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Registration for Girl Scout camp opens Jan. 13

The countdown to the opening of registration for Girl Scout camp is underway! It starts Jan. 13, 2015 at 9 a.m. on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

On Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, Kim Petau, camp director for Sky High Ranch, and Girl Scout Anne Martens joined FOX21 in Colorado Springs to talk about registration for Girl Scout camp.

Here are a few “behind the scenes” photos:

Ask yourself, “Where will I…”

stand atop a mountain and take in the forever view?

feel my heartbeat in my ears as I zip down the zipline?

and, most importantly, where will I make friendships that will last a lifetime?

For summer 2015, Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce girls will be able to have those experiences — and hundreds more—at Sky High Ranch! Resident camp is returning to this beautiful rustic camp near Manitou Lake and Woodland Park for the first time since 2012. For many Girl Scouts, attending resident camp at Sky High Ranch is a family tradition.  Their mothers, grandmothers, and even great-grandmothers, in some cases, have fond memories of their summers at Sky High Ranch.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will also offer resident camp at perennial favorite Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey, southwest of Denver. Some of the activities at our resident camps include archery, backpacking, photography, and rock climbing. Our standard resident camp runs 6-days. We also offer 2-week camps , as well as mini 3-day camps. The summer camp schedule is live on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (girlscoutsofcolorado.org) so you can begin to review the 2015 offerings. Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to offer day camping adventures throughout the state.

Girl Scout summer camp programs are open to all girls throughout Colorado who are over the age of 6. Registration begins Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. Register early. Some sessions fill in just a few hours.

Girl Scout camp is a safe place for your girl to explore her world, make forever friends, and learn to be a leader.  Girls learn differently than boys and everything at Girl Scout camp is designed to meet girls where they are. No labels. No competition. No boys. There’s just a whole lot of “you go, girl!”

Girl Scouts has been helping girls shine for more than 100 years. Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve 25,000 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.

Troop creates music video about Girl Scout camp

Submitted by Troop 2851


Our Cadette troop got to experience Tomahawk Ranch in a whole new way.  The campgrounds became the set of our music video, featuring Troop 2851. We rewrote the lyrics to Miley Cyrus’ song “Party in the USA.” We knew it was a catchy song, and wanted to create a better influence for girls. It was our way of sharing our experiences’ in Girl Scouts.

We recorded the video when we were at Tomahawk Ranch. Most of the video takes place at our cabin. We had a lot of fun recording it, but that was just the beginning. At our next several Girl Scout meetings we went through the process of editing. We learned how to cut the video, add our voice over and background music, move slides around and create credits. It was a lot of hard work but we learned to persevere.

We hope you enjoy it.

Outdoor Volunteers Needed – troop camps, dads &more!

Every year, especially during the summer, there are many ways to get involved with Outdoor Programs. The statewide Outdoor Programs Team includes:

Betsy Till, Outdoor Programs Director
Haley Peel, Assistant Outdoor Programs Director (in charge of all volunteer-led outdoor programming!)
Monica Gray, Tomahawk Ranch Camp Director
Kim Petau, Sky High Ranch Camp Director.
We can’t do it without the help of volunteers like you! Here is a list of volunteer opportunities this summer (review them with your troop!)

Troop Camp Host Director:

  • Works with Haley Peel and the Troop Camp location on program, and logistics.
  • Once at the Troop Camp, works on-site with staff to make sure things are printed if needed (each Troop Camp location will have a digital download of health info, waivers, etc.).
  • This person may have meetings with Haley Peel and/or the Troop Camp location prior to the camp to make sure it is “Girl Scout-y”
  • This person receives free admission to camp along with their child
  • Haley Peel approves these Troop Camp Host Directors, and help get them registered for camp prior to January 13 with the appropriate discount. Deadline to apply for this is December 15.
  • Interested? Contact: Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org
  • The Needs for Troop Camp Host Directors:
    • Camp Jackson Troop Camp 8/9-11; needs host director in Rye

Troop Camp Host Troop:

