Tag Archives: Meadow Mountain Ranch

Girl Scouts learn camping skills at MMR Core Camps

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Allenspark

Volunteer-run core camps at Meadow Mountain Ranch this past summer enticed almost 200 girls to the Colorado high country to hike, cook out, sing, do crafts, archery, kapers, and generally, get a really broad sampling of what Girl Scout Camp is all about.  The two-night Core Camp (CC for short) gave less experienced troops a quick overview of a variety of program offerings and expert volunteers were there to take the lead in making that program a success.  Leaders did not need to worry about planning or scheduling, organizing or executing parts of camp program they might not be quite as knowledgeable about.  Most of the volunteer staff had been camp counselors or camp directors before, even as far back as the 1960s.  They were truly excited to share their favorite things of camp to new girls and leaders.  Included in the short time at camp were archery, outdoor skills, crafts, hiking, cookouts, campfires, nature activities, kapers (camp chores), ceremonies, etc.  Add into organized sessions was plenty of free time to hang out with troop friends (“me time”), make new friends, sleep in the tabins in the units, and enjoy the beauty and mountain environment of one of the most beautiful Girl Scouts camps anywhere.

Core Camp 2, a three-night camp, offered more time for more fun.  This year a pilot program of beginning backpacking skills was offered, and a good group of girls had a mini-trip to the back meadow with packs to see what great adventures might await when we get away from main camp.  Extended craft sessions, a little more time for organizing and preparing for the cookout, and night-time activities were offered.  The same volunteer staff members were on tap to help girls and leaders have even more fun, and certainly the goal is to have more girls come for three nights next year.

Highlights of Core Camps included “Art in the Park,” a nature immersion session, where girls and leaders were able to draw or paint out in the woods their personal interpretations of the beauty of nature and then display their works in a fresh-air art gallery where they shared with the visitors the spirit behind their masterpieces. Of course, they get to take their art works home with them.  The “Partner Scavenger Hunt” allowed pairs of girls and adults an extended time outdoors finding things, writing poetry, creating musical instruments from things in nature and also sharing their favorite experiences with the whole group.

Crafts in the Paint Pot activity shelter included various selected offerings such as beadwork, memory boxes, dream catchers and more.

The outdoor skills program offerings allowed girls experiences with knot tying, fire building, lashing, orienteering, plant identification and more.  A lot was crammed into these sessions, but the very experienced volunteers sparked a lot of interest and enthusiasm.

There was a “Meadow Meander” which allowed a couple of groups a special opportunity to immerse themselves in the tall, tall grass in the middle meadow and take a closer look at the flowers, bugs, leaves, trees and just lie quietly and take it all in.  “What’s that?” “What kind of flower is that?” “Why does this look like thisl?” “Where did that come from?” Exploration and satisfaction abounded, and allowed for some fabulous photo ops, too, to allow us to share the moment and make memories to last a lifetime.

The archery area was busy all day with rotations of all the girls and leaders, led by experienced staff members who gave instructions and made sure that what might be a new activity for some would prove to be a complete success for everyone, adults included!

The dates are already set for our volunteer-run Core Camps for summer, 2018.  See the listings in the camp brochure, and save the dates as follows: 

CC1:  July 20 – 22 (two nights)

CC2:  July 27 – 30 (three nights)

For information or to make registrations contact Linda Robinson, registrar, at meadowmountaincorecamp@gmail.com.

Save the date: Women’s Week 2018 at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Meadow Mountain Ranch

This summer, the fourth year of Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch brought together new and returning friends from nine different states to the Colorado high country.  Women’s Week is open to any women/ladies/girls who are at least 18 years of age, who may or may not be Girl Scouts presently, or who may or may not ever have attended camp at any time anywhere.  In other words, come one, come all – – – the more the merrier!

The best part about Women’s Week (WW for short) is that the sky is truly the limit!  There is no preplanned program or schedule, except as determined by the menus and meals.  More about food a little later!  If you would like to do a particular thing, just make a request and we’ll try to see that it happens.  If you would like to offer a special activity or program, just hang up a sign saying where and when it will happen, and bring with you the tools or materials to share with others.

There is plenty of time in our three-night/four-day event to rest and relax, explore, visit, sing, laugh, cook, sleep, read, hike, etc.  Do you like to get up early in the morning?  Coffee is always on its way before breakfast and a few of us enjoy the still morning solitude to listen to the birds, feel the breeze, and watch the sun come up over the hills.  Like to stay up late?  Campfires are always on the agenda, so we can give you “a place where people gather to make friends of all kinds,” and then we can help you “sing your way home at the close of the day.”

Women’s Week usually begins with a Big Circle Tour of MMR, which will take you to see most of what’s on the property for your further exploration.  Up to the east past the C.I.T. house under restoration at this time, maybe up as far as Vista Spur to see the panorama of peaks that tower over us, back across by “The Shelf,” out to the Back Meadow, and around through the fire break along the back trail and over to Pinecrest where the Memorial Unit Shelter is under construction.

