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New Camp Sessions & Changes


Camp registration has been open since December 9, and our camp directors have worked to open spaces in more popular sessions. Register now for an open session. Learn about our entire slate of camp sessions here.

New sessions added since the camp mailer was delivered to Girl Scouts in November:

Day Camp

DC0481 Babysitting Boot Camp: 6/20-24, Cadette – Ambassador. The American Red Cross, the nation’s leader in babysitter training prepares you to be the best sitter on the block. Eight in ten parents said they’d pay more for a trained babysitter certified by the American Red Cross. Start your babysitting business and learn how to be a safe, professional & reliable sitter. You’ll learn about children’s ages & stages of development, how to hold & feed infants, & how to change diapers. You’ll learn pediatric CPR, first aid, & business savvy. You’ll learn how to handle asthma, inhalers, allergic reactions & EpiPens, while having fun at day camp! For girls ages 11-17. Must be 11 by the last day of camp. At the Colorado Adventure Point in Lakewood.

Troop Camp

TC03 MMR Troop Camp June 17-19 & TC038 MMR Troop Camp Adult Volunteer, Daisy – Adult, Explore the wonders of Meadow Mountain Ranch in Allenspark at Troop Camp. This troop camp offers tabin lodging, meals (Sun dinner – Tues. brunch + snacks), and activities: archery, hiking, teambuilding, outdoor cooking, campfires and more! Programming is led by GSCO staff; troops are supervised by their leaders. The 2 Adults meeting Safety Activity Checkpoints are free. Each troop must have an adult who has completed Overnight Training and an adult who is CPR and First Aid Certified.

Trip & Travel

TT01 Colorado Horseback Adventure 7/24-30, Cadettes entering 7th & 8th grade NEW, Seniors, Ambassador, This is an amazing adventure for the horse lover. Starting at Sky High Ranch. we’ll get to know each other and plan our week. We’ll then travel to Bear Basin Ranch outside of Westcliffe where the group goes on a 3 day, 2 night horse pack trip into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, followed by 3 days at “cowgirl camp” where we’ll learn how to ranch, rope & ride. One day is spent whitewater rafting! Pick up will be in Colorado Springs. Girls must be 12 or older. Questions? Contact Outdoor Volunteer Programs Manger anna.danila@gscolorado.org.

Tomahawk Ranch Camps

TR08 Story Tellers 6/12-17, Cadette, Spaces Added! Become part of your favorite books and stories!! Are you an avid reader who loves reading works by new authors? This camp is for girls who love a good story teller, and have active imaginations. We’ll step into some of your favorite books, making your stories come to life. There will be time for general activities too.

TR405 The Dark Side 7/10-21, Cadette, In a land far far away…while the rest of camp is in the light, you will experience camp in the dark! Take over camp at night and learn the secrets of our universe.  Stay up with the stars and sleep in late. Create your own lightsaber and master Darth mind tricks! There will be time for general camp activities too!!

Sky High Ranch Camps

SH12 Boatload of Fun 6/19-6/24, Brownie (NEW!), Junior, Get ready to sample all types of boats – kayaks to canoes to stand up paddle boards! Weather permitting, groups will boat every day and take a day-trip to practice skills. Lounging lake-side and swimming are a must! There will be time for general activities too. Does not include the zipline.

SH155 Night Ninjas 6/19-24, Junior, Night ninjas are known for their camp stealth and adventure! Try your hand at Glow in the Dark Archery, Sleep-in Breakfasts, and Star Gazing.  “You didn’t see anything…!” There will be time for general activities too. Does not include zip line.

SH165 Iron Chef SHR 6/19-24, Cadette, Prepare yourself for an EPIC cooking competition!! Girls will learn outdoor cooking techniques and then battle in teams for the title of Team Master Chefs. The competitions will be filmed and the drama will be shown at the end of the week. Your team will be challenged with secret ingredients and courses. So now Sky High Ranch, with an open heart and an empty stomach, I say to you in the words of Ruddy: Allez cuisine! There will be time for general activities too. Does not include zip line.