  • Help do things like: create caper charts, welcome girls/leaders to camp, help with cabin assignments, lead Girl Scout songs/games.
  • They work with the Troop Camp Host Director and camp staff at the Troop Camp Location to make sure the schedule works, and there are girl-led opportunities at the Troop Camp.
  • They support the Troop Camp Host Director, help the girls lead their peers, and help coach first time campers/troops.
  • They receive a 20% discount to the Troop Camp for up to 6 girls on top of the camp fees, and must be Juniors or above.
  • Girls can also use cookie credits, and cookie volume discounts (5% if you sell 500 boxes, 10% if you sell 100 boxes, etc.) towards camp fees.
  • Haley Peel will gather and collect host troop payment info to enroll them in camp in CampInTouch prior to opening camp registration on January 13. Deadline to apply for this is December 15.
  • Interested? Contact: Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org
  • The Needs for Host Troops:
    • MMR June Troop Camp 6/12-14; in Allenspark
    • MMR July Troop Camp 7/10-12; in Allenspark
    • Gypsum Troop Camp 7/19-21; in Gypsum
    • MMR August Troop Camp 8/7-9; in Allenspark
    • Camp Jackson Troop Camp 8/9-11; in Rye

Day Camp Adult Volunteers

  • Adult volunteers are needed to help with Day Camps
  • They are approved by the individual day camp directors, and registered through CampInTouch by Haley Peel
  • They register their daughter for camp and pay their 10% deposit, then once the Day Camp Director gives their info to Haley she will give the 90% discount to their girl on the back end and also will enroll the adult
  • Interested, Contact the Day Camp Director to apply
  • The Needs For Day Camp Adult Volunteers:
    • Be Wild! 6/8-12; 10 adults in Aurora; heather.browning77@gmail.com
    • A Journey Through Time 6/15-19; 6 adults in Colorado Springs; mkeown1@gmail.com
    • Franktown Day Camp 6/15-19; 10 adults in Franktown; silver.bashaw@gmail.com
    • Boating Specialty Day Camps 6/22-26; 11 adults in Morrison, various boating specialties, may need additional training; silver.bashaw@gmail.com
    • H2O Sampler 7/20-24; 10  adults in Morrison, various specialties, may need additional training to volunteer; silver.bashaw@gmail.com
    • Horseback Riding Day Camp 8/10-14; needs 14 adults and 2 lifeguards in Morrison; christikcb@yahoo.com
    • NEW: Fort Collins Girl Scout Day Camp! This camp is re-starting with new leadership and will operate in 2015 at Swift Ponds. Contact Dorsi, me@dorsismith.com to learn about adult volunteer opportunities!

NEW: Outdoor Instructors: archery instructors, fishing instructors, and boating instructors are wanted for single and/or multiple day events. Contact haley.peel@gscolorado.org know if you are interested.

Outdoor Program Volunteer Directors

Camp Dad (or Mom!)

  • This is for dads (and moms) that may feel out of the loop when volunteering at other Girl Scout activities, but love the outdoors and want to share their experience with troops!
  • Camp Dads (and moms) are needed in every troop and service unit to help with camping experiences for the girls.
  • Recommended trainings: Overnight, and Cooking and Camping Trainings. Find them on the Activity Finder!
  • Interested? Contact your local troop or service unit!

Camp Buddy Troops

  • For troops who love camping, and want to share it by being buddies to other troops who may have less experience. Talk about a great opportunity for girl-led outdoor experiences!
  • This can also be for troops looking to share a property or lodge (like Hamp Hut, Twisted Pine, or Pawnee Lodge) with other troops!
  • Interested or want a buddy troop for your first camp experience? Contact: Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org

Resident Camps Volunteers

  • Four adult volunteers needed at Tomahawk Ranch
  • Two adult volunteers needed per week (about 12 total) needed at Sky High Ranch
  • Spaces for these volunteers are limited because campers fill our bed spaces and there are limited spaces for these additional adults to sleep (we love them though!); they receive 50% off their daughter’s resident camp registration.
  • They are never placed in the same unit as their daughter, so that the adult and the daughter get their own experience at camp.
  • Camp directors work to get them registered prior to the opening of camp registration on Jan. 13 as well. Deadline to apply for this is January 7.
  • Questions? Contact: Monica.Gray@gscolorado.org for Tomahawk Ranch, or Kim.Petau@gscolorado.org for Sky High Ranch. Resident Camp Adult volunteers complete the camp staff application found here after December 5. They also go through additional levels of background check according to our State Childcare Licensing Standards.


