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Property reservations change: Full site rentals

At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we are always working to make property reservations better, easier, and safer for girls. Because of this, we are making some changes to the way our properties will be booked by troops going forward.

Instead of reserving cabins, tabins, or other units individually, troops will now reserve the full site, and will have access to all cabins/tabins at that site, as well as any amenities such as activity shelters, latrines, bear boxes, etc. This allows for troops to ensure that they are following the proper Safety Ratio adults for the girls in their troop, that they have a full roster of all children and adults who will be on site during their reservation, and that they are following the rules concerning background checks and insurance.

If you have a current reservation at any property, your reservation will not be adjusted, and the new changes will not apply to you. This will only apply to new reservations starting  May 24, 2018. This change does not affect lodges or all season cabins, and only refers to sites that have multiple units.

We recognize this may be a big change for some troops who do not need all tabins or cabins at a site, or who are used to only reserving one or two tabins or cabins.

If you do not need all tabins or cabins at a site and would like to split the cost of reserving a full site, we encourage you to work with other troops in your service unit and arrange to have your trips go on the trip together. Doing so will allow you to coordinate schedules, plan for meals and activities, and have an emergency and first-aid plan that will work for both troops.

If you are not able to find another troop who you would like to stay on property with you, there are sites at every property that may have a lower cost that we encourage you to look at. These sites include Troop House at Sky High Ranch ($40 a night, sleeps 24 people), Windridge at Meadow Mountain Ranch ($30 a night, sleeps 15 people), Meadow at Lazy Acres ($30 a night, sleeps 18 people), and more.

If you have any questions or concerns about reserving full sites at our properties, please email our Property and Outdoor Program Administrator at annie.stoneburner@gscolorado.org.

Winter troop camp: Spaces still available

There is still space available for a winter troop camp at Lazy Acres, so register your troop today! This troop camp is Saturday, February 4 – 5, 2017 at Lazy Acres and troops will get the opportunity to explore all kinds of winter fun! Troops will spend the weekend doing snow archery, making snow ice cream, snow shoeing, sledding, and doing winter crafts.  For registration and more information:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2017/winter_troop_camp.html

 

Family Camps – Camp for Parents Too!

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Whenever parents are dropping their campers off at Girl Scouts of Colorado are dropping their girls off at Overnight Camp we often hear them asking, “Where is the camp for parents?”

If you are looking for an authentic Girl Scout Camp experience with your girl, we have some camps for you:

FC01 Lazy Acres Me and My Guy at Lazy Acres, 7/22-7/24, Brownie – adult: A 2-night camp for girls and their significant male role model (age 18+) in their life. Activities may include: hiking, superhero fun, campfires, and answering the call to adventure. Please register as a couple (1 girl: 1 adult) in CampInTouch. Price ($75) is per person. Questions? Contact the Outdoor Volunteer Programs Manager.

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FC04 Me & My Guy at Tomahawk Ranch, 8/5-8/7, Daisy – adult: An exciting two-night camp experience for individual girls and the significant male adult role models in their lives. Planned activities may include archery, crafts, hiking, s’mores, barn visits, mattress surfing and other fun outdoor activities. Register in CampInTouch. Price ($105) is per person.

We also have a camp for families to attend as a unit. This camp if offered during the second half of 4th of July week. Take some time in the mountains at a Girl Scout camp and create amazing memories as a family together:

FC03 Me & My Family at Tomahawk Ranch, 7/6-7/8, Daisy – adult: Experience Tomahawk Ranch camp as a family. Camp staff-planned activities may include archery, barn visits, crafts, hiking, yoga, campfires, dance parties and more. Open to all family members. Price ($105) is per person. Children 2 and under pay half if they bring their own bed (ex: PackNPlay). Register in CampInTouch.

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2015 Lazy Acres Me & My Guy Camp a success!

The 2015 Lazy Acres Me and My Guy camp was truly out of this world!

