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Join the Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers at Keystone Science School

 

 

 

 

 

Join the GSCO Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers (6th grade) at Keystone Science School March 9-11, 2018!

The program will start at 7 p.m. on March 9 at Keystone Science School and run through Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. We will be cross country skiing, snowshoeing, competing in Winter Olympics-style games, having a snow photo scavenger hunt, astronomy, and more!

Registration ends Monday, February 26 at 5 p.m.  To register, please go to: https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App

You can find instructions on how to register here: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2907212-how-do-i-register-for-an-outdoor-adventure-club-event-

If you have any questions related to the event and/or programming, email GSCO Outdoor Programs Coordinator Marissa Rooney at marissa.rooney@gscolorado.org.

Hike a “13er” with Girl Scouts

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts: It’s time to challenge yourself!  What better way than adventuring in true Colorado style, and hiking a “13er” with Girl Scouts! The Outdoor Adventure Club still has openings in our trek up the mountain October 13-14, 2017.  Girls will arrive at Keystone Science School on Friday night to enjoy an overnight with other older Girl Scouts from all across the state.  Then, wake up Saturday with the fresh mountain air and an amazing hike up the mountain.  All levels of hiking experience are accepted.  The registration deadline has been extended to October 2 at 2 p.m.  Visit our event posting for more details at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2017/outdoor_adventure_cl_606420463.html.

 

Silver Award project: Family Trail Day

Submitted by Sophia E.

Mountain Communities

Breckenridge

Our Girl Scout Silver Award project was to organize the first-ever Family Trail Day in Summit County to restore a turnpike on a National Forest trail. We partnered with the Friends of Dillon Ranger District and Keystone Science School to achieve this. Our troop organized the day, advertised for the event, and planned fun, educational activities for the children. On June 24 2017, two rangers led the adults to restore the deteriorated turnpike. While the adults were working, our troop led fun activities for the kids to teach them about nature. The day ended with a picnic and the turnpike underwent a major improvement. It was such a success that the ranger district plans on doing it again next year!

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

Girl Scouts learn about the science of snow

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More than 30 Girl Scouts from Eagle, Chaffee and Summit counties spent the weekend of April 25-27 learning about the impact of Colorado’s winter weather on the landscape for the rest of the year in the state. The event took place at the Keystone Science School, who in partnership with Girl Scouts of Colorado, have been providing a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related camps over the last four of years for area Girl Scouts.

Saturday’s activities included several hours of hiking nearby Keystone to see first-hand the impacts of the snow pack. Groups hiked around Keystone, Lake Dillon as well as Montezuma, which is a 20-minute drive from Keystone, along the Continental Divide. Snow pack was gone in many areas, except for the group that hiked in Montezuma.

“We hiked in waist deep snow,” said Girl Scout Maggie, 9, from Buena Vista.

Maggie’s group found that through the course of their hike they were witnessing snow melt in process.

“The snow was hard in the morning (making it easier to walk on), and softer in the afternoon (when we sunk in walking),” said Bailey, 13, also from Buena Vista.

Out on the trail each of the groups enjoyed lunch and learned where all the snow/water in Keystone ends up.

“The water from Colorado reaches the ocean,” said Lily, 10, from Eagle. “When it rains in Keystone that water reaches the Pacific.”

Back at camp after the hike, the Girl Scouts got to take a look at an experiment they had set up before they left. Each of the groups had placed snow from around camp in a cup or jug and had made personal predictions for how much water they thought would come from the snow.

“I understood the water cycle before I came (to camp), but I didn’t know how it all happened. I’m learning a lot, and it is cool to try out (earth science),” said Chianne, 9, of Buena Vista.

One of the concluding activities on Saturday afternoon was how water causes erosion. The girls worked in groups with tubs of sand to create a landscape. Some added rocks from around camp as well. Then they turned on the small water hose hooked up to each tub and witnessed how water could help or hurt the landscape they created.

Lilli, a 6-year-old Girl Scout Daisy from Summit County, loved every moment of the camp because she can’t wait to be a scientist one day.

