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Girl Scout Camp Social Media 2017

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The staff at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch is gearing up for another wonderful summer season. As in years past, we will share our fun on social media through the Girl Scouts of Colorado camp Facebook pages.

Tomahawk Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/tomahawkranch/

Sky High Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/gscoskyhighranch/

From time to time, photos and updates may also appear on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s other social media networks (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram)

We will also post photo albums from each session on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums. Look for albums a week after your girl’s session ends.

Please keep in mind, both camps are in remote areas, where internet service can be spotty. We will update as much as we can. However, making sure your girl has the best experience at camp is our top priority.

Happy Camping!

Daisy Troop 65856 uses cookie money to go to Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Kristina Graham

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

Daisy Troop 65856 used the money they earned from their Girl Scout Cookies sales to go to Sky High Ranch as a troop. Each girl got to bring one parent and enjoyed activities such as the small animal farm, hiking to the lake, a dance party, and a camp fire. This was the highlight of the year for most girls.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Host families needed

Submitted by Linda Fuller

Metro Denver

Denver

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) July 14 – August 1, 2017?

We’re looking for Girl Scout families as our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, 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. During the week, the girls will be at Girl Scout Camp at Sky High Ranch in Woodland Park. 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 gain an understanding of Girl Scouting.
  • $300 stipend available to help.

By opening your door, you open a girl’s eyes to the real America: real people, experiences, and 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.

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

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Star Wars Camp at Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Melissa Ellenberger

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

SU 13 had a fabulous time at Sky High Ranch during their camp-out. The girls made tie-dye t-shirts, hiked to the Kyber Crystal Mine, made their own lightsabers, went through Jedi training, and delivered the Death Star plans to Leia and R2D2.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Last minute changes = more overnight camp opportunities

MMR Core Camp hiking

Camp directors have been working hard getting their camps ready for camp. Camp leadership staff arrived last week at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch and the rest of our seasonal (and amazing!) camp staff arrive around Memorial Day to envelop themselves in all that is camp during staff training and prepare for the arrival of campers.

We have had some last minute changes that created camp opportunities in the following sessions, register now for one of them!

SH16 Ranch Hands – Seniors and Ambassadors added: Homesteading at its finest! Spend days caring for farm animals and tending the garden. You’ll learn how to feed and care for animals, groom them, and help with basic farm upkeep. Plant and harvest fresh herbs and other yummy garden treats. Use projects from the farm and garden to create DIY crafts and activities. Includes a one-hour off-site horseback trail ride. There will be time for general activities too. This camp does not include the zip line.

SH34 Sky High Sampler – Seniors and Ambassadors added: Sample all that Sky High has to offer: learn the art of aiming at archery and take a trip on the zip! You’ll make a fun craft and new friends! Take a nature hike on the way to Upper Pond, where you will paddle your way across in a canoe. Campers must be a minimum of 60 lbs. to ensure they don’t get stuck mid-zip.

SH35 Wizarding World of Beasts – Seniors and Ambassadors added: The Wizarding World at Sky High is complete with fantastic beasts, mystical creatures, and days and nights full of magical enchantments. Get a chance to groom a thestral or hunt for dragon eggs. You’ll even learn to tame a wild hippogriff! Experience a magical camp like no other! Shop in Diagon Ranch Alley, test your courage defending against the Dark Arts, and mingle with other wizards at the Leaky Sky Cauldron. Don’t forget to bring and wear your wizarding or magical apparel! This camp does not include zip line.

SH53 Story Tellers – Seniors and Ambassadors added: Calling all story tellers! 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. We’ll start with one panel comics and finish with binding a fully illustrated book of your creation! Tell stories around the campfire and read stories to younger campers. When you’re not busy creating your stories, recharge your creative batteries with some splashing around at the pond, zooming down the zip line, team-building at the ropes course and other camp activities too. Campers will earn their Comic Artist badge.