The annual Lazy Acres Me and My Guy camp was a resounding success this year. We kicked it off with a space theme by making name tags and getting to know our fellow space enthusiasts, aspiring astronauts, and even a couple Star Wars fans. Saturday morning everyone was ready for adventure. We started the morning by creating our space suits and creating planets out of dough to make into beads. Everyone was so creative! We even finished the morning with a couple rounds of Space Kickball! The gals won the last round, but the guys put up a good fight. Truly everyone was a winner since we had such a good time.

The guys and gals spent the afternoon enjoying the beautiful views, scenic hikes and peaceful setting of Lazy Acres. We then learned about the power of flight by flying our own mini planes and then making and playing with space slime! After that, we built our own space station and imagined what space would look like from outside of a rocket ship. There were some friendly and unfriendly aliens, but we all know the truth is out there.

After dinner we went on an adventure by hiking to a beautiful overlook in San Isabelle National Forest. Everyone enjoyed the view and each other’s company! We made sure to get a group photo on top – though nobody could stay serious for very long. I am so proud of everyone for making it and supporting one another. Then we had a chance to create some sparks with our teeth and moon rocks! Space is wild.

Before bed we all gathered by a campfire to roast marshmallows, s’mores, sing songs and look at the beautiful stars. These moments are so special to take time to appreciate the new friends that you have made and grow even closer to the guys or gals that everyone came with. These moments help me reflect on why Girl Scouting is important to both fathers and daughters and why running camp is so worth it for the weekend.

Sunday morning everyone got to put all that they had learned this weekend to the test by launching their very own rockets! These used water and air pressure to take flight.

With new friendships, amazing memories and smiles on their faces the Guys and Gals departed camp! I sure can’t wait until next year’s Lazy Acres Father Daughter Camp!

 

New troop camping at Magic Sky and more!

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Girl Scouts of Colorado has more places to stay than ever with extended seasons to give your troop lots of reasons to camp at a Girl Scout property. We’re also making it easier to book your trip!

New Reservation System!

Check out the easy, new properties reservation system! We’ve also got a guide to the new property training info.

  • No passwords required
  • You can make reservations up to one year in advance- properties are getting lots of use, so be sure to plan early and book in advance

Book your troop or service unit at Magic Sky Ranch!

With no resident camp at Magic Sky Ranch this summer, the beautiful cabins and other facilities are open for troop camp and other groups. Yes, the property is up for sale, but this could take years, and until it sells, it’s yours to use! You can do your own thing for programming and food; using the kitchen in the lodge or the dining hall. We will have at least three month’s notice when the property sells, so renters should have time to book another location for their needs. If a reservation is booked past the closing date, we will either refund fees paid or move the reservation to another property, if available.

Extended Summer Season for Property Rental!

We have increased our summer season at many properties! Groups can now rent through September 30 rather than September 15 at:

  • Meadow Mountain Ranch
  • Magic Sky Ranch (newer developed part of the property)
  • Lazy Acres
  • Sky High Ranch

The extended summer season is weather dependent. Individual areas of properties may be subject to closure due to early freezing temperatures at the discretion of the property manager.

Year-Round Options at Property Lodges (think Winter Camp!)

Camping is not just for summer! Think of all the awesome outdoor experiences we have for girls in Colorado. We have lodges open year-round now at Meadow Mountain Ranch (near Allenspark) and Sky High Ranch (near Woodland Park). In addition at Sky High, two units with heat are also available year-round and the Homestead House is available for limited dates. Visit our property page to learn more and book now!

 

Register Now for a Troop Camping Experience!

This summer, we have expanded options for Troop Camp! Troop Camp is an amazing opportunity for you to camp with your Troop. The benefits of Troop Camp include:

  • Bonding and friendships the girls develop while camping away from home
  • Programming offered by either staff of the camp or volunteers
  • Meals planned and shopped for (sometimes you learn to cook your own as part of the activities with good instructors!)
  • You’ll sleep in cabins or tabins or teepees!
  • Safety Activity Checkpoint Ratio Adults do not pay to attend!
  • Each Troop must have one adult who has completed Overnight Training, and one who has First Aid and CPR in attendance.

