- Scouting in Colorado
Scouting in Colorado has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the rugged, mountainous environment in which they live.
Early history (1910-1950)
The Colorado Springs Council was founded in 1916, and in 1922 changed its name to the El Paso and Teller Counties Council. That council in 1925 changed its name to Pikes Peak Council, which it remains to this day. Pikes Peak Council is home to the oldest continually-chartered troop in the state of Colorado, Troop 2, originally chartered to Colorado Springs' First Presbyterian Church in October, 1917.
The Greeley Council was founded in 1916, and in 1924 changed its name to the Weld and Morgan Counties Council. That council in 1928 changed its name to Longs Peak Council, which it remains to this day. The Fort Collins Council and Longmont Council, each founded in 1917, merged in 1919 into what is now the Longs Peak Council. The Boulder Council, also created in 1917, was merged in to the Council in 1920. The Southeastern Wyoming Council of Cheyenne merged into Longs Peak Council in 1928.
The Trinidad-Las Animas County Council, founded in 1917, changed its name to the Las Animas County Council in 1924. This and the Arkansas Valley Council, founded in 1924, merged in 1927 to become the Spanish Peaks Council. The Pueblo Council was founded in 1920, and in 1928 changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Council, which it remains to this day. The Spanish Peaks Council merged into Rocky Mountain Council in 1932.
The Western Colorado Council was founded in 1942, and is one of the very few councils that have not undergone a namechange or merger in their entire history.
Recent history (1950-1990)
In 1952, a Capital Fund Campaign was held to raise money for a new camp, Tomahawk Ranch.
Pikes Peak Council served as host to the 1960 National Scout Jamboree, held north of Colorado Springs adjacent to the United States Air Force Academy, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America.
Scouting in Colorado today
The first National Wider Opportunity for Senior Girl Scouts, "Recall the Riches restore the Ruins," was held in Central City in 1973. In 1979, "Sky Hi Ski," a National Wider Opportunity, was held at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch near Granby and a Senior Girl Scout troop from Mile Hi Council participates in the opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid.
As of October 1, 2007, all Girl Scouts from the state are joined as Girl Scouts of Colorado Council.
Denver Area Council
Denver Area Council Headquarters Denver, Colorado Country United States Founded 1915 Membership 61,057 youth in 2010 President C. David Kikumoto Council Commissioner James E. Blair Scout Executive/CEO John G. Cabeza Website
The Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and supports Scouting units and youth in an area of central Colorado from Arapahoe and Adams Counties east to the Continental Divide.
For traditional units, the council is split into districts related by geography. These districts are:
- Arapahoe — Serving Sheridan, Littleton, Englewood, Roxborough, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills, western Centennial and Highlands Ranch
- Centennial — Serving Aurora, Green Valley Ranch, Bennett, Strasburg, Byers, Deer Trail, Center, eastern Centennial, Foxfield and unincorporated Arapahoe County
- Frontier — Serving Denver County
- Gateway — Serving North Jefferson, Gilpin, Clear Creek and Broomfield Counties
- Pioneer Trails — Serving Elbert, Elizabeth, Kiowa, Franktown, Castle Rock, Sedalia, Louviers, Larkspur and Parker
- Timberline — Serving Jefferson, Park and parts of Clear Creek Counties
- Valley — Serving Adams County
The Pioneer Trails District is a new district, formed in 2004. It broke off from the Arapahoe District, which was deemed by the council to be too large.
The council, also, has non-geographic districts to support non-traditional programs operated by the council. These districts are:
- Venturing — Serving all young men and women ages 14–20
- Summit — In-school traditional Scouting in Denver County and our Soccer in Scouting program
- Learning for Life — Serving youth in Denver
- Special Needs — Serving youth with disabilities throughout the Metropolitan Area
- Exploring — Serving ages 14–21 in career exploration in the Denver Metropolitan Area
Programs and activities
Big Horn National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is a weeklong youth oriented leadership training experience held for five weeks during the summer.
The Denver Area Council operates camps in two locations in Colorado. The primary camp, Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, is located in Elbert, Colorado. The second, smaller camp, is Camp Tahosa, located near Nederland, Colorado.
Tahosa High Adventure Base
Camp Tahosa is a camp near Ward, Colorado, serving the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. It was the primary camp for the Denver area until the later 1970s, when it was shut down because of damage caused by environmental factors. It was replaced by Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. The camp was recently re-opened as a high adventure base. The High Adventure Treks from Camp Tahosa lead Scouts into the adjacent forest.
Tahosa is home to six separate camping programs, Alpine Adventure, Tahosa Trek, OKPIK, The Challenge (COPE), Big Horn National Youth Leadership Training and EaglePoint.
