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Win a special lunch with Ruddy or Obie Joe

Win a special one-on-one lunch with Kim “Ruddy” Petau, Camp Director for Sky High Ranch, or Monica “Obie Joe” Gray, Camp Director for Tomahawk Ranch!  

All you have to do is write a short essay (250-500 words) about how getting outdoors with Girl Scouts has helped make you who you are today. You must include a photo of yourself and the camp director with whom you would like to have lunch. All essays must be submitted via email to Betsy Smith, Outdoor Programs Director, by Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Betsy’s email address is:  betsy.smith@gscolorado.org

The best essays will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and the winning essays will be announced at the end of June. The one-on-one lunches will happen in August after overnight summer sessions at both camps have ended.

Two Girl Scouts awarded Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Kayla Wolffe

(Kyla Wolffe)

Katie Strickland

(Katie Strickland)

Two Colorado Girl Scouts are headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Katie Strickland, of Garfield County, will attend “Zip Life” at Sky High Ranch outside of Colorado Springs. Kyla Wolffe, of Eagle County, is going to “Pirate Splash Camp” at Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey. What is Kyla most looking forward to at camp? Celebrating her birthday the first night she is there, catching her own fish for dinner, and of course, making new friends!

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 2016, 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.


Cookie Cards, Cookie Credits and Camp in 2016


The Girl Scouts of Colorado registration team has just received a list of girls who requested their Cookie Credits to be held back in eBudde for camp.

If you have a cookie card, program card, or gift card, please use this link to submit it for redemption. 

NOTE: Save all cards until you have received confirmation from us. If you lose the numbers, it’s like losing a Target Gift Card, there is no way to get it back. 

Once we process your credits, you will be sent an invoice reflecting credits paid. If you input your cookie credit/program credit/gift card here by 11:59pm on April 30, you lock in Early Bird pricing. If for any reason, we have not processed your payment and you have completed this form, your prices will not go up after the Early Bird payment deadline.

Cookie credit cards for 2016 will be mailed starting the week of April 17.

Camp like a Girl Scout: 2016 Sessions available now


How will your girl spend her summer? Will she cook s’mores around a campfire with the new friends she’s made at Girl Scout Camp? Will she get a new view of the world from high atop a mountain or camp under the stars? Stories of those adventures and many more can fill her letters home, but only if you start planning now.

Session listings for summer 2016 are now available on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. Check them out, so you’ll know what to sign-up for when registration opens on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9 a.m. You’ll want to register on this day if your girl wants to attend sessions that traditionally sell out quickly. For example:

  • Horseback riding
  • Boating
  • Trips/travel
  • Program Aides
  • CIT 1 Training
  •  CIT 2

You’ll also want to register early if your girl wants to attend any of our sessions which are “back by popular demand.” Those include:

· District 14 at Sky High Ranch- Ensure the odds are in your favor by honing your archery skills and learning new ones, such as canoeing and ziplining! A night under the stars will also increase your odds of becoming a victor.

· Girl vs. Zombie at Tomahawk Ranch- Learn self-defense techniques, gain survival skills, create a disaster kit and develop your archery abilities— all in a rustic ‘survival’ setting. You’ll also have the chance to defend camp at night!

· TARDIS at Tomahawk Ranch- As a Time Lord, you’ll slip through time and space, explore the secrets of the universe, and solve mysteries untold. You’ll even teach other campers to be careful and wary of the Daleks.

· Zippers at Sky High Ranch- Just like every part of a zipper needs to work together, so will every girl in Zippers! Learn team-building and how to overcome personal challenges on the low ropes course and zipline.

Also, be sure to check out some of our new sessions, which are designed for Girl Scouts ranging from Brownies to Ambassadors.

· Adventure Olympics Go Pro at Sky High Ranch- Test your mettle and film yourself with a GoPro at the first-ever Sky High Adventure Olympics! Events include: ziplining, rock climbing, an off-site trail ride, swimming, canoeing, and archery.

· Fabulously Famous at Tomahawk Ranch- This is your chance to earn your Digital Movie Maker Badge. Using a GoPro, you’ll film yourself shooting an arrow, building a fire, chasing a chicken, howling at the top of a mountain, making a s’more and so much more.

· Farm Fillies at Sky High Ranch- Spend your days with farm animals, grooming and feeding them, then join us for a good ole’ fashioned Western hoe-down with dancing, goodies and more! This camp also includes a one-hour off-site horseback trail ride.

