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Give the Gift of Girl Scout Camp

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This holiday season, give your girl the gift of Girl Scout Camp! Girl Scout Camp is the experience of a lifetime and there are so many reasons to send your girl to Girl Scout Camp!

When friends or family ask what your girl might want for the holidays, suggest the gift of camp! Order a Girl Scout Gift Card online for your girl or share this information with grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.! You can also purchase a gift card in person at the Girl Scout shop.

Learn about our exciting summer camps for 2016!

Register here on December 9 at 9 a.m.!

Girl Scouts of Colorado offers overnight, day, troop, and family camps. If a structured camp is not for you, try a special get away experience for your troop at a Girl Scout property!

 

Camp like a Girl Scout: 2016 Sessions available now

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How will your girl spend her summer? Will she cook s’mores around a campfire with the new friends she’s made at Girl Scout Camp? Will she get a new view of the world from high atop a mountain or camp under the stars? Stories of those adventures and many more can fill her letters home, but only if you start planning now.

Session listings for summer 2016 are now available on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. Check them out, so you’ll know what to sign-up for when registration opens on 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.

· Fabulously Famous 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 a one-hour 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!

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.

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

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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.

Share your Girl Scout camp story

For many Girl Scouts, going to camp is the highlight of their year! They make life-long friends and memories. We want to celebrate all the fun Colorado Girl Scouts had at camp this summer and we need your help to do it! Just write a short essay about the fun you had at camp and submit it through Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. Be sure to include a photo from camp. Girl Scouts 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them write and submit their essays. Essays submitted by Girl Scouts 13-years-old and older must be written by the girls themselves. All submissions must be received by September 30, 2015.

The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks. Girls who submit stories, will receive a free Sky High Ranch t-shirt. Note: We have limited sizes of these shirts and they will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

Girl Scout alumnae visit Tomahawk Ranch

 

Submitted by Heidi Books

Denver

Girl Scout alumnae returned to Tomahawk Ranch for a fun day at camp! Our annual trip brought alums from across Colorado to tour the camp, enjoy lunch in the dining hall with the campers and make a fun camp craft! The trip brought back great memories and a peek at the new things going on at camp. We are already looking forward to our next trip back in 2016!

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

What Camp Means to Me

– A Camp Director’s Perspective

When I was a kid, summer camp was my opportunity to unplug and be silly without having to worry about being “cool”.  A place to be silly and have fun with friends and big sisters (which was awesome for me, as I am an only child).  I never had to worry about how I looked or if I was doing something the wrong way.

Looking back as an adult, I recognize that I learned so much more.  By having a safe place to be the girl I wanted to be, I learned how to be assertive and a leader without fear, to have confidence in my own abilities without the need for constant affirmation, and the ability to make my own choices and be accountable for the outcomes of those choices.

I look back at my life and can now recognize the positive risks I had the confidence to take and all of the amazing opportunities I’ve been a part of simply because I had the confidence to live my life with the philosophy of “Why not?!”

While the Girl Scout organization is the platform for my success, camp is the place where I can completely submerse myself in that culture.

Because of Girl Scout camp, I can say that I live my life with courage, confidence and character with the ability and desire to make the world a better place!

Kim “Ruddy” Petau is director of Sky High Ranch in Woodland Park. Learn more about camp sessions available this summer for your girl, and register her for camp now!

How Sweet Camp Is – Making Camp Honey Butter at Home

Have you ever made homemade butter? What about jam? Have you ever brewed your own sweet peppermint tea with peppermint from your garden? Have you ever made a pizza with fresh toppings you’ve grown? How about cook and eat eggs for breakfast eggs you’ve collected that morning from the chickens? Ever milked a goat? And have you ever made your very own homemade apple dumpling from scratch? At Tomahawk Ranch, we have!! When girls attend Tomahawk Ranch in the summer, they will have the opportunity to try some of these amazing experiences.

At 8600ft in elevation within the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Tomahawk has its very own garden, greenhouse, and ranch!

