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Registration for Girl Scout Camp 2017 begins Jan. 19

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Mark your calendars! Registration for Girl Scout Camp 2017 begins Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. GSCO is proud to offer a variety of sessions designed for girls entering first grade through seniors in high school at both Sky High Ranch near Colorado Springs or Tomahawk Ranch southwest of Denver. Overnight camp sessions are 3 days, 6 days, 9 days, or 12 days.

For summer 2017, your girl can rough-it survivor-style, summon the courage to zip down the zip line, sing and dance with new friends, or even paint a chicken’s toe nails! Sessions begin June 7 and include themes such as:

  • Pioneers at Tomahawk Ranch- Girls will travel back in time to the 1800’s! They’ll learn to cook over a fire, prepare food as their ancestors did, track animals, and make their own soaps and lotion.
  • Oopy Goopy Science at Sky High Ranch – Girls will learn how to launch pop and tea bag rockets, explode watermelons, and make fizzy lemonade to drink.
  • On Target at Tomahawk Ranch – Girls can become skilled archers while practicing on the range and field course and learning a new target activity called FLU-FLU (archery golf)! They’ll also get to whittle their own arrows and fashion them with arrowheads and fletching!
  • Water Fillies at Sky High Ranch – Cool off from a day at the barn with a dip in the pond! Girls will split their time between the pond and barn. They’ll canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle board, as well as groom, feed and play with the animals.
  • Dream Team at Tomahawk Ranch – This is the ultimate girl-led adventure! Girls will design their own session by choosing from a variety of activities including: horseback riding, archery, outdoor cooking, hiking, crafts, stargazing, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, and spa nights!

Girl Scouts of Colorado will also continue to offer day camp, family camp, and troop camp adventures throughout the state.

A new Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp website will launch in early December (www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/camp). You’ll find all the session listings, information about camp properties, and more. Remember to register early. Some sessions fill in just a few hours!

This holiday season, give your girl the gift of Girl Scout Camp! Girl Scout Camp is the experience of a lifetime and there are so many reasons to send your girl to Girl Scout Camp!

When friends or family ask what your girl might want this holiday season, suggest the gift of Girl Scout Camp! Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. can order a Girl Scout Gift Card online or purchase one in person at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Questions? Please email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

SHR Fall Olympics Rendezvous – camp with your troop!

Each year, Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camps host several programs for troops and families. One of those is called a Rendezvous. A Rendezvous is a weekend troop camp at one of our overnight camps (Sky High Ranch or Tomahawk Ranch) where an older troop learns valuable leadership skills while leading camp activities for younger troops. This Rendezvous is your next Troop Camp opportunity:

Sky High Ranch Fall Olympics
September 30 6pm through October 2 11am (Friday dinner through Sunday  brunch)

“Welcome to the Sky High Ranch Fall Olympics Rendezvous! Girls and adults will be divided into 5 countries representing each of the 5 Olympic rings. There will be opening and closing ceremonies, an Olympic torch, medals and other Olympic traditions. The activities will include various summer and winter Olympic sports, often modified in silly and unusual ways. Because this Rendezvous is in late September, the weather is difficult to predict. SHR is a rustic facility so please be prepared to share a cabin with another troop and dress for the weather!”

Register now for this exciting event!

All troops in attendance must have two unrelated adult Girl Scout volunteer approved chaperones. One adult must have attended Overnight Training, and one must have current CPR and First Aid certifications.

Denver County Girl Scouts – Free Camp Opportunity, deadline 6/20/16

At times Girl Scouts of Colorado is approached with low- or no-cost camp opportunities in partnership with other organizations. Volunteers of America is launching this camp this summer, and has open spaces they would love to fill with Girl Scouts (and their brothers if they also meet the requirements for camp). Here is information about Camp POSTCARD!

Camp POSTCARD is a FREE, 6-day, overnight camp sponsored by Volunteers Of America Colorado Branch. Camp POSTCARD Program-at-a-Glance.

Camp POSTCARD

When:           June 26th – July 1st

Where:          YMCA of the Rockies –  Estes Park Center

Who:              Denver County Youth (males and females)

Ages:              9-13  Must be nine before January 1, 2016

Deadline:      Monday June 20th, 2016 4:00pm

Scan applications to cmernin@voacolorado.org / fax to 720-264-3306 / Bring to our physical location:

Volunteers of America
2660 Larimer St,
Denver CO 80205

Spaces are limited; campers are accepted to camp on a first come first served basis! This is a co-ed camp, with separate sleeping areas. Spaces may be available for brothers of Girl Scouts. Applications are due by 6/20/16 (this Monday!)

Camper Packet (application)
Things To Send to Families (packing list)
Things To Send to Families Spanish (packing list)

Campers must turn in a copy of your youth’s Physical & Immunizations with the Camp Packet you complete.  Multiple immediate family members can be on one packet.

