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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 more! 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.

Woodland Park Girl Scout Juniors complete Bronze with Ronald McDonald House projects

Submitted by Amy DeLarm
Troop 255

Girl Scout Juniors Troop 255 of Woodland Park, recently completed their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn. The Bronze Award requires the girls to express their leadership and planning skills as they follow through on their selected project, which is aimed at benefiting the community. Troop 255 demonstrated its commitment to helping others and helping the community by working with the Ronald McDonald House of Colorado Springs, which is a nonprofit organization that provides a home away from home for families whose children are seriously ill and hospitalized. Troop 255 has been working with the Ronald McDonald House since Daisies by collecting pop tops.

Troop 255 are group of wonderful, adventurous, young leaders and they are: Taylor A., Hanna C., Saralyn C., Ashley D., Tess K., Jaclyn K., Emily H., Maia P., Autumn P., Tabatha R. and Reagan W.

Starting in November 2010, the girls began learning about different types of wood for building and built five flower boxes that are now placed on the front porch and walkway leading into the Ronald McDonald House. In conjunction with earning their sewing badge and using a sewing machine, for many the first time, Troop 255 made care packages for the children who are staying in the house while their sibling is in the hospital. The girls then also hand-sewed teddy bears to match their care packages and stuffed the packages with handmade activity books and toys to help keep the children occupied. Working side by side with their elementary schools, Columbine and Gateway in Woodland Park, a donation drive was set up every morning for one week at their schools. Troop 255 collected more than $

500 in toiletry items, food items and cleaning supplies for the house. A 4’x3’ mural was designed, drawn and painted by all of the girls and depicted a scene of “Wishes of Hope and Love” that now hangs and brightens a hallway of the family living quarters at the house. On April 30, 2011, Troop 255 delivered all of these items, plus 25 pounds of pop tops, to the Ronald McDonald House and hosted a dinner for the families and volunteers of the house complete with a baked ziti dinner, table decorations and music.

Way to go Troop 255! You all are awesome!