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Save the date: Women’s Week 2018 at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Meadow Mountain Ranch

This summer, the fourth year of Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch brought together new and returning friends from nine different states to the Colorado high country.  Women’s Week is open to any women/ladies/girls who are at least 18 years of age, who may or may not be Girl Scouts presently, or who may or may not ever have attended camp at any time anywhere.  In other words, come one, come all – – – the more the merrier!

The best part about Women’s Week (WW for short) is that the sky is truly the limit!  There is no preplanned program or schedule, except as determined by the menus and meals.  More about food a little later!  If you would like to do a particular thing, just make a request and we’ll try to see that it happens.  If you would like to offer a special activity or program, just hang up a sign saying where and when it will happen, and bring with you the tools or materials to share with others.

There is plenty of time in our three-night/four-day event to rest and relax, explore, visit, sing, laugh, cook, sleep, read, hike, etc.  Do you like to get up early in the morning?  Coffee is always on its way before breakfast and a few of us enjoy the still morning solitude to listen to the birds, feel the breeze, and watch the sun come up over the hills.  Like to stay up late?  Campfires are always on the agenda, so we can give you “a place where people gather to make friends of all kinds,” and then we can help you “sing your way home at the close of the day.”

Women’s Week usually begins with a Big Circle Tour of MMR, which will take you to see most of what’s on the property for your further exploration.  Up to the east past the C.I.T. house under restoration at this time, maybe up as far as Vista Spur to see the panorama of peaks that tower over us, back across by “The Shelf,” out to the Back Meadow, and around through the fire break along the back trail and over to Pinecrest where the Memorial Unit Shelter is under construction.

Cooking is a big part of Women’s Week, and the patrol assigned to be chefs will have guidance from Susan Baker and her growing-up girls to offer a delicious variety of cuisine, carefully planned to allow for dietary needs as well as experimentation.  We’ve done bean-hole cooking, stick cooking, reflector oven baking, and dutch oven offerings.  We’ve cooked on charcoal, open fires, or propane stoves, depending on the preference of the cooks or the (hopefully not!) fire restrictions. We once made rhubarb jam in the main camp kitchen to share with everyone.  No, Women’s Week food is not always like regular camp food, as we’ve included a chili cook-off, stir fry to die for, fresh fruits and veggies prepared many different ways, and special surprises along the way.  Ever made a “Fluffernutter?” or a “Darn Good/Dough Boy”?  Do you have special culinary requests you’d like to see us try?

So, here are some highlights from summer 2017 at Women’s Week: A climb up Meadow Mountain.  Crafts of bark painting, Morse-Code beading, monkey fists, tile mosaics. Yang or Taijiguan style of Tai-Chi in the mornings to relax the body and soul.  “Tajer Tales” and “The Thirteen Clocks.”  Sunrise hike to Vista Spur.  Self-guided Nature Trail. A bog explore to see “the tufas” in the lower meadow.  Service projects to help with fire mitigation and stripping logs for the new unit shelter at Pinecrest.

Summer of 2018 will feature a special dedication ceremony for the new Pinecrest Memorial Unit Shelter.  Completion of this project will allow for more complete use of this larger more remote unit on the southern boundary of the camp.  Contact Penny Roberts if you’d like to be involved in creating a memorial to special people who helped bring you personally through Girl Scouting to be the woman you are today.

So, dates are set for the fifth Women’s Week for the summer of 2018.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR, SAVE THE DATES, OR REGISTER RIGHT NOW!  Monday, July 23 (first meal is lunch) through Thursday, July 26 (last meal is champagne brunch).  Cost is $180 for the entire event or $60 for any daily increments including three meals.  Contact the very informal camp director, Penny “Pan” Roberts, PO Box 211, Estes Park, Co. 80517, probertscolo@gmail.com or by phone at (970) 586 1775. 

It’s great when moms and daughters and granddaughters come, or when MMR camp staff alums make connections with previous campers from decades ago, or when friends who never got to go to camp ever can join this wonderful experience.  It’s great when we take time out, get away, unwind, unplug, or just generally recreate ourselves.  We take good care of each other and come away with peace and satisfaction that comes from just being outdoors.  At camp, where life is more real.   Hope to see you then.

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2017 Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch: July 17 – 20

Mark your calendar for 2017 Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch July 17-20!

