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.

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11 Responses to Girl Scout summer camp update

  1. Leader Momma says:

    This is so sad (canceling summer camps) but unfortunately, so necessary, and totally understandable. It is the right decision to make, given all the circumstances. We VERY MUCH appreciate the hard work of the Camp Staff (in the office and at the camps) who work so hard to make sure our precious girls are safe!

  2. Marie Revenew says:

    I agree with Leader Momma. Thank you to all of the staff who so calmly and thoroughly delt with the fires, the parents and the girls. You guys were inspiring to the girl and to us. We’ll be back next year!

  3. It is very sad, but I am proud of the Girl Scouts for being pro-active and really considering the safety of the Girl Scouts. I wish some of the area Boy Scout Councils were as responsive.

  4. Heather McCarthy says:

    As one of the volunteer directors for the Parent/Daughter camp I am indeed saddened because I have so much fun but I am grateful for the right decision. It is difficult to make a decision that make so many sad, however, the safety of the girls and their parents must be our first priority. For those who missed camp this year, we will be back. I will miss the adventure because I have done this camp as a camper and director for over 20 years and it just isn’t summer without it.

  5. Ann says:

    GSCO is wonderful! Thanks so much for making my daughter so happy about her camp experience, even though she was moved from Magic Sky to Sky High and then her Sky High experience was cut a bit short. I feel so sad for those girls that won’t get their camp in this summer. Hopefully next summer turns out a little better!!

  6. Lori says:

    I agree with the above comments! My daughter had a wonderful time while she was at Sky High, and although she doesn’t get to finish, I felt the camp and GSCO was very professional and put the girls first. Thanks for doing such a hard job!

  7. Kim says:

    What are the evacuation provisions from Tomahawk if a fire were to start around there during camp?

    • gscoblog says:

      The safety of our girls is always our top priority. Given the hot, dry conditions statewide, the Girl Scouts of Colorado camp staff has been on high alert all season and prepared to take action when necessary. GSCO has strong emergency action and evacuation plans in place at all of our properties. We are in frequent contact with all local authorities so that we are ready to deal with any fire situation.

  8. Lois K says:

    I am so sad that the camps are cancelled, as I was looking forward to some bonding time with my daughter. But I am so relieved at the same time. I’ve been worried about the fires, the smoke, the impact on the ground, etc. I think it is the best decision, to cancel the camps due to the circumstances, after all we want to keep our kids safe. Thank you for being pro-active. How will the refunds be issued? (We had registered for Camp S’more at Magic Sky)

  9. Nanette Walker Smith says:

    I would like to withrdraw my daughter due to Waldo Canyon fire. We are in pre-evac right now and in the path just north of the Academy. She will be extremely upset, but we don’t feel this is right to risk her safety or our inability to get to her at Sky Ranch if needed. Please advise.

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