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Girl Scout overnight camp near Woodland Park, Colorado

Resident camp to return to Sky High in 2015

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Girl Scouts of Colorado has listened to our members, and after reviewing the findings of the Outdoor Property Evaluation Task Force, our executive leadership has decided to move our resident camp program from Magic Sky Ranch to Sky High Ranch next summer.

The task force spent a year diligently evaluating each Girl Scout property, including holding town hall meetings, conducting surveys with our membership and analyzing the financial costs and revenues. GSCO aims to stay relevant and listen to what our girls say they want in a camp experience. Girls have said they prefer a more rustic, outdoor-based camp program, like that available at Sky High Ranch. It’s also critical that the council maintain a strong financial balance to keep our organization strong and thriving; and we are currently operating at a half a million dollar deficit at Magic Sky Ranch. Operating resident camp out of Sky High will be more popular with our number one customers – our girls — as well as a smarter use of financial resources.

We have the highest regard for the beautiful property at Magic Sky Ranch with its great facilities and wonderful staff; and they will have the opportunity to apply for new opportunities with GSCO’s outdoor program team. We appreciate the Magic Sky staff’s commitment to continuing to provide outstanding programs to girls and finishing out the final season of resident camp at Magic Sky Ranch on a high note. No final decisions have been made about the future of the property at Magic Sky Ranch.

Outdoor program planning for 2015 (for troops and volunteers leading programs):

We know that our members will be very excited about the return to resident camp at Sky High Ranch, where generations of girls have experienced magical Girl Scout outdoor adventures. The girl capacity for resident camp will remain consistent with the transition from Magic Sky to Sky High.

At Magic Sky, our members and supporters will be able to rent and enjoy  the new cabins as well as the older facilities on the front end of the property (Old Lodge, seasonal units and tent sites). The Dining Hall and Activity Center will be closed as a cost saving measure.  Groups will be able to reserve space at the Old Lodge year-round, and in the new cabins, stays will be limited to 2-nights.

In addition to Magic Sky, next summer our members will have the opportunity to troop camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch, where we’re pleased to announce that we’ve reopened the lodge and the Pinecrest Unit. Troops can book the lodge for day, overnight, and for cooking their meals.

Lazy Acres will remain open during the same season as our other ranch properties and will offer individual troop camp and volunteer-led outdoor program experiences for girls.

Summer resident camp and year-round programs will continue as they have at Tomahawk Ranch.

Additionally, we encourage individual troop and service unit camping and troop usage at our lodge properties: Twisted Pine, Pawnee Lodge, and Hamp Hut.

 This major change will increase options for troops at GSCO properties. We have extended the season for rental by two weeks at Lazy Acres, Meadow Mountain Ranch, and Magic Sky Ranch’s newer cabins. The season will be May 16 through September 30 — this adds two weeks of use to each property.

When reserving space or planning any outdoor program, troops can reserve equipment and activities through the GSCO Equipment/Activities Page on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

We still have space available at several sessions at Magic Sky Ranch during this final summer of resident camp, so get your girl in for a last chance at a Magic Sky resident camp experience! Registration deadlines have passed, but we can still get you in. Call 877-404-5708 for assistance.  https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App

Want to get involved? The Outdoor Programs Advisory Committee is seeking new members. If you want to work on projects involving non-resident camp outdoor programs, this is the committee for you. This is a committee of action. Members can apply here: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=tn22MbMtgiS23ZUyGu9HgQ

In addition, we are currently recruiting volunteers who would like to lead outdoor programs such as day camps and 3-day overnight troop camps for summer of 2015. Please contact haley.peel@gscolorado.org to be put on the interest list. We will send out information by mid-July regarding processes, deadlines, and  how to get into GSCO’s summer camp promotional mix.

We would like to hear your thoughts as we prepare for this outdoor program transition.

Sky High season extended — book it today!

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By popular demand, the Sky High Ranch fall season has been extended from September 15 to November 22, so book your fall stay today! Since Girl Scouts of Colorado devoted Sky High Ranch to volunteer-led individual troop camp and other group rentals, the popularity of this beautiful property near Woodland Park has soared.

More than 1,200 Girl Scouts made memories to last a lifetime at Sky High over the last year. We would love to have even more campers enjoy the property this year, so we’ve extended the season for guests to enjoy Sky High. It’s a wonderful place to hold camping programs for troops, service units or open to all girls. Plan a program to work on a Journey, earn badges or just have fun in the outdoors. If you want to plan an open Girl Scout camp, GSCO can even provide the resources to help you make it happen. To learn more, see pictures, and make your reservation, visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/sky-high-ranch.

If you have a youth, church, business or family group or event, we’d love to have you hold it at Sky High as well. Contact Cindy Saylor at 720-530-5059 or cindy.saylor@gscolorado.org for pricing and information.

Southern Colorado Town Halls Rescheduled

The Southern CO Town Hall meeting originally set for March 8 to discuss outdoor properties has been rescheduled. In response to volunteer feedback, there will now be two meetings. Although all properties will be discussed at both meetings, there will be a specific focus for each, based on the region in which the meeting is held. Below are the details about each meeting.

