Girl Scouts from Troop 63572 completed their Primitive Camper (Cadette) and Adventure Camper (Senior) badges by backpacking to Sandbeach Lake in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. The girls worked on elements of the badges over the past few months building up to the trip. First, they learned what size and type of backpack works for them by visiting Jax in Broomfield. Then, they worked on learning about meal planning and cooking for backpacking, and how to find and reserve a location to camp. After a few trials with the backpacks, they did a day hike on the trail to Sandbeach Lake to gauge its difficulty. As the final step, they spoke to a ranger about safety in the trail area and learned about bear proof canisters for food and smellables.
Finally, the plan was executed and backpacking trip commenced. While the trip to the lake was a challenging 4.5 hours of uphill hiking, the views and beach at the lake were worth the effort. How often do you get to have dinner at the beach in Colorado? The group camping site is very close to the lake and far enough away from other camp sites to be quiet. It is absolutely beautiful!
Our troop recommends this hike for those who are interested in a personal physical challenge. Take your trekking poles, water filter, and binoculars and be prepared for an amazing trip!
We spent two days and one night at Mountain Meadow Ranch in July 2017 for “Core Camp I.” Our troop had 19 Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors, plus many moms to sleep overnight in the tabins. We used a portion of our cookie profits to help pay for this camp, and it was just a short one-hour’s drive to Allenspark, which borders Rocky Mountain National Park.
“We did archery, hiking, chores, and arts and crafts. I liked that we did a lot of hiking. One hike was to Hercules, the tree that used to be the biggest one in RMNP. The other hike was to the top of the hill that MMR is on. It was at 6:15 in the morning! This is one activity I enjoyed at MMR camp!”
“I liked it all but, my favorite was arts and crafts. We made necklaces, weaved baskets and painted. I loved MMR camp!”
Thornton Troop 63979 spent four long days camping in Rocky Mountain National Park– pitching tents, cooking meals, doing dishes, hiking trails, playing games, bridging one member from Juniors while earning five badges, plus an unplanned Junior Ranger patch. We had signed up to volunteer through the GSCO’s partnership with the National Park Service for a Take Action Plan.
We were assigned ‘General Clean Up’ and showed up Monday at 9 a.m. only to be greeted by the Road Hogs Road Crew. Our assignment had changed from cleaning camp to cleaning roads in the park. The girls spent four hours shoveling, sweeping, scooping and loading sand, rocks, fallen branches and other debris from the roadside for miles– creating safer travel conditions for the millions of visitors to RMNP each year. The Road Hogs are a volunteer group themselves, composed of retired gentlemen who work every Monday, year-round, at RMNP, either clearing roads or downed trees.
The girls and the Road Hogs filled the front loader three times in four hours– amazing! It was awesome to work alongside these men who complimented the girls hard work and selfless spirit. I was proud to hear them comment that the girls just kept going- never complained, never slacked off, never gave up. And they couldn’t believe they were only 11 and 13 years old! The crew leader ‘fired’ the girls just before 1:00 p.m. so they could all have a long overdue lunch break. Although tired and hungry themselves, the girls reluctantly gave back the hard hats and vests.
For our part, the road leading up to Bear Lake Trailhead is much cleaner, much safer and more loved by this Troop. Thanks to RMNP Road Hogs for welcoming us to Take Action and make a difference!
On the outdoor program team, we have been working to create new programs for Summer 2016. Two that I am especially excited to share with you today are perfect the girl or troop who loves adventure, the outdoors and camping!
The first is the Horse Adventure Trip, July 24th– 30th. On this trip, girls entering 7th grade and older will take a 3 day, 2 night horse pack trip into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, camping at a beautiful lake. Participants will then spend three days at a working cattle ranch practicing their horse and ranching skills, as well as a full day of whitewater rafting on the Arkansas river. Girls can sign up for this trip as an individual, and if they have a friend who is a fellow horse lover but not a Girl Scout- that is okay too, no previous Girl Scout experience necessary!
The second new program I can’t wait to tell you about is our new Meadow Mountain Ranch High Adventure Troop Camp. On this trip, a troop and their one or two of their leaders will have a mountain adventure on a three day, two night backpacking trip into Rocky Mountain National Park. Like the outdoors, but not sure you could plan a backpacking trip on your own? Then this trip is perfect for you and your troop! Our trained Girl Scout staff takes care of all the planning, meals, and even most of your camping gear. We offer one weekend in June, one in July and one in September of this chance to adventure in the mountains.