Alpine Adventure is a six night mountaineering adventure in the high country of Colorado, combining the training facilities of Tahosa High Adventure Base with the lakes and vistas of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. The Scout will be members of a 12-person team, learning and applying skills to conquer the strenuous challenges of the program in a dynamic mountain environment.
Tahosa Trek was started in 1995 to provide a basic knowledge of backpacking/low impact camping, the program now offers more advanced training and longer, customized treks for the units of the Boy Scouts of America.
Okpik is a weekend extreme winter camping experience design to train Scouts in winter survival.
The Challenge is part of the Project COPE program that encourages youth and adults to expand mental creativity, increase physical abilities, promote leadership skills and instill personal confidence.
EaglePoint is the newest addition to Tahosa. Founded in 2000 at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, EaglePoint is a troop run camp with access to the Tahosa High Adventure Base facilities. With a small staff, troops can build their own schedule and do whatever they would like for their week at camp. This program had a predecessor that started as early as 1991 called Eagle Quest.
Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch
Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch is the main camping location of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The camp, built in the 1960s by the Army Corps of Engineers, was a replacement to the original camp, Camp Tahosa. The camp is located just outside of Elbert, Colorado.
Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch is home to three separate camps: Camp Cris Dobbins; Camp Cortlandt Dietler; and Magness Adventure Camp. Like Tahosa, Peaceful Valley also hosted a troop-run camp also called EaglePoint; however, as of 2009, EaglePoint is defunct at the Peaceful Vally location (the EaglePoint program at Tahosa is still active, though). Additionally, in 2005, the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council acquired a large section of land adjacent to Peaceful Valley, and is looking to develop a fourth camp on this recent acquisition, called Camp Gates.
Facilities include the Travis Shooting Sports Facility, which contains an Olympic shotgun shooting range, the Gates Aquatic Center, a horse corral, BB Gun range, two lakes, and the four above mentioned camps.
Camp Cris Dobbins is the flagship camp of Peaceful Valley. The camp is home to The Travis Shooting Facility, which includes an Olympic shotgun range, the million dollar Gates Aquatic Center, a dining hall, and over twenty campsites. The camp, with a capacity of around 600 campers, offers dozens of merit badges and programs for scouts of all ages.
Camp Dietler, founded in 1988 by William Eck, is a patrol style summer camp experience. While merit badges are offered, the main focus is on the patrol method. This is carried out through patrol cooking, events determined by the patrol leader's council, and several high adventure outposts. The camp is named for Cortlandt Dietler, who donated the money to build the camp commissary.
Magness Adventure Camp is the Denver Area Council's Cub Scouting camp. The camp has three shelters, each with a campsite housing eighty tents. The program includes lake activities, a BB Gun range, an archery range, recently added a slingshot paint ball range and a tower that overlooks Elbert County. The camp is also available for rental by outside groups, and is often frequented by groups such as Denver's High School ROTC and girls groups from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Founded in 2000, EaglePoint is a troop run camp with access to the Peaceful Valley facilities. With a small staff, troops can build their own schedule and do whatever they would like for their week at camp. However, in 2009, the program is no longer at Peaceful Valley, it has been moved to a new location at Tahosa Scout Camp.
Great Southwest Council
The Great Southwest Council serves the Durango and Mesa Verde areas of Colorado, and includes Cascade Boy Scout Camp on the National Register of Historic Places.
Longs Peak Council
Longs Peak Council Owner Boy Scouts of America Headquarters Greeley, Colorado Country United States
Longs Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America is headquartered in Greeley, Colorado. Named after the tallest peak in the council territory, Longs Peak Council serves Scouting youth in northeastern Colorado north of Denver, southeastern Wyoming and the panhandle of western Nebraska, and is chartered by BSA to organize, extend, support, and control the Scouting program within its exclusive territory. The WyoBraska Council of Scottsbluff merged into the Longs Peak Council in 1973.
As with Pikes Peak Council, there is officially no apostrophe in the name, due to a ruling about the mountain itself by the Board on Geographic Names.
The council's territory is divided into nine geographic districts:
- Cache La Poudre District
- Frontier District
- High Plains District
- Indian Peaks District
- Mountain View District
- Rocky Mountain District
- High Altitude District
- Three Rivers District
- Tri-Trails District
Ben Delatour Scout Ranch
Encompassing 3,200 acres (13 km2) at 7200 to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) in elevation, Ben Delatour Scout Ranch  at Red Feather Lakes, Colorado is operated by the Longs Peak Council BSA and includes four Scout Camps:
- Camp Jack Nicol Cub Scout Camp
- Camp Charles Jeffrey Boy Scout Camp (dining hall)
- Soaring Eagle Boy Scout Camp at Camp Ruth Coffin (patrol cooking and western theme)
- Elkhorn High Adventure Base.
