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.

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9 Responses to Update: Colorado Wildfires and Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp

  1. As disappointed as my daughter is, thank you for keeping our girls safe!

  2. Stephanie Edwards says:

    I know my Daughters are really concerned for Sky High, I am glad the decision was made so that it isn’t a question. Safety is always a good thing

  3. Julie Poppen says:

    Thanks so much for the update. I have been worried about my daughter who is at Tomahawk this week, but it seems all is well up there. Thanks for being vigilant!

  4. Iris Scruggs says:

    Colorado is in our prayers right now. Please let us know if there is anything that SwKs girl scouts can do to help. We would like to start taking up donations of water etc but dont know where to take them.

  5. Lori says:

    My daughter is supposed to be leaving for camp tomorrow. I can’t beleive that Girl Scouts hasn’t even contacted us and we are finding this out through a blog!

    • gscoblog says:

      We attempted to notify the families of all campers directly before posting to the blog; I’m sorry if we did not have correct contact information for you.

  6. Peg Runyan says:

    Hi Sky High Ranch,
    I worked there in 1976 as the riding director and you have been in my thoughts. Hope you are avoiding the flames as I have fond memories of that camp!
    Peg Runyan

  7. mickilena says:

    glad my girls got rescheduled from Magic Sky to Sky High Ranch and were able to attend 2 weeks ago… we saw the smoke from Springer fire when we dropped them off. Thank you for doing all that you could to keep the campers safe. We’ll continue to pray for relief from this devistating drought and hope for a safe and WET spring/summer next year!

  8. Donna L. Johnson says:

    I worked at Sky High in 2009. I’m so sorry the girls are missing out this year! Thanks to all the firefighters who are doing their best to keep everyone safe.
    — “Nonnie”

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