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Troop Days at Camp: Registration for Winter and Spring is Now Open

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Troop Days at camp in fall 2020 were such a hit that we are excited to offer them for winter and spring! Once again, troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs.

Visit Twisted Pine in Genesee or Hamp Hut in Colorado Springs and spend a half day connecting with your troop and building outdoor skills with programs in archery, teambuilding, guided hikes, and outdoor skills. Programs are available from 9 a.m. – noon or 1 – 4 p.m. Fees are $15/ girl and adults are free.

Visit Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey or Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park and spend a full day with lunch included enjoying the beautiful camp properties! Troops can participate in programs ranging from wizarding magic to barnyard exploration to adventure survival and curious clues! Registration includes cold lunch for all guests, and the opportunity for parents/ caregivers who are driving girls to enjoy refreshments and WiFi in our dining hall while the troop is experiencing and participating in program. Tagalongs/siblings are welcome, however must always be supervised by parent/caregiver and will not be allowed to participate in camp activities. Fees are $45/Girl Scout, free for adults. (Sky High Ranch is also offering a shortened and lower cost Sunday option).

Visit Meadow Mountain Ranch and spend a full day in outdoor exploration programs around the property, building outdoor skills, and hiking through meadows. Parents/caregivers who are driving girls may relax in the lodge while the troop is participating in programs. Lunch is not provided. Fees are $35/girls and free for adults.

Read all about the program options, pricing, and dates here. For more information on the registration process, COVID -19 safety guidelines, and what to expect on program review our Troop Day Programs FAQ’s here.

Questions? Email property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Coming Soon: Meadow Mountain Ranch will soon be available for Girl Scout groups to use for day hikes, and the Nature Trail and accompanying patch program. We are currently monitoring fire conditions in the Meadow Mountain Ranch area, but look for a blog post with the details on how to reserve the Meadow Mountain Ranch Nature Trail when it opens for troop and Girl Scout group use later this month!

NOTE: Given the developing and quickly changing nature of COVID-19 in our communities, GSCO reserves the right to cancel any Troop Day program at any point if there is a concern for the health and safety of staff or participants. Additionally, as we head into the winter season, if the weather makes road travel to camp unsafe or is determined to be unsafe for participants to be outside, we also reserve the right to cancel a program. If we need to cancel a Troop Day program, all registered participants will be given a full refund and we will work with the group leader to reschedule the program.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Resources from Sky High Ranch’s Virtual Spring Camp

Thanks to everyone who has joined us this week for Sky High Ranch’s first-ever VIRTUAL SPRING CAMP! Since Monday, March 16, 2020, camp staff has been posting crafts, STEM projects, and more daily at @sky_high_ranch on Instagram. GSCO has tried to share as much of this content as we could on our other social media channels. If you’re looking for more of this material or just aren’t on social media, click here for the resources we’ve been utilizing during this exciting week.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Bianca Bryant, Woodland Park, “Golden Meadows Dog Park”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Woodland Park had a high rate of obese and unsocialized dogs. After working with the Woodland Park City Council and Parks and Rec Department for two years, the city approved my project and donated a half acre of land. I helped organize meetings with the city to avoid hurdles and the support from my community. I planned a huge grand opening event and I am proud to say in June 2019, Woodland Park now has their first dog park which is helping increase socialization, exercise, and decreasing obesity for humans and their dogs.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

In May of 2017, after I came up with my idea, I started a petition to see how many locals are in support of my dog park. I got more than 600 signatures from all ages. Today, many senior citizens have thanked me for providing them a place where they can go and walk their dog(s). “The dog park has fixed behavioral problems with other dogs without having to go to a training place,” many have said.

Our local animal shelter has also had an increase in adoptions because there is a place to walk dogs. It’s been a huge community success and people tell me every day how happy they are to finally have a safe area to let their dogs be dogs.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

Golden Meadows Dog Park has now been passed to the city as a city public park. The Parks and Rec Department maintains the park checking on it three times a week, along with a group of volunteers called “Friends of Golden Meadows,” which go on a regular basis to help keep this park clean and safe. Recently, Keep Woodland Park Beautiful has also joined in on helping maintain this park for years to come. This park will continue to be used by locals and tourists and maintained by the city and will be sustainable after I go off to college.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

The national link to my project started small by creating a Facebook page, sharing information about Golden Meadows Dog Park and how to keep good health of your pet. We now have more than 350 members on the page.  This dog park was also added to an app called FindingFido. This app finds dog parks and dog friendly activities for tourists or those in the area. Golden Meadows is showing a 4.8 rating after only a few months.