Program areas on the Boy Scout Camps include Rock Climbing on some of the many peaks in the camp, C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience), Shooting Sports, Scout Skills, Handicraft, and Nature Studies. Elkhorn High Adventure Base provides backpacking on BDSR and in nearby National Forest areas in several levels of challenge.
Ben Delatour Scout Ranch includes summer camp and year-round camping, with an altitude about 2100 m (6800 ft).
Chimney Park Scout Camp
Chimney Park Boy Scout Camp is located in the Snowy Range Mountains, approximately 33 miles (53 km) west of Laramie, Wyoming on US HWY 230 and just about 6.4 miles (10.3 km) west of Woods Landing, Wyoming. The approximate coordinates for the cabin are 41° 4' 19.78" N 106° 6' 29.2" W (NAD83/WGS84)
Chimney Park Boy Scout Camp offers year-round camping, especially winter camps, at an altitude about 2700 m (9,000 ft). The winter snow depth varies typically from 30 to 150 cm (1 to five feet), and the winter daytime high temperatures varies typically from -9 to +7 °C (+15 to +45 °F) The winter nighttime low temperatures vary typically from -26 to 0 °C (-15 to +32 °F). A lodge with stove and fireplace are available. Lodge use must be reserved through the Longs Peak Council Office. There is a usage fee. See http://www.longspeakbsa.org/camps/ChimneyPark/ for more information.
Camp Laramie Peak
Camp Laramie Peak, at the base of Black Mountain near Wheatland, Wyoming, offers summer camp and year-round camping.
Camp Patiya, near Boulder, Colorado, offers year-round camping.
Kola Lodge #464, chartered in 1951, serves 457 Arrowmen as of 2004. The totem of this Lodge is the Fire of Friendship centered in a gray arrowhead with a red feather in the background, and the name translates to "Friend" in the Lakota language. In 1973, Kola Lodge absorbed Wiyaka Luta #403 of the Wyo-Braska Council.
Pikes Peak Council
The Pikes Peak Council (60) of the Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Named after the most famous peak in the council territory, upon which 'America the Beautiful' was written, Pikes Peak Council provides Scouting to youth in east-central Colorado, including Park, Teller, El Paso, Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson and Cheyenne Counties.
As with Longs Peak Council, there is officially no apostrophe in the name, due to a ruling about the mountain itself by the Board on Geographic Names.
On board the Space Shuttle Challenger when it disintegrated in 1986 was an American flag that was sponsored by Troop 514 of Monument, Colorado. When the Challenger wreckage was retrieved from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, this flag was found, sealed in a plastic bag, intact and completely unscathed.
The council camp, Camp Alexander, is located in the Elevenmile Canyon in the Pike National Forest approximately 45 miles (72 km) west of Colorado Springs, and two miles (3 km) south of Lake George, in Park County, was donated in 1946 by J. Don Alexander of the Alexander Film Company. There are a series of Burma Shave-style signs on the main road into camp, each sign having one of the points of the Scout Law. Camp Alexander is between 8200 and 8,600 feet (2,600 m) elevation. The camp area consists of hills, low mountains, and valleys covered by a mix of Ponderosa pine forests, high-altitude grasslands, and wetland vegetation along the lake and stream.
Districts of the Pikes Peak Council
- Frontier District (Serves Colorado Springs School District 11)
- High Plains District (Serves Falcon School District 49 and points east to the Kansas border including the communities of Limon, Burlington and Cheyenne Wells)
- Jamboree District (Serves Academy School District 20 and Lewis-Palmer School District 38)
- Ute District (Serves Harrison School District 2, Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 and Widefield School District 3)
In July 2005, Pikes Peak Council moved from its four-decade home downtown to a temporary location in northeast Colorado Springs until the council's new headquarters at the intersection of I-25 and Fillmore Street was finished in July 2008, to account for the demographic and geographic shift of Colorado Springs. The vacated original building became the home of Sario, a Lions Club project.
- Ray Ryerson 1940 - 1973
- Loren Swenson 1973 - 1993
- James Winkler 1993 - 1995
- Ross Harrop 1995 - 2004
- Ian Lilien 2004 - 2008
- Dustin Shaver 2008–present
Ha-Kin-Skay-A-Ki Lodge #387, chartered in 1948, serves 743 Arrowmen as of 2004. The lodge totem is a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and the name is said to translate to "Great Horned Goat of the Mountain" but does not specify the language or dialect. Until 1953, the lodge was simply known as Pike's Peak Lodge.
