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Girl Scout overnight camp near Bailey

Wanted: PA Feedback

Did you or your girl participate as a Program Aide (PA) or Program Aide Intern (PAI) at Girl Scout Camp this year? We want to hear all about it! Girls can share their experience through this brief survey that will ask about training, prep, and time spent at camp: https://girlscoutsusa.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_77gRgOxTrcGGSZ7 

Girl Scouts of Colorado is constantly working to improve the girl experience and the more feedback we have from you, the better we can serve girls across the state!

Questions? Email girlexperience@gscolorado.org

2018-2019 Outdoor Program events

Now that summer’s over, we hope you aren’t getting the no-camp blues! In case you are, don’t fear, the GSCO Outdoor Program team has events happening all year for all Girl Scouts! Check out our list of events and bookmark this page to keep these events on your calendar throughout the year.

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Rock Climbing

Dates: 10/26/18 – 10/27/18

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/outdoor_adventure_cl_70740687.html,

10/27/18 – 10/28/18

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/outdoor_adventure_cl_707406871.html, or

11/2/18 – 11/3/18

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/outdoor_adventure_cl_7074068711.html

Location: Hamp Hut, Colorado Springs

Who’s it for: Girls in 6th grade who want to challenge themselves climbing outdoors

Cost: $70/girl, Free for Explorers Passport Holders

Our first Explorers overnight will be at Hamp Hut, a unique location within Garden of the Gods. The next day, we’ll spend all day rock climbing where you’ll learn climbing techniques and how to belay others!

Sky High Ranch Halloween Party

Date: 10/27/18

Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Who’s it for: Halloween lovers of all ages, who want to enjoy sweet treats and games

Cost: $10/child, adults are free

From zombies and princesses to s’mores and wizards, we’ve got everything at the Sky High Ranch Halloween Party! Visit Yummy Candyland, Spooky Graveyard, and Witch’s World where you’ll play games, make crafts, and collect treats!

Trick-or-Treat at Tomahawk Ranch

Date: 10/28/18

Location: Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey

Who’s it for: Halloween enthusiasts of all ages who want to show off their costume

Cost: Free

Come to Tomahawk Ranch on October 28, 2018 for a spooktacular time! Trick or treat on foot throughout camp and stop to enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa. The event is open to all ages and free of cost (donations of candy are accepted). Gates open at 5 p.m. and close at 8 p.m.. Costumes are a MUST! BOO you soon!

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Warrior Woman Workshop

Dates: 11/17/18

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/outdoor_adventure_cl_977991804.html

or 11/18/18

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/outdoor_adventure_cl_744865831.html

Location: Geneva Glen Camp, Indian Hills

Who’s it for: Girls in 7th to 12th grade who want to channel their inner warrior

Cost: $80/girl, Free for Trailblazers Passport Holders

Channel your inner warrior woman! As warriors, we will learn survival skills (like evasion, camouflage and shelter building) and self-defense techniques. You’ll practice calming your inner warrior through mindfulness activities like yoga and nature-based meditation.

Sky High Ranch Tree Lighting and Brunch 

Date: 12/2/18

Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Who’s it for: Anyone of any age with plenty of holiday cheer

Cost: $15/adult, $10/child, Ages 0-3 free

Celebrate the beginning of the Holiday Season by joining us at Sky High Ranch for our annual Tree Lighting ceremony. This community/family event is fun for all ages! We’ll have a buffet, family photos, ornaments, a visit to the Holiday Barnyard, hot drinks and GOODIES!

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Date: 12/9/18

Location: Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey

Who’s it for: Believers in Santa and lovers of animals, ages 0 – 100

Cost: $15/person, Ages 0-4 free

A fun community event on December 9, 2018 at Tomahawk Ranch for all ages! Eat a delicious brunch buffet and visit and take photos with Santa. Listen to his tales of adventure while savoring sweets and lollies aplenty. Even warm up with hot cocoa & cider after a visit with the barnyard animals.

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Tomahawk Outdoor Skills and Hiking 

Dates: 1/12/19 – 1/13/19

Location: Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey

Who’s it for: Girls in 6th grade, who want to learn how to survive outdoors

Cost: $70/girl, Free for Explorers Passport Holders

During the winter retreat at Tomahawk Ranch, you’ll work on a series of outdoor skills and activities like outdoor cooking and primitive wilderness skills. You’ll go on a hiking adventure and learn to read trail maps, work as a team, and practice orienteering skills.

Expedition Antarctica: Me & My Guy 

Dates: 1/18/19 – 1/20/19

Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Who’s it for: Girls in Brownies and higher and the significant adult male in her life

Cost: $135/person

Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm.

Me & My Gal 

Dates: 1/18/19 – 1/20/19

Location: Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey

Who’s it for: Girl Scouts of any age and the significant adult female in her life

Cost: $110/person

An exciting two-night camping experience for individual girls and the significant female adult role models in their lives. Planned activities may include archery, crafts, hiking, stargazing, s’mores, barn visits, dance party, mattress surfing and more! Cost: $110pp, this includes all activities, a two night stay, five meals and snacks.