What did you learn about yourself?

This project has helped me come out of my shell. I have learned a lot about public speaking and how impactful I can be to my community and others. I have learned how to organize events and overcome obstacles.  Also, working a lot with other organizations and volunteers in the community helped me learn to not give up when you are passionate about something.  I’ve learned about politics and budgeting. I have learned to delegate and work in groups and ask for help when I need it. My self confidence has grown since I started this project at the age of 15.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Earning my Gold Award has shown me that I am capable of way more than I think. I can accomplish whatever I want if I keep persevering and don’t give up. This project has also taught me that when you have a big problem it is okay to ask for help and delegate which will be important in a future career. I also have learned a lot about leadership, time management, and organization, which is important in becoming successful in the future.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award has really taught me how to solve problems by myself both large and small. Yes, the Silver Award is also important, but with the Silver Award, your whole troop is working on a project and you have more people to fall back on when things don’t go right. With the Gold Award, it really makes you become the true leader you are.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

Earning my Gold Award helped me become a go-getter, innovator, and leader, but a risk-taker too. After being turned down by the city multiple times for a dog park, I left thinking, “Will this dog park even happen?”

I was also concerned about the time I planned for this project to take six months, but it ended up taking two years.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

“Once upon a time: Magical mystery escape room” camp

Submitted by Nicole Harmon

Metro Denver

Aurora

Senior Troop 64393 presents “Once upon a time: Magical mystery escape room” camp featuring a “Fairest of them all ball that lived happily never after” with seven different escape rooms with seven different magical themes, such as Star Wars, Nickelodeon, Harry Potter, Disney, Once Upon A Time, Riverdale, and even a Rick and Morty room for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

Date: April 5- 7, 2019

Location: Sky High Ranch

Price: $85 per girl and $55 per adult

This camp will sell out fast so get your tickets at https://girl-scout-senior-troop-64393-magical-escape-room-camp.cheddarup.com

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Rusty Merill

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Rusty Merill of Woodland Park in the Pikes Peak region was nominated by a GSCO staff member as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Rusty to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I was a girl member for 10 years, started as a Brownie in 1948, and continued through INTERMEDIATES, and Seniors, receiving my Curved Bar award in 1957. I enjoyed Girl Scouting so much, I wanted to continue and share it with other girls.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

Assistant leader to an Intermediate troop, leader of one of the first JUNIOR troops in Jamestown, N.Y in 1963, then was leader of Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior troops, including being the Skipper of Mariner Ship 10 in Newport, R.I. Camping was was kept me in Girl Scouting, so became a camp counselor, unit leader, riding counselor at Tomahawk Ranch, program specialist, program director, and camp director at Girl Scout camps around the U.S. Have also been a Neighborhood Chairperson, Troop Consultant, Council Delegate to local council and national council meetings, and Master Council Trainer and curriculum design, a role I still hold.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

That you learn as much as the girls,  you make hundreds of lifetime friends, and you learn how to be FLEXIBLE and keep your sense of humor even in the middle of a disaster!

What do you hope girls have learned from you? 

That it really IS COOL to be a Girl Scout, no matter your age.  You get to experience wonderful opportunities, make lifetime friends, and learn skills that help you your entire life!

I recently reconnected with a former troop member on Facebook, and renewed a friendship after an absence of over 50 years!

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

G-I was very shy as a young girl, but being in Girl Scouting helped me gain confidence, that has carried over to my adult life. Now I am able to lead a group, teach skills, and speak to a large group.

I.Innovator-I have learned by trial and error, not afraid to learn from my mistakes, and how to be creative, especially in primitive camping, when you realize you don’t always have what you need. We devised an “architectural victory” on a backpacking trip, when we were on a 10 day donkey pack trip and it rained for 7 days, using our creative GS skills.

RISK TAKER-As a Girl Scout, you can be faced with a lot of challenges, either as a girl or adult, but the skills and experiences you learn as a girl or adult Girl Scout, helps you face new things with courage and confidence. I love trying new experiences!

LEADER-In the old program, troop government was the basis of all Girl Scouting, so I learned leadership when I became a PATROL LEADER, and eventually a TROOP PRESIDENT, and a member of the STATEWIDE SENIOR PLANNING BOARD. All these experiences continued to build on my leadership skills which continues in my adult life in and out of Girl Scouting.