TR06 & TR17 Camp Half Blood – New spaces added! Explore the world of Percy Jackson and come be a part of an epic quest! Discover your inner hero – develop survival and archery skills that Artemis herself would be proud of! Learn to navigate by the moon, the stars and the constellations, while delving into ancient Greek Mythology. To heal both the inside and out, you’ll gain first aid skills and learn to make Tomahawk’s version of ambrosia nectar. Campers will also have to opportunity to visit the barn, make crafts, campout, roast marshmallows around a campfire and more! Campers will stay in platform tents with cots and mattresses. Bathroom facilities are outhouses and water troughs.

TR15 Hawaiian Luau – New spaces added! At this water-based travel camp, campers will dive into a Hawaiian adventure with fun in the sun. Girls will relax poolside, go fishing, bask in the sun, and more.  At camp, you’ll participate in water-related sports and activities, host a luau, make leis and tie dye a shirt and matching socks, visit the barn, take a nature hike, make smore’s around and campfire and more! This camp includes off-camp trips to water destinations, such as local pools and lakes. Campers will stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse.

TR25 Unsolved Mysteries – New spaces added! Pack your backpack and follow the clues in search of answers to solve the case! Campers will learn skills of deciphering Morse code, investigating the scene of the crime, learn to dust and lift fingerprints, and be a part of finding the missing Tabor jewels. Beyond helping to solve the mysteries of Tomahawk Ranch, there will be plenty of time for general camp activities too, like visiting the barnyard, camping out, hiking, and roasting marshmallows around the campfire. Campers will stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse. Campers will earn their Detective badge.

TR37 Iron Chef – New spaces added! 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.” The competitions will be filmed and the drama will be shown at the end of the two weeks. Your team will be challenged by secret ingredients, foods from around the world and different courses. So now Tomahawk, with an open heart and an empty stomach, I say to you in the words of Obi Joe: Allez cuisine! Campers will stay in a cabin with equipped bathrooms and showers.

TR39 Pioneers – New Spaces added! Welcome to the 1800’s! Learn to cook over a fire and use different fruits to make jams and pies. Learn to cure your own jerky and make butter. Go off-site fishing, collect eggs from our barn every night, and milk Tomahawk’s goats. Learn animal tracking, archery, and make tools from sticks and stones. Learn to make cheese, soaps and lotions from farm fresh goat milk. Learn survival skills to brave the elements while on the trail. Participate in so many other fun activities around camp such as, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, nature hiking, camping out, barn visits and more! Campers will stay in a cabin with equipped bathrooms. Campers will earn their Woodworking badge.

 

 

Junior and Cadette three-day spaces added at Sky High Ranch

Looking for something for your Cadette or Junior to do on the week of July 4th? Look no further! We have new spaces available for Girl Scout Cadettes and Juniors at Sky High Ranch from July 5-7, 2017 at the following sessions:

SH34 Sky High Sampler: Sample all Sky High Ranch has to offer! Learn the art of aiming at archery and take a trip on the zip! You’ll make a fun craft and new friends! Take a nature hike on the way to Upper Pond, where you will paddle your way across in a canoe. Campers must be a minimum of 60 lbs. to ensure they don’t get stuck mid-zip.

SH35 Wizarding World of Beasts: The Wizarding World at Sky High is complete with fantastic beasts, mystical creatures, and days and nights full of magical enchantments. Get a chance to groom a thestral or hunt for dragon eggs. You’ll even learn to tame a wild hippogriff! Experience a magical camp like no other! Shop in Diagon Ranch Alley, test your courage defending against the Dark Arts, and mingle with other wizards at the Leaky Sky Cauldron. Don’t forget to bring and wear your wizarding or magical apparel! This camp does not include zip line.

Cost: $310 early bird, $335 if balance of fees are paid after May 1.

Register and pay your fees prior to April 30 at 11:59 p.m. to lock in early bird pricing!  (include registration link for “register and pay your fees”

 

 

Girl Scouts awarded Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Kayla Kaufman Samantha Williams

Two more Girl Scouts in the Mountain Communities region are headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Samantha of Glenwood Springs will attend Sky High Animal Adventures at Sky High Ranch in June. Kayla of New Castle will go to Tomahawk TriWizard at Tomahawk Ranch in July.

“I am so excited to go to the TriWizard Camp this summer. I can’t wait to have fun with friends, learn new things, and learn to be more independent,” Kayla wrote.