· Treasure Hunters at Tomahawk Ranch- Seek the treasure and you shall find the lost secret of Tomahawk Ranch. Solve and follow clues by learning fort/shelter building, fire building, cooking outdoors, knife safety and other survival techniques! You might even have to walk our plank!

Reminder: Even though registration for Girl Scout Camp 2016 starts Dec. 9, 2015, you will still have through April 30, 2016 to register and pay for camps at Early Bird Pricing.

Other Important Dates

First week of December:

· If you have a registered Girl Scout entering 1st -12th grade in fall 2016, a camp brochure will be sent to your home. (Make sure your membership is up to date so you’ll be on the mailing list!)
1. One is for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors
2. One is for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors

· Included is a complete listing of camps offered on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website

*Note: Groups in your area may offer Girl Scout camps not listed on our website. Volunteer-led day camps, troop camps, family camps and one-day events may be added to the website after the brochure is printed.

· If your girl attended a Girl Scout Camp in 2014 or 2015, you will receive an email through CampInTouch with instructions to log into your online account and ensure your girl is ready for registration.

December 9: Registration for Girl Scout Camp opens at 9 a.m. through CampInTouch. You get there through the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. Be sure to use the most recent version of Google Chrome or Firefox to get the best experience in CampInTouch.

*Note: Some camps with volunteer-run registration use different registration systems.
January 19: New camp sessions and spaces will be added at 9 a.m.

· We’ll add spaces in popular overnight sessions at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch.

· Other camp session changes or additions will be announced at this time.

April 30: Early Bird pricing ends, at 11:59 p.m. Pay all fees by this date and lock in lowest rates for camp.

*Note: Girl Scouts of Colorado offices will be closed for the holidays Dec. 20, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016. The registration system will remain open, but support staff will not be available.

Share your Girl Scout camp story

For many Girl Scouts, going to camp is the highlight of their year! They make life-long friends and memories. We want to celebrate all the fun Colorado Girl Scouts had at camp this summer and we need your help to do it! Just write a short essay about the fun you had at camp and submit it through Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. Be sure to include a photo from camp. Girl Scouts 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them write and submit their essays. Essays submitted by Girl Scouts 13-years-old and older must be written by the girls themselves. All submissions must be received by September 30, 2015.

The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks. Girls who submit stories, will receive a free Sky High Ranch t-shirt. Note: We have limited sizes of these shirts and they will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

Alpine 4.0 7/5 to 7/16 – Tomahawk Ranch’s Premier Travel Adventure!

Wind swept planes, thick pine forests, crystal clear lakes and desert badlands, all this and much more await you (Senior and Cadette level Girl Scouts) on Tomahawk Ranch’s Alpine 4.0 trip to South Dakota this summer.  This is a 12-day camp that is full of adventure and fun as you make new friends and hang out with old ones too!

White water raft down the might North Platte River and enjoy a cooling dip, try your hand at rock climbing in Custer State Park, summit a mountain and take in the view, visit many of the monuments and museums South Dakota has to offer.  If the sun gets to bright take a tour by candlelight of the second largest cave system in the world.  You will back through the stunning Badlands National Park and see why the Lakota named it “mako sica.”  On the way home you will have a chance to relax with a dip in a natural hot spring, and sleep next to the lake on a real sandy beach.  Before returning to Tomahawk, stop off for a fun dinner with the new friends you have made.  After returning to the Ranch, there will be time for archery, visiting the farm, and other camp activities.  All after experiencing some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Click here when choosing the best rock climbing shoes. To help you choose the best ones.

Use this link to sign up for camp now!

2014 Outdoor Program Changes

Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the following changes in our outdoor program offerings for 2014 in response to high costs and low use, as well as a council-wide effort to create a leaner, financially-strong organization.

– GSCO will train volunteers to run day camps in their communities and promote these programs in the camp catalog, but we will not offer council-sponsored day camps.
– GSCO will offer some vendor-provided horseback riding opportunities at overnight camps, but our statewide council horse program is being suspended. We would need to increase horse program fees or subsidies an additional 20 to 50 percent to make this program viable. GSCO does not have the resources presently to cover this financial loss.
– Magic Sky Ranch will be open from May 15 to September 15 for overnight summer camp and other use, but closed the rest of the year. The Old Lodge and tent spaces will be open year round.
– Meadow Mountain Ranch will be open for troop camping and group rental only from May 15 to September 15, with no council-sponsored programming on property.
– Kiwa Korral, Lazy Acres, and Sky High Ranch will be open for troop camping and group rental only from May 15 to September 15, but closed the rest of the year.
– At this time, there are no scheduled changes to operations at Tomahawk Ranch, Hamp Hut, Twisted Pine or Pawnee Lodge.