As a retired teacher, and a current camp and outdoor professional, all my leadership skills have helped me in my varied careers of teaching, recreation, physical therapy, and above all camping and outdoor skills.
Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: Fran Brown

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Fran Brown of Woodland Park in the Pikes Peak region has been a troop leader for 30 years, in addition to filling many other volunteer roles. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Fran to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I became a Girl Scout volunteer because my most memorable and enjoyable years as a girl were those as a Girl Scout in an intermediate troop with the best leader ever!

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

My volunteer roles as a Girl Scout: 

  • Troop leader for 30 years: Brownies (one year), Juniors (27 years), and Cadettes (two years)
  • Neighborhood/service unit director (10 years)
  • Council trainer (40 years)
  • Leader of a Wider Opportunity
  • Camp cook
  • Many more

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

As a Girl Scout volunteer, I have learned that every girl and woman with the desire and willingness to learn, has the potential for greatness.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

My hope is that every girl that I have interacted with has learned something of value to enrich her life.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

I am a G.I.R.L. as evidenced by the fact that I am proud to be a Girl Scout volunteer following the Girl Scout Promise and Law, with 68 years of experience!

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Summer camps for older girls in 2018

Older girls have lots of leadership opportunities at Tomahawk and Sky High Ranch, like Counselor In Training (CIT) for Seniors entering 10th grade the next fall and Ambassadors or Program Aide for Seniors and Ambassadors at overnight camp. There are also Program Aide and Program Aide Internship Opportunities for girls at day camps throughout the state.

Here are other amazing camps for older girls (Cadette through Ambassador) for the summer of 2018 with GSCO, remember that camp registration opens on January 18 at 9 a.m. This is not an inclusive listing of our camps for older girls, and is subject to change.

NEW! Camp Fury! (watch a video from 2016’s Camp Fury from Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona here: Seniors and Ambassadors, attend this weeklong, Colorado Springs-based firefighting intensive camp for women as a day camp if you live in the area, or an overnight camp if you are from further away. You’ll learn first-hand what it takes to train to be a firefighter, and make friends to last a lifetime while you do it. Contact Anna Danila with any questions.

Cadettes

Adventure Olympics: Are you ready to run across fields like Alex Morgan and tumble like Simone Biles? Events include: the zip line dash, an individual vertical crawl (also known as rock climbing), and a trip with your team to compete in an equestrian event (a one-hour off-site horseback trail ride). Campers will earn their Good Sportsmanship badge.

An Archer’s Quest: Do you want to become the next Sacagawea or Annie Oakley? Learn marksmanship on the archery range, as well as outdoor skills like orienteering, canoeing, zip lining, and shelter building at Sky High Ranch. Campers will earn their Archery badge.

Barn Livin’: A 12-day adventure! Explore Tomahawk’s barnyard and greenhouse. Learn about the small animal farm, animal care, homesteading, crafting, and cooking. Includes two, one-hour off-site horseback trail rides.

Camp Half Blood: Explore the world of Percy Jackson and become a part of an epic quest! Discover your inner hero and develop survival and archery skills that Artemis would be proud of! Navigate by the moon, stars, and constellations, while delving into Greek Mythology. Campers earn the Archery badge.

Camp Wandering Water: What’s the first thing you need for survival (and a little fun)? Water! Start the week learning how to survive on a primitive campsite at Sky High for two to three nights! Hone your basic survival skills, including water purification, orienteering, shelter building, and fire safety. This is a beginner-level backpacking camp. Campers will earn their Primitive Camper badge.

Certified: During the week campers will gain a variety of trainings, verifications, and certifications, including but not limited to, First Aid/CPR certification, archery, hiking, fire-building, woodworking and knife safety verifications, self-defense, survival, and automotive maintenance trainings. Campers will earn their Archery badge.

The Dark Side: Take over camp at night by learning the secrets of our universe. Stay up with the stars and sleep in late. Create your own lightsaber and master Darth mind tricks! Host an EXTREME nighttime party! Campers will earn their Night Owl badge.

Deep Blue Sea: At this water-based traveling camp, dive into a liquid adventure and have fun in the sun. You’ll try water-related sports and activities, make crafts, visit the barn, take a nature hike, roast s’mores around the campfire and more! Includes off-camp trips to destinations, such as local pools and lakes.