Troop Camps are not only fun, but also a chance for leaders who might not have as much experience camping to get their girls outside. Leaders will learn tips and tricks from the staff and volunteer experts running the camps. Troops meet other troops and can later transition to camping on their own in the future.

Here are descriptions and highlights of the Troop Camps this summer. Pay attention to registration deadlines, as we often need a certain number of girls registered in order to make each camp a success. Register prior to April 30 to get the lowest pricing for Troop Camp! Each parent must register their daughter for Troop Camp here.

Camp Name Dates Cost through 4/30 Cost after May 1 Description Ages
TC01, TC 03 & TC05 Meadow Mountain Ranch Troop camp 6/12-14, 7/10-12, and 8/7-9 $160 $185 Explore the wonders of MMR in Allenspark. This camp offers tabin lodging, meals (Fri. dinner-Sun. brunch + snacks), & activities: archery, hiking, teambuildilng, outdoor cooking, campfires & more! Troops will be led by GSCO staff & volunteers. This camp needs a min. of 25 girls by 5/29/15 to run. Questions? Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager, Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)
TC02 Lazy Acres Wilderness Wise Troop Camp 6/26 to 28 $70 $95 Learn outdoor survival skills with your troop at this volunteer-led troop camp at Lazy Acres near Rye. Program includes: basic outdoor skills, how to handle getting lost, skits, crafts, and nature exploration. Questions? Contact director Jill Marostica, jillmarostica@juno.com. Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)
SH16 Sky High Troop Camp 6/28 to 30 $160 $195 Enjoy a staff-planned troop camp at Sky High Ranch. Activities may include: hikes, crafts, archery, campfires & more! Troop leaders are responsible for their campers at all times, and all program is planned and led by our amazing summer camp staff! Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8); Senior (9-10); Ambassador (11-12)
TC04 Gypsum Troop Camp 7/19 to 21 $225 $250 Camp with your troop in the beautiful mountains in Gypsum, at the Spirit of Adventure Ranch. S.O.A.R., which offers teepee lodging, meals (Sun. dinner-Tues. lunch), & activities: archery, outdoor skills, rock climbing, pool time, low ropes course, astronomy & more! Juniors must be at least 10 years old to attend this camp. Questions, Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. This camp needs a minimum of 50 girls by 3/20/15 in order to run. Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8); Senior (9-10); Ambassador (11-12)
TC06 Camp Jackson Troop Camp 8/9 to 11 $225 $250 Camp with your troop in the beautiful mountains of Southern Colorado (near Rye). Camp Jackson offers cabin style lodging, meals (Sun. dinner – Tues. lunch), & activities: horseback riding, archery, canoeing, low ropes course, pool time, campfires & more! Register through CampInTouch;  Questions, Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. This camp needs a minimum of 35 girls by 7/10/15 in order to run. Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)

14 inches of snow, 30 Girl Scout sisters make for perfect winter camp

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Submitted by Jill Marostica

Rye

Southwestern Colorado

As the time for Winter Camp at Lazy Acres approached, I worried that there might not be enough snow. I also worried that the furnace would go out, the patches wouldn’t arrive, there wouldn’t be enough food, and on and on. You see, as the volunteer director, I wanted everything to be perfect.

The first thing I did every morning was check the weather on my phone. Sun, sun, sun, with zero percent chance of precipitation. Then one morning things began to change. A slight chance, then a 20% chance , then a 50% chance. A week before camp it looked like I could stop worrying, and I did. Three days before camp, it snowed 14 new, wonderful inches!

The morning of the first day of camp, Lazy Acres looked like a Thomas Kinkade painting. I was excited, and as the first participants arrived, I could tell they were too.

