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Summer hiking fun





Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 has many hikes planned this summer. Some of the girls just love exploring the outdoors and some are preparing for a couple of 14ers the troop is doing later in the summer. Earlier this month, the girls hiked Hewlett Gulch, 8.2 miles and around 1,200 feet of elevation gain. They did amazing and the hike was stunning!

These girls are rockstars and we are definitely looking forward to more hikes this summer!

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

Kremmling Girl Scouts attend Troop Trek

Submitted by Katie DeBell

Mountain Communities


Girl Scout Troop 50292 of Kremmling attended Troop Trek in Clark from June 7-9, 2019. The girls were part of a group of 98 girls from all over Colorado. They earned their “First Aid,” “Primitive Camping,” and “Cooking” badges, participated in flag ceremonies, and learned pocket knife skills, orienteering, and knot tying. The girls planned and cooked their own meals, did their own dishes, set up tents, and took care of their own gear. They also competed in a dessert making competition and won “Sailor Moon’s Favorite.” We had 11 girls attend: Darcy D., Kassidy T., Paige D., Kieryn T., Cora O., Isabella L., Suzzen H., Abigail W., Harmoni W., Addy P., and Taylah F. They had a lot of fun, and four of our girls were recognized for good deeds that had been noticed by adults: Suzzen H., Addy P., Cora O., and Harmoni W.

The girls had so much fun. I highly recommend this experience.

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

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

Girl Scouts love getting outside, especially in Colorado! Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have teamed up for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend July 13-14, 2019.

Share your love of the great outdoors and get to know your local state park with events in state parks across Colorado. Girls can attend as part of a troop or with their family – it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of warm summer weather, spend time in nature, and get inspired for future outdoor adventures. Girl Scouts who participate will earn an exclusive patch (details to come).

Activities at each park will vary, but may include

  • Ranger programs
  • Guided hikes
  • Nature Center tours
  • Opportunities to explore what makes each park unique- interpretive trails, waterfalls, animal programs, epic views, and more!
  • Overnight camping (Girl Scout groups are responsible for reserving a site on their own)
  • Girl Scout booth at the park visitor center where you can learn about Leave No Trace ethics to reduce your impact on nature, pick up a nature scavenger hunt card, and other fun activities!

Participating State Parks

  • Barr Lake, Brighton – July 13
  • Castlewood Canyon, Franktown – July 13
  • Staunton, Pine  – July 14
  • Lory, Bellevue – July 14
  • Ridgeway, Ridgeway – July 13
  • Rifle Falls, Rifle – July 14
  • Lake Pueblo, Pueblo – July 13
  • Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs – July 13
  • Mueller, Divide – July 14
  • Sylvan Lake State Park , Eagle – July 14

Park entrance fees of $8/car apply. This is not a drop-off event; girls must attend as part of a troop or with their family.

RSVP here to reserve your space and to receive updated event information and reminders emailed out prior to the event.

Don’t forget to share the fun on social media! Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado on FacebookTwitter, and  Instagram and use  #gsoutdoors. You can also share your story and photos on the GSCO Blog using the Share Your Stories form.

GS state parks flyer

Outdoor Adventure Club 2019-2020

Attention Girl Scouts in 6th through 12th grade: Now is when Girl Scouts gets really exciting! Join the GSCO Outdoor Adventure Club.

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a staff-led program offering adventures around the state that provide older Girl Scouts with exciting activities and skills beyond what they might do with their troop. They also get a chance to make new friends from around the state! Activities include:

  • Ice climbing
  • Boating: paddling and sailing
  • Camping trips
  • Trail running
  • Outdoor survival skills
  • Outdoor badges

Check our fall and winter event details, including pricing here!

OAC Explorers events — open to Girl Scouts in 6th grade

OAC Trailblazers events — open to Girl Scouts in 7th-12th grade

Registration is still open for the last events of our 2018 -2019 season including:

Registration opens two months prior to an event and closes two weeks prior to an event. Grants are available and Cookie Credits are accepted!

Discounts available:

  • 10% off your first time OAC event
  • Attend four OAC events and receive $25 off the cost of your fifth event!

Sign up for the 2019-2020 Interest List to be notified as event registration opens for each event: 

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering with the Outdoor Adventure Club, please email us at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Read our Outdoor Adventure Club FAQs

Registration FAQs

GSCO Photo Challenge: Daisy fun in the creek

Submitted by Amber Biviano

Metro Denver


Our Daisies (Troop 65878) was trying to complete all of the petals before summer travels last year. We had four left at the end of school, so we decided to hold a workshop to complete them. One of our troop leaders hosted at her home, which also included walking to Cherry Creek nearby. The girls enjoyed working on activities in the open space and exploring the creek!