Interested in either of these awesome outdoor adventure trips? Contact Outdoor Volunteer Programs Manger Anna Danila, firstname.lastname@example.org.
After seeing details about the National Park Scout Badges, we arranged for our troop to spend a day with some Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers. We were excited to get out in the clear blue sky, clean air, and back to basics
Ranger Christie and Ranger Paige took us on an adventure. We started by talking about safety points, reviewing what was needed when out on our own, and then headed to the “wild” to study animals. We searched for what animals were not in hibernation by finding their tracks, scat, and habitats. We had lunch by the beautiful frozen lake taking in the peaceful picnic spot. We searched the area for what kind of conditions the animals survived during the winter and then we even made our own habitats for our “animals” to survive.
Each girl said that they had a great time. Our Girl Scouts behaved well and learned a lot. We cannot wait to go again. I love when learning and playing goes hand in hand.
The Meadow Mt Ranch Camp High Adventure Horse Program had another successful week of horseback trailriding as well as horsepacking. The Blazing Saddles II campers packed in on horse back for overnite trip to Thunder Lake in Wild Basin/RMNP – at elevation of 10,574 – almost 8 miles on way from camp. They then rode back down to lower elevation and camped in the outpost camp with the horses the next two nights. On their back country pack trips, they also got to venture by Ouzel Falls, Calypso Cascades, and Copeland Falls. The campers learned about Leave No Trace camping skills, camping overnite with livestock/horses in RMNP, caring for their horses in remote settings and working as team, and trail riding etiquette. They also got to do some star gazing and learned about some edible plants and survival skills. They speny some down time making walking sticks and were awarded trail track patch for the destinations they rode to during the week. The staff and campers got some amazing pictures of the terrain and Wild Basin showing it’s true majestic scenery.
MMR Blazing Saddles I first session of camp enjoyed wonderful week filled with amazing views of the Wild Basin RMNP and Continental Divide as these young ladies ventured into the wilderness via horse. They learned about trail etiquette as well as camping out in outpost camp with their horses, edible plants, star gazing, Leave No Trace and more. The campers rode to Finch Lake and Calypso Cascades waterfalls. They experienced trail riding in the Rocky Mts at it’s best.
ATTENTION all older Girl Scouts Cadette and higher! Meadow Mt Ranch still has openings for Summer 2013!
Still looking to come to camp? Meadow Mt Ranch has added some more sessions. We have added a Rodeo Rider I and Blazing Saddles I as well as Backpack 102! Another change we have made is those registered for Blazing Saddles II will be going on an overnite horsepack trip into RMNP!
If you are an older Girl Scout and love adventure, then we are the camp for you! All horse camps will spend minimum of 6 hours with the horses! From arena to trail, overnites in back meadow and in RMNP, and much more! Trailrides will take you deep into Wild Basin RMNP to some high alpine lakes, waterfalls, and meadows!
If your interest is backpacking then be ready to see some amazing scenery and summit the continental divide!
We still have room in our Rocks and Ropes if climbing is your thing! Come rock climb the Iron Clads and get an amazing view of the snow cap continental divide!
There are still openings for our other camps as well! Take a look and come spend an amazing summer with us in the Colorado Mountains!
Summer camp…it’s your child’s life learning classroom when they are out of school!
As we get out our T-shirts and shorts this spring, it’s time to start thinking about summer camp! Studies have shown that girls who attend camp have less summer learning loss, and are better at thinking outside of the box and problem solving.
Girl Scouts of Colorado offers many summer camp options that enable them to explore the classroom of life among peers and caring camp counselors. Learn more about our summer offerings, or visit one of the open houses at our amazingly beautiful properties:
We also have online registration, or call us at 1-877-404-5708 to talk with one of our wonderful registrar team members to get your daughter into the right summer camp!
We also have some unique opportunities for older campers at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark/Rocky Mountain National Park!
It’s Ur Wilderness (6-day) $500 – 6/23-28 (MM05)
Girls will hike and explore ecosystems found in Rocky Mountain National Park and Meadow Mountain Ranch!
Wilderness Rangers (6-day) $800 – 7/7-12 (MM11)
Girls will get LOTS of trail riding experience in Rocky Mountain National Park doing wilderness horse packing, overnights, and wilderness survival skills!