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Girl Scout overnight camp near Woodland Park, Colorado

Property reservations change: Full site rentals

At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we are always working to make property reservations better, easier, and safer for girls. Because of this, we are making some changes to the way our properties will be booked by troops going forward.

Instead of reserving cabins, tabins, or other units individually, troops will now reserve the full site, and will have access to all cabins/tabins at that site, as well as any amenities such as activity shelters, latrines, bear boxes, etc. This allows for troops to ensure that they are following the proper Safety Ratio adults for the girls in their troop, that they have a full roster of all children and adults who will be on site during their reservation, and that they are following the rules concerning background checks and insurance.

If you have a current reservation at any property, your reservation will not be adjusted, and the new changes will not apply to you. This will only apply to new reservations starting  May 24, 2018. This change does not affect lodges or all season cabins, and only refers to sites that have multiple units.

We recognize this may be a big change for some troops who do not need all tabins or cabins at a site, or who are used to only reserving one or two tabins or cabins.

If you do not need all tabins or cabins at a site and would like to split the cost of reserving a full site, we encourage you to work with other troops in your service unit and arrange to have your trips go on the trip together. Doing so will allow you to coordinate schedules, plan for meals and activities, and have an emergency and first-aid plan that will work for both troops.

If you are not able to find another troop who you would like to stay on property with you, there are sites at every property that may have a lower cost that we encourage you to look at. These sites include Troop House at Sky High Ranch ($40 a night, sleeps 24 people), Windridge at Meadow Mountain Ranch ($30 a night, sleeps 15 people), Meadow at Lazy Acres ($30 a night, sleeps 18 people), and more.

If you have any questions or concerns about reserving full sites at our properties, please email our Property and Outdoor Program Administrator at annie.stoneburner@gscolorado.org.

Older Girl Newsletter: May 2018

Riley M. named 2018 Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence Winner

Riley Morgenthaler from Morrison received the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence at the annual Gold Award Day at the Capitol on April 9. She created a manager mentorship program and tool tubs to help close the gap that students living in low-resource areas face when participating in the STEM-based activity, Destination Imagination.

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2018-19 Outdoor Adventure Club calendar is now available

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a monthly, staff-led program offering exciting outdoor adventures around the state. You can purchase an annual passport that allows you to attend as many events as you want, or you can attend events with a single event pass. Certain events have a limited number of single event spaces. Events next year include dogsledding, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, a canoe trip, and more!

OAC Passports for the 2018-19 season go on sale on May 21! Visit the OAC page of the website for more information on fees, registration, program FAQs, and links to sign up for the single event interest lists.

Camp season is just around the corner!

There are still spots remaining for older girl sessions at Sky High Ranch, Tomahawk Ranch, and day camps. Register today!

  • Older Girl Session Spotlight:
    • Summer Heat Fire Camp: You’ll spend the week gaining hands-on experience in firefighting, leadership and teamwork while learning real firefighting skills and training from female firefighters in Colorado Springs. Day and Overnight sessions available. July 22-27.
    • Boating Day Camp: Spend the day out on the water earning the paddling badge and learning skills in canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding! June 18-22.
    • Horseback Day Camp: Calling all cowgirls! At this camp, you’ll get to learn all about horse grooming, handling and riding skills. Plus, lots of time for arena and trail rides. June 25-29 and July 16-20.

Visit the camp session listings for more information on the camps above, or to search for other sessions with space available like “TR39 Expedition WILD” where you get to go on an offsite adventure trip with trekking, fishing, rock climbing, and zip lining!

NEW resource: Outdoor Opportunities in Colorado

Colorado is one of the best places in the country for outdoor adventure and recreation. Check out this flier for places to go, things to do and program resources you can use in planning your next outdoor adventure!

Make your voice heard! Join OGAB!

The Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) is seeking new members from all regions. OGAB is a group of 14 girls, grades 9-12, from across Colorado who participate in feedback on Older Girl programming statewide. We are looking for girls who are wanting to grow their leadership experience and turn their experience into action. Ready to apply? Start your application today! Applications and two reference letters are due by Sept. 18.  Questions? Contact  Emily Speck.