SH23 6/26-7/1 & SH60 7/24-29 Canoe Crazy, Brownie (NEW!), Junior, Crazy about boating? Travel offsite to nearby lakes to kayak, sail, stand up paddle board & swim! Build your own boat & race in the 2nd annual Sky High Cardboard Regatta! There will be time for general activities too. Does not include a zip line.

SH335 Sky High Ranch Brownie Explorer 7/6-7/8, Brownie, Try Sky High Ranch! Explore camp & make new friends, sing around the campfire, visit the barnyard, create crafts, dabble in sports, take a nature walk, make s’mores & more! Does not include zip line.

SH345 Sky High Ranch Junior Sampler 7/6-7/8, Junior, Sample all that Sky High has to offer; dabble in archery, take a trip on the zip, do crafts, make new friends, canoe and more! Campers must be at least 60lbs to ensure they don’t get stuck mid-zip.

SH435 Sky High Ranch Adventure Olympics 7/10-7/15, Cadette, Test your mettle at the First Annual Sky High Adventure Olympics! Events include: zipline, rock climbing, one-hour off-site trail ride, swimming, canoeing, and archery. There will be time for general activities too.

SH445 TV Game Shows 7/10-7/15, Cadette, Want to play TV game shows rather than just watch them? Discover your ninja warrior, race for the clues, learn to survive in the wild, become a fashionista, discover your talent in “Sky High Ranch Has Talent” and so much more! There will be time for general activities too. Does not include zipline.

SH515 Farm Fillies 7/17-7/22, Junior, Farm animals are what it’s all about! Spend your days with Sky High’s animals, grooming & feeding them, then join us for an ol’ fashioned hoe-down with dancing, goodies & more! (Includes a one-hour off-site horseback trail ride.) There will be time for general activities too. Does not include zipline.

SH535 District 14 7/17-22, Cadette, Ensure that the odds are in your favor by honing your archery skills; master other pursuits like canoeing and ziplining! A night under the stars increases your odds of becoming a victor. Participants must be at least 60 lbs to ensure they do not get stuck mid-zip.

Camps cancelled due to lack of interest. Our extended registration season for camp enables us to find just the right mix of programs and interests for girls at Girl Scout Camps!
SH15 & SH43 InTents
SH16 Boatload of Fun
SH34 Wizarding World of Beasts
SH44 Legends of Archery
SH53 Boating Assistant
SH52 Sky High Base Camp
SH53 Boating Assistant
TC014 High Adventure Troop Camp
TC034 MMR High Adventure Troop Camp – GoPro
TC038 MMR High Adventure Troop Camp – GoPro – adult
TR18 Novel Idea
TR40 Deep Blue Sea

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Nominate a Girl Scout for the Girls’ Leadership Council

From the Women’s Foundation of Colorado

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s (WFCO) Girls’ Leadership Council (GLC) brings together 20 incoming juniors from high schools across Colorado for intensive week-long training in leadership and philanthropy to empower them to make an impact in their own communities. To learn more about GLC, use this link: http://www.wfco.org/girlsleadershipcouncil

Does this sound like it would appeal to a young woman in your life? Nominate her today by filling out the form hereA nomination is meant to encourage students to apply. It is not necessary for application nor is it a consideration in selection. WFCO will contact your nominee directly to invite her to submit an application.

Key Dates and Information

Eligibility: Any high school sophomore girl in Colorado who will be a junior in the Fall of 2016

Application Open: November 1, 2015

Application Due: February 1, 2016

Interview Day: April 16, 2016

Program Week: July 2016, TBD

Program Location: University of Denver Campus


Kicking off the year…on the river!


Submitted by Girl Scout Troop 10065

Western Slope

Middle school schedules certainly do tend to get CRAZY!  So, we’ve moved our meeting day and time to a weekend this year and it has definitely opened us up for some amazing opportunities!

Last year, we “kidnapped” our Cadettes for a sleepover as their first meeting of the year.  The troop was only eight girls and it was easy to do something completely unexpected and fun.  So, trying to think of a way to do that again and make it a first meeting “tradition,” leaders came up with the idea to do something not “normal” rather than a “meeting” for our first get together this year, too!  We live in the beautiful state of Colorado and that means RIVER!