“I am so excited to go to camp and learn as much as I can about the animals! I’ve never spent that much time away, and it will be so fun to meet new friends,” Samantha wrote.

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 2017, 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 has been helping girls shine for more than 100 years. Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve more than 22,000 girls across the state with the help and support of 10,000 adult members! Learn more how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

 

Centennial Campfire celebration at Sky High Ranch

More than 350 Girl Scouts and Girl Scout supporters gathered on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Sky High Ranch to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado at the first in a series of Centennial Campfire celebrations. Sky High Ranch is a Girl Scouts of Colorado property located in the gorgeous mountain scenery near Woodland Park. The next Centennial Campfire is planned on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Tomahawk Ranch. Additional celebrations will be April 29-30 at the Grand Junction Service Center and May 21 at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Rocky Mountain National Park.

Despite the outdoor fire ban, girls enjoyed cold s’mores by a fake fire, toured the property, drank hot chocolate, and tried painting with bubbles. A Girl Scout history display and mobile Girl Scout shop attracted attention in the main lodge.

All Girl Scouts who attended received a free, fun patch honoring 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado. The first Girl Scout troop in Colorado got started in 1917 in the Colorado Springs area.

Camp Registration Round 2 – New Spaces and Changes

These are registration changes and additions to GSCO’s summer camps. Every year we hold a few camp spaces back so we can maximize opportunities in camps that are most popular. We have created a few more of our most popular sessions, and modified some with themes that have been popular with girls this year! We’ve also caught a couple of typos, noted here too.

Thanks to Ruddy and Obi Joe, our camp directors, and their teams for their hard work dreaming up our summer camp sessions!

Register for these new sessions online March 2 at 9am!
New sessions and camper spaces will not be listed online until this time.

Sky High Ranch Session Changes/Additions

NEW! SH11: Canoe Crazy
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: Are you crazy about boating? Travel offsite to nearby lakes and pools to try canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and swimming! You will be participating in a water activity every day, weather permitting. Build your own boat and race in the annual Sky High Cardboard Regatta! There will be time for general activities too. This camp does not include a zip line. Campers will earn their Hiker and Camper badge.
Program Level: Brownies and Juniors
Early Bird Cost: $650
Replaces: SH11 Boatload of Fun

NEW! SH115 Farm Fillies
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: Farm animals are what it’s all about! Spend your days grooming and feeding Sky High’s animals, then join us for a good ol’ fashioned Western hoe-down with dancing, goodies and more! Practice your farm-tending skills and take home your very own personalized stuffed animal! This camp does not include zip line or a trail ride. Campers will earn their Camper badge.
Program Level: Brownies
Early Bird Cost: $615

NEW! SH145 Super Girls
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: Show off your inner superhero! Unleash your Amazonian hunting skills on the archery course and make a lasso, bracelets and tiara to harness your powers! Go back to your warrior princess roots by taking a night hike to learn about constellations and by sculpting your own legend out of clay! Practice self-defense and protect your empire by land and by water! This camp does not include zip line. Campers will earn their Playing the Past badge.
Program Level: Junior
Early Bird Cost: $615

SPACES ADDED! SH17: Adventure Olympics
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: Test your mettle at the Annual Sky High Adventure Olympics! 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). Take aim at the archery range and hone your skills, preparing you to be a well-rounded athlete and see if you can hit gold! At Upper Pond, you can swim laps and start practicing to be the next Katie Ladecky. Then hop into a canoe to paddle your way to victory! There will be time for general activities too. Participants must be at least 60 lbs. to ensure they do not get stuck mid-zip. Campers will earn their Good Sportsmanship badge.
Program Level: Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
Early Bird Cost: $700

NEW! SH21: Happily Ever After
Dates: 6/25-30
Description: Be our guest, and join us for a week of fairytale adventures! Create a tale as old as time to perform for the rest of camp and animate your own make-believe friends! Visit the secret garden, the mermaid’s pond and the fairytale farm, plus bring your favorite costume (or wear one of ours) to a fabulous ball! This camp does not include zip line. Campers will earn their Hiker badge.
Program Level: Brownie
Early Bird Cost: $615
Replaces: SH21 #Epic Quest