New section: Ask OGAB!

Ever wonder how other girls balance Girl Scouts and school? Want to know about other regions in the state? Have some burning questions to ask other Girl Scouts? The Older Girl Advisory Board is now accepting questions about Girl Scouts and life as an older Girl Scout. Send your questions at emily.speck@gscolorado.org and OGAB will respond to your post on the GSCO blog.

Dates to Remember

May 21: OAC Passports go on sale
OAC May Trailblazers (7th– 12 grade) Campout: Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing and a campout at Cherry Creek State Park. Fee is $75/girl.

OAC June Explorers (6th grade) Campout: Whitewater rafting, horseback riding and a weekend camping at Cherry Creek State Park. Fee is $100/ girl.

Sept 18: Older Girl Advisory Board applications and references due.

Host families needed for Chinese exchange program

Update: Due to low interest, this opportunity has been canceled. 

Calling on Colorado Girl Scouts along the Front Range! Do you have a daughter between the ages of 10 and 15? Would you consider being a host family for a girl of a similar age from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) this summer?

We’re looking for Girl Scout families with “green blood”, the blood of Girl Scouts, of Juliette Low, who saw a stranger as a friend she hadn’t yet met. The girls are participants in a Chinese program known as Capable Teens, modeled on American Boy Scouting. You do your usual weekend family stuff and introduce a young girl from China to a sampler of an American way of life from July 6-24, 2018. Girls will spend these two weekends with you: July 6-7, delivered to camp July 8 and acclimating to the mile high region. July 19-24 is spent with your family before their return to China early the morning of July 24. The days and nights of July 8-19 finds the girls at Girl Scout camp at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey. The girls are excited (and nervous!) about spending time with your family in this immersion into American life.

Expectations of American families:
•Be willing to live your normal lives with the addition of a young female guest from China as well as being welcoming, loving, offering fun experiences and opening your lives to her.
•Provide normal American opportunities for her to practice her English, be a part of your family and to gain an understanding of Girl Scouting.
•Provide basic camping equipment for the girls to use: sleeping bag, pillow, towels, flashlight, possibly a duffle bag.
•Three hundred dollar stipend available to help.

By opening your door, you open a girl’s eyes to the real America: real people, real experiences and real life. At the same time, your generosity of spirit creates a positive view of the United States that crosses borders—and lasts a lifetime. Your values as a Girl Scout will create a bond with a youth in a way you never expected, make a difference in the life of a girl and help your children to learn and grow as they open their lives to another culture.

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

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

Camp like a G.I.R.L. for summer 2018: Registration for sessions at Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch begins Jan. 18

Camp like a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader)! At Girl Scout Camp, girls will step out of their comfort zone, embrace the unfamiliar, and grow their confidence as they develop leadership skills. For summer 2018, 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!

Girl Scouts of Colorado offers 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, or 2 weeks. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. Sessions for summer 2018 include:

  • “Ranch Camp” at Tomahawk Ranch- Experience all that Tomahawk has to offer! Girls will try fire building, cook outdoors on a campfire, learn to navigate by the stars and a compass, and trail marking.
  • 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.
  • “Survivor” at Tomahawk Ranch- Older girls will find out first-hand if they have what it takes to be a survivor. They’ll practice advanced camping, survival skills, fire-building, and outdoor cooking techniques, as well as learn the foods best for survival, knife safety, and knot tying.
  • Archer’s Quest at Sky High Ranch – Girls can become the next Sacagawea or Annie Oakley by learning marksmanship, as well as outdoor skills like orienteering, canoeing, zip lining, and shelter building.

The entire summer camp schedule is posted on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (http://www.camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/). Register early. Some sessions fill in just a few hours!

Girl Scouts of Colorado also offers day camp, family camp, and troop camp adventures throughout the state.

Register for Girl Scout Camp on January 18 at 9 a.m.


It may be January, but Girl Scouts are ready for summer camp!

Parents can register for camp in CampInTouch starting on January 18, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Once registered, parents can access online camp accounts to complete forms and make payments or change payment options here in CampInTouch.

Check out our current list of summer camp sessions!

Learn more about our summer camps!