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Sky High Winter Retreat 

Dates: 1/26/19 – 1/27/19

Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Who’s it for: Girls in 7th to 12th grade who are willing to brave the cold for fun games and new skills

Cost: $80/girl, Free for Trailblazers Passport Holders

Enjoy a variety of winter activities: building snow shelters, snowshoeing to the pond for ice fishing and human curling, low ropes, evening stargazing and glow in dark snow capture the flag! No snow? We’ll have alternative activities ready to go!

Tomahawk Ranch Open House 

Date: 2/24/19

Location: Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants to visit Tomahawk Ranch and learn more about overnight camp

Cost: Free

Free to attend; take a staff led or self-guided tour of Tomahawk Ranch at our Open House. Get those burning questions answered and help little ones feel comfortable to attend camp this summer. Visit the different sleeping and program areas to get an idea of what the summer ahead looks like. Staff from Mountain Berry Culinary will also be available to answer any meal related questions. Open to all ages.

Sky High Ranch Open House 

Date: 3/9/19

Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants to visit Sky High Ranch and learn more about overnight camp Cost: Free

Check out Sky High Ranch at one of our Open House events this spring! Tour the property with one of our knowledgeable staff, learn about our summer program and what kinds of activities we have, and let us answer any questions you may have about summer camp. Our open houses are a great way to help your camper prepare for camp, and you too! Let’s bring on summer!

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Snow Mountain Ranch 

Dates: 3/16/19 – 3/17/19

Location: Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby

Who’s it for: Girls in 7th to 12th grade who’ve always wanted to dogsled

Cost: $115/girl, Free for Trailblazers Passport Holders

Our entire group will go dogsledding and cross-country skiing on wintery trails. In the evening we will have a group pool party and roller skating night. Everyone loved this event last year so much, we are doing it again!

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Keystone Science School Snow Spectacular 

Dates: 3/30/19 – 3/31/19

Location: Keystone Science School, Keystone

Program Level: Cadette (6th grade)

Cost: $110/girl, Free for Explorers Passport Holders

We have partnered with Keystone Science School for a weekend of play in the snowy mountains! You’ll cross-country ski, snowshoe, use an astronomy telescope and compete in a winter Olympics challenge.

Tomahawk Ranch Troop Camp (Link to come!)

Dates: 4/26/19 – 4/28/19

Location: Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey

Who’s it for: Troops looking to strengthen their bond, program level requirements to come

Cost: TBA

More information will be released shortly on this amazing weekend of fun!

Sky High Ranch April Open House 

Date: 4/28/19

Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants to visit Sky High Ranch, all ages are welcome!

Cost: Free

Check out Sky High Ranch at one of our Open House events this spring! Tour the property with one of our knowledgeable staff, learn about our summer program and what kinds of activities we have, and let us answer any questions you may have about summer camp. Our open houses are a great way to help your camper prepare for camp, and you too! Let’s bring on summer!

When things go wrong, but it’s actually a good thing…

Submitted by Kate Goodman

Metro Denver

Centennial

Sometimes, when I’m in the throes of planning meetings and activities, I wonder, “What are we really doing? Is all my work as a troop leader or volunteer worth it?”

This past weekend, I got an answer. I want to share a story about a recent service unit campout, and my A-ha! moment with my troop of 8th grade Cadettes.

It was a hectic week to begin with – a few weeks into the school year. Another leader was planning to take our four Girl Scouts up to Tomahawk Ranch for the service unit campout on Friday night, because I was coming home from a work trip late Friday. I would come up Saturday morning with the materials our troop was using to do a craft with the younger girls: a quick flashlight using copper tape, craft sticks, and those little lightbulbs- LEDs.

On Tuesday, my co-leader reported her car was out of commission, so we scrambled and found another parent who could shuttle the five of them to Tomahawk Ranch on Friday. With that settled on late Tuesday, I got up early on Wednesday and assembled the health and permission forms. I worked, then hurried home and caught my flight to a conference. I arrived home late Friday to learn everyone had gotten off safely to the campout. Relieved, I fell into bed, planning to quickly pack first thing in the morning.

I woke and began assembling my sleeping bag and day pack. A quick search of the craft materials sent my heart into adrenaline-fueled thumping – I couldn’t find two of the essential items – the copper tape and the bag of LEDs. I’d had to special order these – I wasn’t going to breeze through the craft store and get more on my way out of town. After a staticky call to my service unit leader up at camp to verify my daughter hadn’t packed these things, I resigned myself to needing to brainstorm a NEW hour-long activity for the younger girls, and began my hour-plus long drive to reach Tomahawk. In the meantime, my co-leader shared the trouble with the Cadettes, and the girls began brainstorming.

An hour later, I arrived at camp, found the location of our station, and started talking to my co-leader and girls and a bonus Cadette from another troop.

