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Flora Hike at Tomahawk Ranch: Part One

Join Obi Joe and Hobbes for a hike around camp! Watch this video to learn to identify the crazy cool plants that grow at Tomahawk Ranch. We might even see some wildlife on the way! What kind of plants grow near your home?

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Flora Hike at Tomahawk Ranch: Part One

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

How to Bake a Rhubarb Pie in a Dutch Oven

Watch this video to learn from the master of outdoor cooking, Tomahawk Ranch Camp Director Obi Joe! She’ll teach you how to make a rhubarb pie (made with fresh rhubarb from the garden!) in a Dutch oven over coals – delicious!

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: How to Bake a Rhubarb Pie in a Dutch Oven

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Trail Marking with Obi Joe

Watch this video and learn the international language of trail marking from Tomahawk Ranch Camp Director Obi Joe!

Trail Marking with Obi Joe Transcript

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Starburst Rock Cycle

What do Starburst and Geology have in common? Find out by watching this video with Mad Scientist Hobbes from Tomahawk Ranch!

Starburst Rock Cycle Transcript

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Knife Safety with Obi Joe

Watch this video and learn knife safety with Tomahawk Ranch Camp Director Obi Joe!

Knife Safety Transcript

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.


Learn the Tomahawk Ranch Song

GSCO Camp Staff at Tomahawk Ranch kicks off every summer by singing the Tomahawk Ranch song! Join us on Instagram at @tomahawkranch for a virtual campfire on June 7, 2020 at 7 p.m. to kickoff our summer season. Learn the Tomahawk Ranch song with these lyrics, notes, and cords:

Tomahawk Song: Lyrics and Notes

You can also send us a video of you singing or playing the song to TomahawkRanch@gscolorado.org. We will compile all the videos for a fun collaboration for our closing of summer programming.

Tomahawk Ranch is now on Instagram

Tomahawk Ranch is now on Instagram! Follow camp staff at @tomahawkranch for virtual trips to the barnyard, fun camp crafts, recipes, games, and more that you and your family can do at home or share with your Girl Scout sisters virtually. Sky High Ranch is also on Instagram at @sky_high_ranch and the main page for Girl Scouts of Colorado is @gscolo. Make sure to tag us in your posts and use #GSColo. Not on Instagram? That’s okay! You can also find us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Juniors: Earn your “aMuse” Journey at Tomahawk Ranch

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO


Girl Scout Juniors are invited to join the Seniors of Troop 78527 for a fun night of camping at Tomahawk Ranch and a fun filled day as you earn your “aMuse” Journey. Through the “aMuse” Journey, girls will explore the different roles women and girls hold in the world and develop a Take Action project.

This exciting overnight activity will take place starting in the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 and come to a close on Monday, Jan. 21. This is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. What better way to spend a day off from school than camping with your troop in comfy heated cabins, and earning your “aMuse” Journey?

Price is $70 per girl and $40 per adult. The “aMuse” Journey patch is included, but troops must register by Dec. 21 to be guaranteed a patch.

Troops must meet safety-wise ratios. Adults over safety-wise ratios must pay girl rate minus the cost of the patch.

Please contact Maria Cross at cross.maria.e@gmail.com with any questions.

Register by printing the registration form below and sending the
completed form to Troop 78527 (address is included in the form). Or, you can email cross.maria.e@gmail.com and request an electronic registration form.


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

Camp like a Girl Scout: Summer camp registration starts Dec. 9

2015 Camp 14

Girl Scout Camp: it’s where you cooked s’mores around the campfire; got a new view of the world from high atop a mountain; camped under the stars; and made lifelong friends. Those stories and more filled your letters home. Your girl can send those same greetings from Girl Scout Camp home to you, but only if you start planning now.

Girl Scouts of Colorado has moved up the opening registration date for summer camp to Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9 a.m. You’ll want to register on this day, if your girl wants to attend sessions that traditionally sell out quickly. For example:

  • horseback riding
  • boating
  • trips/travel
  • Program Aides
  • CIT 1 Training
  • CIT 2

You’ll also want to register early if your girl wants to attend any of our sessions, which are “back by popular demand.” Those include:

· District 14 at Sky High Ranch- Ensure the odds are in your favor by honing your archery skills and learning new ones, such as canoeing and ziplining! A night under the stars will also increase your odds of becoming a victor.

· Girl vs. Zombie at Tomahawk Ranch- Learn self-defense techniques, gain survival skills, create a disaster kit, and develop your archery abilities— all in a rustic ‘survival’ setting. You’ll also have the chance to defend camp at night!

· TARDIS at Tomahawk Ranch- As a Time Lord, you’ll slip through time and space, explore the secrets of the universe, and solve mysteries untold. You’ll even teach other campers to be careful and wary of the Daleks.

· Zippers at Sky High Ranch- Just like every part of a zipper needs to work together, so will every girl in Zippers! Learn team-building and how to overcome personal challenges on the low ropes course and zipline.