NEW – Badge completion at camp:
This year, some sessions list a badge completed during the session. Campers will walk away from those sessions with a badge completed that can be affixed to their Girl Scout uniform.

Other badge requirements may be completed within a camp session. Only sessions where entire badges are completed are listed in program descriptions.

Early Bird Pricing!
Pay camp balances in full prior to April 30 at 11:59 p.m. to lock in Early Bird discounts. Overnight camps go up by $50/week and day and troop camps go up by $25/week after that date.

Fund Your Fun!
Girl Scout Camp is the only place where campers can set goals through the Girl Scout Cookie and Fall Product programs to fund their fun at camp! Cookie Credits can be used towards camp fees. We also offer Cookie Volume Discounts (these may be combined with either the New Overnight Camper or Sibling Discount):

  • Save 10% if you sell 1,000+ packages of cookies
  • Save 15% if you sell 1,500+ packages of cookies
  • Save 20% if you sell 2,000+ packages of cookies

Other Camp Discounts
New overnight campers at Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch receive 10% off their most expensive camp session. Siblings receive 10% off on all sessions purchased for a second sibling in a household.

These two discounts may not be combined with any other camp discounts except the Cookie Volume Discounts.

Summer is just around the corner, what will your camper be doing this summer?

Apply NOW for the Mary Jo Jacobs Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scouts of Colorado is now accepting applications from Girl Scouts in Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado for the Mary Jo Jacobs Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. This annual scholarship helps girls fund their next adventure at Girl Scout Camp. Apply online at: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/scholarshipapp

In 2017, three Girl Scouts in the Mountain Communities region attended Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving camperships from the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Kayla of New Castle went to Tomahawk TriWizard at Tomahawk Ranch in July. At Animal Adventures at Sky High Ranch, Sami from Glenwood Springs played a lot of games, got to know her Girl Scout sisters, and really enjoyed singing outside the mess-hall before meals! Even though they had to be up VERY early to get to the barn to help with the animals’ care, it was WAY worth it. Her favorite animal was Wilbur the pig, but the llamas spit! She loved caring for the chickens and goats, too. Sami came home with so many stories to tell – from the giant squid to the Queen of the Forest and she can’t wait to go back! Mya of Eagle attended “Penthalon” at Sky High Ranch in July.

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision.

After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

Registration for Girl Scout Camp is now underway on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. For summer 2018, girls can attend overnight camp sessions at Sky High Ranch near Manitou Lake and Woodland Park or perennial favorite Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey, southwest of Denver. Activities include archery, backpacking, photography, and rock climbing. Overnight camp runs from 3 to 12 days for girls ages 6 and up.  Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to offer day camping adventures throughout the state. The summer camp schedule is live on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (girlscoutsofcolorado.org). Girl Scout summer camp programs are open to all girls throughout Colorado, whether they’re in a troop or not, and new campers get a 10-percent discount.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Summer 2018 camp sessions online now, registration opens Jan. 18

There’s no better place to step out of your comfort zone, be bold, be curious, embrace the unfamiliar, and grow your confidence than at Girl Scout Camp. It’s a whole new world, and it’s a place she’ll never forget!

Whether she’s climbing to the top of a mountain, singing along with her new best friends, getting messy with the barn animals, or collaborating on an all-camp performance, your G.I.R.L. will have the time of her life!

Check out all the amazing camp sessions coming up this summer, and mark your calendar for registration, opening Jan. 18 at 9 a.m.

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Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, Dec. 5

Help Girl Scouts of Colorado continue to provide an unparalleled, girls-only experience to G.I.R.L.s all over the state. Your donation on Colorado Gives Day goes further than on any other day of the year.

Schedule your donation today, and download badges to share on social media.

2018 Cookie Program begins Feb. 4

Thanks to everyone who participated in our amazing 2017 Fall Product Program! We saw a 29% growth over last year, with more than 4,400 girls participating. 669 troops earned the exclusive S’mores Club booth opportunity – way to go!

The cookie program runs Feb. 4 – March 11. We’re excited to be offering the popular S’mores cookie again this year.

Visit our website to find a training or Cookie Rally near you.

