Tag Archives: #gsoutdoors

Flora Hike at Tomahawk Ranch: Part One

Join Obi Joe and Hobbes for a hike around camp! Watch this video to learn to identify the crazy cool plants that grow at Tomahawk Ranch. We might even see some wildlife on the way! What kind of plants grow near your home?

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Flora Hike at Tomahawk Ranch: Part One

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.

How to Bake a Rhubarb Pie in a Dutch Oven

Watch this video to learn from the master of outdoor cooking, Tomahawk Ranch Camp Director Obi Joe! She’ll teach you how to make a rhubarb pie (made with fresh rhubarb from the garden!) in a Dutch oven over coals – delicious!

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: How to Bake a Rhubarb Pie in a Dutch Oven

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.

Exploring the Great Outdoors

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage with Troop 26237 of Pagosa Springs has been exploring the great outdoors and working to earn the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge patch. Sage has enjoyed hiking new trails, bird watching, identifying flowers, and plants, but most of all, she just enjoys just being outside.

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.

Get Outdoors with Girl Scouts

While we can’t gather in person with our troops or at camp, check out these links to practice your outdoor skills, work on outdoor badges, get outside with your family, and spend time in the great outdoors this summer. Make sure to stay safe by staying up-to-date on the current COVID -19 guidelines on travel, outdoor recreation, social distancing, and more by visiting the Colorado Department of Health website and reading the Leave No trace recommendations on recreating outside in a COVID-19 era.

  1. Pack some snacks, lace up your shoes, and head outside to unlock the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors patch! You’ll enjoy nature, channel your creativity, and learn fun new things.
  2. Need to get outdoors, but live in an urban area? Go Urban Hiking!
  3. Visit the Leave No Trace website for outdoor activity recommendations to do as a family, online learning resources, and lots of other resources.
  4. Check out Children & Nature Network for tips, tools, blogs and webinars in outdoor resources.
  5. Sign up for the Outside Every Day Challenge to receive emails with ideas, tips and resources for getting your family outside every day.
  6. Now is a great time to get your outdoor gear in shape for your next adventure! Check out 50 ways to get your gear in shape.
  7. Check out the National Park Trust website for at-home activities and distance learning opportunities to help bring the outdoors and parks to you.
  8. Visit a Colorado State Park. Select campground are now open for reservation. Learn more on their 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.

Winter snow fun

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 stayed in the lodge at Meadow Mountain Ranch for some relaxing and snow play. We went sledding both Saturday and Sunday over at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park and snowshoeing on the Nature Trail on over to Hercules.

Over the weekend, lots of games were played, s’mores were made, and lots of other was fun had. It was a good break before the craziness of the Cookie Program starts.

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

Snowshoe adventure

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

On a recent snowy afternoon, Steamboat’s Girl Scout Junior Troop 56342 wrapped up their work on the “Snow Adventure” and “Animal Habitats” badges by taking a snowshoe outing with a Yampatika guide. The very knowledgeable naturalist taught the girls about identifying animal tracks in the snow.

“Meg and the staff at Yampatika were so welcoming and helpful and the girls had a really great time,” said troop co-leader Lisa Thornhill.

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

Trail Adventure meet-ups with The North Face help Girl Scouts earn new badge

More than 500 Girl Scouts, along with their families and friends, participated in  GSCO-sponsored Trail Adventure meet-ups in September 2019! We knew Girl Scouts loved the outdoors, but you really showed us your passion! GSCO is proud to have partnered with The North Face to offer Girl Scouts statewide this opportunity as they work complete a Trail Adventure badge and receive a FREE* badge.

With a shared purpose of encouraging exploration, Girl Scouts and The North Face understand the importance of providing the next generation of girls, regardless of socioeconomic status, with outdoor adventure experiences. By giving girls the opportunity to experience the outdoors, Girl Scouts and The North Face hope to enhance leadership skills and confidence in young girls, while encouraging them to seek new challenges through outdoor adventure.

If you attended any of the September meet-ups, don’t forget to complete your badge requirements by January 1, 2020 to receive your FREE* badge. Just have a parent/guardian or troop leader fill out this online notification formThis form will close on January 7, 2020 and badges will be mailed in January to the address provided. Badges are earned by Girl Scouts and must be completed according to the appropriate program level. Check out the online Badge Explorer for specific badge requirements for each program level.