Camp POSTCARD operates under the childcare license of the YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park Center for Child Care Facilities and Resident Camps.

 

Host Families Wanted: Chinese Scouting Cultural Camp Exchange!

Calling on Colorado Girl Scouts in the metro Denver area!
Do you have a daughter between the ages of 10 and 15?
Would you like to be a host family for a girl between these ages from the People’s Republic of China?

Six to ten girls, part Capable Teens in China, are coming to the Denver area for three weeks July 15– August 3 2016, chaperoned by Capable Teens representatives. Host families in the metro Denver area are needed to provide room and board for a Chinese girl for three (3) weekends, bookending their participation in Girl Scouts of Colorado overnight camp at Sky High Ranch in Woodland Park.  By spending time with your family, these girls from the Suzhou area of China (near Shanghai) are hoping for a thorough immersion into American life.  Chinese girls may need your help in providing equipment for camp.

Capable Teens, modeled on the Boy Scouts of America scouting program, are bringing these young Chinese women for an introduction to an American Girl Scout experience. We need your help in welcoming these young girls to Colorado and the United States, and introducing them to the GSCO/GSUSA way of Girl Scouting.

Expectations of American Girl Scout host families:

    • All adults living in the household will be approved volunteers and members of Girl Scouts of Colorado, join now!
    • Be willing to live your normal lives with the addition of a young female guest from China
    • Be welcoming and loving; offer fun experiences and open your lives to girls from China.
    • Provide normal American opportunities for Chinese girls to practice their English, be a part of your family and to gain an understanding of Girl Scouting
    • Participate as much as possible with the plans being developed for this American experience for the Chinese girls, including helping with transport to/from camps, sending your daughter to the camps (if possible), providing equipment, etc.
    • Being willing to participate in Skype and email with your Chinese guest prior to their arrival in Colorado.

A small stipend per family is available.

Check out the Capable Teens Web site (www.capableteens.com) for more information about the Capable Teens program and this exciting opportunity for Chinese and American girls!

 For more information and for an application, please contact:
Linda Fuller, Girl Scout Program Coordinator, Capable Teens USA linda.j.fuller@hotmail.com   303-909-2264

Welcome to Overnight Camp – Time to Unplug!

This is our first week of Girl Scout overnight camp at Tomahawk Ranch. Sky High Ranch welcomes their first campers on Sunday. At camp, our campers and staff unplug from their digital devices in order to build authentic connections with each other and the beauty that surrounds them.

We take tons of pictures at our camps. Our photo plan is to post the albums to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Flickr account by the Wednesday following each session. We realize it’s hard not to see pictures of your camper posted each day at camp. In our beautiful remote locations, internet bandwidth is limited. We have to reserve it for business operations like emails to parents and running reports from online software.

Although each year we work with our IT department, and they help us get our camp internet  bandwidth increased, internet in the mountains will never rival the speed we are used to in the city.

We thank you for your patience with our technology throughout the summer. We look forward to seeing you when you and your daughter come to camp. If you need something urgently, you can give our camp offices a call:

Sky High Ranch: 719-687-3278

Tomahawk Ranch: 303-838-5311

Lock in Low Prices – Pay Camp Fees Before 4/30/16

Lock in the lowest rates for camps by paying your balances in CampInTouch by April 30, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Prices for Overnight Camps at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch go up $100 per 12-day session, $50 per 6-day session, $25 per 3-day session. Prices for Troop Camps go up $25 per girl.

Our registration team is busy applying Cookie/Program Credit and Gift Card Payments. If you have submitted this form and paid your best estimate of any remaining fees prior to April 30, you lock in Early Bird Pricing. If for some reason you overpaid, we will refund any overpayment.

If you have selected “autobill my card on April 30,” you have locked in Early Bird Fees.

To review credit card information on file, log into your CampInTouch account and go to “Financial Management” and then “Edit Billing Information.”

Register now for Girl Scout Camp!
Review camp sessions.
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Pay camp balances with CampInTouch, with a Cookie Credit Card or a Gift Card prior to April 30 to lock in Early Bird Pricing!

 

You wanted adventure programs, we’ve got adventure programs!

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Girl Scouts of Colorado’s summer camps have answered your call! According to our 2015 summer survey results there was an outstanding number of parents/campers who asked for “more adventure program.”

We could not agree more with your advice! We have worked very hard to increase the number of camps which offer adventure programming for girls who want to explore, take risks, and learn about themselves and others in their leadership journey.