Also, be sure to check out some of our new sessions, which are designed for Girl Scouts ranging from Brownies to Ambassadors.

· Adventure Olympics Go Pro at Sky High Ranch- Test your mettle and film yourself with a GoPro at the first-ever Sky High Adventure Olympics! Events include: ziplining, rock climbing, an off-site trail ride, swimming, canoeing, and archery.

· Go`s Pro at Tomahawk Ranch- This is your chance to earn your Digital Movie Maker Badge. Using a GoPro, you’ll film yourself shooting an arrow, building a fire, chasing a chicken, howling at the top of a mountain, making a s’more and so much more.

· Farm Fillies at Sky High Ranch- Spend your days with farm animals, grooming and feeding them, then join us for a good ole’ fashioned Western hoe-down with dancing, goodies and more! This camp also includes an off-site horseback trail ride.

· Treasure Hunters at Tomahawk Ranch- Seek the treasure and you shall find the lost secret of Tomahawk Ranch. Solve and follow clues by learning fort/shelter building, fire building, cooking outdoors, knife safety, and other survival techniques! You might even have to walk our plank!

Learn more about these sessions and all sessions for Girl Scout Camp 2016 when they’re published on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website in early November. We’ll send an email to parents to let you know when it is ready.

Reminder: Even though registration for Girl Scout Camp 2016 starts Dec. 9, 2015, you will still have through April 30, 2016 to register and pay for camps at Early Bird Pricing.

Other Important Dates:

First week of December:
· If you have a registered Girl Scout entering 1st -12th grade in fall 2016, a camp brochure will be sent to your home. (Make sure your membership is up to date so you’ll be on the mailing list!)

1. One is for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors

2. One is for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors

· Included is a complete listing of camps offered on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website

*Note: Groups in your area may offer Girl Scout camps not listed on our website. Volunteer-led day camps, troop camps, family camps, and one-day events may be added to the website after the brochure is printed.

If your girl attended a Girl Scout Camp in 2014 or 2015, you will receive an email through CampInTouch with instructions to log into your online account and ensure your girl is ready for registration.

December 9:  Registration for Girl Scout Camp opens at 9 a.m. through CampInTouch. You get there through the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. Be sure to use the most recent version of Google Chrome or Firefox to get the best experience in CampInTouch.

*Note: Some camps with volunteer-run registration use different registration systems.

January 19: New camp sessions and spaces will be added at 9 a.m.

· We’ll add spaces in popular overnight sessions at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch.

· Other camp session changes or additions will be announced at this time.

April 30: Early Bird pricing ends, at 11:59 p.m. Pay all fees by this date and lock in lowest rates for camp.

*Note: Girl Scouts of Colorado offices will be closed for the holidays Dec. 20, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016. The registration system will remain open, but support staff will not be available.

Survival skills for you (at camp in Survival 2.0 and more)!

When you think of camping with Girl Scouts of Colorado, what pops to mind?  Maybe it’s hiking, camping, forests, mountains or any of the hundreds of fun things you can do outside.  With Colorado’s distinct four seasons and 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s no wonder we can’t help but be drawn outside.  Alas, with all of the outdoor activities this beautiful state has to offer, there is always the chance that things could go very wrong.  So what do we do if that happens, are you prepared to survive or help others survive?  If you’ve ever wondered about what it would take to be able get out of the wild safely, then Tomahawk Ranch is the place to be this summer.  With several Survival themed camps being offered we can make sure you’re ready for just about anything Mother Nature may throw at you. We will give you the tools and the talent, transforming you into a true Survivor Scout!     

It can happen to the best of us-you go out for a hike or a one night camp-out and the unthinkable happens, a wrong trail is taken or maybe a little off trail hiking and the next thing you know you’re lost.  Things start to happen quickly, panic and fear set in, questions flood your mind, and you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that things are very, very bad.  There is a bright spot though, situations like these are very survivable if you have just three things: preparation, a few basic skills, and a survivor mentality.  Now you may say to yourself, “I just don’t have the knowledge it takes to become a Survivor Scout,” or maybe its “I don’t think I can do that,” or the famous, “That could never happen to me.”  First off the bad news, it can happen to anybody.   Lucky for us though, the good news is you can do it, all it takes is a little positive thinking and proactive planning.

Two of these three things need happen before we ever set foot on the trail or in the woods, and the first step is done from the comfort of your own home.  Since home is where we are all most comfortable we will start with that piece of the puzzle, being prepared.  It probably seems silly, but most of the items you will need are right in your home.  There are some things that are good to carry every time you go hiking, so we will focus on those.  Most of the materials put in a survival kit can be found pretty easily and don’t cost a lot of money and can literally save our lives.  One warning though, we have all walked down the outdoor section of our favorite sporting goods store and seen all the really fancy and expensive stuff they sell to help people survive and stay comfortable.  Well friends, I hate to say it, but surviving is never comfortable (and neither is emptying our wallets) so steer clear of the fancy stuff and just stick to the old adage of Keep it Simple.  Let’s break it down by item and figure out why we need them.