Please complete one online form for each Girl Scout or group of Girl Scouts completing the badge on the same day. For example, one form for girls who complete their badge on November 10, 2019 and one form for girls who complete their badge on December 7, 2019.

* This opportunity is made possible by a generous grant from The North Face. Only registered Girl Scouts ages 5-18 may receive a free badge upon participation in a GSCO-sponsored Trail Adventure meet-up in September 2019 and completion all of program level-appropriate badge-earning requirements by January 7, 2020.  Troops may complete badgework together or Girl Scouts may earn individually.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Christine Bolt, Steamboat Springs, “Camp Bloom”

What did you do for your Gold Award Project?

The issue my project addressed was the lack of summer camp opportunities in our area for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other varying disabilities. Ultimately, I organized and arranged for a weeklong summer camp for children with autism. Each day was centered around an aspect of camping and outdoor skills, such as: building a fire, setting up a tent, and wildlife awareness. At the end of the week, the kids were to use the knowledge my team and I had taught them to camp away from home for one night.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award Project made on your target audience?

I measured my impact by how happy or excited my campers looked each day. Camp Bloom was for the children more than everything. The name of Camp Bloom was inspired by the different stages of flower growth, with the notion that no matter where one is at, they may continue to grow and learn and experience new things. Now regardless if they retained anything from my camp, the most important aspect is the most powerful one of them all; it’s if they have fun. If they laugh, giggle, or however they express happiness appears, then I feel as though I was successful.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

A local company in our town of Steamboat Springs has agreed to a permanent sponsorship for the next five years. However, if I am unable to continue to assume leadership and be “camp director,” I planned Camp Bloom with the Yampa Valley Autism Program (YVAP), which is an already substantiated organization in the community. By doing so, YVAP can proceed with my program, with the curriculum already created, in the future without me. While not as pertinent, I would like to “train” another Girl Scout in the hopes of her taking over my position and leadership of Camp Bloom. I really like the idea of the two intertwined organizations: YVAP and Girl Scouts.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

Dealing with an autism diagnosis is already unsettling enough. Costs for specially devised programs and support are very expensive to begin with. While the state of Colorado has extremely low funding for family aid and autism research, I wanted to create a free camp to grow these kids’ knowledge and educate them on a topic that I very much appreciate and enjoy doing.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that do not, and should not, always need to seek approval in things that I do. I must be confident in my choices and if things go awry, I still need to stay positive and be proud of myself and what I ultimately accomplished. I also learned that it is important to take command and not be afraid to say what I want or prefer. And that prior to Camp Bloom, I was more timid to organizing things than I am now.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Forevermore, I will be able to say that I accomplished something that I am genuinely proud of. This achievement of mine can now be entered into resumes and applications for various things. I now have an idea of how to plan events and just how much work goes into doing such, and this knowledge I will be able to use in the future if need be.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

This project taught me to open my eyes and look at the world around me. To affirm my role in the community and show me how I may influence those around me; and influence my sister Girl Scouts as well.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Of course, I learned to take charge and lead my camp. However, I will say that I definitely had to be a risk-taker for Camp Bloom. This required me to do things I had never done or tried before. I ultimately learned new things and did things through “trial and error.” I had some worries, but by taking chances, it certainly paid off.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Last kayak/paddleboard workshop of the season

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO


Troop 73392 hosted their last kayak/paddleboard workshop of the season. Although the air and water temperature were on the cool side, the girls from Troop 60350 had a beautiful morning to enjoy blue skies and a gorgeous view of Longs Peak while playing on the water.

Troop 60350 had the opportunity to challenge their water craft skills with a variety of different kayaks and paddleboard while enjoying the scenery and wildlife at McIntosh Lake in Longmont.

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

The Beauty of the seasons at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Barbara Light

Metro Denver


It’s a new season. A perfect opportunity to do something new, something bold, something beautiful. Over the past year, in the striking backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Cadette Troop 71 has been trekking up to Meadow Mountain Ranch and hiking the Nature Trail on the property. We completed all four seasons this past weekend and earned the connecting patch.

We stayed on the property and used the time to bond together and learn different outdoor skills. We learned a lot going through the guidebooks and gathered more information when we found ourselves curious about our learnings. We saw the beauty and struggles that each season presented on the same path. We grew closer as a team and in our own abilities. We laughed so hard we cried and helped each other when things got tricky. We have had experiences that will stay with us forever. We highly recommend if you have the chance to go, that you take it; because our biggest learning is that, just like the seasons, with change, comes growth.

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