Submitted by Silver Bashaw
I want to tell you about how Girl Scouts in Colorado have an amazing opportunity to experience boating in our landlocked state. A volunteer-run summer day camp in June 2021 through GSCO offers windsurfing and sailing that few councils around the country can provide. Kayak, canoe, and SUP are also sports to choose from at the camp. This camp has a more than 20 year legacy and gives instruction that covers the skills and safety protocols of the American Red Cross and the American Canoe Association. Big Soda Lake at Bear Creek Lake Park with its fabulous view of Red Rocks and its serene waters is the setting of five days of certified instruction with a lot of fun thrown in.
From June 21 – June 25, 2021, girls learn windsurfing basics on a land board and then soar across the lake. Sailors can practice turtling their sailboat and walking across the bottom while righting it once again! Canoers learn necessary skills for out of state backpacking and canoe trips, while jummping in and out of the canoe and then swamping it for a fun, wet paddle to shore. Stand up paddle boarders get to jump hurdles and play water lacrosse, while kayakers explore every inch of the lake and picnic at a secret sandy beach. Friday is “Pirate Day” when sport teams compete for pirate booty, have a scavenger hunt on the lake, and losing teams have to “walk the plank.” (The losers feel like winners when that happens!)
The second camp is July 19 – July 23 and is the Paddle Badge camp. It is held at the new and beautiful Rueter-Hess Reservoir between Parker and Castle Rock. The reservoir is still closed to the public except for paddle weekends and gives campers five days of paddling with few people around. This camp has girls rotate between canoe, kayak, and SUP to earn the Senior Paddle badge. Here campers also have a sport of choice day, and Friday is another “Pirate Day” with the games and competitions that lead to pirate booty and “walking the plank.”
If you are looking for wet summer fun, try one of our camps. Cancelled last year due to the pandemic, we are excited to “sail” once again and share the activities that have a natural social distancing on the lake. We believe that “real boaters don’t need motors!”
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