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Register Now for July State Park Events

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to continue our partnership with Colorado Parks & Wildlife with two special events for Girl Scouts this summer. Sign up today for a program at Castlewood Canyon or Staunton State Park!

State Park Program: Discover Castlewood Canyon State Park  Spend time with your troop outdoors this summer at Castlewood Canyon State Park! This is a “drop – in” style of program, where Girl Scout groups can show up anytime from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to participate in the program. Groups should plan for about an hour and a half to complete all the activities. At this program, Castlewood Canyon volunteers will give ”trailside talks” along a hiking path. The program will include information on history, geology, animals, plants, snakes and more found in the Castlewood Canyon State Park area. Plan to pack and dress for hot summer hiking: bring water, sunscreen, bug repellant, hats, snacks and/or lunch.

  • July 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Registartion closes July 1, register here
  • Fee: $2/ girl.

State Park Program: Archery & Fishing at Staunton State Park
Spend some time with your troop outdoors this summer at Staunton State Park! This is a “drop – in” style of program, where Girl Scout groups can show up anytime from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to participate in the program. Groups should plan for about an hour and a half to two hours complete both archery and fishing. There are limited program supplies, so depending on how many groups show up at one time there may be a small wait between programs. At this program, Girl Scouts will get to practice their fishing and archery skills, all in one day! Supplies for both activities will be provided, but please bring your own gear if you have it.

  • July 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Registartion closes July 15, register here
  • Fee: $2/ girl.

Outdoor skills accelerated

Are you ready to take your Girl Scouts outdoors for their first camping or outdoor cooking experience? Don’t forget to take the proper training first! GSCO requires at least one leader from each troop to complete our Outdoor Skills learning pathways BEFORE taking their Girl Scouts on an adventure.

Learning Pathway:

  1. Complete Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Overnights training available on gsLearn
  2. Attend Outdoor Skills 1 – virtual

The next session is June 29, 2021 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

3. Attend Outdoor Skills 2 – virtual or in-person

Upcoming in-person opportunities:

  • Twisted Pine
    • Friday, June, 18, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m. – Noon
  • Lazy Acres
    • Saturday, July 17, 4 – 7 p.m.
    • Sunday, July 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Twisted Pine
    • Friday, July 23, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m. – Noon

To register for these opportunities:

  1. Log into your myGS account
  2. Go to “my account”
  3. Click on “gsLearn” on the left hand side
  4. Search for “ 512 ILT Outdoor Skills
  5. Go into course and select the date that works for you and register!

Are you an outdoor enthusiast with years of experience camping and cooking in the outdoors? We have a new option for you! You can now request to follow the Outdoor Skills ACCELERATED learning path.

  1. Notify Girl Scouts of Colorado via Formstack form of interest. You will receive notification from our training manger if you meet the basic requirements to complete our accelerated path.
  2. Complete course in gsLearn.
    1. GSUSA Girl Scouts in the Outdoors – gsLearn
    2. GSCO Overnights Training – gsLearn
    3. Leave No Trace – assigned in gsLearn, but provided through LNT.org
  3. Complete the “test-out” quiz. After the training manager reviews (about five business days), you will receive an email if you have passed the test.

Check out our Outdoor Skills learning progression chart for more details on training for adult volunteers.

Questions? Email inquiry@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.

Meet-Ups for GSCO’s NEW Gardening Patch

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s NEW Gardening patch program is a customizable program that covers topics surrounding biology, ecology, art, and naturalism, as well as lessons celebrating plant biodiversity and plant pollinators. There is even an extra lesson that teaches Girl Scouts about diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts through growing and celebrating the biodiversity of plants!

Complete at least four lessons to earn your patch or become a gardening whiz by completing all seven. Earn this patch on your own or with your troop. If you’d like to learn about gardening and all the wonderful things it can do for your community and the planet, this is the program for you. This patch is geared towards Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, but older girls are welcome to join in the fun. After completing the requirements for this patch, you can purchase it from the GSCO Retail Shop for $3/patch.

If you would simply like access to the Gardening patch program, you can head directly to the Google Classroom using this classroom code: 2cj5mlg

If you have never used Google Classroom, follow these steps to join:

  1. Make sure you have a Google account (gmail). You can create a free account if you do not have one.
  2. Sign into classroom.google.com or the Google Classroom app with your Google account.  Click the + to join your class using the classroom code.
  3. Click “Classwork” to see the activities to complete the requirements Gardening patch program.
  4. Register here for the virtual kick-off on June 16.

Whether you’re working to earn GSCO’s new Gardening patch or you just love gardening,  join us for an in-person Gardening patch activity meet-up. You’ll connect with other gardening enthusiasts and create a bee hotel to encourage pollinator activity, earning one part of your Gardening patch.

Denver Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Colorado Springs Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Grand Junction Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m., Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Longmont Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

The patch is included in the price for the activity meet-ups.

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.

Rock Climbing events in Red Cliff: Space still available

Space is still available for Girl Scouts of Colorado’s rock climbing events in Red Cliff! Girls will learn about climbing equipment, techniques, knots, and other skills before exploring the rock wall. No prior climbing experience is required and this event is open to all Brownies – Ambassadors.