These decisions are difficult, as camp properties are so close the hearts of those who have made lasting memories at camp. GSCO is committed to offering the best value and Leadership Experience for girls at our overnight programs next summer at Magic Sky Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch.

As for the future of the camp properties, we are presently compiling data on usage, demand, program costs maintenance/upkeep costs and customer market research to analyze how much camp property our council can maintain and support on a lean budget. While we have already undertaken some creative solutions to try to increase our property revenue by extending property rentals to Girl Scout family, friends and other groups, this takes time. Girl Scouts of Colorado’s camps are our most highly subsidized programs, with camper fees covering less than 50 percent of the program and property expenses. No decisions have been made on the future of our camp properties at this time, but we do know that we own more property than our membership uses and our property maintenance and upkeep costs are exorbitant, especially considering the low percentage of our membership who use them. We know we need to devote less resources to property and more resources to serving our members in the ways that they are participating in Girl Scouting.

GSCO is developing an Outdoor Programs advisory committee of staff, volunteers, and Senior-aged Girl Scouts and above who will help develop more outdoor volunteer trainings and offerings. We look forward to first offering training on Volunteer Day Camps at the upcoming Springaganza in 2014.

Please direct any questions or suggestions you have to Betsy Till, Outdoor Programs Director at betsy.till@gscolorado.org.

Cadettes and older Girl Scouts! Meadow Mt Ranch Summer Camp Sessions – We’ve added some new sessions!

ATTENTION all older Girl Scouts Cadette and higher! Meadow Mt Ranch still has openings for Summer 2013!


Still looking to come to camp? Meadow Mt Ranch has added some more sessions. We have added a Rodeo Rider I and Blazing Saddles I as well as Backpack 102! Another change we have made is those registered for Blazing Saddles II will be going on an overnite horsepack trip into RMNP!

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If you are an older Girl Scout and love adventure, then we are the camp for you! All horse camps will spend minimum of 6 hours with the horses! From arena to trail, overnites in back meadow and in RMNP, and much more!  Trailrides will take you deep into Wild Basin RMNP to some high alpine lakes, waterfalls, and meadows!

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If your interest is backpacking then be ready to see some amazing scenery and summit the continental divide!

We still have room in our Rocks and Ropes if climbing is your thing!  Come rock climb the Iron Clads and get an amazing view of the snow cap continental divide!


There are still openings for our other camps as well!  Take a look and come spend an amazing summer with us in the Colorado Mountains!

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week


Why volunteer at Girl Scout Camp? First time camp volunteer, Kass Kohmnan, tells us “I decided to volunteer at Day Camp this year because I got hooked on the crazy happy vibe that was so evident when my daughter participated last year! Every day I came a bit earlier and stayed a bit later just to be a part of things. So many excited kids! They started each day happy and full of energy and finished happy and exhausted! You know it was a good day when even the grownups were smiling!” Want to have that happy vibe? We have opportunities all over the state, especially Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. Contact Alli Oswandel at  VS.Americorps@gscolorado.org to find out how! “I love volunteering at camp because it is my daughter’s very favorite thing about summer! She loves it and looks forward to it every year!” says long time camp volunteer, Jan Leary.

Girl Scout Wranglers-in-Training and older girl volunteers needed

We are looking for volunteers – older Girl Scouts who are crazy about horses and Girl Scout WITs (at least going into WIT I program in 2013) – to help us with an exciting horse event for Girl Scout Juniors and Bridging Brownies! Older girl volunteers will rotate as assistance at the stations and help the professionals while learning along with the girls. Any volunteers in the WIT program (or going into WIT program in 2013) will have the hours count towards their WIT training.

The event is for bridging Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors who will spend a full afternoon of hands-on, horse-related activities while they earn a fun horse patch. All Girl Scouts will be able to watch a show horse competition at the Colorado Classic Horse Show. Girl Scout Juniors and Brownies will rotate through stations to learn about: veterinary care, horse shoeing, horse breeds, behavior, safety around horses, grooming and a barn tour, plus more fun horsey info.

The date of the event is May 4th, 2013 at the National Western Event Center in Denver, CO from 1:30-4pm. Volunteers will need to be there by 10am to help with set up, etc.

If you are interested, please contact Julie Fischer at julie.fischer@gscolorado.org or 303-747-2512.