Designers: Create works of art through fashion, woodworking, cooking, and more. Try your hand at upcycling to repurpose old objects into something new.

District 14: Ensure that the odds are in your favor by honing your archery skills and learning new ones, such as canoeing and zip lining. Campers will earn their Good Sportsmanship badge.

Dragon Legends: Envision camp through your own lens while you role-play your way through Sky High! Learn what it takes to write a script, develop a plot, and how to roleplay with others. Campers will earn their Screenwriter badge.

The Force: The force in strong with this camp. Gain skills to become a master camper! Practice self-defense, strengthen your skills at target sports, navigate the dark by the stars, focus and relax the mind and body through yoga, and be a part of an epic space adventure!

Girl v Zombie: Join our training camp to prep for the unthinkable. Learn self-defense techniques, gain survival skills, create a disaster kit, and develop your archery abilities. Campers will earn their Archery badge.

H2O: A 12-day adventure. For this water-based traveling camp, dive into a liquid adventure and have fun in the sun. Go stand-up paddle-boarding, white water rafting, relax lake-side and poolside, learn to fish, bask in the sun, and more. Includes off-camp trips to water destinations, such as pools, rivers, and lakes.

Intro to Cowgirl Mountain: Ready for the most amazing rustic horse pack out camping experience ever?! Join us as we head to Bear Basin Ranch in the Wet Mountains located near Westcliffe for an exciting horse-filled adventure! This is for novice riders who have limited experience with horses. Campers will earn their Trailblazing badge.

Iron Chef: A 12-day adventure. Prepare yourself for this EPIC cooking competition! Girls will gain outdoor cooking techniques and then battle other teams for the title of “Team Master Chefs” and will earn their New Cuisine badge.

Magical Mayhem: A three-day camp sampler! You’ve been accepted to the most mystical and magical part of Sky High Ranch! Come ready for mischief and mayhem while you learn to fly down the zip line, make your own enchanted cape, become a water Quidditch pro, and create your own potions and spells!

Old Western: Welcome to the 1800’s! Find your inner cowgirl who braves the wild wild west. Learn animal tracking, archery, and make tools from sticks and stones. Learn to make butter and ice cream with ingredients from our Greenhouse.

Outpost: A 12-day adventure! Develop your camping skills such as outdoor cooking, orienteering, shelter building, fishing, and backpacking. Campers will spend multiple nights in an off-site, primitive camp site setting up their own tents, cooking their own meals, and hiking. Campers will earn their Trailblazing badge.

Pioneers: A 12-day adventure. Welcome to the 1800’s! Learn to cook over a fire and use fruit to make jams and pies. Learn to cure your own jerky and make butter. Go off-site fishing, collect eggs from our barn, and feed the pigs kitchen ‘slop’. Campers will earn their Woodworker badge.

Pond Hoppers: Your first canoe trip! Practice your skills at camp, then head out for a one- to two-night trip. This camp includes zip line, low ropes, and more! Campers will earn their Trailblazer badge.

Ranch Hands: Could you have been a pioneer in the Old West? Turn back time and learn the basics of homesteading. Spend your days caring for the farm animals and tending the garden. Includes an hour long, off-site horseback trail ride. Campers will earn their Animal Helpers badge.

Rock It! Campers will rock climb at Crash Landing, and learn how to belay. When you’re not out scaling rocks, you will have a chance to rock out on the dance floor and experience our zip line. Rock climbing will be led by certified rock climbing guides. Campers will earn their Trailblazing badge.

Story Tellers: Calling all storytellers! Do you have characters and ideas that need to be heard? Practice your artistic skills by painting, drawing, scrapbooking, and more to build your stories. Campers will earn their Book Artist badge.

Survivor: Practice advanced camping, survival skills, fire-building, and outdoor cooking techniques. Learn the foods best for survival, knife safety, and knot tying. Build shelters to sleep in and test the elements. Put your skills to the test by enduring the wilderness in survival challenges.

TR Bellas: A 12-day adventure! Choreograph your very own ensemble. Re-invent the Tomahawk song or create a new one for all to learn. Hold auditions and host a talent show. Develop a sisterhood among your cabin mates and practice your perfect pitch.

Water Fillies: Sometimes a cowgirl just loves to cool off from a day at the barn with a dip in the pond! Split your time between splashing around at the pond and taking care of our animals at the barn. This camp includes a one-hour off-site horseback ride. Campers will earn their Trailblazing badge.