For our first meeting, we took the girls on a float trip!  It was a perfect weather day.  There were no rapids, so it was safe and comfortable for all the first-timers and it was a great day for a little river swim!

Can’t wait for the year ahead!

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

Hello London!

Our Dove group
Our Dove group
Pinning ceremony
Pinning ceremony

Submitted by LeEllen Condry

During the week of June 17-23, 2015, Troop #561 from Granby, Colorado, plus Marlene Logan and I from Denver, traveled to London, England to experience the British culture. We joined a troop from St. Paul, Minnesota and as one large Girl Scout troop we traveled throughout London.

London is a fabulous city. There was so much planned on our agenda. Our group saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace; visited Kensington Palace and saw the rooms which contained Queen Victoria’s dresses; had tea at The Orangery which is located on the grounds of Kensington Palace; rode the London Eye; attended a theatre show called 39 Steps; painted a canvas; walked around the East End of London to see street art from artists such as Banksy; toured the National Gallery which housed works of art from Monet; walked through Hyde Park and saw the Princess Diana Memorial; and shopped in wonderful areas of London.

The highlights of the trip were visiting Pax Lodge and having a Harry Potter Tour at Warner Brothers outside of London. At Pax Lodge, I truly enjoyed watching the girls experience the pinning ceremony under the beautiful tree. For dinner, we had a British delicacy of fish and chips. The Harry Potter tour included viewing the costumes worn by the actors, and visiting the sets that were used in the movies. The Hogwarts Express train, the Knight Bus, and Buckbeak, Hagrid’s pet were also on display. The gift shop also was incredible. Anything and everything about Harry Potter was in there. After the Harry Potter tour was over, I felt that I had personally connected with Harry Potter.

For summer of 2016, Girl Scouts of Colorado will be hosting our first Destination trip to Ireland, Wales, and England. I hope you will be able to join us. Please check out our trip on the Destination page of GSUSA on August 15, 2015. All details including registration will be included. If you have any questions please contact LeEllen Condry at nemoursLM@yahoo.com.

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

Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Young Women Empowering Communities


Written by Kimberlyn Leary, an Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls from https://www.whitehouse.gov/champions/blog

America needs the full talent of all our people. Maintaining our nation’s competitive advantage means we can’t afford to leave anyone out or behind. Our success as a country depends on ensuring that all young people have a chance to reach their full potential.

President Obama created the White House Council on Women and Girls in the first months of his Presidency to ensure that every agency, department and office in the Federal Government takes into account the needs and aspirations of women and girls in every aspect of their work. We have made much progress as a country, but there is still much work to do to close opportunity gaps and barriers to success. Many of these challenges disproportionately affect women and girls.

In November, 2014, the Council on Women and Girls released a report, “Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity.” The Council is working to ensure that government policies appropriately consider these challenges and persistent opportunity gaps faced by too many girls and women from under-represented communities to ensure that everyone who aspires to get ahead has a chance to succeed. The President also recognizes that innovation comes from communities and is often sponsored by young people who notice problems and work with their schools, youth organizations, and even in start-ups to craft new solutions and fresh perspectives.

In September, the White House will recognize young women who are already leading and inspiring their communities as advocates, peer-mentors, artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs as Champions of Change.

The Champions of Change event will highlight new leaders. Many girls, including those from underrepresented communities, aspire to leadership. Many, in fact, already see themselves as problem-solvers, particularly in their families. But they may not always see themselves as leaders. By showcasing young women leading change in their communities and influencing others—while remaining themselves—this event will uplift their efforts and also inspire other young women to recognize that they too can engage leadership in their own way and in their own style.

These young leaders will have created programs, sponsored events, or created products that provide affirmative visibility and often the extra encouragement that enables girls to stay in school, honor their bodies and their minds, and reach higher by navigating pathways to college and careers. Each of these Champions appreciates that a struggling girl may be just one mentor away from success. Accordingly, we are interested in Champions who can also share their own stories of the teacher, coach, pastor, or relative who guided her and stimulated the ethic that true leadership occurs through service.