  • Matches (Waterproof or in a waterproof container) – For building that wonderful thing called fire that provides warmth, signaling and a way to cook.
  • A back up fire making tool (or three) – Yes you have matches already, but let’s face it, sometimes they just don’t work. So whether you like flint and steel, a 9-volt battery and steel wool, a lighter, magnifying glass or you become master of a primitive form of fire making, it’s always a good idea to have a few backups.
  • Rope (Paracord/550 Cord is the best) – Helps with shelters, and who know what else. Paracord or 550 Cord is meant for parachutes so can take a real beating and not break.
  • Multi-Tool – It doesn’t have to be a certain brand, so long as it has plyers, a knife, and some sort of serrated saw blade. The rest of the do-dads are nice additions but not always necessary.
  • Metal Cup or Can – You’ll need water when you are lost-even more than normal-and the cup/can gives us a way to collect it and even better to boil it and make it safe to drink.
  • Solar Blanket – These tinfoil looking blankets don’t look like much, but in a pinch they can make the difference between a really cold night and hypothermia.
  • Water Purification Tablets – There will be times when a fire just won’t work, so it’s good idea to still have a way of getting fresh water. Warning: it won’t taste the best, but it will be safe.
  • Compass – Having a compass, and being trained in its use, can get you home. You may be thinking why not just use a GPS? When they work, GPS’s are a great tool. But they are full of problems: they are expensive, the batteries die, and in deep woods they don’t work a large portion of the time. A compass’s batteries will never die on you and unless North and South switch they are always reliable.
  • Whistle – This last one is easily over looked. But a very loud whistle will help Search and Rescue teams find you, and it scares the heck out of any unfriendly animals that may come nosing around.
  • Survivor Snacks – These are what will give you energy and help you feel better. Keep a few Protein Bars, Almonds, Honey Sticks or anything similar in your bag to can keep you from eating some other gross stuff that you’d have to scavenge for. Another item that goes unthought-of is any medication you may take. Always have a few extra stashed in your kit.
  • Trash Bags (2) – Trash Bags are great, they can help collect water, be your poncho or transform into a tent.

This list is just the basics, you can fit most of these items into a small coffee can and it will be fairly light weight.  The important part is to keep it small and light weight, nobody wants to carry something huge and heavy on a hike.  Not to mention if you keep it easy to carry, it makes it much more likely that you will toss it in your bag whenever you go adventuring.  Remember though, just carrying these things is only the first step, knowing how to use each and every item is what will help you get home.  Feel free to add to the list if something seems important; some people carry little fishing kits, hammocks, signal mirrors, knives of all sizes, folding saws or hatchets.  All are great additions, but add weight and take up room so test your pack first to see if it’s ok to carry.

While you are still thinking of things that can be started at home, take a look around you, find the things, people, pets that you love…go on…take a walk around and look, it’s ok, I’ll wait.

Great, now that you’ve seen all those things you need to remember them.  When that worst case scenario happens and you need that motivation to press on just think of those things, think of getting back to all the things you love.  That’s just the start of survivor mentality.  That way of thinking that helps you push through the hunger, the cold, the fear and gets you home.  Being scared is completely normal, don’t be hard on yourself, even the best trained and equipped survival experts in the world have that fear when things go wrong.  The difference is how they work through that fear, how they try to stay positive, and how they take even the smallest victories and use them to push on.  That’s what survivor mentality is, it’s accepting the negative and moving past it, it’s about saying, “I can do this!”  The truth is, you’re stronger than you think, and once you realize that, there’s no limit to what you can get through.

The last piece of our puzzle is the training.  Building shelters, fires, purifying water, navigation, learning how to use the items you’ve packed, and learning what foods are best in the woods.  The key to the Survival Training is learning by actually doing.  This is the fun stuff, the building our own shelter and camping out, collecting firewood and building fires to cook your own food with, and the pride that comes from knowing you can face the trials of the forest.  These are only a few of the things that a Survivor themed camp at Tomahawk Ranch offers.  Build the skills you need to face the challenges that the wilderness presents you with, and find the courage and motivation to press on when others may want to quit.  Learn to channel your inner strength and become the Survivor Scout you were always meant to be!

Your friend in adventure,
Flint “Kevin Igo”

Girl Scouts of Colorado features many “survival” themed summer camps, including, but not limited to: SH03 Mystery Mountain, SH11 inTents, SH31 Sky High Base Camp, SH32 Backpacker, SH43 #EpicQuest, TR07 Survivor 2.0, TR11 & TR39 Arrows, TR13 & TR46 Girl vs Zombie, TR14 Scout vs Wild 1.0, TR21 Crossbows, TR22 Mocking Jay, TR27 Outpost 4.0, and TR45 Lady Marvel.

Learn more about these “survival” sessions for your girl, and register her now!