Older girl highlight: Gold Award Girl Scout Molly McPherson

Since earning the highest honor in Girl Scouting, Molly McPherson, a 2017 Gold Award Girl Scout, has completed a short documentary on the impact of plastic water bottles and is now sponsored by Polar Bottle!

Molly’s Gold Award project focused on educating her community on how to reduce plastic waste and increase the use of reusable water bottles. Learn more about her project on the blog.

Make a 4-hour promise 4 Her

Girl Scout troops rely on volunteer support for girls to receive the best experience possible. Your troop leaders are committed to providing the primary guidance and support for the troop, but all families are asked to give what they can. We are asking for your promise of 4 hours per family per year – 4 HER.

Make a 4-hour 4 Her Promise »

Visit our camps this winter

Can’t wait until summer to go to camp? We have fun events happening all year:

 

Upcoming Events

Dec. 2: Teddy Bear Toss with Metro State Hockey, Westminster
Cheer on Metro State at they take on CU Hockey. Participants will toss their bears on the ice when Metro State scores their first goal.

Dec. 8: Disney on Ice, Denver
Disney on Ice presents “Follow Your Heart.” A post-performance Girl Scout clinic will highlight the Tech Crew and the special work they do to put on the show. Event patch is included.

Save the date for exciting Girl Scouts sports events in 2018!

To be notified when registration opens, contact Lori Thompson.

  • Jan. 14: Girl Scout Day with DU Gymnastics, Denver
  • Jan. 19: Girl Scout Night with DU Hockey, Denver
  • Feb. 23: Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets, Denver
  • March 2: Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Avalanche, Denver

Want event details delivered to your inbox weekly? Sign up for the Events email at gscoblog.org.

Summer camps for older girls in 2018

Older girls have lots of leadership opportunities at Tomahawk and Sky High Ranch, like Counselor In Training (CIT) for Seniors entering 10th grade the next fall and Ambassadors or Program Aide for Seniors and Ambassadors at overnight camp. There are also Program Aide and Program Aide Internship Opportunities for girls at day camps throughout the state.

Here are other amazing camps for older girls (Cadette through Ambassador) for the summer of 2018 with GSCO, remember that camp registration opens on January 18 at 9 a.m. This is not an inclusive listing of our camps for older girls, and is subject to change.

NEW! Camp Fury! (watch a video from 2016’s Camp Fury from Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona here: Seniors and Ambassadors, attend this weeklong, Colorado Springs-based firefighting intensive camp for women as a day camp if you live in the area, or an overnight camp if you are from further away. You’ll learn first-hand what it takes to train to be a firefighter, and make friends to last a lifetime while you do it. Contact Anna Danila with any questions.

Cadettes

Adventure Olympics: Are you ready to run across fields like Alex Morgan and tumble like Simone Biles? Events include: the zip line dash, an individual vertical crawl (also known as rock climbing), and a trip with your team to compete in an equestrian event (a one-hour off-site horseback trail ride). Campers will earn their Good Sportsmanship badge.

An Archer’s Quest: Do you want to become the next Sacagawea or Annie Oakley? Learn marksmanship on the archery range, as well as outdoor skills like orienteering, canoeing, zip lining, and shelter building at Sky High Ranch. Campers will earn their Archery badge.

Barn Livin’: A 12-day adventure! Explore Tomahawk’s barnyard and greenhouse. Learn about the small animal farm, animal care, homesteading, crafting, and cooking. Includes two, one-hour off-site horseback trail rides.

Camp Half Blood: Explore the world of Percy Jackson and become a part of an epic quest! Discover your inner hero and develop survival and archery skills that Artemis would be proud of! Navigate by the moon, stars, and constellations, while delving into Greek Mythology. Campers earn the Archery badge.

Camp Wandering Water: What’s the first thing you need for survival (and a little fun)? Water! Start the week learning how to survive on a primitive campsite at Sky High for two to three nights! Hone your basic survival skills, including water purification, orienteering, shelter building, and fire safety. This is a beginner-level backpacking camp. Campers will earn their Primitive Camper badge.

