Girl Scouts of Colorado’s property challenges and creative solutions

Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) has nine camps/rental properties that are amazing assets but that also cost the council money every single day. Our fixed overhead costs include utilities, care and maintenance, water, insurance staff and other expenses.

  • Currently GSCO property occupancy and revenues are low, not coming anywhere near covering our costs.
  • GSCO is facing a $650,000 revenue shortfall due to closing Magic Sky Ranch and Sky High Ranch resident camp sessions this summer in the wake of devastating wildfires.
  • Nationally, both inside and outside of Girl Scouts, participation in resident camp programs is on a declining trend.
  • The popularity of volunteer and staff-led troop camp and family camp is increasing.

So what are we going to do about these challenges? We’re going to offer programs that match what people want to do and get more members and friends to enjoy these beautiful properties! Girl Scouts of Colorado is committed to being careful stewards of our resources on behalf of the girls we serve. We are being responsive to the circumstances we face and the trends in the industry. We’re committed to diversifying and increasing our property revenue streams. We must do this to preserve the quality and service of our leadership programs for girls.

Girl Scout councils around the country are facing similar challenges, and many have had to sell properties to help alleviate financial pressures. That’s not what we want to do. Girl Scouts of Colorado is trying other solutions to more strategically and creatively use our property resources.

Effective October 15, all GSCO properties are open for use by our members and families as well as other groups and organizations. If there is not an existing Girl Scout camp in session or reservation, properties will be available for others to rent and enjoy. Our properties can accommodate family reunions, trainings, outdoor education, retreats, weddings and more. We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time relaxing at our wonderful properties. Visit the property section of our website to learn more.

About Stephanie Foote, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Colorado

I am dedicated to helping young women find their path to leadership. I am excited to serve Girl Scouts in Colorado on this journey.
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