April 6, 3-4:30 – Colorado Springs Regional Office (5353 N. Union Blvd, Ste 101, Colorado Springs), Focus: Hamp Hut and Sky High Ranch
April 13, 3-4:30 – Pueblo Regional Office (21 Montebello, Pueblo), Focus: Lazy Acres

Task Force Schedules Town Hall Meeting for Southern Colorado

The Outdoor Property Evaluation Task Force will be holding a Town Hall meeting to hear feedback about Girl Scout properties in the southern part of our state on Saturday, March 8, 3:00-4:30 at the Pueblo Service Center (21 Montebello Rd, Pueblo, Colorado 81001). The discussions will focus on Lazy Acres and Sky High Ranch properties. This is the second of four meetings that are designed to collect feedback on the usage of and demand for Girl Scouts of Colorado outdoor properties. The first meeting was held on December 19 in Colorado Springs and focused on Sky High Ranch. Future meetings will be held in Northern Colorado and Denver later this month. Dates, times and locations for those meetings will be announced via this blog once they are confirmed.

Troop 607 creates Geocaching Kit for Sky High

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Submitted by Melissa Ellenberger
Colorado Springs

Troop 607 in Service Unit 13, enjoyed earning the Junior Geocaching badge so much, that they decided to make it a part of their Bronze Award Project. The second year Juniors, created and followed a budget. They had to choose which GPS units would be easy to use for girls of all ages, learn how to effectively use those units to issue directions for other girls, decide what kind of geocaches to place and where to place them.

Then came the fun part! The girls created swaps to share in one of the geocaches and placed the geocaches at Sky High Ranch.

The 2nd year Juniors can’t wait to have troops that go to Sky High learn how much fun geocaching can be.

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

Girl Scouts: Are you crazy about canoeing?

Are you crazy about canoeing? Girl Scouts of Colorado has the solution for you. This summer we will be offering several training opportunities!

Small craft safety in canoeing. This class is for participants 12+ years old. Participants will learn the basics of canoeing and canoeing safety.

The second training we will be offering will be an adult training for people who want to become a canoeing instructor. This week-long course will be held at Sky High Ranch and is available for participants 17+. Participants will learn how to successfully and safely teach canoeing basics. Please see details below and on the activity finder for more information.

Training:

Red Cross Canoeing (ARC) Courses will be offered this year! The first round of the courses will be May 4th, 5th and 11th at Soda Lake from 9am – 4pm.

Offerings include

  • Small Craft Safety in Canoeing for participants 12 years and older, weighing a minimum of 90 pounds. The cost is estimated to be $40-$50. It will include the ACA Beginning Canoeing Manual and the ARC Small Craft Safety Manual as well as Small Craft Safety in Canoeing. Maximum number of beginning participants is 20-24.
  • An adult course will be available if we have enough registered or enough room. This will be posted in Girl Scouts of Colorado website.
  • Also offered will be an Aide Course for those 14 years and older. This year, only those with prior training will be accepted. The cost is estimated to be $40-$50.

Red Cross Instructor Course in Small Craft Safety Instructor in Canoeing (SCSIC) Will be June 2June 7 at Sky High Ranch

  • Must be a minimum of 17 years old and take the Canoeing pretest and required water test.
  • The cost of the course is $325 and includes 2 Red Cross Instructor Certificates, 6 manuals or books, 3 online Basic Water Safety/Small Craft Safety courses, room and board for the week and park fees.

A summer day camp will also be offering  SCSIC courses June 24-28, 2013. This will also be a full certification canoe camp. Completion of these courses will provide basic canoeing skills and the girls will able to take one or both of the one day white water training trips which are being offered this summer. There will also be a 3-day white water trip. Details will be on the website.

Trips:

Girl Scouts of Colorado is also excited to announce some amazing canoe trip opportunities this summer

June 15th – One Day Canoe Trip

  • Start canoeing at 9am at a site on the Colorado River TBD by river conditions at that time. Cost is $90. Must have taken prior canoe training or have the permission of trip leaders.

July 20th – One Day Canoe Trip

  • Start canoeing at 9am at a site on the Colorado River TBD by river conditions at that time. Cost is $90. Must have taken prior canoe training or have the permission of trip leaders.

August 2 to 5 – 3 Day Whitewater Canoe trip on the Colorado River.

  • $400-$500 estimated cost for the trip. Section to be canoed will be determined by water conditions.
  • Must have prior white water training.
  • Required trip planning meeting will be held in June.

For more information about these trips and trainings, please contact Judy Moisey-Asay, Girl Scout volunteer, at Judy.Moisey-Asay@va.gov.

Colorado Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day

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Girl Scouts throughout the state of Colorado gathered for World Thinking Day events this last weekend. I attended an event held at Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park on Saturday, and also heard about a World Thinking Day celebration that took place in Parker on Friday via Twitter.

