Want to go boating? If you’d like to take your Girl Scouts boating, you can register for the Small Craft Safety certification course. The Small Craft Safety certification is required to take any Girl Scouts boating. This one-day course will cover all the basics of canoeing and kayaking. The course will thoroughly cover boating equipment, paddle strokes, swamped boat rescues, and ways to keep boating fun and safe!
Hey Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors! Are you ready to explore the night sky, learn wilderness first-aid skills, and meet some nocturnal animals all while hanging out with your new best friends?
All this is possible at the 2018 Older Girl Journey Weekend at Sky High Ranch September 21 – 23. Our focus this year will be on the new Outdoor Journey, which is perfect for Colorado Girl Scouts who naturally seek adventure!
Through a weekend of full of skill-building activities, you will complete all requirements, except for the Take Action project, to earn your Outdoor Journey. Your group will consist of other Girl Scouts from across the state that are in the same program level. Adults can also register as a chaperone that will assist with activities, but it is not a requirement!
So, what does this weekend look like?!? Here is a rough idea of all the awesomeness you will experience.
Friday: Arrive at Sky High Ranch by 9 p.m. for check-in. Fun welcome from the staff and other volunteers. Campfire (if no fire ban) and free-time to hang out with your new best friends.
Saturday: Skill-building workshops in the morning/early afternoon, such as survival skills, camp/tent set-up, wilderness first-aid. Weather depending, fun adventure activity (did someone say zip-line?!!?!). Nocturnal animal visit in the evening (yes, real animals!). Sleep outside under the stars!
Sunday: Final skill-building workshop and check-out around noon (don’t forget to exchange numbers with all the new people you met!).
My daughter was thrilled to be able to participate in high-adventure programs through Girl Scouts of Colorado now that she has bridged to Cadettes. She had an amazing experience at Sky High Ranch this summer. She had already done some rock climbing, both indoors and out, before attending the “Rock It!” session. While there, she learned more about climbing and safety, and she learned to belay.
Thank you Sky High Ranch! My daughter learned how to safely belay. When we took our kids to an indoor climbing gym this week, she was able to pass the belaying test and belayed her brothers. She was so proud of herself, and they were amazed. Thanks for helping build my girl’s confidence!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com 303-909-2264
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!