Filming at Tomahawk Ranch


I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was invited to visit Tomahawk Ranch, but I heard so many things from co-workers about it, I was excited.  Two of us from the office in Denver, plus a camera guy were there for filming footage that would eventually land on a 20 minute video with Comcast promoting Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Friday Morning, the day I was supposed to visit, greeted me with plenty of unexpected surprises when I managed to accidently sleep a little late,14470793376_09b3daabb3_m and in the middle of my hurried trek to the camp, my car began smoking on the highway, and the tow truck ended up taking forever to arrive. Luckily, I eventually managed to make it safely to camp.

Once I arrived, we immediately got to work interviewing a mother and a daughter who had a lot to say about Girl Scouts and the leadership skills they have received as a result of joining. Following that interview, we wandered to the homesteading skills session in which girls were tying rubber gloves filled with watery milk in order to mimic milking a goat.

14471072326_f41931ee86_mIt was interesting to learn that goats have two utters verses cows, who have four (I certainly didn’t know that).

Next stop was the dining hall where counselors were dragging out mattresses and stacking them up. All of the sudden “Walking on Sunshine” was blasting on the speakers and girls were running across the room, launching themselves onto the top mattress and sliding down the pile. It was chaotic, it was loud, but it was fun. Each girl took several turns, and everyone of them was laughing and screaming as they slid on the mattress.

14307358508_beee3f0d71_mNext was lunch, but girls couldn’t enter the dining hall until the tables and chairs were set and the plates distributed. Outside, girls sang some of the most bizarre and hilarious songs complete with hand motions and dances led by the counselors.

Lunch, of course, was also crazy. Each table did a cheer when the finished a pitcher of water and the all the girls got up to do a “Chinese Fire Drill” in which everybody stampeded out of the hall, ran around the building a couple times while screaming at the top of their lungs and then came back and sat back down to finish their lunch. I have no idea where this tradition comes from but according to the girls, the madness happens everyday.

14307333568_8281c4fbb3_mNext, we followed a unit of girls to Tomahawk’s beautiful new greenhouse. While girls were painting flower pots to plant peas in, another group of girls gave us a tour of the greenhouse and vegetable beds. Each plant looked so healthy and strong despite being high in the Rocky Mountains, thanks to Starlight and her helpers, who know and understand what they are doing, and the girls who are so passionate about what they are taught at camp.

14307279730_fbb90ffc5b_mOur final stop (and my favorite spot) was at the farm. We were immediately greeted by four baby goats who approached our cameras and tripod, investigating whether these strange devices were edible.

The horses and donkeys were equally curious about the equipment. It really surprised me how accustomed the animals were to people. I would have thought that because they were always surrounded by thirty or more girls, they would want to shy away from people, but they loved the attention! They wanted to be right there in the middle of the action.

14493923945_c2a73a93ae_mOne girl was sweeping out the barn trying to get the excess hay out, and one of the horses went right up to her and nugged her with its nose, wanting to be pet (which she happily obliged).

About a week ago, the camp welcomed three ten-week-old female piglets and by the time we had arrived, the campers had already fallen in love with them. 14307621959_8ff8a2bfa8_mThe little piglets preferred to keep all four hooves on the ground and allow girls to fall into the mud while trying to catch them.

The day concluded with the girls making homemade ice cream using plastic bags and leaving to finish packing before their parents arrived to take them home.

While their week at Tomahawk Ranch may be over, the memories of mattress surfing in the dining hall, sleeping in hammocks, petting baby goats, and make lifelong friendships will stay with them long after they left camp.




Pay Camp Fees By 4/30/14 at 11:59pm to Get Early Bird Pricing!

Resident Camp Early Bird Pricing ends April 30 at 11:59pm!

Pay your entire resident camp balance prior to April 30  at 11:59pm to lock in the lowest price possible. We will not automatically run credit cards on file, so please take action below to make sure you get Early Bird pricing!

How to make payments:

  1. Log into CampInTouch here and choose “Financial Management” (use Google Chrome or Firefox browsers for best results)
  2. Call our customer support line from Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm to make a payment over the phone at 877-404-5708
  3. Mail your payment to PO Box 9407 Denver, CO 80209; mailed payments musts be received prior to April 30 for processing, as the prices automatically go up after that time.


Tomahawk Ranch Camp – What’s “buzzing” this summer?

What’s “buzzing” at Tomahawk Ranch Camp this summer? We are excited to introduce a new bee apiary as part of our homesteading programs!

What is homesteading?
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.