Cost $180/ per person

Registration deadline, sort of 6/25/17, primarily for meal planning.

Women’s Week is in its fourth year, and we hope this time will be even better than ever!  We really love to go to the mountains, have fun in the outdoors. and be campers again! This program is open to all adult women at least 18 years of age:  GSCO staff, former MMR camp staff, leaders, volunteers, co-workers, adult daughters, and  granddaughters! (Spread the word; there’s plenty of room for everyone! Ladies need not have ever been to camp before or have a current Girl Scout connection!)  Bring your favorite program resources, come and play!  The peace and serenity of MMR’s mountain wilderness await you.

What’s included in the cost?     Site fees & food.  Some financial aid might be available.

Cooking and food:  We will probably be cooking out most of the time in the units. We can make accommodations for most special dietary needs.

Where will we stay?   Meeker’s Bluff, Larkspur, and Lyra units have been reserved for our group.  “Tabins” have wooden floors & roofs and ½ canvas sides with wooden bunkbeds. We can make accommodations for mobility restrictions.

What program is provided?     Only what we bring ourselves!  If you want to do crafts, bring enough to share.  If you want to take a hike, put up a notice of your plans.  If you can offer special programs, like ropes course or archery, bring your certifications with you.  Anyone up for a short backpack trip to the back meadow or the “shelf?”  If you want to lie in the grass in the meadow, fly a kite, sleep in late, paint a picture, sleep out under the stars, sing for hours – – – it’s all there for your enjoyment!

Can we come for only part of the time?     Absolutely, just let us know how many days/meals and we’ll price it out for you accordingly.

No pets are allowed on the property, and there will be no horses available for riding.

THE VERY INFORMAL CAMP DIRECTOR is Penny “Pan” Roberts.

Send your check to P.O. Box 211, Estes Park, Co. 80517 along with your brief personal information, including e-mail, address, phone, etc.

Questions? Call Penny at 970-586-1775 or 970-577-2027.  New email address is probertscolo@gmail.com.

Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch brings together a unique group of Girl Scouts

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Estes Park

Northern & Northeastern

For the third year in a row, it was great to see such a wonderful gathering of ladies at Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch.  11 different states(!) were represented from coast to coast and daughters joined their moms in the fun and camp experiences.  The most fun about Women’s Week is that we get to make our own program, with the only definite scheduling done around meal-times.  Those who wanted to get up almost at the crack of dawn hiked up to the top of Vista Spur with “Pan” (Penny Roberts) to see the mountains all around and enjoy the crisp mountain air and the comradery.  There are songs that go with that experience, like “The Grasses are Bending,” “Railroad Corral,” and “There’s a Blue Sky.”

Several unique experiences helped to combine to make this year’s ladies get-away super-special.  First of all, there were nine of us who, among other things, were Rounduppers from more than 50 years ago. We had made contact with these gals at the 1965 Roundup Reunion in Idaho last fall, and publicized our Women’s Week.  So, two ladies from Connecticut traveled all the way here, enjoyed a few extra days in the Estes Park area, and are already planning to return next year!  One gal from Nebraska reconnected with MMR after having worked here on staff for the summer of 1966 and had not been back since!  Maybe we can find even more of that group of alums to come and join us.

Embedded in our plan-it-yourselves program this year was a mini-reunion to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the establishment of MMR in 1961.  There were camp tours, very special brunch and dinner, flag ceremony, and campfire setting in the lodge.  In addition, the new sundial on the top of the time capsule was dedicated, honoring and recognizing the sculptor Ted Schaal, and our benefactor Alma Hix.  I hope you get to come to MMR to see that gorgeous addition to the main camp area.

Susan Baker and her diligent and dedicated older Girl Scout gals from Ft. Collins have provided food service again this year.  With the fire ban in effect in Boulder County, cookouts were different, if still fun and delectable.  The reunion brunch and banquet dinner were over-the-top in featuring a variety of offerings, including quiche, fresh fruits and veggies, roast chicken, appetizers and some special libations.  Of course, an anniversary cake showed off the old MMR logo and was enjoyed by all.