“I like science and learning new things. I love experiments,” said Lilli.

Grant funding provided by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation Climax-Area (CO) Community Investment Fund and Copper Environmental Foundation helped make this weekend camp and other camps in the series possible.

STEM is a core curriculum focus in Girl Scouting because more men enter STEM fields than women. Girl Scouts’ research shows that girls are interested in STEM but are not as knowledgeable about the careers and the opportunities afforded by these fields. By introducing girls to STEM in a hands-on setting and showing them how they can make the world a better place through STEM, Girl Scouts hopes to attract more girls to lead in these field.

For more information on Girl Scouts of Colorado visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

March Keystone Science Camp a huge success

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Fifteen chaperones and 56 Girl Scouts, grades 2 through 9, from Chaffee, Eagle, Lake, and Routt counties attended the Keystone Science Camp overnight camp.  Activities included “getting to know you” games; toasting s’mores around a campfire; evening dance party; viewing stars and planets through the school’s high powered telescope; hikes offsite; and STEM including sessions on snow-pits and layers, snow to water equivalency, and avalanches.  Camp wrapped up on Sunday with another hike and STEM, short skits by the girls on what they learned, and a special slideshow of the weekend!

Girl Scouts of Colorado Mountain Communities would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this remarkable collaboration with Keystone Science School:  Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation Climax-Area (CO) Community Investment Fund for the girls of Eagle, Lake, and Chaffee counties; and the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation, American Carpet & Floor Care, Ski Town Lions Club, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Peabody Energy/Twenty Mile Coal, and Donna Garth for the girls of Routt County.

Story on Keystone Science Camp’s Blog


A parent’s view of Keystone Science Camp

Dear Cricket,

Thanks so much for coordinating the wonderful camp for Girl Scouts at Keystone Science Camp. We had a truly wonderful time and I think our girls had a really memorable experience.

As you know I was mildly concerned before we went that at 7-8 years of age, our 5 girls might be a little young to truly benefit from the snow science curriculum. However, you were totally right – the team at KSS had carefully tailored their educational program and activities for the different age groups and our girls’ interest and involvement was maintained throughout the weekend, and they definitely came away having learned valuable information and skills on how to manage themselves in the winter mountain environment.

The weather was pretty rough on Saturday with plenty of wind and cloud and snow. After a late night getting to bed on Friday night, my 7 year old daughter was tired and grumpy and announced during our Saturday field trip that she hated the cold, the snow and everything about winter. However, after getting to play with interesting new tools, learning about different types of snow, looking at it through magnifying glasses, building snow pits and caves, building model avalanches and watching how they work, and learning how scientists measure snow conditions throughout the winter, she became quite the self-appointed expert! At one point during our Sunday field trip, I sank knee deep and fell beside her. While I laughed and exclaimed at falling in “the snow”, she rolled her eyes and sighed with faux patience and explained knowingly, “It’s not just ‘snow’ Mummy, it’s ‘melt freeze crust’!”  At that point, I knew the camp had successfully pulled her out of her winter attitude funk, and by the end of the weekend Eva announced that it was all “really cool” and that when she grew up she wanted to be a “snow measurer” too. She also told me that she never wanted to leave KSS, and that we should stay for “at least the next 17 weeks” but if we couldn’t do that, then we absolutely had to come back for the weekends in April and September as well as the two week camp in summer.

Experiences like this that encourage inquisitiveness and boundary-pushing and develop confidence and enthusiasm in our girls is why we joined Girl Scouts. Well done!

Best regards,

J.W.

Wild and Wacky Weather Camp

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins
Keystone Science School

Summit County Girl Scouts enjoyed a Wild and Wacky Weather camp at Keystone Science School March 16 and 17. The girls learned about their local weather, how to use personal weather stations, micro-climates of Colorado, why snow is so important to Summit County, and how to predict the weather! The girls also created a weather station log and checked the weather from the school’s weather station each morning. Our collaborative effort would not be possible without the generous support of the Summit Foundation and Copper Environmental Foundation-thank you!

Summit Daily News did a story about the camp in their March 27 issue

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