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Listen Now: Trail Adventure Kickoff Webinars

Thank you to all who joined Girl Scouts of Colorado live for the Fall 2020 Trail Adventure Kickoff webinars! We hope you learned something new and are excited to work on your Trail Adventure badge.

You can view the recordings by following the links below:

Girl Scouts who complete all of the requirements to earn their Trail Adventure badge by February 1, 2021 are eligible to receive the badge and a Girl Scout bandana for FREE*. Use this online form to request your free badge and a GSCO bandana: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/trail_adventure_badge_request_form_fall_2020

Additional resources are also available to help you earn your Trail Adventure badge! Download these activity and resource packets.

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.


Girl Scouts Get Outdoors Challenge

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

How are you spending your fall?

Sage from Pagosa Springs is taking on the Girl Scouts Get Outdoors Challenge. Sage has visited a Colorado state park, helped harvest corn from the garden, learned about and explored the fall leaf colors, and visited a national wildlife refuge. Sage said, “it’s a really fun way to stay connected to Girl Scouts and get outdoors”.

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.

Troop Days at Camp: New Outdoor Programs Offered at GSCO Properties

Starting September 12, 2020, troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs!

Visit Twisted Pine in Genesee or Hamp Hut in Colorado Springs and spend a half day connecting with your troop and building your outdoor skills with programs in archery, Trail Adventure badge, guided hikes, outdoor art, and others. Programs are available from either a 9 a.m. – noon or 1 – 4 p.m. Fees are $15/ girl and adults are free.

Visit Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey or Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park and spend a full day with lunch included enjoying the beautiful camp properties! Troops can participate in programs ranging from Wizarding or Fun at the Farm to Life Sized Games, Camp Fun Day and Adventure/Survival! Registration includes cold lunch for all guests, and the opportunity for guardian/parent(s) who are driving girls up to enjoy refreshments and WiFi in our dining hall while the troop is experiencing and participating in program. Taglongs/siblings are welcome, however must always be supervised by parent/guardian and will not be allowed to participate in camp activities. Fees are $45/Girl Scout, free for adults.

Visit Meadow Mountain Ranch and spend a full day in outdoor exploration programs around the property, building outdoor skills, and hiking through meadows. Parents/guardians who are driving girls up may relax in the lodge while the troop is participating in programs. Lunch is not provided. Fees are $35/girls and free for adults.

Read about all the program options here!

For more information on the registration process, COVID -19 safety guidelines and what to expect on program review our Troop Day Programs FAQ’s here.

Questions? Email property.reservations@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.

Girl Scouting at Home: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost – RELAY!!!

Share the fun of Girl Scout Camp with your family! Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp Staff has developed a series of activities you can do with your family at home. Or, you can even share them with your Girl Scout sisters virtually.  This game is a great way to learn about reducing waste as well as having a silly competition with your loved ones!


  • Eight Containers
  • Lots of examples of materials you can reduce, reuse, recycle or compost. These can be things found around the house, items from the garbage or recycling, or just drawn pictures of these items!

Game Set-Up:

  • Label two containers reduce, two reuse, two recycle,  and two compost
  • Each team will need one of each container
  • Gather materials (or pictures of materials). Each team should have the same items

Game Play:

  1. Spit the group into two teams. Each team has a starting line on one side of the room and their four containers are on the opposite side of the room.
  2. Each group has a pile of items that they must decide if they should reduce their use of, reuse, recycle, or compost.
  3. One member of each team at a time must take an item from their pile and run and put the item in the container they think it fits best in.
  4. The next player can’t pick up the next item until their teammate returns and tags their hand.
  5. This continues until one team has put all the items into their containers.
  6. The team that has the greatest number of items in the correct containers wins. Many items could fit in multiple locations so your team must give your reasons for why you put it where you did to get the points!
  7. To make the game more silly and challenging change the way the players get to the containers. They could skip, crab walk, bear walk, hop, etc.!

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.

Girl Scouting at home: Encourage-MINTS, Accomplish-MINTS, and Excite-MINTS

Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp Staff encourages you and your family to share positive attributes about yourself and others as part of an activity called “Encourage-MINTS, Accomplish-MINTS, and Excite-MINTS!”

Step One:  Find a comfortable place to relax with your family.

Step Two: Distribute to each person as many mints as there are people in the room. For example, if there are five people in the room, each person gets five mints. If you don’t have mints, that’s okay! You can use other candy, tokens, or nothing at all. The point of this activity is the senti-“mint.”

Step Three: Take turns as each person gives an encouragement, accomplishment, or excitement.  After you do, give the person a candy mint as a representation of your Encourage-MINT, Accomplish-MINT, or Excite-MINT.



