zip line, low-ropes course, archery, and swimming and splash on stand-up paddle boards at the pond! We’ll have arts & crafts, hiking, campfires, and more! Campers must be at least 60 lbs. so they do not get stuck mid-zip.

Travel Webinar: 10/3/17 at 6- 7 p.m. (registration closed):  Learn about ways you can travel as an older Girl Scout. Topics:   how to travel through Girl Scouts individually / with a troop; travel resources; ways to travel – tour groups, world centers, & girl led planning.

Destinations Travel Webinar: 10/5/17 at 6 -7 p.m. (registration closed) Learn about ways to travel as an older Girl Scout! Destination specific topics:  program & trips for ’18 & ’19; GSCO deadlines ; resources for Destinations prep/money earning . You’ll hear from a Destinations “travel ambassador” about her experience in 2017, her trip, and lessons learned.

Sky High Ranch Halloween Party: 10/28/17 at 1-  5 p.m. (registration deadline 10/26/17) From zombies & princesses to s’mores & wizards, we’ve got everything at the SHR Halloween party! Visit Yummy Candyland, Spooky Graveyard, & Witch’s World where you’ll play games, make crafts, and collect treats! This event is not just for Girl Scouts-all are welcome to attend! $10/child, adults/free.

Tomahawk Ranch Trick or Treat: 10/29/17 at 5- 8 p.m. Come to Tomahawk Ranch for a night of trick-or-treating! A free event for all ages. No registration is necessary. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume!

Sky High Ranch Tree Lighting: 12/3/17 – (Registration deadline 11/30/17) Come to Sky High to celebrate our annual Tree Lighting with activities & brunch! This community/family event is fun for all ages! Brunch buffet begins at 10 a.m.; tree lighting at 1p.m. We’ll have a buffet, family photos, ornaments, and hot drinks, and GOODIES!!! $15/Adult, $10/child, Free/ages 0-3.

Tomahawk Ranch Bruch with the Barnyard & Santa 12/10 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Register early! A community event, bring your family & friends. Join us for brunch with Santa and meet his furry barnyard friends. Eat brunch buffet, savor sweets and lollies aplenty, take photos with Santa, and warm up fireside with hot cocoa or cider. Ages 12+: $15/pp Ages 11-3: $10/pp Ages 2 and under/ Free

Sky High Ranch Expedition Antarctica: 1/12-14/18 (Me & My Guy) – Registration is now open! For girls and the significant male in their lives! Join us for an intro to winter camping at Sky High Ranch on a three-day, two-night excursion. We’ll introduce cold-weather tent camping, survival skills – and weather dependent, we’ll practice snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snow shelter building! We’ll set up tents outside the lodge and see who can brave the elements all night! This camp is also open to Me & My Gal, however housing is limited!

Tomahawk Ranch Me & My Gal 1/12-1/14/18 – Registration is now open! A three day, two-night camping experience for individual girls and the significant female adult role models in their lives. Planned activities may include: archery, crafts, outdoor skills, s’mores, barn visits, mattress surfing, and more.

Camp Registration Launches! 1/18/18 at 9 a.m. Register online through CampInTouch for summer camps. Use Cookie Credits and apply for camp grants to keep the cost of camp down.

Camp Registration Round 2! 3/1/18 at 9 a.m. Register online through CampInTouch for summer camps. Use Cookie Credits and apply for camp grants to keep the cost of camp down. We offer more spaces of our most popular programs on this date.

Sky High Ranch Open House : 3/10/18 at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit Sky High Ranch and preview your girl’s summer camp experience. Meet staff and see where your camper will eat and sleep while at camp! No registration necessary.

Tomahawk Ranch Troop Camp 4/20-22/18 – Registration coming soon!

Tomahawk Ranch Spring Brunch 5/6/18 at 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Registration coming soon! Bring the family to brunch and explore Tomahawk Ranch. Visit the barn, greenhouse, summer cabins, and dabble at camp crafts! Get your camp questions answered by Tomahawk Staff. Cost: Ages 12+: $15/pp, Ages 11-3: $10/pp; Ages 2 & under/free

Tomahawk Ranch Open House 5/6/18 at 2-  4 p.m. Visit Tomahawk Ranch and explore camp on a self-guided tour. Get your questions answered by Tomahawk staff. See the different types of accommodations and program areas. No registration necessary.

Sky High Ranch Open House May: 5/6/18 at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit Sky High Ranch and preview your girl’s summer camp experience at our Open House. Meet staff and see where your camper will eat and sleep while at camp! No registration necessary.

Tomahawk Ranch Spring Work Weekend 5/18-20/18 (registers with summer camps in CampInTouch) Families are invited to a weekend where we “open” camp in preparation for summer. Meals/lodging are provided at no cost. Jobs may include: cleaning buildings/bathrooms, picking up trash, gardening, cleaning program areas, maintaining trails, etc. Saturday night’s evening program will help families relax and celebrate their hard work. No badge work or other activities are offered. Families of all ages are welcome.

Sky High Ranch Summer Splash Troop Camp 8/3-4/ 18 (registers with summer camps in CampInTouch) Splash the day away with one last salute to summer! This water-themed troop camp will be planned for you, includes:  swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boards. Meals and other traditional Girl Scout activities are included! Does not include zip line.

Tomahawk Ranch Closing Work Weekend 9/21-23/18 (registers with summer camps in CampInTouch) Families are invited to a weekend where we “close” camp after summer. Meals and lodging are provided at no cost. Jobs may include: cleaning buildings/bathrooms, picking up trash, gardening, cleaning program areas, maintaining trails, etc. Saturday night’s program will help families relax and celebrate their hard work. No badge work or other activities are offered.