Learn more and register here:
Saturday, July 24: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/july24_rock_climbing_.html
Sunday, July 25: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/july25_rock_climbing_.html

This is not a drop-off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a caregiver, guardian, or troop leader. Girl to adult ratios for events must be met. No tagalongs. All child and adult attendees agree to follow the most current GSCO COVID -19 guidelines in relation to in-person events and have completed a COVID-19 waiver. All participants must have a current Girl Scout membership.

Financial assistance is available. Easily apply during registration process, to receive aid toward the event registration fee.

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.

OAC Mountain Biking Event: Space still available

Space is still available for the Outdoor Adventure Club’s (OAC) mountain biking event at Waterton Canyon on July 24 or 25, 2021! Enjoy the gentle incline of the trail while taking in views of the South Platte River. We will also explore the nearby Denver Audubon Center for bird watching and cooling off by the pond. This event is open to any Girl Scouts in 6th – 12th grade to register individually. The cost is $40 /girl. Grants are available and girls can also use Cookie Credits.

Learn more and register now:

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a GSCO staff-led program for older Girl Scouts offering monthly high adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing. Visit the Outdoor Adventure Club website for more information: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/outdoors/outdoor-adventure-club.html

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 Gold Award project: Igniting Adventure Event

Submitted by Corinne R., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Westminster

As a capstone piece of my Gold Award project, I created Igniting Adventure event to teach girls outdoor skills that can be used in the wilderness. The skills the girls will be learning are: outdoor hygiene, water purification, orienteering, tent set up, shelter building, camouflage, outdoor cooking, fire building, packing, and Leave No Trace. This camp is for Juniors and Cadettes. It is a three evening camp on July 14, 21, and 28, 2021 from 4:30 – 9 p.m. at Barr Lake State Park. Register using this link: https://igniting-adventure-outdoor-skills-twilight-event.cheddarup.com/

I created this camp to get more girls interested in camping and outdoor activities. I have always gone out to do these activities and this is my way of sharing the joy I have with others.

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.

Everything You Need to Know to Unlock the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Patch

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

Embarking on outdoor adventures has always been a part of Girl Scouts’ DNA. Many of the badges the first Girl Scouts earned were tied to learning and refining outdoor skills and becoming environmental stewards (Foot Traveler badge, Animal Kingdom badge), and that hasn’t changed in our more than 100-year history.

As Girl Scouts we’ve found new ways to connect with the great outdoors and one another. We’ve spent time in our backyards, earned outdoor art badges, and even taken virtual national park tours!

Now, with warmer weather and longer days, we’re ready to take our love of the outdoors to the next level. So 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.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Download the worksheet. Visit Girl Scouts at Home and download the official Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge worksheet. Review the list of activities and mark the ones you’re interested in.
  2. Don’t rush. The Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge kicked off May 21 and ends with Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, September 11–12, 2021. This means you have plenty of time to select the activities you’re most interested in and complete them at your own pace.
  3. Share! Use #gsoutdoors to share your story and to see how other girls are completing this fun outdoor challenge. Don’t forget to tag @girlscouts for a chance to be featured on GSUSA’s social media channels.
  4. Nominate someone. This challenge is a great way to connect with your fellow Girl Scout sisters and invite your non-Girl Scout besties to join in the fun! Nominate someone to take the challenge with you.
  5. Be prepared. As Girl Scouts, we know the importance of being prepared! If you’re venturing to a local park or hiking trail, first make sure they’re open. Pack sunscreen, bug repellant, GORP, protective gear (sunglasses, hat), and water!
  6. Get your patch. Remember, you don’t have to do all 50 suggested activities to earn your snazzy new patch! Complete the required number of activities based on your grade level.

Getting outdoors isn’t just fun—it’s good for your overall well-being. Did you know that girls who participate in outdoor activities on a monthly basis are stronger challenge-seekers and problem-solvers than those who don’t? So don’t wait: get out and unlock your Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors patch. Tag @gscolo and @girlscouts on Twitter and Instagram and include #gsOutdoors and #GSColo to share your adventures with us.

Hydro Flask is generously supporting the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge with the goal of getting more girls outside this summer and helping build future outdoor leaders.

Happy Earth Day 2021

Submitted Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage (Brownie) and Willow (Daisy) from Pagosa Springs celebrated Earth Day by doing one of the best community service activities for our great planet, picking up trash.

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.

May 2021 Outdoor Adventure Club Camp-in-a-Day at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Space is still available for the Outdoor Adventure Club’s Camp-in-a-Day event at Meadow Mountain Ranch on May 22 or 23, 2021! This event is open to any Girl Scouts in 6th – 12th grade to register individually. The cost is $40 /girl. Grants are available and girls can also use Cookie Credits for this.

Register now: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.wixanswers.com/en/article/outdoor-adventure-club-registration-faqs

Spend the day at Meadow Mountain Ranch getting ready for the summer camping season! Work through parts of the new Outdoor Skills patch, earn the spring segment of the Nature Trail patch, shoot a bullseye on the archery range, and perform your best camp skits around the fire circle.

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a GSCO staff-led program for older Girl Scouts offering monthly high adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing. Visit the Outdoor Adventure Club website for more information.
Questions? Learn more here or email inquiry@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.

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.