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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.

Learn more

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.

Great time camping at Tomahawk Ranch

Submitted by Kristina Graham

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

Our troop used their proceeds from the cookie program to go camping this year and had an amazing time at Tomahawk Ranch. The weather was perfect, the camp was so much fun, and every girl (and their parent) had the best time!

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

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

Girl Scout Daisy (soon-to-be Brownie) Rebecca W. of Garfield County in the Mountain Communities region is headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Rebecca will attend “Mermaids” Tomahawk Ranch in June.  She wrote in her application for this award, “What does Girl Scouts mean to me? It means that we can do lots of fun things, like selling cookies and talking to people. Also, we do lots to help our community. This year, we went to the animal shelter and donated food and blankets. We also bought four families Thanksgiving dinner, who couldn’t afford to buy the food themselves. Right before winter break, our whole troop made dinner for our families. There was over 60 people there! Before school started we went camping as a troop too! My favorite thing about Girl Scouts is spending time with my friends. We have a big troop, and I belong to the Daisies. We have five Daises, and it’s really fun to get to know them.”

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 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.

Take your troop camping using cookie proceeds

Congratulations on an amazing cookie program! Are you looking for something to do with your cookie proceeds? Is your troop interested in staying at a Girl Scouts of Colorado property? We would love to host you! Check the list below for some available weekend dates at our properties through fall 2018, as of April 23. All reservations are first come, first served and can be booked at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

Full availability can be found at our booking site.  There may be one-night stays or individual cabins not listed on this blog.

 

Sky High Ranch

Lodge: Aug 31-Sept 2, Oct 19-21
Lucky Circle Cabins: Aug 31-Sept 2, Oct 19-21
Greenwood Cabins:  Oct 19-21
Troop House: Aug 31-Sept 2, Oct 19-21
Citadel Cabins: Aug 31-Sept 2
Sawmill Cabins:  May 18-20, Aug 31-Sept 2
Arrowhead Tabins: Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2

Magic Sky Ranch

Old Lodge: May 25-27, Jun 15-17, Aug 10-12, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30, Oct 5-7, Oct 19-21, Oct 26-28
All Season Cabins: May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Jun 15-17, Jun 22-24, Aug 3-5, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30, Oct 5-7, Oct 19-21, Oct 26-28
Seasonals: May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Jun 15-17, Jun 22-24, Aug 3-5, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26
Tent Sites: May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Jun 15-17, Aug 3-5, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Lodge: Oct 26-28
Lyra Tabins:  Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9
Meekers Tabins: Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9
Windridge Birdhouse Tabins: Jun 8-10, Jun 29-Jul 1, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9
Tent Sites: Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9

Lazy Acres

Lodge: Jun 8-10, Jun 22-24, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30
Forest Cabins: Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17, Jun 22-24, Jul 6-8, Jul 27-29, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30
Meadow Cabins: Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17, Jun 22-24, Jul 6-8, Aug 3-5, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30
Mountain Cabins: Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17, Jun 22-24, Aug 17-19, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30


Looking to run a service unit camp or encampment? To run a camp at a Girl Scouts of Colorado property, you must reserve the full property. Full property reservations are available for the following dates:

Sky High Ranch: Oct 19-21
Magic Sky Ranch: Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23,  Sept 28-30, Oct 5-7, Oct 19-21, Oct 26-28
Lazy Acres: Jun 8-10, Jun 22-24, Aug 17-19, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30


Questions? Contact property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Do you want to build a snowman at Girl Scout Camp?!

Once Upon a Time, a fantasy and Disney-themed camp at Tomahawk Ranch!

Tomahawk Ranch invites Cadettes to Ambassadors to a Disney themed camp:

TR27 Once Upon a Time

Ages: Cadettes-Ambassadors
Dates: June 24 – June 29
Early Bird Price: $700
   After May 1: $750
Accommodations: heated cabin w/bathrooms and showers

Description: Become a pirate, a princess, a warrior, or a way finder! “Once Upon a Time” promises to be a week full of magic.

Activities include: soaring off-site to a local zip line, hosting the maddest tea party in Wonderland, following the will o’ the wisps to fire an arrow, hunting for treasure as a “lost girl,” finding Maui’s hook while navigating the stars, hiking to Paradise Falls and learning animation magic to create cartoon characters.

Besides the grit and grace this camp offers, campers will experience storytelling around a campfire with marshmallows and friends, visit baby goats at the farm, relax on a hammock, rejuvenate the mind through activities like yoga, gardening and cooking outdoors.

Earn your ears and remember:
Adventure is out there!

Register Now!

 

Girls zoom down the zip line at this camp!

2018 Best Cookie Video contest: The winners are….

Thank you to all the Girl Scouts who entered this year’s contest for Best Cookie Video. We received nearly  a dozen entries from across Colorado and are so impressed by your creativity and enthusiasm.

Third Place- $50 in Cookie Credits

Hailey from Arvada is a second-year Brownie. Last year, she sold 800 packages and this year (at last check), she is only 50 packages away from her goal of 1,000 packages. She plans to use the Cookie Credits she won to go to “Dusty Boots” at Tomahawk Ranch this summer.

Second Place- $100 in Cookie Credits

Ashla F. is from GSCO’s Northern & Northeastern CO region. She also plans to use the Cookie Credits she won to go to Tomahawk Ranch this summer.

First Place- $200 in Cookie Credits

Mia from Fort Carson is a gifted, STEM-loving Brownie who loves crafting stories. She plans to use the Cookie Credits she earned to go to a “Me & My Gal” camp.

The Woods Junior/ Cadette/ Senior/ Ambassador encampment

Submitted by Jessica Jones

Metro Denver

Thornton

The Woods service unit invites troops of Juniors to Ambassadors to a weekend at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey.

When: April 13 – 15, 2018
Where: Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey
Who: Troops of Juniors to Ambassadors, please stay in safety ratio.
Cost: $80/girl $70/adult

The theme is Into the Wild. Sessions include fire safety, tool safety, and leave no trace.

There is a mandatory meeting on March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Northglenn Christian Church in Room 208. Please send at least one of the adults that will be attending the camp.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Info is on the flyer.

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

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.