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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!


GSCO HOOF NOTES Horse Program newsletter/blog

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Horse Program will be maintaining a blog full of information on upcoming horse events. . . .keep reading our “Hoof Notes” for what the GSCO Horse Program is running around doing! 😉  We are gearing up for summer camp season but our hourly riding program will return August 17th.

You can see ALL horse related activities at the following link


In June and July we have half day events for Brownies “Horse Fun in the sun” and Daisies “Ponies and  Pals” in Parker, CO – check out them in the activity finder or the above link.

Keep checking the activity finder link above to see what riding options we are offering at Tomahawk and Meadow Mt this Fall season.  We will be offering trailrides as well as lessons for all level of riders in western instruction.   We will also be able to offer half day and all day trailrides at Meadow Mt.  Be sure to contact Julie Fischer for more information.


We also have list of Colorado  Instructors who are offering 3 beginner lessons at $20 per lesson.  Be sure to see our list on horse page.  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/horses

We will also be putting any events and upcoming information on the horse page.

We will be starting a year round WIT program.  In the Fall WITs can volunteer with the riding program during year and earn hours of experience.  Starting in August, contact Julie Fischer if you are interested in volunteering outside of summer camp and get more experience.  We are also looking into a Jr WIT program for younger girls. Check back for developments on our future horse programs, some starting in 2014!

If you are over 18 and LOVE teaching kids how to ride, we will be hosting a CHA Instructor Certification clinic August 12-16th at Tomahawk for GSCO members and non members.  You can find out more information at the GSCO horse page or activity finder link


We still have room in two of our horse camps at Meadow Mt: Blazing Saddles I and Rodeo Riders I.   Come spend a week at Meadow Mt and ride ALL DAY!  Rodeo Riders will learn advanced drill team patterns ad well rodeo events and do gymkhana. . .they will perform a drill team show for the parents to music end of their session.  The Blazing Saddles camp will spend week riding the trails into RMNP and will have a slide show mailed with photos of their rides.  This camp will also learn about packing, trail etiquette and Leave No Trace camping skills.

Check back in week or so for more updates on what the horse program is doing horsing around!

Because of Girl Scout Camp…

Camp…the word has special meaning to anyone who has gone to camp…

I was a Girl Scout that never went to camp as a kid. I was young for my grade with a late birthday, and was always a shy, self conscious, late bloomer among my peers. I wanted to work at a camp the summer after graduation, like all of my friends, but was only 17 at time so instead, worked at the ice cream shop at the mall.

After my first year in college, I finally got my camp experience as a counselor at YMCA Camp Surf. It was the first time I felt like I had found the ultimate job, I found what I was meant to be doing. The job had perks for sure: learning to surf and how to teach it, living in cabins with screen walls and hearing the ocean pounding away each night, and wearing flip flops all day long as the mandatory footwear in a sandy environment.

But it wasn’t the perks that drew me in. It was at camp that I had found a place where I could truly be myself. I could explore and try new things without pressures that I’d experienced in all other areas of life. I learned how to use my voice among my peers. I became an expert at “repeat after me” songs. I was caring for kids each week and seeing amazing growth in them. It was the first place where I really learned how to appreciate myself and become comfortable in my own skin. I had been a closeted extrovert, not knowing or having the confidence to know how to express myself. That all changed at camp!

At camp, I realized that I was not on the right career path and that making the big bucks does not equal happiness. I found that happiness could happen anywhere, it just depended on your state of mind. I was able to blossom into the person I am today. My favorite people and memories involve camp songs, drives up to the ropes course, and sitting on the old camp stage, waiting for campers or weekend groups (usually Girl Scouts!) to arrive.

Camp is about opportunity. The opportunity for a girl to achieve something for the first time. The opportunity to make connections with “camp friends” who will be her friends for life. I am excited to work with an organization that creates opportunities for all girls to get to camp, to experience the outdoors, and have a chance of feeling how I feel when I am at camp!

Tomahawk Ranch Camp made this video, “because of camp girls will…” (check it out!)

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Check out Girl Scout Camp Open Houses – and Camp Openings!


Summer camp…it’s your child’s life learning classroom when they are out of school!

As we get out our T-shirts and shorts this spring, it’s time to start thinking about summer camp! Studies have shown that girls who attend camp have less summer learning loss, and are better at thinking outside of the box and problem solving.

Girl Scouts of Colorado offers many summer camp options that enable them to explore the classroom of life among peers and caring camp counselors. Learn more about our summer offerings, or visit one of the open houses at our amazingly beautiful properties:

Tomahawk Ranch: April 14, 1pm-4pm and May 19, 1pm-4pm

Meadow Mountain Ranch: May 18, 1pm-4pm

Magic Sky Ranch: May 5, 1pm-4pm

(Click here for directions to camp properties )

We also have online registration, or call us at 1-877-404-5708 to talk with one of our wonderful registrar team members to get your daughter into the right summer camp!