We raise barn animals like goats, chickens, pigs, donkeys, peacocks, horses, rabbits, llamas, sheep, and more! We also grow everything from strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, limes & lemons, to beautiful flowers, stevia, mint, (and mint, and more mint!),  basil, rosemary, chives, sage, thyme, and SO MUCH MORE!  We even grow flowering cashmere for our fairy sweaters in the winter!

We want to share our amazing recipe for honey cinnamon butter with you, to give you a sweet taste of all the fun times you will have at camp-you can even try it at home!

Tomahawk Ranch Honey Butter:

Ingredients: Heavy Cream, Salt, Local Honey (from an apiary down the road or your local farmer’s market), Cinnamon

Supplies: Small Jam Jar, Marble (optional)

  1. Fill your jam jar ¾ of the way with Heavy Cream
  2. Add a couple pinches of salt (this depends on how salty you want your butter) MUST ADD SALT THOUGH (it’s what makes it butter)
  3. Add about 1 tsp cinnamon
  4. Add a generous spoon full of honey
  5. OPTIONAL: Add a marble to your jar to help with easier mixing
  6. Tightly close your jar
  7. Begin shaking your jar like a polaroid picture (if you just happen to have a paint can shaker at home, this relieves the stress of your arms) (we don’t so not to worry!)

You will 100% know when the butter is done-it will look like a chunk of butter.  If your butter has an ice cream consistency YOU ARE NOT DONE…keep shaking until it ABSOLUTELY looks like butter.

Once your butter is done, your chunk of butter will be sitting in liquid.  This DELICIOUS liquid is BUTTERMILK!!!! Make sure to pour out the buttermilk to save, as it makes wonderful pancakes, biscuits, cookies, pies, skin smoothing baths and more!!

Reminder: If you used a marble, don’t forget to spoon it out (it wouldn’t be too tasty), then close up the jar to give one last shake w/o the marble.

Then refrigerate and enjoy!! We recommend making homemade biscuits with your buttermilk to enjoy with your freshly made honey butter!!

Enjoy making Tomahawk Ranch Honey Butter at home, but if you want more recipes, or enjoyed making butter register your daughter for camp today, and enjoy ALL we have to offer!! Learn more about resident camp sessions at both Sky High and Tomahawk Ranch Camps this summer for your girl!

Sincerely, your excited Camp Director,
Obi Joe” Monica Gray

 

 

Sky High Legends – Leave Your Legend at Camp!

Have you ever wanted to leave a legacy?  Are you creative, and Pinterest is your version of Candy Land?  During SH18 Sky High Legends, you will spend the week building and designing all kinds of large and small permanent craft projects at Sky High Ranch.  The activities will be decided by the girls when they get to camp, and here are some exciting examples of what they may decide to create:

   

This camp is a chance for older girls (high school ages) to gain useful practical life skills with tools and planning, while exercising their creativity.  With popular small-business opportunities such as Etsy and Pinterest, girls will broaden their preconceptions about what running a small business looks like.  The world of high-quality, hand-made and repurposed crafts and projects is gaining popularity and camp is a great place to hone that skill set!

In addition to learning these valuable skills, girls will gain a sense of ownership and responsibility at Sky High Ranch.  They will need to work hard to ensure that their project is sustainable and of good quality to survive camp for years to come.  Hard work and dedication can go a long way in helping develop a girl’s sense of accomplishment and value in herself.  Leave a legacy today!

This and many other Resident (at Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch), Day, Troop and Family Camp sessions are available through Girl Scouts of Colorado this summer. Learn more about our summer camp sessions and register your girl today!

Girl Scout Camp – An essential part of the Girl Scout Experience!

Our goal at summer camp and with outdoor programs, is to provide a safe environment where your daughter can gain essential skills and friendships while having fun and creating lasting memories. We look forward to helping your daughter discover the charm and magic of Summer Resident Camp.

When your daughter unpacks her belongings and settles into her unit, she will be heading for the time of her life. Memories are sure to be made roasting marshmallows around a campfire, singing songs, enjoying meals in the dining hall with her new friends, hiking trails, building shelters, or getting creative with crafts. An extraordinary experience awaits her.