Zip Life: For thrill seekers only! Are you ready for an adrenaline rush? You will get plenty of it on Sky High’s zip line. Weather permitting, you will zip every day. After you find your groove on the zip line, challenge yourself a little more. Campers will earn their Trailblazer badge.

Seniors and Ambassadors

Adventure Olympics: Are you ready to run across our fields like Alex Morgan and tumble like Simone Biles? Events include: the zip line dash, an individual vertical crawl (also known as rock climbing), and a trip with your team to compete in an equestrian event (a one-hour off-site horseback trail ride). Campers will earn their Cross-Training (Senior), Ultimate Recreation Challenge (Ambassador) badge.

Cowgirl Mountain Adventure: A 9-day adventure! Join us with Bear Basin Pack Trips for a trail ride or two out on the ranch in the Wet Mountains located near Westcliffe, CO before heading out on a three-day horse pack out trip! Before heading back to Sky High, spend a day white-water rafting down one of our amazing Colorado rivers! Campers will earn their Adventurer (Senior) or Ultimate Recreation Challenge (Ambassador) badge.

Dream Team: A 12-day adventure! Create a camp experience especially designed for you and your friends! Activities may include: horseback riding, pool adventures, archery, outdoor cooking, hiking, creating crafts, participating in sports, campouts, stargazing, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, spa nights, and even venture off camp for the fun opportunities which may arise (these trips are girl-planned)!

Expedition Wild! A 12-day adventure! The ultimate off-site adventure camping trip. Traveling, trekking, river trips, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, and many other activites (Find the full list on the OffTheGridGuru survival site)! This trip is off-site camping for 9 nights. Campers will earn their Ultimate Recreation Challenge badge.

Grit, Grace and a Mouse: Tomahawk campers love being imaginative. Pirates, heroes, heroines, space explorers, princesses, mice, ducks, villains, and every character in between! Spend the week with us dressing up in costume, braving your skills at archery, hiking to Totey Pride Rock, searching for Tomahawk treasure, exploring the stars, learning to waltz in a favorite ball gown and SO much more! Gain grit, grace and celebrate the best mouse around! Campers will stay in a cabin with equipped bathrooms and showers. Campers will earn their Archery badge.

Mountain Wheelers: What do you get when you cross a mountain bike with a scooter and a skateboard? A Diggler! Be ready to tackle Sky High’s terrain like you would on a mountain bike and carve turns as if you were on a skateboard! Campers will earn their Cross-Training (Senior) or Ultimate Recreation Challenge (Ambassador) badge.

Pinterest: Are you a crafty, DIY guru? Do you have so many boards on Pinterest you can’t keep them straight?! Then spend a week at camp trying everything you’ve ever wanted to explore – from woodworking and leather, to painting and crochet. Campers will earn their Outdoor Art Expert (Senior), or Outdoor Art Master (Ambassador) badge.

SHR Canoe Expedition: A 9-day adventure! The ultimate flatwater canoeing adventure for experienced canoers (must have basic paddling certification or equivalent). During this nine-day camp, we will spend the first few days at camp refreshing our skills and packing our bags for a six-day, out of state trip. Campers will earn their Padding (Senior) or Ultimate Recreation Challenge (Ambassador) badge.

Rock It! Campers will rock climb at Crash Landing, and learn how to belay. When you’re not out scaling rocks, you will have a chance to rock out on the dance floor and experience our zip line. Rock climbing will be led by certified rock climbing guides. Campers will earn their Adventurer (Senior), or Survival Camper (Ambassador) badge.

Rustic Whitewater Adventure: This adventure isn’t for the faint of heart! Be prepared for an epic journey along the hidden trails in Colorado! You’ll strap on your backpack with all of your gear and food, and head out on the trail for a 3- to 4- night adventure. This journey culminates with a whitewater rafting trip down one of Colorado’s beautiful rivers! Campers should be prepared to carry a pack that weighs approximately 25% of their body weight and hike 5-7 miles per day. Campers will earn their Adventure Camper (Senior) or Survival Camper (Ambassador) badge.

 

 

Welcome all to Sky High Ranch’s Rededication Ceremony!

SHR rededication

Join us in the Sky High Ranch rededication celebration on May 24th at 2pm following the Sky High Ranch Open House! We will be celebrating a wonderful camp that has touched so many lives. Everyone is welcome: alumnae, staff, camper families old and new!