They didn’t need my ideas. They had come up with a name-learning game, appropriate song, and activity around fire pit safety and how to start a fire, complete with hands-on gathering of ‘dead and down’ tinder, kindling, and fuel. The younger Girl Scouts had a great time at our station. They asked good questions. They joined in on the song. And they set up mock camp fires, using the “log cabin” structure – wait no, my troop taught them it was the “hashtag.” (Aaaand now I feel old.)

Five rotations later (with a lunch break in the middle) my troop had educated more than 100 other girls on these concepts. Mostly, I had stood back and watched. I occasionally pointed out the time to help them stay on schedule. I didn’t need to design the craft for them. I didn’t need to tell them how to simplify certain concepts or to make it fun. I didn’t have to tell them to split up the leading time and make sure they included our bonus Cadette. They just did it.

That was my answer. I needed to say less, suggest less, and listen more. It took a panicked-filled hour-long drive from home to camp to come to terms with it, but there it was. Girl Scouting was working exactly as designed, and my troop was living proof.

That evening, when my daughter set up and lit the campfire for the entire service unit, nearly single-handedly*, the younger girls called out encouragement and concern (she had to sit inside the extra-large stone ring to set up and start the fire). Here, I realized, was the whole Girl Scouting mission in one day: older Girl Scouts drawing upon their knowledge and skills to teach the younger girls, and then showing them that they, not the adults had the ability to do things for themselves. It didn’t hurt that it all ended with roasting marshmallows for s’mores!

* This is a whole other story!

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

Juniors: Earn your “aMuse” Journey at Tomahawk Ranch

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Lyons

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.

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

Cabin at Tomahawk Ranch available: September 28 – 30, 2018

Has your troop been looking to go to Tomahawk Ranch, but the dates you want are always sold out? Well, here’s your opportunity to go! We had a recent change that opened the Tom Tom cabin for the weekend of September 28-30, 2018.

Tom Tom has a capacity of 28 people and has bunk beds for sleeping, heat and electricity, indoor restrooms with showers, and a full kitchen if you would like to cook your own meals. Also, if you reserve the property by this Friday, August 31, and complete your Food Service Form and Activity Request Form, you will be able to purchase all of your meals prepared by our famous Tomahawk chef, Ninja, and have the amazing Tomahawk staff run a number of activities, like visiting our small animal farm, while you are there!

Reservations are first come, first-served and the reservation must be made at https://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.  Food service can be requested at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/food-service-request.html and activities can be requested at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/activity-request.html. Please do not complete the Food Service Request or Activity Request form without first booking the cabin. Full payment for the cabin will be required upon booking.

If you have any questions, please contact property.reservations@gscolorado.org. We hope to see you there!

Bananas was missed

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Bananas, a longtime camp counselor at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Tomahawk Ranch, spent the last three months in New Zealand on a work visa and visiting friends. As you can imagine, her family at camp and at home really missed her! When she came home, her Girl Scout family welcomed her in style at the Denver airport and even brought her some style to wear in the photo!

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

The Princess Academy weekend at Tomahawk Ranch

Submitted by Helmi Sandifer

Metro Denver

Morrison

We would like to cordially invite you to a weekend at The Princess Academy where girls and princess become something new.

For all of those Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies wishing to become princesses, then your wish has been granted. Come join Senior Troop 61053 at The Princess Academy in the Nation of Tomahawk Ranch, November 2-4 2018.

Cost:

$100 per girl
$35 per safetywise adult – The number of adults required to chaperone your troop (see Chapter 7 of Volunteer Essentials)
$100 per extra adult

Hosted by: Senior Troop 61053

When: November 2 – 4, 2018

Where: Nation of Tomahawk Ranch

Why Girl Scouts should attend?

Daisies and Brownies will have fun learning to become princesses through different activities. Some activities may include steps for completing badge work.

How people can sign up?

See our troop website for more information:
https://sites.google.com/view/gstroop61053/home

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

Colorado Girl Scouts featured in Girl Scout Cookie Program materials

If you notice something familiar about the materials for the 2019- 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program from Little Brownie Bakers, you should! The Girl Scouts and locations featured on posters, informational brochures, motivational videos, etc. are all from COLORADO!

In October of 2017, a team from LBB visited locations along the Front Range, including Tomahawk Ranch,  to feature Colorado Girl Scouts as true cookie entrepreneurs who shine as present and future leaders. Girl Scouts showcased how they use five Girl Scouting skills to reach their cookie goals and fund their big adventures.

To see more photos taken for the 2019- 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program, head to our Flickr page.

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Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is part of Girl Scouts of the USA, the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. As one of 112 Girl Scout councils across the country, GSCO has a 100-year history of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Little Brownie Bakers is one of two bakers licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA and has been baking Girl Scout Cookies since 1973. Little Brownie Bakers’ mission is to provide cookies and support services of the highest quality to Girl Scout councils to help teach girls a wide range of life skills and generate income for Girl Scout troops and councils via the annual Cookie Program.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program® is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world and helps girls earn money for educational activities, community projects and travel opportunities. All net revenue raised from cookie sales (100 percent) stays with the local councils and troops.

 

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.