Petals earned:

  1. Respect myself and others
  2. Respect authority
  3. Be a sister to every Girl Scout
  4. Use resources wisely

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.


Snowshoe ecology walk

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Some of the girls from Troop 70720 did a ranger-led snowshoe ecology walk in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a great way to celebrate the end of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. We got to walk across the extremely safe part of Bear Lake and also slide down a snow chute, in addition to learning about some winter ecology of our area.

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

Outdoor field trips at Bluff Lake Nature Center

Visit Bluff Lake Nature Center, a beautiful wildlife refuge and outdoor classroom in northeast Denver and for a unique and memorable experience! Environmental educators will guide Girl Scouts through exploration hikes and interactive activities specifically designed to fulfill requirements for a nature-related badge.

Daisies can earn their “EcoLearner” badge as they get first-hand practice protecting nature, or their “Outdoor Art Maker” badge as they create nature-inspired art.

Brownies can earn their “Outdoor Adventurer” badge as they explore the outdoors in a new way, or their “Bugs” badge as they experience the world of insects and spiders.

Juniors can earn their “Animal Habitats” badge as they learn about the places animals call home, or their “Flowers” badge as they enjoy the science and beauty of our native flora.

If you have something else in mind, ask us about customizing a program for your troop!

Field trips are 1-2 hours long, and visitors are welcome to stay and enjoy the site for the rest of the day following the program. Trips are $10 per Girl Scout (unless otherwise noted). There is a minimum of 8 Girl Scouts to schedule a trip. Adult-to-girl ratios for events must be met. There is no charge for adult chaperones or non-participating siblings. A variety of times are available, including afternoons and weekends. Visit www.blufflake.org for more information, or contact Bluff Lake Education Manager Heidi Pfeiffer at heidi@blufflake.org to schedule your trip!

Girl Scouts have fun in the snow

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 went for a weekend stay at Meadow Mountain Ranch. We borrowed snowshoes from GSCO, packed our sleds and winter gear, and went away for some fun! For most of the girls, this was their first time snowshoeing. Everyone had a great time!

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

Gold Award Girl Scout: Emily Clark, Colorado Springs, “The Art of Being a Naturalist”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I developed a years worth of art lesson plans for fourth graders at School in the Woods. These lesson plans meet the Colorado Department of Education standards for Art for fourth graders, but are unique in that they are tailored towards outdoor education.

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

I used feedback from School in the Woods and their students as my lesson plans were used to measure the impact of my Gold Award. My lesson plans are now a part of their ongoing classroom curriculum.

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

My project is sustainable because the lesson plans include instructions on how to teach each lesson, so they can be used by anyone. I designed them specifically to be implemented by parents, or adults who have no prior art education. This means they can be used by parents homeschooling their children in addition to parents assisting in the classroom.

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

I sent .pdf files of the lesson plans to the national parks service, homeschooling groups, and some local art programs. These lesson plans have been shared across the United States, and I know they have been used in California, Colorado, and Ireland.

What did you learn about yourself?

Through my project I learned teaching really isn’t my thing, but I learned a lot about art through teaching art and creating art lesson plans. While I don’t intend to be a teacher, I do plan on pursuing a career in art.

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

The lessons I learned through my Gold Award Project will stay with me for the rest of my life. I can use what I learned on future applications for jobs or scholarships. Skills I learned and utilized include time management, leadership, teamwork, collaboration, and how to research and revise my work.

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

The Gold Award teaches girls how to organize a project and set goals through a subject they enjoy and are passionate about. I feel I used the skills I learned in teamwork during Reach for the Peak, goal setting I learned through cookie sales, and skills from other Girl Scout events, projects, and workshops all came together to help me achieve success in earning my Girl Scout Gold Award.

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

Earning my Gold Award helped me become a G.I.R.L. because it challenged me to take risks. It helped me become a risk-taker because I had to try new things and reach out to people in order for my project to be successful. I couldn’t just rely on the skills I had, but had to ask others for their assistance to make my project successful.

**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

Second Service Unit 747 hike

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

A few Girl Scouts from Service Unit 747 went out in the chilly Sunday weather to hike at Hewlett Gulch. Since it ended up being all older girls, they decided to do the entire trail. They hiked eight miles altogether! The next service unit hike is not until April, but be on look out for it! We hope to have more girls join in next time.

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