Coffee service thanks to our “Coffee Queen” Pat Kingsbury, began at 5 a.m., and never failed us.  We were all free to choose our preferred place to rest our heads at the end of the day, but there were still lots of sing-alongs around the fire circle, “Tajar Tales,” lots of visiting and reminiscing.

Crafts were featured nearly everywhere, a grand tour took us up and over and around and down the trails, more than one hike to Hercules, Gnome National Forest nature activity and other special features spiced up the time.

So, mark your calendars, ladies, as the Fourth Annual Women’s Week for 2017 has already been scheduled!  The dates are July 17 – 20, 2017, and our cost for the entire event will be $180.00 per person for the entire event.  Some financial aid is available.

Women’s Week is open to any women age 18 or older.  Some mobility considerations can be made as well as any dietary restrictions or considerations.  Invite your friends, co-workers, daughters and grand-daughters and come and join in the very special ladies-only true outdoor camp experience.  Questions or registrations can be sent any time to very informal camp director, Penny “Pan” Roberts at probertscolo@gmail.com or phone 970 586 1775 or by mail to PO Box 211, Estes Park, Co. 80517.  Spread the word, and we hope to see you there next summer.

Sundial dedication at Meadow Mountain Ranch

 

A special 55th Anniversary Reunion celebration was held during Meadow Mountain Ranch Women’s Week on July 27, 2016 At noon, a new sundial was officially dedicated. The sundial sits on top of the camp’s time capsule and is a generous gift from Alma Hix. Girl Scouts of all ages, along with alumnae, friends, and family, gathered for the ceremony, which was also attended by Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote. The sundial was designed by artist Ted Schaal of Lovelend, Colo. and a new time capsule was installed underneath it. The time capsule will be opened in 2032.

In May of 1960, the Mountain Prairie Girl Scout Council purchased the 200-acre property, which is now known as Meadow Mountain Ranch, from Jack Coffee. The first Girl Scout camp summer season opened on June 25, 1961. Since then, MMR has been enjoyed by thousands of Girl Scouts attending resident camp, troop camp, Women’s Week, “Me & My Guy” events, and many more.

Friends of Mountain Meadow Ranch and members of the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Committee have prepared an official History of Meadow Mountain Ranch. for more information, email probertscolo@gmail.com.

Lots of space left for Women’s Week at MMR – Register today!

There is still room for registrations for Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark, CO on July 25 – 28.  The first meal is lunch on Monday, and last meal is brunch on Thursday.  This is the third year for Women’s Week and this is one of the most fun and rewarding adult events around.  We get to go to camp and work and play like kids again!

Women’s Week is open to any ladies age 18 or older: Former MMR camp staff, troop leaders, GSCO staff, volunteers, parents, friends, co-workers – even gals who have never attended camp before!  Bring your daughter, your neighbor, your granddaughter, or invite a new friend.

Cost is $170.00 for the whole event, including meals and site fees.  Part-time fees can be calculated if needed, at a rate of about $35.00 for a 3-meal group.

The menus this year look wonderful, guided by the expertise of Susan Baker and her young Girl Scout helpers.

Where will we stay? Larkspur, Lyra and Meeker’s Bluff units are open to us.  You can bring a tent if you’d like or an RV if that’s more comfortable.

What will we do? Most anything we want!  If you have programs you’d like to have us offer to you, let us know and we’ll see if we can plan for that.  If you have things you would like to offer to others, let us know that, too, and bring supplies to share.  We will be hiking, singing, cooking, making great crafts, reading stories, flying kites, sleeping out under the stars, and more.  The sky is the limit, really.

Special 55th anniversary mini-reunion on Wednesday, July 27

To celebrate the 55th year of MMR’s establishment in 1961, program on Wednesday will be centered in the lodge, and feature extra-special gourmet-type meals of brunch and dinner.  Cost of that day is only $40.00 for adults, $20.00 for kids under 12.  There will be a camp tour, fabulous campfire, dedication of the new sun dial at the lodge, visit to the Homestead House to see all the new additions there, and plenty of time for photos and visiting.

Some financial aid may be available for any portion of this event; just let us know.

For questions or more information, contact camp director Penny Roberts at probertscolo@gmail.com, or by phone in the evenings at 970-586-1775.  Mail me a check to PO Box 211, Estes Park, CO. 80517.

We hope to see a lot of you at this special opportunity to come to the Colorado High Country!