PRICE CHANGE: SH37 Horseback Trip Adventure $1395 (printed incorrectly in camp mailer)

NEW! SH49: Canoe Crazy
Dates: 7/16-21
Description: Are you crazy about boating? Travel offsite to nearby lakes and pools to try canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and swimming! You will be participating in a water activity every day, weather permitting. Build your own boat and race in the annual Sky High Cardboard Regatta! There will be time for general activities too. This camp does not include a zip line. Campers will earn their Hiker and Camper badge.
Program Level: Brownies and Juniors
Early Bird Cost: $650
Replaces: SH49 Boatload of Fun

NEW! SH615: Water Fillies
Dates: 7/23-28
Description: Sometimes a cowgirl just loves to cool off from a day at the barn with a dip in the pond! Split your time between boating at the pond and taking care of our animals at the barn. You’ll canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board, as well as groom, feed and play with our animals. There will be plenty of farm crafts and activities including making butter, lucky horseshoes and more. This camp includes a 1 hour off-site horseback ride. This camp does not include the zip line. Campers will earn their Trailblazer Adventurer badge.
Program Level: Junior
Early Bird Cost: $650

Tomahawk Ranch Session Changes/Additions

NEW! TR03 Dark Side
Dates: 6/11-16
Description: In a land far far away…while the rest of camp is asleep at night, you will experience camp in the dark! 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! There will be plenty of time for general camp activities, such as campfires, crafts, archery, farm visits, hiking and more! Campers will stay in a cabin equipped bathroom and showers. Campers will begin their days at noon ending between 12am-2am, with three meals and snacks spaced out during the day. Campers will earn their Night Owl badge.
Program Level: Cadette
Early Bird Cost: $615
Replaces: TR03 On Target

NEW! TR07 Survival Campout
Dates: 6/11-16
Description: Develop your camping skills: pitching a tent, fire-building, outdoor cooking, orienteering with compasses and the stars, mapping, hiking, whittling, campsite set-up, shelter building, and more! Campers will spend multiple nights in a primitive camp site, setting up their own tents/hammocks and cooking their own meals. Campers stay in platform tents for two nights, and in hammocks/pitched tents for three-nights. Bathroom facilities are outhouses and water troughs. Campers will earn their Outdoor Art Apprentice badge.
Program Level: Cadette
Early Bird Cost: $615
Replaces: TR07 Campout

NEW! TR15 Hawaiian Luau
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: At this water-based travel camp, campers will dive into a Hawaiian adventure with fun in the sun. Girls will relax poolside, go fishing, bask in the sun, and more.  At camp, you’ll participate in water-related sports and activities, host a luau, make leis and tie dye a shirt and matching socks, visit the barn, take a nature hike, make smore’s around and campfire and more! This camp includes off-camp trips to water destinations, such as local pools and lakes. Campers will stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse.
Program Level: Junior
Early Bird Cost: $650
Replaces: TR15 Salamanders

NEW! TR17 Camp Half Blood
Dates: 6/18-23
Description: Explore the world of Percy Jackson and come be a part of an epic quest! Discover your inner hero – develop survival and archery skills that Artimis herself would be proud of! Learn to navigate by the moon, the stars and the constellations, while delving into ancient Greek Mythology. To heal both the inside and out, you’ll gain first aid skills and learn to make Tomahawk’s version of ambrosia nectar. Campers will also have to opportunity to visit the barn, make crafts, campout, roast marshmallows around a campfire and more! Campers will stay in platform tents with cots and mattresses.  Bathroom facilities are outhouses and water troughs. Campers will earn the Good Sportsmanship Badge.
Program Level: Cadette
Early Bird Cost: $615
Replaces: TR17 Hot Shots

SPACES ADDED! TR25 Unsolved Mysteries
Dates: 6/25-30
Description: Pack your backpack and follow the clues in search of answers to solve the case! Campers will learn skills of deciphering Morse code, investigating the scene of the crime, learn to dust and lift fingerprints, and be a part of finding the missing Tabor jewels. Beyond helping to solve the mysteries of Tomahawk Ranch, there will be plenty of time for general camp activities too, like visiting the barnyard, camping out, hiking, and roasting marshmallows around the campfire. Campers will stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse. Campers will earn their Detective badge.
Program Level: Junior
Early Bird Cost: $615