We’re calling on you to help us identify young women who are making a difference in their communities and leading the way by nominating individuals that make a positive difference in the lives of young women in the following categories:

  • Mentorship: Do you know a young woman who is empowering her community by offering mentorship and leadership to other young women?
  • Education: Do you know a young woman whose passion is to help girls or her peers succeed in school or seek higher education?
  • Innovators and Entrepreneurs: Do you know a young woman who is leading by example – through innovation and entrepreneurship?
  • Advocacy: Do you know a young woman who has helped her community to thrive by advocating for her peers?
  • Arts and Technology: Do you know a young women who is using the arts and technology in the service of empowering her community?

Nominate a Champion of Change for Young Women Empowering Communities by Wednesday, July 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Click here to submit your nomination (be sure to select “Young Women Empowering Communities” as your theme of service).


Use Cookie Credits for Meadow Mountain Ranch Core Camps!


Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) Core Camp is a special time in the mountains with your Girl Scout troop, and registration is open now!  Cookie Credits can be used to pay for this camp, and there is still time in the cookie sale to boost money that you and your troop earn to pay for this camp.

PLACE: Meadow Mountain Ranch, Allenspark

SESSION 1:  Friday, July 24 – Monday, July 27
SESSION 2: Monday, July 27 – Thursday, July 30

COST:  $115.00 per girl; $70.00 per adult or certified Program Aide (PA)


Core Camp is a volunteer-led camp, and registers through the dedicated volunteers who lead it.  Registration is simple, and fees do not have to be paid until after school is out.  Fill out a registration form with the age level, troop number, town, email address, names of girls and adults and get it in to save your place.

To register or for questions, email Linda Robinson, volunteer registrar at meadowmountaincorecamp@gmail.com  She will send you forms and answer any of your questions.


In addition to Cookie Credits, there is also be some independent financial aid awarded to girls on a first-come-first-served basis.  Email your interest in financial aid to Linda Robinson as well.

Core camp is open to Brownies through Ambassadors, and all overnight camping rules apply to this event.  Our caring volunteers will help you plan and assist with activities you would like at camp.  Volunteers will be available to help provide required adult coverage if that is needed.

If you would like someone to come to your troop or service unit meeting to share about Core Camp, please contact Penny Roberts at proberts@larimer.org or by phone evenings at 970 586 1775.


MMR is a beautiful 200-acre Girl Scout camp with a rich history and nearly unlimited opportunities for fun, relaxation, and comradery in the Colorado high country.  We guarantee you’ll have memories and new friends to take back to the city with you, and that you will want more and more of this type of grand outdoor experience.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Rebecca Clark, Colorado Springs, “Color Guard Clinic – Guard is Great!”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I put together a performing arts clinic for middle schoolers in my district.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

There is a lack of understanding in the community (and world) about what Color Guard is, thus a lack of funding and participation.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Many people were exposed to a sport that is my passion, and something they might not otherwise have known about. Students learned dance, movement, and how to spin and toss flags. Color Guard is a fun and supportive environment in high school. Students who join will have a supportive base and friends in high school.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned leadership skills, planning, and flexibility.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I made a Facebook page and YouTube page with pictures and instructional videos. I also made a flash drive with all clinic information, from permission slips to t-shirt orders and daily schedules to give to others who wish to hold a clinic.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Color Guard is a global sport, with very little recognition. My Facebook and YouTube pages will attract people to the sport with instructional videos on tosses and routines.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember watching the veterans helping the new students, and the enthusiasm everyone showed toward the sport.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I have learned how to be a leader in my community: how to step up and lead a large group of people towards a common goal.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I feel the Gold Award is an important part of my Girl Scout experience because it makes me more confident in organizing and leading events. It is the highest award possible for a Girl Scout to earn, and I plan on being a Girl Scout for the rest of my life. It is the culmination of my Girl Scout experience.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Healthy Living Conference on Western Slope a huge success



Submitted by Allison Ellington
Grand Junction
Western Slope

Troop 33 from Grand Junction had some great ideas on what they wanted to learn about at an older girl conference. I met with them, we brainstormed and this Healthy Living Conference was the result. Thanks for the fantastic ideas! We had so many community partners ready to come to this and share their expertise, it was fantastic. We also had a great turnout – 35 Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors from all over the Western Slope.