Roughly 150, which included Girl Scouts and their families, came to the World Thinking Day event at Sky High Ranch. The participants learned about the culture and lives of girls in the focus countries for World Thinking Day 2013, including the Republic of Ireland, Jordan, Malawi, Pakistan, Venezuela and the United States, through games and music. The participants also learned how to reduce child mortality, another focus of World Thinking Day 2013, by making oral rehydration solution and creating a water filter. The final activity of the event was learning how to improve maternal health by creating cards for new mothers at a local maternity ward and creating stress monsters to talk about the stresses our moms may face and how to protect ourselves.

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides throughout the world celebrate international friendship on Feb. 22nd’s World Thinking Day each year. Besides learning about the cultures of our Girl Scout and Girl Guide sisters around the world, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides also use the day to learn how they can take action to make a difference for women and girls around the world. Learn more about World Thinking Day on our website.

Did you do something for World Thinking Day? Share your story with us.

Archery Certification Course

Have you always loved archery?  Become a certified teacher in only one day!

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There are three opportunities this spring and early summer to complete your Level 1 Certification in Archery.  This certification is recognized by the USA Archery and National Field Archery Association.  This course is designed to qualify instructors for short term recreational archery programs.  You will be able to teach basic archery skills to others confidently and safely.  Certification is good for 3 years from date of issue.

 Cost is only $100!

This covers your materials, your certification, and lunch.

Adults (18 and up)

9:00am-5:30pm

 

Friday March 15 – Magic Sky Ranch   http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1225

Sign up by March 3.

 

Saturday April 13 – Magic Sky Ranch  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1226

Sign up by March 31.

 

Saturday June 8 – Sky High Ranch  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1227

Sign up by May 19.

The archery range is outside so please be prepared to spend a portion of the day outside.

 

 Be sure to start your season on target by aiming for your mark to teach Archery in 2013!

Sky High Ranch moves to troop and group camping

Girl Scouts of Colorado has made the difficult decision to eliminate staff-led programming, activities, staff positions and horses at Sky High Ranch. Sky High Ranch will be designated exclusively for troop and group camping, with no program activities such as zipline, archery or canoeing.

GSCO property costs are in excess of what we can support and what our membership uses. Decisions about how and where to focus GSCO’s outdoor programming were made based on resident camp fill rates over the last few seasons. Another consideration was the costs of maintaining, repairing and updating properties for program use.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s camps are our most highly subsidized programs, with camper fees covering less than 50 percent of the program and property expenses. While we have already undertaken some creative solutions to try to increase our property revenue by extending property rentals to Girl Scout family, friends and other groups, it will take time to build results in this market.

Nationally, both inside and outside of Girl Scouts, participation in resident camp programs is on a declining trend. The popularity of troop camp and family camp is increasing, so that is where our focus is shifting as an organization.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will offer staff-led troop camping sessions this summer at several properties. Troops and other groups are able to camp on their own at all 9 of our properties throughout the state, including Sky High Ranch, to experience an outdoor leadership experience and appreciation for the wonders of nature.

Individual girl overnight camp sessions are planned at Tomahawk Ranch, Magic Sky Ranch and Meadow Mountain Ranch and day camps are scheduled across the state.

The 2013 Summer Program Guidebook, featuring camping sessions as well as events, series, travel and other opportunities, will be available online in late January and will be in mailboxes in early February.

Update: Colorado Wildfires and Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp

Updates for 6/27 in BOLD

The wildfires in Colorado are continuing to cause concern for Girl Scouts of Colorado at several of our properties. After consulting with local fire departments and sheriffs and based on the current fire conditions and taking a cautious approach with girl safety, Girl Scouts of Colorado has made the following camp decisions:

  • The 2012 resident camp season this summer at Sky High Ranch is cancelled due to worsening conditions with the Waldo Canyon Fire on June 26 and indefinitely-continued risk.
  • Troop camping at Sky High Ranch is cancelled through August, 2012.
  • The status of troop camping at Sky High Ranch for September and beyond will be decided by July 31, 2012.
  • Troop camping at Hamp Hut is cancelled through August, 2012 due to the Garden of the Gods Park closure and risk from the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • The status of troop camping at Hamp Hut in September and beyond will be dependent on the status of Garden of the Gods Park and the conditions with the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • The 2012 resident camp season this summer at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled due to worsening conditions over the weekend of June 22 and indefinitely continued risk. We are sorry that the property will not reopen on July 8 as we had hoped.
  • Troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled through August, 2012.
  • The status of troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch for September and beyond will be decided by July 31, 2012.
  • Full refunds of paid camper fees will be provided within 30 days for cancelled sessions. (Grants will not be refunded.)
  • Evacuated Sky High girls who were scheduled for the 12-day session will receive a 50% refund.
  • If a refund is forthcoming and payment was made by Cooke Credit, the credits will be refunded with an expiration date of December, 2014. Credits can be used for another GSCO leadership experience, events, merchandise or camp next year.
  • Unfortunately, there are no additional resident camp opportunities available this summer, due to the volume of camp cancellations statewide.
  • As of now, there are no changes in programming at other GSCO properties, including Tomahawk Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Lazy Acres, Twisted Pine and Kiwa Korral.

These decisions are extremely disappointing for Girl Scouts in Colorado as well as our staff. In addition to the safety concerns, these decisions were made so that families can plan their summer schedules and camp staff can know the status of their employment.