After some housekeeping and a few get to know you activities, the fun in the snow began. Sledding, archery, snow shoeing, snowman and igloo building were just some of the activities we did. When we got cold we warmed up by the fire in the Lodge with a cup of hot chocolate, then back out in the snow we went.

The second day was more of the same, and all too soon it was time to say good bye. One by one the troops packed up and began their hike to their vehicles, but not before they had one more time down that sled run!

In my mind, Winter Camp had been perfect. Not because the furnace didn’t go out, or there were patches. Not because there was plenty of food. It was perfect because thirty girl scout sisters got together for a weekend and laughed, sang, played, got to know each other and made memories at that beautiful camp. Oh, and because there was snow, it was perfect because there was snow!

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Lazy Acres Winter Camp a chance for fun

 

 

Submitted by Ariel Kay

Rye

Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado

This weekend a Lazy Acres tradition called “Winter Camp” was brought back after a having been gone for several years and it was a blast!

Lazy Acres, located in Rye Colorado in San Isabelle National Forest, is a beautiful rustic camp that speaks to tradition and fun.

After everyone arrived,we started the weekend by playing some games and some basic rules, with a brief break for a snowball fight.

The afternoon was packed with activity and fun! Groups rotated between snow shoeing, doing archery and sledding. Before dinner troops had some free time to do whatever they wanted. Some took the opportunity to make new friends and crafts, others went snow shoeing and sledding. The girls built a pretty awesome sledding hill with jumps and turns. They really got to show their creativity, ingenuity and shred in their sleds.

The evening was an opportunity for troops to share songs and games with one another, an invaluable practice for both girls and Girl Scout leaders. We all slept in the lodge, a giant slumber party, but not before getting “Tadjar Tales” as a bedtime story read to us by Jill the volunteer who organized the weekend.

Sunday morning we had the chance to play more in the snow and build snow men for a contest. They were all wonderful – some worth melting for.

With warm winter camp memories and smiles everyone went home.

There are some volunteer led camping opportunities at Lazy Acres this summer. More details here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/camp
Lazy Acres is also available for rental for troop events. More details on that here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/properties

Thank you to all the troops for participating and all the leaders who volunteered their time to plan and lead the weekend.

Keep an eye out for Lazy Acres Winter Camp next year!

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

Date Change – Pueblo Outdoor Property Town Hall

A number of our volunteers and community members in the Southern Colorado region have expressed concern over the date and time scheduled for the Outdoor Property Town Hall.  We respect and value the feedback of our volunteers and stakeholders, so we have decided to reschedule the event.  Due to other conflicts and our impending deadlines, we are unable to schedule it on another weekend day.  We will instead be offering two sessions on a weekday.  Our hope is that the majority of interested citizens can attend one of the sessions.  We have discussed these options with several volunteers and community members and they agree that they are the best available.  The new meetings will be: Friday, May 2:  11:30 a-12:30 p and 6:30 p-7:30 p at the Pueblo Regional Office (21 Montebello).  Please note that the date and location for the Colorado Springs Town Hall will remain Sunday, April 6:  3:00 p-4:30 p at the Colorado Springs Regional Office.  Thank you for your continued support of GSCO, we look forward to seeing you there!

Southern Colorado Town Halls Rescheduled

The Southern CO Town Hall meeting originally set for March 8 to discuss outdoor properties has been rescheduled. In response to volunteer feedback, there will now be two meetings. Although all properties will be discussed at both meetings, there will be a specific focus for each, based on the region in which the meeting is held. Below are the details about each meeting.

April 6, 3-4:30 – Colorado Springs Regional Office (5353 N. Union Blvd, Ste 101, Colorado Springs), Focus: Hamp Hut and Sky High Ranch
April 13, 3-4:30 – Pueblo Regional Office (21 Montebello, Pueblo), Focus: Lazy Acres