Cooking is a big part of Women’s Week, and the patrol assigned to be chefs will have guidance from Susan Baker and her growing-up girls to offer a delicious variety of cuisine, carefully planned to allow for dietary needs as well as experimentation.  We’ve done bean-hole cooking, stick cooking, reflector oven baking, and dutch oven offerings.  We’ve cooked on charcoal, open fires, or propane stoves, depending on the preference of the cooks or the (hopefully not!) fire restrictions. We once made rhubarb jam in the main camp kitchen to share with everyone.  No, Women’s Week food is not always like regular camp food, as we’ve included a chili cook-off, stir fry to die for, fresh fruits and veggies prepared many different ways, and special surprises along the way.  Ever made a “Fluffernutter?” or a “Darn Good/Dough Boy”?  Do you have special culinary requests you’d like to see us try?

So, here are some highlights from summer 2017 at Women’s Week: A climb up Meadow Mountain.  Crafts of bark painting, Morse-Code beading, monkey fists, tile mosaics. Yang or Taijiguan style of Tai-Chi in the mornings to relax the body and soul.  “Tajer Tales” and “The Thirteen Clocks.”  Sunrise hike to Vista Spur.  Self-guided Nature Trail. A bog explore to see “the tufas” in the lower meadow.  Service projects to help with fire mitigation and stripping logs for the new unit shelter at Pinecrest.

Summer of 2018 will feature a special dedication ceremony for the new Pinecrest Memorial Unit Shelter.  Completion of this project will allow for more complete use of this larger more remote unit on the southern boundary of the camp.  Contact Penny Roberts if you’d like to be involved in creating a memorial to special people who helped bring you personally through Girl Scouting to be the woman you are today.

So, dates are set for the fifth Women’s Week for the summer of 2018.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR, SAVE THE DATES, OR REGISTER RIGHT NOW!  Monday, July 23 (first meal is lunch) through Thursday, July 26 (last meal is champagne brunch).  Cost is $180 for the entire event or $60 for any daily increments including three meals.  Contact the very informal camp director, Penny “Pan” Roberts, PO Box 211, Estes Park, Co. 80517, probertscolo@gmail.com or by phone at (970) 586 1775. 

It’s great when moms and daughters and granddaughters come, or when MMR camp staff alums make connections with previous campers from decades ago, or when friends who never got to go to camp ever can join this wonderful experience.  It’s great when we take time out, get away, unwind, unplug, or just generally recreate ourselves.  We take good care of each other and come away with peace and satisfaction that comes from just being outdoors.  At camp, where life is more real.   Hope to see you then.

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

 

Centennial Campfire celebration at Meadow Mountain Ranch

More than 200 Girl Scouts and Girl Scout supporters gathered on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Meadow Mountain Ranch to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado at the last in a series of Centennial Campfire celebrations. MMR is a Girl Scouts of Colorado property located next to Rocky Mountain National Park in Allenspark. Girls and families enjoyed s’mores by the fire, a tour of the property, and a performance by the Songbirds Girl Scout Choir. A Girl Scout history display and mobile Girl Scout shop attracted attention in the main lodge.

All Girl Scouts who attended also received a free, fun patch honoring 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado. The first Girl Scout troop in Colorado got started in 1917 in the Colorado Springs area.

New dates available in August and September for property reservations

Are you looking for a place to camp with your troop in August or September of 2017? You’re in luck! Several of our properties are available and we want to get your troop outdoors.

Sky High Ranch:
August 11 – 13
August 25 – 27
September 1 – 3

Magic Sky Ranch:
August 11 – 13
August 25 – 27

Meadow Mountain Ranch:
August 11 – 13
September 1 – 3
September 15 – 17
September 22 – 24

For prices, accommodations, and to make your reservation, use GSCO’s online booking system at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

All sites are first come, first-served, and must be reserved with a 20% deposit. Balances are due in full 30 days before the reservation date. Bookings made less than 30 days before the reservation must be paid in full when making the reservation.

If you have questions about our properties or the property reservation process, please email the Property and Outdoor Program Administrator at property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Centennial Campfire Celebration at MMR rescheduled for August 27, 2017

The Centennial Campfire celebration at Meadow Mountain Ranch on May 21, 2017 has been postponed due to effects from the spring storm.  There is currently no power on the property, which presents safety concerns for the more than 600 guests we had registered.

The celebration has been rescheduled for August 27, 2017. Register now!

 

Grant available for Women’s Wilderness Summit Sisters retreat

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Submitted by Annie Pierce, GSCO Property and Outdoor Program Administrator

This year, Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to offer one of our adult volunteers a space at the Summit Sister’s Camp run by Women’s Wilderness. Women’s Wilderness is hosting this camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch June 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017. Women’s Wilderness’s mission is to strengthen the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls and women through the challenge and support of group wilderness and community based experiences. Summit Sisters focuses on a deep nature connection, connection to your body, inspiration and calling, and competence and outdoor skills. Presentations at Summit Sisters this year will include: The Call of the Earth, Self Confidence Formula, Wildlife Tracking in the Rockies, Inner Beauty Workshop, and so much more. For more information about Summit Sisters, please visit their website at https://www.womenswilderness.org/summit-sisters/.