Encourage a loved one to do something for themselves. Afterwards, give them a mint.

“Because you deserve a break, I encourage you to take a bubble bath sometime this weekend! Here is your mint!”


Shout out of an accomplishment of a loved one. Afterwards, give them a mint.

“Thanks for cooking dinner for the family, it was so delicious! Here is your mint!”

“You did great on that school assignment. Here is your mint!”


Share in someone else’s excitement you know they have experienced or will experience. Afterwards, give them a mint.

“I am so excited that you love playing basketball. Here is your mint!”

“I am so excited for our trip in December! Here is your mint!”

This program can also be done virtually, so be sure to  send virtual MINTS with Girl Scout sisters or other loved ones!

Registration now open for the Outdoor Adventure Club’s September and October 2019 events

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Outdoor Adventure Club’s September and October 2019 events! The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a monthly  high-adventure program run by Girl Scouts of Colorado, offering exciting outdoor opportunities to Girl Scouts across the state. Girls participate individually and get a chance to experience the outdoors beyond what they might do with their troop, and make friends from around the state. OAC Explorers is for girls in 6th grade and the OAC Trailblazers is for girls in 7th – 12th grade.

Check on the links below for registration details and more information on upcoming events.

Spend a weekend with us at Magic Sky Ranch and experience one of Colorado’s most popular outdoor activities: rock climbing or trail running/ hiking! You will choose one activity to focus on and will spend the weekend training, managing equipment, building skills, and accomplishing goals in trail running or climbing. Climbers will belay each other up outdoor rock walls, rappel down cliffs, and learn about climbing knots, gear, and equipment. Trail Runners will plan their own routes, and race through the forest while learning outdoor survival skills. Rock Climbers will work on the NEW “Climbing Adventure” badge and trail runners will work on the NEW “Trail Adventure” badge.

Check out the Outdoor Adventure Club website for event calendars, FAQ’s, and registration guidelines.

Sign up for our interest lists to be the first to know when registration opens!

Email inquiry@gscolorado.org for additional questions and more information.

Registration NOW OPEN for OAC September 2019 events

Registration for the Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers (6th grade) and OAC Trailblazers (7th- 12th grade) September 2019 events is now open!

At the OAC Trailblazers Paddle Day, girls will spend the day learning and practicing new skills in standup paddle boarding, kayaking, and sailing while splashing around and having fun out on the water.

At the OAC Explorers Archery and Canoe event, girls will spend half the day working on canoeing skills, and the other half practicing their aim and earning the Cadette “Archery” badge.

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a staff-led program offering adventures around the state that provide older Girl Scouts with exciting activities and skills beyond what they might do with their troop. To register for these events or learn more about the OAC, use this link: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program/older-girls/outdoor-adventure-club.html

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor Adventure Club hikes Mt. Quandary

GSCO’s Outdoor Adventure Club hiked Mt. Quandary, one of Colorado’s “14-er” mountains, in July 2019. The group camped out the night before and woke up at 4 a.m. to get an early start on the trail!  Not all girls summited, but many did and those who did not all reached goals they had set for themselves, such as making it above treeline, seeing a mountain goat (we saw three!), and making it high enough to have snowball fight. After the big hike, we visited the hot springs to soak our sore muscles.

Learn more about the OAC, including how you can register for 2019-2020 events, here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program/older-girls/outdoor-adventure-club.html

USAA Archery Level 1 certification

Interested in becoming a certified archery instructor?  Registration is still open for GSCO’s USA Archery Level 1 Certification course! This course provides the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range. Level 1 Instructors are prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities. You will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, and basic equipment and repair.

When: Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 9 a.m. –  4p.m. at Twisted Pine Lodge in Genesee.

Registration deadline: Thursday, June 14

Cost: $45/person and the certification is good for three years!

Prerequisites: USA Archery or NFAA membership, successful range pass with background screen, successful completion of SafeSport training and PA Act 153 Background Clearances (all this will be discussed in class).

For more information, email Girl Scouts of Colorado Outdoor Programs Coordinater Marissa Rooney at  Marissa.Rooney@gscolorado.org or call 877-404-5708.

Top honors for GSCO Property Director

M Fronczak Photo

Congratulations to Girl Scouts of Colorado Property Director Myrnan Fronczak! She was honored as the IFMA (International Facilities Management Association) Member of the Month for January 2016. 

Myrnan is in charge of all of the properties owned and/or leased by GSCO.  She takes care of everything to insure that our properties and facilities are well-maintained and provide a good experience for all users. Her duties also include overseeing service providers and keeping up with all the zoning and building codes.  One of the organizations that provides information and support to those have the responsibilities such as Myrnan’s is IFMA.