We also have some unique opportunities for older campers at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark/Rocky Mountain National Park!

It’s Ur Wilderness (6-day) $500 – 6/23-28 (MM05)
Girls will hike and explore ecosystems found in Rocky Mountain National Park and Meadow Mountain Ranch!

Wilderness Rangers (6-day) $800 – 7/7-12 (MM11)
Girls will get LOTS of trail riding experience in Rocky Mountain National Park doing wilderness horse packing, overnights, and wilderness survival skills!

Easter Brunch at Tomahawk Ranch!


Looking for a delicious Easter brunch with an extra helping of family fun? Come join us for an “Eggventure” day at Tomahawk Ranch!

You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to participate in this fun event! It’s for the entire community!

You’ll spend the day enjoying a delicious brunch, creating Easter-theme crafts, meeting barnyard animals, participating in an Easter egg hunt and more!

Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 11 am – 3 pm (brunch will be served 11:30 am – 1:30 pm)
Cost: $15 (12 yrs and up); $10 (3-11 yrs); Under 3 yrs: FREE
Location: Tomahawk Ranch, near Bailey, Colorado
Attire: Dress for playing outside in the mountains!

Reservation deadline: March 25

Bring your own basket! The Easter egg hunt will start at 2 pm, all ages are welcome!

Brunch menu includes: Traditional eggs benedict with Canadian bacon and hollandaise, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, warm Danish and sweet pastries, Easter glazed ham, sweet potatoes and green beans, warm rolls with butter and homemade fruit cobbler!

For additional details or to register online, visit: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1258

For questions, email Cindy Saylor at cindy.saylor@gscolorado.org.

Spots still available for Summer Camp – register now!


If the spring-like temperatures have got you dreaming of the lazy days of summer, now’s the time to get registered for Girl Scout summer camp! Registration for day and overnight camp sessions opened just over a week ago, but there are still spots open at sessions across the state.

Pick your path to a summer of adventure!

Here are some examples of sessions with openings as of  3 p.m. March 14. (This does not guarantee openings and this is not a complete list of all openings, please log in to find the latest information and get registered today!)

Day camps:

  • Make a Mess: Faith Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs
  • Awesome Animals: Interlocken Park, Broomfield
  • Monster Camp: Dedisse Park, Evergreen
  • Art in the Park, DeKoevend, Centennial
  • Kayaking, Bear Creek Lake Park, Morrison
  • Princesses on the Prairies, Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

Overnight camps: 

  • Rocks and Ropes, Meadow Mountain Ranch
  • Rodeo Rider II, Meadow Mountain Ranch
  • Wilderness Rangers, Meadow Mountain Ranch
  • Brownie Discovery Camp, Magic Sky Ranch
  • Moose Magic, Magic Sky Ranch
  • Night Owls, Magic Sky Ranch
  • Backpacker, Tomahawk Ranch
  • Silver Spurs I, Tomahawk Ranch
  • Hollywood and Broadway Bound, Tomahawk Ranch

Read the Summer Program Guidebook for complete details on sessions.


Girl Scouts of Colorado 100th Anniversary Celebration Time Capsule Placed at Tomahawk Ranch, 7/28/2012

Submitted by Belle DiRanna, Time Capsule Committee, Troop 1292

Girl Scouts from across Colorado continued their celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting when they gathered to place a time capsule at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey on Saturday, July 28th. The time capsule will be opened in 2062, 50 years from now. The girls hope to show girls in the future what is was like to be a Girl Scout today.

The Time Capsule Committee began working on the project in February, 2010. Items placed in the time capsules were suggested and donated by Girl Scouts from across Colorado. Time capsule contents include a Cadette sash complete with patches and pins, a copy of “The Hunger Games” book, Angry Bird erasers, a sheet of “100 Years of Scouting” stamps , magazines, Girl Scout Cookie order form, cookie boxes, Girl Scout 100th anniversary memorabilia, and a Droid smart phone loaded with hundreds of photos, videos, Angry Birds app, and popular music.

The stainless steel time capsule was buried during the Camp S’more weekend with more than 140 Girl Scouts and alumnae in attendance. The Time Capsule Committee dedicated the time capsule during a ceremony complete with Girl Scout songs and wishes for the Girl Scouts of the future. The time capsule location is marked with a capstone in the shape of a trefoil that has been etched by the girls in the Time Capsule Committee. The capstone marks the date the time capsule was committed and the year it is to be opened, and includes an image of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts.

Click below to watch a video of the ceremony on YouTube. For more pictures of this event and Camp S’more, see our Flickr gallery.

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