Certified: During the week campers will gain a variety of trainings, verifications, and certifications, including but not limited to, First Aid/CPR certification, archery, hiking, fire-building, woodworking and knife safety verifications, self-defense, survival, and automotive maintenance trainings. Campers will earn their Archery badge.

The Dark Side: Take over camp at night by learning the secrets of our universe. Stay up with the stars and sleep in late. Create your own lightsaber and master Darth mind tricks! Host an EXTREME nighttime party! Campers will earn their Night Owl badge.

Deep Blue Sea: At this water-based traveling camp, dive into a liquid adventure and have fun in the sun. You’ll try water-related sports and activities, make crafts, visit the barn, take a nature hike, roast s’mores around the campfire and more! Includes off-camp trips to destinations, such as local pools and lakes.

Designers: Create works of art through fashion, woodworking, cooking, and more. Try your hand at upcycling to repurpose old objects into something new.

District 14: Ensure that the odds are in your favor by honing your archery skills and learning new ones, such as canoeing and zip lining. Campers will earn their Good Sportsmanship badge.

Dragon Legends: Envision camp through your own lens while you role-play your way through Sky High! Learn what it takes to write a script, develop a plot, and how to roleplay with others. Campers will earn their Screenwriter badge.

The Force: The force in strong with this camp. Gain skills to become a master camper! Practice self-defense, strengthen your skills at target sports, navigate the dark by the stars, focus and relax the mind and body through yoga, and be a part of an epic space adventure!

Girl v Zombie: Join our training camp to prep for the unthinkable. Learn self-defense techniques, gain survival skills, create a disaster kit, and develop your archery abilities. Campers will earn their Archery badge.

H2O: A 12-day adventure. For this water-based traveling camp, dive into a liquid adventure and have fun in the sun. Go stand-up paddle-boarding, white water rafting, relax lake-side and poolside, learn to fish, bask in the sun, and more. Includes off-camp trips to water destinations, such as pools, rivers, and lakes.

Intro to Cowgirl Mountain: Ready for the most amazing rustic horse pack out camping experience ever?! Join us as we head to Bear Basin Ranch in the Wet Mountains located near Westcliffe for an exciting horse-filled adventure! This is for novice riders who have limited experience with horses. Campers will earn their Trailblazing badge.

Iron Chef: A 12-day adventure. Prepare yourself for this EPIC cooking competition! Girls will gain outdoor cooking techniques and then battle other teams for the title of “Team Master Chefs” and will earn their New Cuisine badge.

Magical Mayhem: A three-day camp sampler! You’ve been accepted to the most mystical and magical part of Sky High Ranch! Come ready for mischief and mayhem while you learn to fly down the zip line, make your own enchanted cape, become a water Quidditch pro, and create your own potions and spells!

Old Western: Welcome to the 1800’s! Find your inner cowgirl who braves the wild wild west. Learn animal tracking, archery, and make tools from sticks and stones. Learn to make butter and ice cream with ingredients from our Greenhouse.

Outpost: A 12-day adventure! Develop your camping skills such as outdoor cooking, orienteering, shelter building, fishing, and backpacking. Campers will spend multiple nights in an off-site, primitive camp site setting up their own tents, cooking their own meals, and hiking. Campers will earn their Trailblazing badge.

Pioneers: A 12-day adventure. Welcome to the 1800’s! Learn to cook over a fire and use fruit to make jams and pies. Learn to cure your own jerky and make butter. Go off-site fishing, collect eggs from our barn, and feed the pigs kitchen ‘slop’. Campers will earn their Woodworker badge.

Pond Hoppers: Your first canoe trip! Practice your skills at camp, then head out for a one- to two-night trip. This camp includes zip line, low ropes, and more! Campers will earn their Trailblazer badge.

Ranch Hands: Could you have been a pioneer in the Old West? Turn back time and learn the basics of homesteading. Spend your days caring for the farm animals and tending the garden. Includes an hour long, off-site horseback trail ride. Campers will earn their Animal Helpers badge.

Rock It! Campers will rock climb at Crash Landing, and learn how to belay. When you’re not out scaling rocks, you will have a chance to rock out on the dance floor and experience our zip line. Rock climbing will be led by certified rock climbing guides. Campers will earn their Trailblazing badge.