These adventure trips are a chance to explore Colorado’s great outdoors:
MMR High Adventure Troop Camps! TC044 July 15-17; and TC074 September 9-11
TR39 Expedition WILD! July 10- July 21
TT01 Colorado Horseback Adventure at Bear Basin Ranch (near Lazy Acres) 7/24-7/30

Adventure Camps at Sky High Ranch:
June 12-17 SH04 Zippers, SH08 Zip Life
June 19-24 SH155 Night Ninjas, SH165 Iron Chef SHR
June 26-July 1 SH25 Night Ninjas, SH26 Zippers
July 10-15 SH42 District 14, SH435 Adventure Olympics, SH445 Legends of Archery
July 17-22 SH52 Sky High Ranch Pentathlon, SH535 District 14
July 24-29 SH61 Girl vs Zombie, SH63 Legends of Archery, SH64 Zip Life

Adventure Camps at Tomahawk Ranch:
June 12-17:  TR04 The Olympians, TR06 Arrows, TR07 Survivor
June 19-24 TR16 The Olympians
June 26-July 1 TR23 Scout vs Wild, TR26 Arrows, TR27 TARDIS
July 10-21 TR32 I <3 Camp, TR34 Mocking Jay, TR37 Girl vs Zombie, TR38 TR Goes Pro, TR39 Expedition WILD!, TR405 The Dark Side

Register now for Girl Scout Camp! Review camp sessions. Reserve a Girl Scouts of Colorado Property for your troop/group! Check out Travel Opportunities for Girl Scouts! Pay camp balances with CampInTouch, with a Cookie Credit Card or a Gift Card prior to April 30 to lock in Early Bird Pricing!

Night Ninjas at Sky High Ranch

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Sky High Night Ninjas are legends in their own right! These Juniors practice being stealthy at night by sleeping in during the day and practice their nocturnal skills when the sun goes down. At the end of their week, these girls will have mastered the art of “Glow in the Dark Archery”, navigating by the stars and learning basic self-defense moves.

In addition to night hikes and wolf howling, girls will learn about nocturnal animals and how they are able to thrive without light. Campers will create their own “cat-eye vision” and hike through camp at night, experiencing what it is like to slip through the forest unseen by all! Campers will practice using all their senses. This may include team building with blind folds on the low ropes course, a scratch and sniff hike, or maybe even a Tasty Treat Challenge!

Like nocturnal animals, Night Ninjas sleep in during the day and have a late breakfast as they readjust to life in the sun. Not everything can be done in the dark, so our sneaky stargazers will get a chance to play with the rest of the camp at the pond, the farm, and everything else Sky High has to offer. Their days (and nights) will be jam-packed with awesome activities designed to be FUN, and also, maybe a little educational.

Campers interested in this camp should be comfortable in the dark (even though we will have flashlights!) and able to adjust to staying up late and sleeping in in the mornings.

SH155 Night Ninjas 6/19-6/24, Junior: Our 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. This camp does not include zip line.

Register now for Girl Scout Camp!
Review camp sessions.
Reserve a Girl Scouts of Colorado Property for your troop/group!
Check out Travel Opportunities for Girl Scouts!
Pay camp balances with CampInTouch, with a Cookie Credit Card or a Gift Card prior to April 30 to lock in Early Bird Pricing!

Water Camps – Make a Splash this Summer!

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Looking out the window at a slushy and spring day, just waiting for the next snow to fall, makes it hard to look forward to playing in the pool. But, summer will return, and so will the warmth of the sun. Summer brings a chance for kids to once again, enjoy days filled with aquatic fun.  Are waterslides, pools, and crazy rides your thing, or are you more of the fishing, kayaking, and canoeing type?  Either way Girl Scouts of Colorado has something for you!

Spend days enjoying a variety of water related camps this summer at Tomahawk Ranch or Sky High Ranch.  Learn how to paddle and navigate a canoe, tie a fishing hook and eat your catch, go paddle boarding just to name a few. Take a dip in a pool on a hot summer’s day, take a trip down a waterslide, or maybe visit some finned friends at an aquarium! Don’t settle for just the lawn sprinkler on a hot, sweaty afternoon, instead, dive head first into fun at one of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s two overnight camps.

Although the warm days of summer may seem a lifetime a way, they will be here before you know it. Act now and avoid another boring summer, just trying to stay cool and escape to a world of refreshing, cool water fun at summer camp.

TR04 The Olympians 6/12-6/17, TR16 The Olympians 6/19-6/24, Junior: Be a part of the Tomahawk Olympic games. Light the torch, aim straight, jump high, run fast, swim hard and go for the gold. There will be time for general activities too.

TR13 Salamanders 6/19-6/24, Junior: Dive into a liquid adventure and have fun in the sun at this water & travel camp. Weather dependent trips will be to locations to relax poolside, fish, sunbathe & more. Even try to catch a salamander or two! There will be time for general activities too. This camp includes off-camp trips to water destinations.