There will be a ribbon cutting, cake and all kinds of Sky High history and memorabilia. Be sure to bring a camping chair to ensure you’ve got a seat!

Come help us celebrate Sky High’s return to resident camp whether it’s been a part of your life for a long time, or you’re brand new and want to see what adventures camp has in store for you!

Update: Colorado Wildfires and Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp

Updates for 6/27 in BOLD

The wildfires in Colorado are continuing to cause concern for Girl Scouts of Colorado at several of our properties. After consulting with local fire departments and sheriffs and based on the current fire conditions and taking a cautious approach with girl safety, Girl Scouts of Colorado has made the following camp decisions:

  • The 2012 resident camp season this summer at Sky High Ranch is cancelled due to worsening conditions with the Waldo Canyon Fire on June 26 and indefinitely-continued risk.
  • Troop camping at Sky High Ranch is cancelled through August, 2012.
  • The status of troop camping at Sky High Ranch for September and beyond will be decided by July 31, 2012.
  • Troop camping at Hamp Hut is cancelled through August, 2012 due to the Garden of the Gods Park closure and risk from the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • The status of troop camping at Hamp Hut in September and beyond will be dependent on the status of Garden of the Gods Park and the conditions with the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • The 2012 resident camp season this summer at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled due to worsening conditions over the weekend of June 22 and indefinitely continued risk. We are sorry that the property will not reopen on July 8 as we had hoped.
  • Troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled through August, 2012.
  • The status of troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch for September and beyond will be decided by July 31, 2012.
  • Full refunds of paid camper fees will be provided within 30 days for cancelled sessions. (Grants will not be refunded.)
  • Evacuated Sky High girls who were scheduled for the 12-day session will receive a 50% refund.
  • If a refund is forthcoming and payment was made by Cooke Credit, the credits will be refunded with an expiration date of December, 2014. Credits can be used for another GSCO leadership experience, events, merchandise or camp next year.
  • Unfortunately, there are no additional resident camp opportunities available this summer, due to the volume of camp cancellations statewide.
  • As of now, there are no changes in programming at other GSCO properties, including Tomahawk Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Lazy Acres, Twisted Pine and Kiwa Korral.

These decisions are extremely disappointing for Girl Scouts in Colorado as well as our staff. In addition to the safety concerns, these decisions were made so that families can plan their summer schedules and camp staff can know the status of their employment.

Girl Scout summer camp update

The wildfires in Colorado are continuing to cause concern for Girl Scouts of Colorado at several of our properties. After consulting with local fire departments and sheriffs and based on the current fire conditions and taking a cautious approach with girl safety, Girl Scouts of Colorado has made the following camp decisions:

  • The 2012 resident camp season this summer at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled due to worsening conditions over the weekend of June 22 and indefinitely continued risk. We are sorry that the property will not reopen on July 8 as we had hoped.
  • Troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch is cancelled through August, 2012.
  • The status of troop camping at Magic Sky Ranch for September and beyond will be decided by July 31, 2012.
  • Sky High Ranch sessions scheduled for June 29 to July 1 as well July 1 through 3, 2012 are cancelled due to the risk from the Waldo Canyon Fire and related road closures.
  • The status of Sky High Ranch sessions scheduled for July 8 and beyond will be decided on July 2, 2012.
  • Camping at Hamp Hut is cancelled through June 30, 2012 due to the Garden of the Gods Park closure and risk from the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • The status of troop camping at Hamp Hut in July and beyond will be dependent on the status of Garden of the Gods Park and the conditions with the Waldo Canyon Fire.
  • Full refunds of paid camper fees will be provided within 30 days for cancelled sessions. (Grants will not be refunded.)
  • Evacuated Sky High girls who were scheduled for the 12-day session will receive a 50% refund.
  • If a refund is forthcoming and payment was made by Cooke Credit, the credits will be refunded with an expiration date of December, 2014. Credits can be used for another GSCO leadership experience, events, merchandise or camp next year.
  • Unfortunately, there are no additional resident camp opportunities available this summer, due to the volume of camp cancellations statewide.
  • As of now, there are no changes in programming at other GSCO properties, including Tomahawk Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Lazy Acres, Twisted Pine and Kiwa Korral.

These decisions are extremely disappointing for Girl Scouts in Colorado as well as our staff. In addition to the safety concerns, these decisions were made so that families can plan their summer schedules and camp staff can know the status of their employment.