Story Tellers: Calling all storytellers! Do you have characters and ideas that need to be heard? Practice your artistic skills by painting, drawing, scrapbooking, and more to build your stories. Campers will earn their Book Artist badge.

Survivor: Practice advanced camping, survival skills, fire-building, and outdoor cooking techniques. Learn the foods best for survival, knife safety, and knot tying. Build shelters to sleep in and test the elements. Put your skills to the test by enduring the wilderness in survival challenges.

TR Bellas: A 12-day adventure! Choreograph your very own ensemble. Re-invent the Tomahawk song or create a new one for all to learn. Hold auditions and host a talent show. Develop a sisterhood among your cabin mates and practice your perfect pitch.

Water Fillies: Sometimes a cowgirl just loves to cool off from a day at the barn with a dip in the pond! Split your time between splashing around at the pond and taking care of our animals at the barn. This camp includes a one-hour off-site horseback ride. Campers will earn their Trailblazing badge.

Zip Life: For thrill seekers only! Are you ready for an adrenaline rush? You will get plenty of it on Sky High’s zip line. Weather permitting, you will zip every day. After you find your groove on the zip line, challenge yourself a little more. Campers will earn their Trailblazer badge.

Seniors and Ambassadors

Adventure Olympics: Are you ready to run across our fields like Alex Morgan and tumble like Simone Biles? Events include: the zip line dash, an individual vertical crawl (also known as rock climbing), and a trip with your team to compete in an equestrian event (a one-hour off-site horseback trail ride). Campers will earn their Cross-Training (Senior), Ultimate Recreation Challenge (Ambassador) badge.

Cowgirl Mountain Adventure: A 9-day adventure! Join us with Bear Basin Pack Trips for a trail ride or two out on the ranch in the Wet Mountains located near Westcliffe, CO before heading out on a three-day horse pack out trip! Before heading back to Sky High, spend a day white-water rafting down one of our amazing Colorado rivers! Campers will earn their Adventurer (Senior) or Ultimate Recreation Challenge (Ambassador) badge.

Dream Team: A 12-day adventure! Create a camp experience especially designed for you and your friends! Activities may include: horseback riding, pool adventures, archery, outdoor cooking, hiking, creating crafts, participating in sports, campouts, stargazing, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, spa nights, and even venture off camp for the fun opportunities which may arise (these trips are girl-planned)!

Expedition Wild! A 12-day adventure! The ultimate off-site adventure camping trip. Traveling, trekking, river trips, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, and many other activites (Find the full list on the OffTheGridGuru survival site)! This trip is off-site camping for 9 nights. Campers will earn their Ultimate Recreation Challenge badge.

Grit, Grace and a Mouse: Tomahawk campers love being imaginative. Pirates, heroes, heroines, space explorers, princesses, mice, ducks, villains, and every character in between! Spend the week with us dressing up in costume, braving your skills at archery, hiking to Totey Pride Rock, searching for Tomahawk treasure, exploring the stars, learning to waltz in a favorite ball gown and SO much more! Gain grit, grace and celebrate the best mouse around! Campers will stay in a cabin with equipped bathrooms and showers. Campers will earn their Archery badge.

Mountain Wheelers: What do you get when you cross a mountain bike with a scooter and a skateboard? A Diggler! Be ready to tackle Sky High’s terrain like you would on a mountain bike and carve turns as if you were on a skateboard! Campers will earn their Cross-Training (Senior) or Ultimate Recreation Challenge (Ambassador) badge.

Pinterest: Are you a crafty, DIY guru? Do you have so many boards on Pinterest you can’t keep them straight?! Then spend a week at camp trying everything you’ve ever wanted to explore – from woodworking and leather, to painting and crochet. Campers will earn their Outdoor Art Expert (Senior), or Outdoor Art Master (Ambassador) badge.

SHR Canoe Expedition: A 9-day adventure! The ultimate flatwater canoeing adventure for experienced canoers (must have basic paddling certification or equivalent). During this nine-day camp, we will spend the first few days at camp refreshing our skills and packing our bags for a six-day, out of state trip. Campers will earn their Padding (Senior) or Ultimate Recreation Challenge (Ambassador) badge.