New dates available in August and September for property reservations

Are you looking for a place to camp with your troop in August or September of 2017? You’re in luck! Several of our properties are available and we want to get your troop outdoors.

Sky High Ranch:
August 11 – 13
August 25 – 27
September 1 – 3

Magic Sky Ranch:
August 11 – 13
August 25 – 27

Meadow Mountain Ranch:
August 11 – 13
September 1 – 3
September 15 – 17
September 22 – 24

For prices, accommodations, and to make your reservation, use GSCO’s online booking system at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

All sites are first come, first-served, and must be reserved with a 20% deposit. Balances are due in full 30 days before the reservation date. Bookings made less than 30 days before the reservation must be paid in full when making the reservation.

If you have questions about our properties or the property reservation process, please email the Property and Outdoor Program Administrator at property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Camp Social Media 2017

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The staff at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch is gearing up for another wonderful summer season. As in years past, we will share our fun on social media through the Girl Scouts of Colorado camp Facebook pages.

Tomahawk Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/tomahawkranch/

Sky High Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/gscoskyhighranch/

From time to time, photos and updates may also appear on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s other social media networks (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram)

We will also post photo albums from each session on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums. Look for albums a week after your girl’s session ends.

Please keep in mind, both camps are in remote areas, where internet service can be spotty. We will update as much as we can. However, making sure your girl has the best experience at camp is our top priority.

Happy Camping!

Daisy Troop 65856 uses cookie money to go to Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Kristina Graham

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

Daisy Troop 65856 used the money they earned from their Girl Scout Cookies sales to go to Sky High Ranch as a troop. Each girl got to bring one parent and enjoyed activities such as the small animal farm, hiking to the lake, a dance party, and a camp fire. This was the highlight of the year for most girls.

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

Centennial Campfire Celebration at MMR rescheduled for August 27, 2017

The Centennial Campfire celebration at Meadow Mountain Ranch on May 21, 2017 has been postponed due to effects from the spring storm.  There is currently no power on the property, which presents safety concerns for the more than 600 guests we had registered.

The celebration has been rescheduled for August 27, 2017. Register now!

 

Junior and Cadette three-day spaces added at Sky High Ranch

Looking for something for your Cadette or Junior to do on the week of July 4th? Look no further! We have new spaces available for Girl Scout Cadettes and Juniors at Sky High Ranch from July 5-7, 2017 at the following sessions:

SH34 Sky High Sampler: Sample all Sky High Ranch has to offer! Learn the art of aiming at archery and take a trip on the zip! You’ll make a fun craft and new friends! Take a nature hike on the way to Upper Pond, where you will paddle your way across in a canoe. Campers must be a minimum of 60 lbs. to ensure they don’t get stuck mid-zip.

SH35 Wizarding World of Beasts: The Wizarding World at Sky High is complete with fantastic beasts, mystical creatures, and days and nights full of magical enchantments. Get a chance to groom a thestral or hunt for dragon eggs. You’ll even learn to tame a wild hippogriff! Experience a magical camp like no other! Shop in Diagon Ranch Alley, test your courage defending against the Dark Arts, and mingle with other wizards at the Leaky Sky Cauldron. Don’t forget to bring and wear your wizarding or magical apparel! This camp does not include zip line.

Cost: $310 early bird, $335 if balance of fees are paid after May 1.

Register and pay your fees prior to April 30 at 11:59 p.m. to lock in early bird pricing!  (include registration link for “register and pay your fees”

 

 

2017 Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch: July 17 – 20

Mark your calendar for 2017 Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch July 17-20!

Cost $180/ per person

Registration deadline, sort of 6/25/17, primarily for meal planning.

Women’s Week is in its fourth year, and we hope this time will be even better than ever!  We really love to go to the mountains, have fun in the outdoors. and be campers again! This program is open to all adult women at least 18 years of age:  GSCO staff, former MMR camp staff, leaders, volunteers, co-workers, adult daughters, and  granddaughters! (Spread the word; there’s plenty of room for everyone! Ladies need not have ever been to camp before or have a current Girl Scout connection!)  Bring your favorite program resources, come and play!  The peace and serenity of MMR’s mountain wilderness await you.

What’s included in the cost?     Site fees & food.  Some financial aid might be available.

Cooking and food:  We will probably be cooking out most of the time in the units. We can make accommodations for most special dietary needs.

Where will we stay?   Meeker’s Bluff, Larkspur, and Lyra units have been reserved for our group.  “Tabins” have wooden floors & roofs and ½ canvas sides with wooden bunkbeds. We can make accommodations for mobility restrictions.

What program is provided?     Only what we bring ourselves!  If you want to do crafts, bring enough to share.  If you want to take a hike, put up a notice of your plans.  If you can offer special programs, like ropes course or archery, bring your certifications with you.  Anyone up for a short backpack trip to the back meadow or the “shelf?”  If you want to lie in the grass in the meadow, fly a kite, sleep in late, paint a picture, sleep out under the stars, sing for hours – – – it’s all there for your enjoyment!

Can we come for only part of the time?     Absolutely, just let us know how many days/meals and we’ll price it out for you accordingly.

No pets are allowed on the property, and there will be no horses available for riding.

THE VERY INFORMAL CAMP DIRECTOR is Penny “Pan” Roberts.

Send your check to P.O. Box 211, Estes Park, Co. 80517 along with your brief personal information, including e-mail, address, phone, etc.

Questions? Call Penny at 970-586-1775 or 970-577-2027.  New email address is probertscolo@gmail.com.