CAMP IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR GIRL SCOUT MISSION

Courage: Camp is a community unlike any other. In an unfamiliar setting, your daughter will find the courage within herself to meet new people and make friends.  As she makes choices and directs projects, she will learn to work within a team, become self- reliant, and develop her leadership skills.

Confidence: For many girls, camp is their first experience away from parents, away from home, and away from familiarity. Camp has unlimited potential to boost your daughter’s confidence or help her find her way out of her shell.

Character: Camp is the ultimate character-building experience. It is a safe place for girls to learn individual responsibility, as they are empowered to take care of themselves.  Though camp counselors provide structure, guidance, and supervision, your daughter is responsible for waking herself and readying herself for the day, making her  bed, being on time to activities, and assuming responsibility for her personal belongings, all often for the very first time.

With all this in mind, send your daughter to camp!  She will gain the courage to tackle everyday obstacles faced with, the confidence to know she will get through, and most importantly gain positive character traits which will make her a successful and joyful individual.

With love from your favorite ingredient within a S’more,
Marshmello “Tonetta Brawley” at Tomahawk Ranch.

Girl Scouts of Colorado offers many Troop Camp, Day Camp, Family Camp and Resident/Overnight Camp sessions at Sky High and Tomahawk Ranch this summer to help build girls of Courage, Confidence and Character in the outdoors! Learn more about our camp offerings, or register her now for her desired session of camp!

Compost at summer camp and tips for your home!

Want to try gardening but don’t know where to start? Think it’s too expensive? Composting is an easy way to help the environment and also to save money too!

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At Tomahawk Ranch we have a working greenhouse with outside raised gardening beds too.  This needs a lot of soil to plant new things. So at camp we COMPOST!! Did you know all plants take out nutrients from the soil each season to grow, so it’s vitally important to put that nutrient goodness back in the soil each year to ensure continued success!

So whether you have a large project in mind or simply want to help your house plants, think about what you are throwing away and start composting today.

What’s good in compost?

Fresh fruits and vegetables – All peels, skins or simply fruit gone bad are excellent for compost. All the reasons we eat them are the same for your plants too. They need all the vitamins and minerals they can get. For example banana peels are full of potassium which is great for plants in small doses.

Egg shells – These are full of calcium. (Also, crushed egg shells placed on top of soil help keep those nasty bugs out which eat your delicious plants & beautiful flowers)

Dead leaves – Collect all the fallen leaves each autumn, and add them to your compost! They help bulk it out and add the richness of carbon, a necessary element of compost. (Did you know the leaves from a large tree are worth up to $50 of plant food?!)

Ashes – Who doesn’t love a campfire? Remember to collect your ashes once cooled and add them to your compost. These are also good source of carbon. Ashes are also useful if you have acidic soil (pine needles are especially acidic) so consider sprinkling ashes on areas of your garden where pine needles fall.

Dryer lint – Another good source of carbon

Coffee grounds and tea bags – Good for putting nitrates back into the soil. Although coffee smells great to us, when it is sprinkled on top or around your garden it is also a simple but effective critter repellant!

Grass clippings – Full nitrogen goodness.

Plant cuttings/ Dead plants – Complete the circle of life! Add all your pruning cuttings to the compost. Once an annual plant is done throw the plant and the soil it was growing in to your compost where it will regain the nutrients it lost growing, and be good as new next year for your next crop of plants!

Manure – Nature’s fertilizer! At Tomahawk Ranch we have plenty of manure from our small animal farm! Look around locally within your community, many farmers/horse owners will be extremely happy for you to muck their poop for them! (Must be from grass/hay eating animals – dog, cat, etc. poop is no good!)

Straw – Straw helps bulk up your compost. It also aids in drainage and helps aerate your pile.

Newspaper/shredded paper/cardboard – avoid glossy paper and colored ink.

Most of our summer camps at Tomahawk Ranch get to have some experience in our working greenhouse. Learn more about our camps and then register your girl for a summer camp experience she will never forget!