We started the day off with some Crossfit training and dancing with some coaches from Kaia Fitness. The girls learned about healthy skin and how to protect themselves from the harsh sun from Rodan and Fields representative, Kristin. We had a psychologist come in and do a workshop on dealing with emotions and stress. They followed that up with making stress balls and doing some meditative relaxation. Thanks for that, Dr. Amy.

The girls loved making their own healthy lunch together while trying out some fun tools from Pampered Chef helper, Laura. Lunch was all purchased at Natural Grocers who also sent their Nutritionist, Dustin. The girls had a ton of questions for him! We ended the day with some relaxing and centering yoga with our favorite yoga instructor, Maegan. What a blast! I have heard back from girls and parents that this was a very impactful day – they had a great time and learned a ton. All of our community partners can’t wait to do this again.

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

Sky High Legends – Leave Your Legend at Camp!

Have you ever wanted to leave a legacy?  Are you creative, and Pinterest is your version of Candy Land?  During SH18 Sky High Legends, you will spend the week building and designing all kinds of large and small permanent craft projects at Sky High Ranch.  The activities will be decided by the girls when they get to camp, and here are some exciting examples of what they may decide to create:


This camp is a chance for older girls (high school ages) to gain useful practical life skills with tools and planning, while exercising their creativity.  With popular small-business opportunities such as Etsy and Pinterest, girls will broaden their preconceptions about what running a small business looks like.  The world of high-quality, hand-made and repurposed crafts and projects is gaining popularity and camp is a great place to hone that skill set!

In addition to learning these valuable skills, girls will gain a sense of ownership and responsibility at Sky High Ranch.  They will need to work hard to ensure that their project is sustainable and of good quality to survive camp for years to come.  Hard work and dedication can go a long way in helping develop a girl’s sense of accomplishment and value in herself.  Leave a legacy today!

This and many other Resident (at Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch), Day, Troop and Family Camp sessions are available through Girl Scouts of Colorado this summer. Learn more about our summer camp sessions and register your girl today!

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Heidi Hufford, Lakewood, “Heidi’s Dresses for Haiti”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I made and organized others to make pillowcase dresses and collected underwear for girls living in tent cities in Haiti. I made directions for people to sew dresses, collected materials, and organized sewing parties.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this Gold Award project because I wanted to help people in Haiti. I started
brainstorming when my Dad was planning on going to a mission trip to Haiti. I asked the coordinator of the mission team if there was anything I could do to help the Haitians, and he suggested making pillowcase dresses. I liked this idea because I enjoy sewing.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

578 dresses have been made and 664 pairs of underwear have been collected for my Gold Award project.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

• Sewing—I learned to sew dresses in order to make dresses and teach others how to make the dresses.

• Communication—I emailed, talked, and made Facebook posts in order to communicate with people.

• Knowledge about spreadsheets—I made my plan, kept track of the time I spent on my project, made a list of volunteers and people who donated, and kept track of my progress in spreadsheets, which helped me stay more organized.

How did you make your project sustainable?

Beyond my direct involvement, my project will be sustained through continued dressmaking. I donated the leftover materials from my project to Spiritual Threads, a sewing group that makes pillowcase dresses for Haiti. Also, I taught a lady going on a mission trip to Haiti how to make a pillowcase dress so that she could teach three girls at an orphanage to make dresses so that they can clothe themselves.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

The dresses were made for girls in Haiti.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember making dresses.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Because I did my Gold Award, I learned about management and the steps it takes to complete a big project.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award is the most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn, so earning the Gold Award is the biggest project I’ve ever done as a Girl Scout.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org