TR25 Pirate Splash 6/26-7/1, Junior: YO-HO YO HO a life in the sun for me! With sunscreen on & a sensible hat, we’ll play the day away. We’ll splish and splash and have a laugh, and fish our local seas (lakes & reservoirs). And when on land we’ll goof around with crafting and archery. YO- HO YO-HO a life in the sun for me!

TR35 H2O 7/10-7/21, Cadette: For this water traveling camp, dive into a liquid adventure & have fun in the sun. You’ll take weather dependent trips to relax poolside, fish, sunbathe and more. Even catch a salamander or two! There will be time for general activities too. This camp includes off-camp trips to water destinations.

SH02 Anchors Away 6/12-6/17, Junior: Are you crazy about boats? Travel off camp to nearby lakes to kayak and sail, paddle board and swim! Build your own boat and race in the second annual Sky High Cardboard Regatta! There will be time for general activities too. This camp does not include zip line.

SH12 Peaks to Ponds 6/19-6/24, Brownie-Junior: Get ready to sample all types of boats – from kayaks & canoes, to stand up paddle boards! Weather permitting, groups will boat every day, and take a day-trip to practice their skills. Lounging lake-side and swimming are a must! There will be time for general activities too. This camp does not include zip line.

SH23 Canoe Crazy 6/26-7/1, SH60 Canoe Crazy 7/24-7/29, Brownie-Junior: Are you crazy about boating? Travel off camp to nearby lakes to try kayaking, sailing stand up paddle board & swimming! Build your own boat and race in the second annual Sky High Cardboard Regatta! There will be time for general activities too. This camp does not include zip line.

SH28 Pond Hoppers 6/26-7/1, Cadette: The ultimate canoeing adventure! Learn the skills it takes to become an expert paddler and go on an overnight canoe trip to beat the heat this summer. Learn how to pack your canoe and sleep under the stars. There will be time for general activities too.

SH40 Peaks to Ponds 7/10-7/15, Junior: Zip line down the mountain on your way to fun in the sun at Manitou Lake! You’ll enjoy boating, swimming, and of relaxing in the sun! There will be time for general activities too.

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

SH56 Pond Hoppers 7//17-7/22, Senior-Ambassador: The ultimate canoeing adventure! Learn the skills it takes to become an expert paddler and go on an overnight canoe trip to beat the heat this summer. Learn how to pack your canoe and sleep under the stars. There will be time for general activities too.

Register now for Girl Scout Camp!
Review camp sessions.
Reserve a Girl Scouts of Colorado Property for your troop/group!
Check out Travel Opportunities for Girl Scouts!
Pay camp balances with CampInTouch, with a Cookie Credit Card or a Gift Card prior to April 30 to lock in Early Bird Pricing!

What Camp Means To Me

This essay was written by Anna “Sunshine” Danila, the Outdoor Volunteer Programs Manager with Girl Scouts of Colorado. She oversees statewide Travel programs, volunteer led day camps, troop camps, equipment checkout and more! If you or your troop has any questions about earning money by providing outdoor programs, she is the one to connect with! Email her with your questions!

Here is Anna’s story about camp:

I grew up as a “camp kid”. Every summer, I looked forward to my childhood camp in Minnesota where I could see the same counselors, friends and directors who made camp so special. Every summer I left behind the worries of school and home life to spend my days canoeing, rock climbing, singing songs, getting dirty and generally having a special place to just be a kid. I looked up to the same counselors I saw each summer, and many continue to be mentors in my life today. Camp gave me a safe place to develop the leadership and interpersonal skills that I most value in myself today.

After working with Girl Scouts of Colorado for a year now, Girl Scout Camp means so many things to me. It is a safe place for kids to be themselves away from the pressures of school and home. Girl Scout Camp is a space for troops to connect with each other and other troops in an outdoor setting, where they build the foundations of a strong group that will take them through the year together. Camp is a space to be silly and sing crazy camp songs at the top of your lungs and eat s’mores. But, most importantly, I hope that camp gives a future generation of Girl Scouts the chance to become “camp kids” and find their own special place in the world at one of our camps.

I’m now lucky enough to have turned my love of being a “camp kid” into a career with Girl Scouts, and I’m proud to be part of the Outdoor Programs team working to offer high quality and unique summer camp programs. I hope you will join us at one of our camps this summer where we continue an over 80 year tradition of building woman of confidence, courage and character at summer camp!

Register now for Girl Scout Camp!
Review camp sessions.
Reserve a Girl Scouts of Colorado Property for your troop/group!
Check out Travel Opportunities for Girl Scouts!
Pay camp balances
with CampInTouch, with a Cookie Credit Card or a Gift Card or a Program Credit Card prior to April 30 to lock in Early Bird Pricing!