Our homesteading program will include:

1. The Small Animal Farm: campers will be able to connect with animals, learn about their care, and how to harvest eggs and other useful items from the animals

2. The Greenhouse & Gardens: campers will learn about planting and picking produce, how to protect it in a mountain environment from predators and so much more! When the garden produces, campers will enjoy farm to table meals!

3. The Bee Apiary: In our first year, campers will not be doing any hands-on beekeeping; our bees will need peace and quiet in order to get their colonies thriving into the future. The Bee Apiary will be set a distance from the greenhouse and gardens. We will have a separate non-active bee hive setup to show girls how it all works. This is an exciting new way to share about growth cycles and educate girls about how bees help keep everything alive.

NOTE: We are very aware that there may be campers who have a bee sting allergy. Those campers will not be forced to go anywhere near the Bee Apiary. Our health staff will work with families to ensure Epi-Pens are in place for those who have a prescription. Girl safety is always at the utmost importance in this and all activities for our resident campers!

Do you know anyone who loves to garden and wants to volunteer? If so, please have them contact Betsy Till, Outdoor Programs Director via email.

Ready to send your girl to camp? Register here!


Task Force Schedules Town Hall Meetings – Northern Colorado & Denver Metro

The Outdoor Property Evaluation Task Force will be holding a Town Hall meetings to hear feedback about Girl Scout properties.

Denver Metro (Twisted Pine, Tomahawk Ranch, general properties):
When: Saturday, March 22, 2-3:30pm
Where: Denver Service Center, 400 S Broadway Denver, CO 80010

Northern Colorado (Pawnee Lodge, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Magic Sky Ranch):
When: Monday, March 24, 6:30-8pm
Where: Harmony Library Community Room, 4616 S Shields St, Fort Collins 80526

These are the is the third and fourth 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. The second meeting is for Saturday, March 8 at the Pueblo Service Center focusing on Lazy Acres, Hamp Hut, and Sky High Ranch.

Camp Corner – New Sessions Open for Girl Scouts This Summer

You have asked, and we have listened! Here are more summer camp opportunities with Girl Scouts of Colorado! Registration for these new and additional spaces will open up on Friday February 21 at 10am. For registration questions, please call M-F from 8:30am to 5:30pm 877-404-5708.


  • Robin Hood (Junior) – Every archer gets her start somewhere – get yours at camp! Learn/grow your skills on our traditional and field archery ranges. Build and fortify your fort and then take a short sleeping in overnight. Plus time for other camp activities.
    June 15-20   MS52   (new session!)
    July 27- Aug 1   MS37    (more spaces!)
  • Bows and Arrows (Cadette) – Be brave and courageous and may the odds be ever in your favor. Spend this week becoming skilled at archery. Practice your skills on our archery range and field course. Have a survival experience when you sleep out in tents and shelters you get to build for a few nights. There will be time for other camp activities during the day.
    June 15-20   MS53   (new session!)
    July 6-11   MS58   (new session!)


  • Scout vs Wild (Cadette) – Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Test your survival skills while you hike, sleep under the stars in a fort you build, learn tracking skills (including archery on our range and field course) and tie knots (climb wall and ropes course).
    June 22-27   MS54   (new session!)
    July 13-18   MS59   (new session!)


  • Barn Livin’ (Junior) – Spend time with animals at our barn and even have a barn overnight! Learn about animal care as you help with our small animal farm. Plenty of time for other camp adventures too.
    July 6-11   MS57   (new session!)
    July 27-Aug 1   MS36   (more spaces!)
  • Barn Divas (Junior) – Lights-camera-animals?! Spend a week getting to know furry friends at the barn. Learn about animals and their personalities. Release your inner diva as you create a production that will be shown on video at camp pickup. (Includes a 1-hour off-site horseback ride).
    June 15-20 TR02 (more spaces!)


The 3-day camps at Magic Sky Ranch are now open to Brownies AND Juniors. Check out these camps for a fun 3-day camp experience. The Wednesday-Friday session of each week and session during the week of July 4 will not have an increase in price once Early Bird Pricing ends (they’ll stay at $265 vs the Sunday-Tuesday sessions that will jump to $290)

  • MS08 and MS09 – Camping Stars – June 15-17, 18-20
  • MS12 and MS13 – Moosekateers – June 22-24, 25-27
  • MS22 and MS23 – Dreams Come True – July 6-8, 9-11
  • MS28 – Black Pearl – July 16-18
  • MS34 and MS35 – Wild Wild West – July 20-22, 23-25
  • MS42 and MS43 – Muddy Maddness – July 27-29, July 30-Aug 1

TROOP CAMP – new at MSR!

