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Outdoor Skills Patch Webinar

Thank you to all who joined Girl Scouts of Colorado for the Outdoor Skills Patch webinar! The recording is now available on the GSCO YouTube channel.

Thank you to the Reach for the Peak team for joining us to talk about their program as a great way to apply the skills learned through this patch program! Reach for the Peak is a competition-based program for Cadettes – Ambassadors and is hosted at Sky High Ranch every summer. Train as a troop to compete against other troops across the state in skills like knot tying, fire building, first aid, and more! For more information about Reach for the Peak, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Reach-for-the-Peak-246932074239/

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.

Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts participate in Reach for the Peak Older Girl Outdoor Skills Competition 

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Troop 54313 participated in the Reach for the Peak Older Girl Outdoor Skills Competition and had a great time with their Leader Chris Kucera. Girl Scouts learned a lot and earned their Marmot Award! It was a very intense day, but they really felt like they were competing against the judge’s score sheet, not other troops. All of the judges told them their teamwork and communication skills were great!

They learned where they need to be in order to raise their ranking, and it was inspiring to see how many troops in the higher awards categories (including the winners) started out with the Marmot.

Troop 54313 wants to challenge all Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops to try this event. They know that it is a lot of work to learn the necessary skills, but so worth it. Reach for the Peak judges: Watch out for Troop 54313 next year!

Camps for Juniors

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Junior Girl Scouts have a blast when they go to camp. They can go by themselves, with a buddy or “truddy” (a Girl Scout camp word for three-person buddy group), with their troop, or with their family. Register your Girl Scout for camp now! Review camp sessions, including dates and rates here. Here is a list of open sessions at our camps at this time:

Water based sessions challenge Juniors and allow them to have fun and cool off during the hot summer months.
SH02 Anchors Away
SH12 Boatload of fun
SH23, SH49 Canoe Crazy
SH40 Peaks to Ponds
TR13 Salamanders

Adventure camps offer Juniors a chance to sleep and cook out, enjoy time outdoors with new friends, and do many of the other activities at camp such as crafts, archery, sports and more!
SH03 Mystery Mountain
SH13, SH50 District 14
NEW SH155, SH25 Night Ninjas
NEW SH445 TV Game Shows
SH52 Sky High Ranch Pentathlon
SH61 Girl v Zombie
TR04 The Olympians
TR23 Scout vs Wild

Camps that offer zipline experiences challenge girls to grow on their own and as a team with their cabin and unit. Girls must weigh at least 60lbs to avoid getting stuck mid-zip.
SH04, SH26 Zippers

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Camps with horseback riding and farm activities are a hit with Juniors who love animals. Girls love working with animals in our barn and gardening in our green houses. Sometimes they get to eat what they harvest. Girls take horseback trail rides at a stable nearby.
SH14, NEW SH515 Farm Fillies
SH24, SH62 Hay Day at the Barnyard

Three-day camps are an action packed option for Juniors who are new to camp or have only a few days available to enjoy Girl Scout Camps during their summer schedule.
SH33 Wizarding World of Beasts (3-day)
NEW SH345 Sky High Sampler – Junior (3-day)
SH39 Sky High Explorers (3-day)
TR01 Tri Tom (3-day)
TR45 Tri Wizarding (3-day)

Twelve-day camps offer girls an extended period of skill building and increased opportunities for personal growth and development. Juniors who love camp create strong bonds with fellow campers and nature at these camps.
TR31 Dusty Boots (12-day)
TR32 I <3 Camp (12-day)

Troop Camps are a fun for Juniors to camp with their troop and troop leaders. At Troop Camps, meals, activities and lodging in camp cabins or tabins is included. At Troop Camp, you’ll experience sisterhood with other troops from around Colorado (and maybe beyond!)

SH35 Sky High Troop Camp
TC01, TC03, TC04, TC07 MMR Troop Camp
TC044, TC074 MMR High Adventure Troop Camp
TC02 Outdoor Cooking Troop Camp
TC05 Camp Jackson Troop Camp
TC06 Western Slope Troop Camp

Do you like to camp, and love the outdoors? Show off your skills! Reach for the Peak, is an annual outdoor skills competition that is 29 years strong. Do you and your troop have what it takes? Reach for the Peak is troops of Cadettes to Ambassadors. If your troop wants to do it as Cadettes, check it out this summer (even if you’re not Bridging until after next year). Reach for the Peak is at Sky High Ranch on August 12-14. The Reach for the Peak Tickler gives troops a practice day of the skills before for the big event on June 4, 2016.

Family Camps allow Juniors and their parents to experience Girl Scout Camp together. Create memories at camp together where you’ll have delicious camp food, sleep in camp cabins together, and get to do fun camp activities too.
FC01 Lazy Acres Me and My Guy
FC03 Tomahawk Ranch Me & My Family
FC04 Tomahawk Ranch Me & My Guy

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!

Another successful year at Reach for the Peak!

On August 15th & 16th at Sky High Ranch, 19 troops participated in the 28th annual Reach for the Peak, one of GSCO’s longest running programs. Reach for the Peak is an outdoor skills competition that challenges troops to test their knowledge in orienteering, first aid, fire building, knots, emergency shelters, outdoor cooking and camp set up.

Throughout the weekend, the Reach for the Peak committee created inventive scenarios that challenged the troops to use multiple skills sets at once while thinking quickly and working as a team. At the first aid and shelter building station, the troops arrived to a mock scene with an unconscious hiker (complete with fake wounds) at the base of a ravine quickly filling with rainwater. The troops needed to figure out how to safely move the hiker, respond to her medical needs, and build a shelter to protect from inclement weather. The troops that succeeded in this challenge were able to keep calm under pressure, have a clear leader and delegation of tasks, as well as employing the knowledge and hard skills of first aid and shelters.

Another highlight of the weekend was the Saturday night cooking competition. Troops were tasked with making a 4 course dinner, using at least three cooking methods and without any adult help. Using a variety of methods like a solar oven, Dutch oven, stove top, ice bags and more, troops delivered delicious culinary creations. There was amazingly high quality food including shepherd’s pie, leek soup, shish kabobs, seafood stew and even had freshly made vanilla ice cream! The real winners of that event were the judges, who got to sample all the food while enjoying the beautiful setting at Sky High.

On Sunday the awards ceremony capped off the weekend with Troop 1106B taking the coveted “Peak” award, and Troops 931 and 1106C taking home the “Eagle”. If your troop is interested in gaining leadership experience, learning outdoors skills and competing together as a team, consider joining in for Reach for the Peak 2016 on August 12-14th! There will also be a Reach for the Peak “tickler” on May 21st for those troops who want to learn some new skills and get a taste of the real event. For more information about Reach for the Peak, please email RftP@outlook.com or call Debra at (719) 237-8774.