Rock It! Campers will rock climb at Crash Landing, and learn how to belay. When you’re not out scaling rocks, you will have a chance to rock out on the dance floor and experience our zip line. Rock climbing will be led by certified rock climbing guides. Campers will earn their Adventurer (Senior), or Survival Camper (Ambassador) badge.

Rustic Whitewater Adventure: This adventure isn’t for the faint of heart! Be prepared for an epic journey along the hidden trails in Colorado! You’ll strap on your backpack with all of your gear and food, and head out on the trail for a 3- to 4- night adventure. This journey culminates with a whitewater rafting trip down one of Colorado’s beautiful rivers! Campers should be prepared to carry a pack that weighs approximately 25% of their body weight and hike 5-7 miles per day. Campers will earn their Adventure Camper (Senior) or Survival Camper (Ambassador) badge.

 

 

G.I.R.L. Stories: I am a risk-taker, leader, and go-getter

Submitted by Bella K., G.I.R.L.  Media Star

Northern & Northeastern CO

Windsor

Girl Scouts has helped me become a risk-taker because when I was at Sky High Ranch I rode a long zip line. I was very nervous to do it, but once I got on I had so much fun! I was one of the few girls who actually let go of the rope when I was riding it.

Girl Scouts has also helped me to become a leader because at troop cookie camp, we were going on a hike and the girls in my troop were getting discouraged. I started to sing and the girls sang along. This helped the hike go better and the girls had fun. This is one of the many ways Girl Scouts has helped me become a leader.

Girl Scouts has helped me to be a go-getter because last cookie season my goal was 1,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. I wanted to meet the goal I met last year, but instead I went 1,053 packages beyond!

How has Girl Scouts helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, or leader)? Share your Girl Scout story and photos using the Share Your Stories form.

Save the date for 2017-18 outdoor programs

Save the date for these Outdoor Programs in the 2017-18 Girl Scout year.  ** Note: Updated throughout the year as events are live in our events calendar.

Tomahawk Ranch Closing Work Weekend 9/22-24/17 (registration closed) Families come to “close-up” camp in preparation for winter. Meals: Fri. dinner – Sun. breakfast, lodging provided at no cost. Jobs: cleaning buildings, picking up trash, repainting, maintaining trails, etc. Saturday night’s program helps families relax and celebrate their hard work.

Sky High Ranch Fall Troop Camp – Sky High Adventure: 9/29-10/1/17 (registration closed) A staff-led, Troop Camp at Sky High Ranch. Test yourself at Sky High on our zip line, low-ropes course, archery, and swimming and splash on stand-up paddle boards at the pond! We’ll have arts & crafts, hiking, campfires, and more! Campers must be at least 60 lbs. so they do not get stuck mid-zip.

Travel Webinar: 10/3/17 at 6- 7 p.m. (registration closed):  Learn about ways you can travel as an older Girl Scout. Topics:   how to travel through Girl Scouts individually / with a troop; travel resources; ways to travel – tour groups, world centers, & girl led planning.

Destinations Travel Webinar: 10/5/17 at 6 -7 p.m. (registration closed) Learn about ways to travel as an older Girl Scout! Destination specific topics:  program & trips for ’18 & ’19; GSCO deadlines ; resources for Destinations prep/money earning . You’ll hear from a Destinations “travel ambassador” about her experience in 2017, her trip, and lessons learned.

Sky High Ranch Halloween Party: 10/28/17 at 1-  5 p.m. (registration deadline 10/26/17) From zombies & princesses to s’mores & wizards, we’ve got everything at the SHR Halloween party! Visit Yummy Candyland, Spooky Graveyard, & Witch’s World where you’ll play games, make crafts, and collect treats! This event is not just for Girl Scouts-all are welcome to attend! $10/child, adults/free.

Tomahawk Ranch Trick or Treat: 10/29/17 at 5- 8 p.m. Come to Tomahawk Ranch for a night of trick-or-treating! A free event for all ages. No registration is necessary. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume!