In addition to the Rendezvous Weekends being offered, June 29 – July 1 Magic Sky Renaissance Carnival camp is open to troops!  Experience a renaissance carnival plus camp activities this summer.  Girls sign up for MS56 and adults sign up for MS55 (there is only space for adults for Safety Activity Checkpoints ratios, adults get a discounted price of only $150!).


  • FC01 – Work Weekend – there are a few more spaces available to help get camp ready for the summer.
  • FC02 – Magic Sky R&R Weekend – did you know that kids under 5 are free for this family get-away weekend? What a great way to start your summer as a family!

2014 Summer Program Guide available — start your summer dreams now!

Read the 2014 Summer Program Guide to learn about:

  • Resident Camps (Tomahawk Ranch and Magic Sky Ranch)
  • Volunteer-Run Day Camps!
  • Troop Camp
  • Family Camp
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Travel Programs
  • Other Girl Scouts Events

Camp registration opens at 9 a.m. Jan. 22. Check out some amazing program offerings this summer offered to you by Girl Scouts of Colorado:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/summer-program-guide

Why does camp registration open so early? In an effort to maximize registration at resident camps this year, we have extended our registration season. Opening up registration early also allows Girl Scouts of Colorado to be more competitive among other resident camps in our beautiful state.

But what about cookies?
–>To hold a spot, everyone pays a 10% deposit online with a credit or debit card.
–>Early Bird Pricing (lower pricing on Resident Camps) runs through April 30.
–>Cookie Cards will be sent mid-April and Cookie sellers can apply their Cookie Credits to camp fees before regular pricing starts on May 1.

New camp registration system: We are using a new, streamlined online camp registration system this year. This system will be your one-stop shop to enroll your camper, complete forms, submit medical information, make your payments, and apply for opportunity grants.

Camp registration process:

BEFORE Jan. 22: Make sure the Girl Scouts of Colorado membership is current for your Girl Scouts(s). Sign up here. Review the 2014 Summer Catalog to decide which camps are best for your Girl Scout(s).
Jan. 22: Registration opens! Be ready to register online and pay your deposit with a credit or debit card. (Balances may be paid with checks, credit or debit card payments are required for deposits.)
May 1: Early Bird pricing ends. Pay your balance before April 30 at 11:59 p.m. for best pricing.
Camp Balances & Forms Due: 30-days prior to the start of your first camp session.

Camp Grant Process

1. Register online with your 10% deposit.
2. Apply with the optional grant form through our online camp registration system.
3. You will receive notice within a month regarding grant allocations.

Give the Gift of Camp! Gift cards are available that can be used toward camp fees at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

NEW at Magic Sky Ranch this summer:

  • Small animal farm
  • Overnights for campers where they get to sleep outside
  • More  hiking and nature exploration
  • Horseback riding at local stables included  in camp pricing for designated camps
  • Backpacking for older Girl Scouts
  • Program Aide options for PAs entering 9th grade

NEW at Tomahawk Ranch this summer:

Exciting changes are in store at Tomahawk Ranch this year—the introduction of homesteading programs! These new programs will increase girls’ sense of place and connection to their natural world. T hey will learn what farm-to-table really means as they play with worms, transplant seedlings and more!

  • Learn gardening skills
  • Cook freshly harvested vegetetables and herbs
  • Help raise and feed animals on the farm
  • Try canning food
  • Create farm crafts

Camp Jobs: Interested in a summer camp job or know a hard working girl who is amazing with children? Apply to be a camp counselor here (must be 18 for most positions).

Girl Scouts of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. Participation in Program Aide and Counselor In Training Programs are not a guarantee of employment.

Horseback Riding at Tomahawk – final riding opportunities


Attention all Colorado Girl Scouts!  We will be offering hourly riding sessions on weekends through August (after camp season ends) at Tomahawk! Don’t miss out on one last ride with your troop or family, or some lessons to develop your riding skills. You can register for riding at the following link:


We also still have plenty of room for Cadettes in our “Bows and Arrows” horse weekend event at Tomahawk Sept 13-15th!  If you like horses and archery, this weekend is for you! Register today and don’t miss out on a fun filled weekend!