Last Child Into the Woods – Let’s Get Our Girl Scouts Outside!

Penny Roberts, a member of the Outdoor Programs Committee who also directs three camps as a volunteer director at Meadow Mountain Ranch as a Volunteer Outdoor Program Director recently attended a discussion group at the Estes Public Library on the book Last Child Into the Woods by Richard Louv.

This book, published a few years ago, has been a hot topic of conversation about helping get kids outside and having authentic nature based experiences as an essential part of their development. Here is a report by Penny on what she learned:

Recently, I attended a very interesting and engaging group discussion facilitated by the Estes Park Library about the provocative book, “Last Child in the Woods,” by Richard Louv.  To say that the ideas presented in this book are important and insightful is an understatement, and I would really like to encourage all troops, groups and staff members working in any capacity with the Girl Scouts to read it.  Buy one copy and pass it around to all in your area, and then look to incorporate the ideas presented into many activities with your girls and indeed with all parents, teachers and adults with which your girls have contact. 

Richard Louv presents the idea of “nature deficit disorder,” with the idea that all of us need to spend more time outdoors.  This discussion group’s membership was quite diverse, including younger and older folks, men and women, teachers, students, professionals, retired people and others.  Outdoor education staffers, park service employees, and well-read people from all walks of life were involved, and the discussion was quite wide-ranging and lively.  My report will includes specifics from my notes that give an overview of thoughts presented in the form of a list.

The general discussion topic was divided into 3 more specific topics designed to get our interaction going: 

#1: Reasons why kids aren’t outside

  • Danger/fear/safety issues – including these things passed on to children by adults; latch-key kids and their situations
  • Technology – –  all those devices and gadgets
  • Overscheduled – – school, home, other requirements
  • Family strains, including time & cost constraints
  • Lack of accessible outdoor play areas or knowledge of these
  • Parental conditioning/societal emphases
    • Demands towards competitive sports
    • Demands toward some way to excel
    • Ways to profit from children’s activities
  • Population explosion – lack of green belts
  • Pressures to over-use what we have
  • Need more space person
  • Some kids say they would “rather be in jail than in the outdoors”

#2: Skills Lacking in children today 

  • Problem solving
  • Lack of creativity
  • Orientation/navigation (by a certain time in their young lives)
  • Survival skills
  • Social skills
  • “Coping with boredom”
  • Respect for nature
  • Understanding of interconnectedness
  • Sensual connectedness/sensory skills
  • Identification of organisms – biology, zoology, geology, science in general
  • Out of touch with their own bodies
  • Losing art, music and creative writing
  • Delayed gratification
  • Patience
  • “The journey” of life
  • Male/female differences
  • Extremes of most everything in their lives, lack of ability to “simplify”

#3: Steps to take to overcome challenges in #1 and #2:

  • Spread the word, read the book
  • Vote for nature whenever possible
  • Get involved on all levels – become an activist yourself
  • Learn the ecology of what we are buying and eating (re: food labels, etc.)
  • Publicity
  • Visit urban pocket parks
  • Watch TV shows like “Nature”
  • Personal experiences – i.e., adults sharing their history with children
  • TEACH! MENTOR!
  • Parental Ed / involvement

I am an active member of the Outdoor Program Committee of the Girl Scouts of Colorado and this group is working hard to bring more outdoor programs to all areas of activities for Girl Scouts of all ages.  The ideas presented in this book would lead us to make a general guideline – – give your troop/group/girls get a chance to go outside at least once a month during Girl Scout activities.  Plan for events in all seasons of the year.  Call on us committee members to help you create and organize activities if you need help.  Interconnect with outdoor education groups in your town or area – – – parks, zoos, playgrounds, bike paths, hiking trails, high adventure options, etc.  If adults need encouragement, let’s plan activities to get THEM outdoors as well, so that adults can be turned on by the excitement of the out-of-doors, so that they can pass the legacy on to the girls. 

If you are looking for an organized experience outdoors, this summer we have several Troop Camps planned. Check them out and register here.

Penny leads Troop Camps called Meadow Mountain Ranch Core Camp 1 (7/24-7/27) and Core Camp 2 (7/27-7/30) at Meadow Mountain Ranch . To register your troop, contact Jennifer Hayes “Wally” .