We will choose one adult volunteer for a free space at the Summit Sister’s Camp – a $450 value! All meals, lodging, and programming are provided. To apply for this opportunity, click on the following link and complete the questionnaire no later than May 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. All applicants will be contacted on May 15 after the winner of the grant has been chosen. Applicants must have a current or lifetime membership with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The link to the application is  https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/grantforsummitsisters06042017_06062017.

 

Meadow Mountain Ranch Core Camp 2 offers backpacking option: Still lots of space to register July 21 – 24, 2017

 

Submitted by Penny “Pan” Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Core Camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch is a “sampler” troop camp program designed for troops and their leaders who wish to experience most of the types of programs that Girl Scout camps have to offer.  This year, a group of trained volunteers is offering Core Camp 1 for less experienced troops for two nights and Core Camp 2 for more experienced troops for three nights at the spectacular high country location near Allenspark, CO.

This year, Core Camp 2 will offer 12-15 girls who have had past camping experience an additional progressive option into the world of backpacking.  CC2 runs from July 21 – 24, 2017 and the backpacking group will be gone from main camp from after lunch on Saturday until before lunch on Sunday.  They will not be leaving the MMR property, but will search out a secluded glade in which to pitch tents, cook out, practice outdoor skills, and have a great overnight with the help of experienced backpacking staff.  No, the girls will not need to provide the specialized gear such as tents, packs, stoves, cook kits, or food.  All they will need is their own sleeping bag, rain gear, clothing, and very minor misc. items for such a short trip.

There will be some special orientation given before they take-off about how to pack, cook out, set up camp, and other skills they will need to give them a compact insight into what could come later as they choose to delve further into the world of backpacking.  Rocky Mountain National Park is out the west boundary of MMR, and no more spectacular options anywhere would await girls or troops or groups when they are ready to explore even further afield.  Take it from me – – – I’m still backpacking after about 55+ years, and I never tire of it.  We’ll be sure the girls have the best possible experience out and about in the woods and under the stars.

There is still room for about 50 more registrants for Core Camp 2, and it is possible to split the troop if not all girls choose the backpacking option.  Some financial aid may be available.  Cookie Credits can be used, and for information or to make your registration, contact meadowmountaincorecamp@gmail.com.

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

 

 

 

Space available at Meadow Mountain Ranch

If your troop or service unit has been thinking about hosting a camp at one of our properties, and are looking for a great outdoor adventure, than you may be in luck! We currently have the weekend of July 7-9, 2017 available at gorgeous Meadow Mountain Ranch for Girl Scout groups to book.

Meadow Mountain Ranch is a great place for your troop to teach outdoor skills, explore Rocky Mountain National park, take hikes, and make some new outdoor crafts. At this property, Girl Scouts would need to plan for their own meals and activities; no program staff would be available. Campers would get to stay in our tabins, which are part cabin, part tent! Tabins have wooden floors and roofs, and part canvas, part wood walls.

Take a trip away from technology, and encourage others to enjoy nature in it’s purest form.

To book your unit camp, go to http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

Reservations are first come, first-served. If you have any questions about Meadow Mountain Ranch, please contact Annie Pierce at annie.pierce@gscolorado.org.

New dates available for property reservations

We are so pleased to have so many wonderful troops reserve our sites for this year to come and enjoy the great outdoors.  Recently, we have had a few weekends open that were previously unavailable. We would love to share this opportunity with you, so that your troop may enjoy a stay at one of our properties.  The following weekends now have openings for troops to reserve:

Tomahawk Ranch: March 3 – 5, 2017* and March 24 – 26, 2017

Sky High Ranch: March 31 – April 2, 2017

Meadow Mountain Ranch: July 7 – 9, 2017

*Please note that if your troop would like to reserve March 3 -5, 2017 at Tomahawk Ranch, we are unable to provide food service for that weekend.

Reservations are first come, first-served and must be made through our booking site at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/. We expect them to fill up quickly, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact the Property and Outdoor Program Administrator, at annie.pierce@gscolorado.org.

Centennial Campfire celebrations: Register now

Register now for Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Centennial Campfires, featuring property tours, s’mores, sing-a-longs, history displays, camp merchandise, fun patch activities, and more!  All attendees will also receive a special 2017 Centennial patch.

Sky High Ranch

March 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Woodland Park

Registration link: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/skyhighranchcentennialcampfire03122017

Tomahawk Ranch

March 19, Noon – 2 p.m.

Bailey

Registration link: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/tomahawkranchcentennialcampfire03192017

Grand Junction Service Center

April 29-30

580 24 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction

*Meet the CEO, mobile shop, activity stations, Highest Awards celebration

Link to register: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/grandjunctioncentennialcelebration04292017

Meadow Mountain Ranch

May 21, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Allenspark

Registration link: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meadowmountainranchcentennialcampfire05212017

Limited accommodations may be available at camp properties: http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.