Sky High Ranch Tree Lighting: 12/3/17 – (Registration deadline 11/30/17) Come to Sky High to celebrate our annual Tree Lighting with activities & brunch! This community/family event is fun for all ages! Brunch buffet begins at 10 a.m.; tree lighting at 1p.m. We’ll have a buffet, family photos, ornaments, and hot drinks, and GOODIES!!! $15/Adult, $10/child, Free/ages 0-3.

Tomahawk Ranch Bruch with the Barnyard & Santa 12/10 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Register early! A community event, bring your family & friends. Join us for brunch with Santa and meet his furry barnyard friends. Eat brunch buffet, savor sweets and lollies aplenty, take photos with Santa, and warm up fireside with hot cocoa or cider. Ages 12+: $15/pp Ages 11-3: $10/pp Ages 2 and under/ Free

Sky High Ranch Expedition Antarctica: 1/12-14/18 (Me & My Guy) – Registration is now open! For girls and the significant male in their lives! Join us for an intro to winter camping at Sky High Ranch on a three-day, two-night excursion. We’ll introduce cold-weather tent camping, survival skills – and weather dependent, we’ll practice snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snow shelter building! We’ll set up tents outside the lodge and see who can brave the elements all night! This camp is also open to Me & My Gal, however housing is limited!

Tomahawk Ranch Me & My Gal 1/12-1/14/18 – Registration is now open! A three day, two-night camping experience for individual girls and the significant female adult role models in their lives. Planned activities may include: archery, crafts, outdoor skills, s’mores, barn visits, mattress surfing, and more.

Camp Registration Launches! 1/18/18 at 9 a.m. Register online through CampInTouch for summer camps. Use Cookie Credits and apply for camp grants to keep the cost of camp down.

Camp Registration Round 2! 3/1/18 at 9 a.m. Register online through CampInTouch for summer camps. Use Cookie Credits and apply for camp grants to keep the cost of camp down. We offer more spaces of our most popular programs on this date.

Sky High Ranch Open House : 3/10/18 at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit Sky High Ranch and preview your girl’s summer camp experience. Meet staff and see where your camper will eat and sleep while at camp! No registration necessary.

Tomahawk Ranch Troop Camp 4/20-22/18 – Registration coming soon!

Tomahawk Ranch Spring Brunch 5/6/18 at 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Registration coming soon! Bring the family to brunch and explore Tomahawk Ranch. Visit the barn, greenhouse, summer cabins, and dabble at camp crafts! Get your camp questions answered by Tomahawk Staff. Cost: Ages 12+: $15/pp, Ages 11-3: $10/pp; Ages 2 & under/free

Tomahawk Ranch Open House 5/6/18 at 2-  4 p.m. Visit Tomahawk Ranch and explore camp on a self-guided tour. Get your questions answered by Tomahawk staff. See the different types of accommodations and program areas. No registration necessary.

Sky High Ranch Open House May: 5/6/18 at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit Sky High Ranch and preview your girl’s summer camp experience at our Open House. Meet staff and see where your camper will eat and sleep while at camp! No registration necessary.

Tomahawk Ranch Spring Work Weekend 5/18-20/18 (registers with summer camps in CampInTouch) Families are invited to a weekend where we “open” camp in preparation for summer. Meals/lodging are provided at no cost. Jobs may include: cleaning buildings/bathrooms, picking up trash, gardening, cleaning program areas, maintaining trails, etc. Saturday night’s evening program will help families relax and celebrate their hard work. No badge work or other activities are offered. Families of all ages are welcome.

Sky High Ranch Summer Splash Troop Camp 8/3-4/ 18 (registers with summer camps in CampInTouch) Splash the day away with one last salute to summer! This water-themed troop camp will be planned for you, includes:  swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boards. Meals and other traditional Girl Scout activities are included! Does not include zip line.

Tomahawk Ranch Closing Work Weekend 9/21-23/18 (registers with summer camps in CampInTouch) Families are invited to a weekend where we “close” camp after summer. Meals and lodging are provided at no cost. Jobs may include: cleaning buildings/bathrooms, picking up trash, gardening, cleaning program areas, maintaining trails, etc. Saturday night’s program will help families relax and celebrate their hard work. No badge work or other activities are offered.