Penny also leads the Meadow Mountain Ranch Women’s Week, a camp for adult women who want to experience the fellowship of camp. (How many times do you think, “I wish I could go to camp!” when you drop your daughter at a camp program?). Women’s Week is 7/20-7/24, contact Penny “Pan” Roberts to register or with your questions.

Learn more about these and many other outdoor options for your girl or troop this summer. Register for GSCO camp programs here. Please contact Outdoor Programs Director Betsy Till or Manager of Outdoor Volunteer Programs Haley Peel for more information.

 

 

 

 

Women’s Week and Core Camp for troops offered in July 2015

Submitted by Penny “Pan” Roberts

Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark, Colorado, will be the site for two very special events in the summer of 2015.

Women’s Week launched for the first time in the summer of 2014, and nearly 45 women from all over the country gathered for three days of fun, food and fellowship. There was such a resounding expression of support, enthusiasm and encouragement that it’s easy to offer it again. This event is open to any adult women, ages 18 and up, in any location, even out of state. It is not necessary to be registered Girl Scouts, just have a love of camping, the Colorado High Country and meeting and having fun with new and old friends. So bring your daughters, friends, neighbors, old camp buddies, GSCO Staff members, or just yourself whether or not you have ever attended camp, or always wanted to!

We most enjoyed playing like we were campers again – – – doing crafts, hiking, experiencing nature activities, singing all times of the day and night, archery, tai chi in the meadow, campfires and most especially, the outdoor cooking. The weather cooperated so we could cook out every single meal and we experimented with old favorites like stick cooking, one-pot meals, bean-hole cooking, and a special chili cook-off! There was even a Coffee Queen who made sure the brew was fresh and hot at all times of the day and evening.

Early morning hikes took us to the top of Vista Spur, a big circle tour acquainted and reacquainted all of us to the larger view of MMR and a few even ventured into Rocky Mountain National Park to see how the old familiar trails, bridges and natural settings had fared following the 2013 floods.

The History Group of GSCO launched a permanent history display in the Homestead House and we also reinstalled the Time Capsule near the lodge for another 25 years.

Core Camp for Troops is being offered for any Girl Scout troop who wishes to have a special experience in Colorado’s High Country. The Women’s Week and other alumnae volunteers will be available to help with program and coverage support if needed. Core Camp used to be offered every summer after resident camp was over, and this provided a time for troops to come up with their leaders, and have special programs offerings by experienced camp staff. We are offering two sessions for flexibility of scheduling, and Core Camp is open to all age groups Brownies through Ambassadors.

Anyone with questions or who needs information can contact the volunteers listed on the flyers at any time. We hope a lot of you can join us to make these events a huge success!

2015 Womens Week publicity flyer

2015 Core Camp publicity flyer

Women’s Week at MMR – Camp for adult Girl Scouts!

When: July 31 – August 4, 2014

Cost $170.00 per person

Registration deadline 7/1/14

Want to go to camp and be a camper again?  This program is open to all adult women:  GSCO staff, former MMR camp staff, leaders, volunteers and their friends.  Bring your favorite program resources and come and play!  The peace and serenity of MMR’s mountain wilderness await you.

What’s included?     Site fees & food.  We will be cooking out most of the time in the units.

Where will we stay?   Meeker’s Bluff & Larkspur units have been reserved for our group.

What program is provided?   Only what we bring ourselves!  If you want to do crafts, bring enough to share.  If you want to take a hike, put up a notice as to when you plan to leave.  If you can offer special programs, like rope’s course or archery, bring your certifications with you.  If you want to lie in the grass in the meadow, fly a kite, paint a picture, sleep out under the stars, sing for hours – – – it’s all there for your enjoyment!

Can we come for only part of the time?  Absolutely, just let us know how many days/meals and we’ll price it out for you accordingly.

(P.S.  No dogs are allowed on the property, and there will  be no horses available for riding.)

THE VERY INFORMAL CAMP DIRECTOR is Penny “Pan” Roberts.
Send your check to P.O. Box 211, Estes Park, Co. 80517 along with your brief personal information, including e-mail, address, phone, etc.  If you don’t mind, please make the check out to Penny Roberts.

Questions:  Call Penny at 970-586-1775 or 970-577-2027.  E-mail is proberts@.larimer.org