NEW! TR27 Old Western
Dates: 6/25-30
Description: Welcome to the 1800’s! Find your inner cowgirl who braves the wild west. Learn animal tracking, archery, and make tools from sticks and stones.  Learn to make butter and make lotion from farm fresh goat milk. Learn survival skills to brave the elements while on the trail.  In addition, take a horseback ride, visit a local apiary, and go off-site fishing. Participate in so many other fun activities around camp such as, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, nature hiking, camping out, barn visits and more! Includes a 1hr off-site horseback trail ride. Campers will stay in platform tents with cots and mattresses. Bathroom facilities are outhouses and water troughs.
Program Level: Cadette
Early Bird Cost: $650
Replaces: TR27 Ranch Camp

SPACES ADDED! TR32 Dusty Boots
Dates: 7/9-20
Description: Explore Tomahawk’s barnyard and greenhouse. Learn all about the small animal farm, animal care, homesteading, crafting and cooking. Feed, groom, plant and enjoy! You’ll even get to bathe the pigs in buttermilk, make barn crafts, learn a line dance or two, go on campouts, roast s’mores around a campfire, participate in a delicious chuck-wagon meal, learn to rope, and more! Includes a 1hr off-site horseback trail ride. Campers will stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse. Campers will earn their Horseback riding badge.
Program Level: Junior
Early Bird Cost: $1250

Day Camp Session Changes/Additions

Cancelled: DC04 & DC06, Horseback & H2O Day Camps

Trip & Travel Camp Session Changes/Additions

SPACES AVAILABLE: TT01 Colorado Horseback Destination
Dates: 7/14-22
Description: Calling all adventurous horse lovers! This Destination takes older Girl Scouts on the horse trip of a lifetime while showcasing all the outdoor adventure opportunities Colorado has to offer. Girls will start by spending a weekend at our resident camp, Sky High Ranch, trying out some zip-lining, archery, and low ropes. Next, we will travel to our week-long home at Bear Basin Ranch in Westcliffe, CO, where the group will have days full of trail rides, white water rafting, and rustic cowgirl camp-outs. The trip is capped off with a two night overnight horse pack trip in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range at 12,000 ft. above sea level. Questions? Contact Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org. Registers through GSCO in CampInTouch. Note: This program is part of the Destination program, and requires a special application. You can read more about destinations and download the application here:  http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/colorado-horseback-adventure/
Program Level: Cadette (entering 8th), Senior, Ambassador
Early Bird Price: $1450

Family Camp Session Changes

PRICE CHANGE: FC04 Tomahawk Ranch Me & My Guy $100/person (printed incorrectly in camp mailer)

Eagle Girl Scout receives Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

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Junior Girl Scout Mya D. of Eagle is headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Mya is excited to attend “Penthalon” at Sky High Ranch in July 2017. While she has been on many camping adventures with her troop, this will be Mya’s first time away from home to attend a week-long camp. Read a portion of Mya’s scholarship essay:

Girl Scouts is important to me because it teaches me stuff that I wouldn’t normally get taught at school. Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs’ story was inspiring to me for many reasons. I like that she never stopped learning and that she helped people and that she always tried to do her best. Dr. Jacobs was a true leader herself and I think that Girl scouts help her with that too. 

What I really like about Dr. Jacobs is that she kept going to school to get more knowledge. I like that because she is trying new things and that is courageous. It also takes strength and that is part of the Girl Scout Law. 

Another thing that I like about her is that she helped make Eagle a better place by becoming one of the first doctors here. I live in Eagle so that means a lot to me to know that she helped a lot of people here. 

Girl Scouts has taught me to be a leader and to trust each other. It teaches us to be kind, caring, loyal and responsible. It means to be a sister to every Girl scout. Some of my favorite memories are of rifle shooting and sleeping in teepees and a “cat eye” hike we did as a troop last year. I love to be outdoors just like Dr. Jacobs.”

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 2017, 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 has been helping girls shine for more than 100 years. Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve more than 20,000 girls across the state with the help and support of 10,000 adult volunteers! Learn more how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.