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Girl Scout overnight camp property north of Fort Collins

GSCO announces partnership with DU, sale of Magic Sky Ranch

Girl Scouts will retain use of property for six weeks each summer

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce a partnership with the University of Denver that includes the sale of Magic Sky Ranch to DU, as well as significant collaboration opportunities between these two, like-minded organizations.

After six years of listing Magic Sky Ranch on the market, GSCO was approached by DU with an interest to purchase the property and evolve it into a mountain location to complement its urban campus. With nearly 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students, DU wants to provide outdoor opportunities and curriculum to enhance the student experience. The funds from the sale allow Girl Scouts of Colorado to invest in a sustainable future and increase its ability to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls across the state.

In addition, DU appreciates the importance of the outdoors and camp traditions within Girl Scouting and has agreed to enable GSCO and its statewide girl membership to continue to access the property outside of Red Feather Lakes for up to six weeks each summer for at least the next seven years.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Board of Directors and DU’s Board of Trustees have agreed to the deal, which transfers ownership of Magic Sky Ranch to DU for $11.25 million. The transfer of land will be complemented by significant partnership opportunities between the two organizations, including:

  • collaborating on outdoor equity and education curriculum as well as programing related to the advancement of women and girls;
  • mentorship and leadership opportunities for our girls with DU students;
  • access to DU’s Denver campus facilities for programing and other opportunities;
  • the ability to partner with relevant academic programs;
  • internships, fieldwork, and research opportunities for DU students that Girl Scouts can participate in and learn from.

“We are overjoyed to be entrusting Magic Sky Ranch to an organization that shares our passion for youth development and education,” said Leanna Clark, CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado.  “The fact that our girls can continue to have access to Magic Sky, coupled with the extensive partnership opportunities we are exploring with DU, means we are jointly creating a legacy the benefits of which will be felt by our girls and DU’s students for decades to come.”

The Magic Sky Ranch property was purchased in the 1960s by the Girl Scouts Mile High Council. It was operated as a resident camp from 2007 to 2013, during which time it incurred losses of about $750,000 annually; in recent years, Magic Sky Ranch has been used on average only 68 days out of each year. In 2014, the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors voted to put the property on the market based on the recommendation of the council’s Outdoor Property Task Force. Since then, Newmark Knight Frank and Deloitte Consulting have both conducted additional property studies for GSCO that corroborate the benefits of a sale of Magic Sky Ranch.

Funds from the proceeds of the sale will be held in a separate Girl Scouts of Colorado financial account. A committee of key stakeholders, including members, volunteers, board, and staff, will have input into how the funds will be reinvested in Girl Scout properties and to support delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. About $3 million from the sale has been approved for expenditure on deferred maintenance projects at GSCO’s other properties. These projects, which will be determined through a property strategic planning process, will take place over several years and include technology and security upgrades, winterizing to ensure year-round access, and upgrades to accommodations.

GSCO will work closely with the Membership Connection Committee to solicit input from members and volunteers on the potential of adding other amenities to our properties as well as exploring ways in which the sale can enable us to reach and serve more girls across the state.


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.


OAC April 2021 Events: Registration is Now Open

Registration for the Outdoor Adventure Club Magic Sky High Ropes and Climbing events opens on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 9 a.m.

On April 10 or April 11, OAC girls will spend a full day at Magic Sky Ranch participating in high adventure activities. Half the day will be spent at the high ropes course and the other half of the day will be spent climbing at the cliffs near the lake. Register and learn more using the links below:

For more information about the Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) and future events, check out these links:

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.

Magic Sky Rock Climbing Badge Adventure Day: Spaces Still Available

UPDATE: Registration is now closed as we have reached capacity.

Spaces are still available for Rock Climbing Badge Adventure Day at Magic Sky Ranch!

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fee: $20 (Grants available)

Join us for a day of outdoor rock climbing and outdoor skill building to complete some of the requirements for the Rock Climbing Adventure badge. Girls will learn about climbing equipment, techniques, knots, and other skills before exploring up the rock wall. After climbing, girls will learn Leave No Trace and other outdoor skills to be prepared for future adventures.  No prior climbing experience is required, and this event is open to all Brownies – Ambassadors.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/092020_rock_climbing_NC.html

This is not an individual girl drop-off event; girls must attend as part of a troop or with their own adult supervision. 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 waiver.

An event letter with more information about COVID polices and procedures during the event will be emailed to participants two weeks prior to the event.

If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

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.

Helping our community

Girl Scouts of Colorado is collaborating with community leaders in the Red Feather Lakes area to help local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Magic Sky Ranch property is being used to sort shipments of food that are then being distributed to those struggling to feed themselves. A small group of volunteers has been unloading and repacking bulk items. Afterwards, the parcels are taken to Morning Star Church for distribution.  tons of food is expected to be distributed on Friday, April 3, 2020.

This effort is a collaboration with North 40 Mountain Alliance,  Larimer County Office on Aging, Larimer County Partnership for Age Friendly Communities, Senior Access Points, Morning Star Community Church, Chapel in the Pines, Red Feather Lakes Library, Gordon Creek Farm, DaLonna Mae’s Cafe, Food Bank for Larimer County, and many individual donors. The food is going to families with children, the elderly, people in the service industries who have lost their livelihood, and many others who have been put in distress due this crisis.


Volunteering trail work at Magic Sky Ranch

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

A couple of the girls from Troop 70720, along with one of their grandparents, spent the day working on the Homestead Trail at Magic Sky Ranch. The troop will be back with more girls later this fall. This group got a nice start though. The troop really loves Magic Sky and cares about trying to do some upkeep on one of the trails they have loved using for the last nine years.

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

Juniors from Troop 76048 camp, hike, and ride horses

Submitted by Susan Scott

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland/Fort Collins

Juniors from Troop 76048 in Loveland/Fort Collins used their cookie earnings for a campout at Magic Sky Ranch and horseback riding at Sundance Trail Ranch. They hiked, had s’mores, played wolf pack on the rocks, and had the entire Magic Sky Ranch to themselves!

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

Camp Coco at Magic Sky Ranch

Submitted by Charity Haviland

Metro Denver


Camp Coco is coming! We are hosting a fun camp for Girl Scouts to explore Mexican culture at Magic Sky Ranch November 1-3, 2019. Our girls will lead several stations related to “CoCo,” the movie, and Mexican tradition. Register online at http://girlscouts65792.org by September 29 to secure a spot.

Contact Charity Haviland at gstroop65792@gmail.com for questions!


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

Camp Coco at Magic Sky Ranch

Submitted by Charity Haviland

Metro Denver


Come learn about Mexican culture by experiencing the music, crafts, and food at Camp CoCo at Magic Sky Ranch November 1-3, 2019. Register online at http://girlscouts65792.org.

Cost: $120 per Girl Scout and $45 per troop leader and other adults required to meet the Safety Wise Ratio for your troop. Additional adults, beyond Safety Wise Ratio, are $100 each. Cost includes all materials for onsite crafts, two dinners, two breakfasts, and one lunch, and lodging.

The girls of Troop 65792 are really excited to host this event. They have worked hard to learn the crafts and plan the events for the weekend. This is their first event to host and they can’t wait to share their learning with others!

Contact Charity Haviland at gstroop65792@gmail.com for questions!

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