Rocky Mountain Council
The Rocky Mountain Council (63) of the Boy Scouts of America is headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado, and provides program services to over 100 chartered partner organizations, delivering Scouting to more than 4,600 youth through 167 Scout units in 19 counties of Southern Colorado, including Pueblo, Fremont, Crowley, Kiowa, Prowers, Bent, Otero, Baca, Las Animas, Costilla, Conejos, Mineral, Rio Grande, Alamosa, Saguache, Huerfano, Custer, Lake and Chaffee Counties.
Rocky Mountain Council is home to La Junta's Koshare Indian Museum, regarded as one of the finest collections of Native American artifacts in the world. The Museum sponsors a Scout troop of dancers, the Koshare Indian Dancers, members of Boy Scout Troop 232 and Venturing Crew 2230, founded in 1933 by J. F. Burshears who have become recognized worldwide, for their interpretive Indian dancing.
- Cuerno Verde District
- High Mountain District
- Pioneer Trails District
Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base
Located near Poncha Springs, formerly Packard High Adventure Base.
San Isabel Scout Ranch
Located near San Isabel.
Tupwee Gudas Gov Youchiquot Soovep Lodge
Tupwee Gudas Gov Youchiquot Soovep Lodge #536, chartered in 1958, serves 117 Arrowmen as of 2004. The lodge totem is a Populus tremuloides or Rocky Mountain quaking aspen. Also known as Tupwee Lodge, its rather long name refers to its totem in the Ute language. The name means land of the quaking aspens.
Western Colorado Council
The Western Colorado Council (64) of the Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1942, and is headquartered in Grand Junction, Colorado. Western Colorado Council serves over 4,000 youth members and over 1,000 volunteer leaders through Scout units in fifteen counties of northwestern Colorado.
- Grand Mesa District serves Mesa County, and also hosts the council office
- Majestic Mountain District serves Hinsdale, Gunnison, Ouray, San Miguel, Montrose and Delta counties, a geographic area approximately the same size as the state of Connecticut
- Northwest Mountain District serves Moffat, Routt, Grand, and Rio Blanco counties
- Three Rivers District serves Garfield, Eagle, Summit, and Pitkin (but not Lake) counties
Mic-O-Say Lodge 541
Mic-O-Say Lodge #541, chartered in 1959, serves 168 Arrowmen as of 2004. The lodge totem is an eagle. Prior to 1960 there was not an Order of the Arrow Lodge (OA) serving Western Colorado Council (WC-C). The Council honor camping organization had previously been the Tribe of Mic-O-Say (MOS) (also existing in some Councils in Kansas and Missouri) which had been founded by H. Roe Bartle. However with the arrival of a new WC-C Scout Executive, a decision was made to discontinue MOS and replace it with an OA lodge which was officially recognized by the BSA. As a compromise, the lodge was allowed to retain the name "Mic-O-Say" and to continue some of the MOS insignia and traditions. The traditional MOS Eagle Claws were permitted to be worn by youth and adult members suspended from a French braid spiral lanyard in the tribal official red, white and blue craftstrip colors.
The Western Colorado Council has closed their former camp, and is working on getting a new camp.
Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch
The Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch (SPSR) is located near Walsenburg, Colorado and borders the Spanish Peaks Wilderness. It is a local council camp of the Santa Fe Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America based out of Garden City, Kansas. The camp gives program geared toward outdoor education such as wilderness backpacking, climbing, and outdoor skills.
Girl Scouting in Colorado
In 1955, $600 was raised to help restore Juliette Low's birthplace. In 1959, the Girl Scouts of Metro Denver council name changed to Girl Scouts-Mile Hi Council, which remained the name until 2007. In 1967, troops for girls with special needs were started at Fletcher Miller School and at Fort Logan.
International Girl Scout gatherings named Senior Roundups were held every three years from 1956 until 1965. The National Girl Scouts of the USA Roundup was held from July 3 to July 12, 1959, adjacent to the site of the then-new United States Air Force Academy north of Colorado Springs, attended by 10,000 girls.
Oldest living GSUSA Girl Scout
The oldest living Girl Scout was Marianne Elser Crowder, born in Colorado Springs in April 1906. She joined the Wagon Wheel Council Troop 4 in 1918 and got her Golden Eaglet, which was then the GSUSA highest award. She later operated her own dance studio in Colorado Springs and headed the dance department at Colorado College before moving to Menlo Park, California in 1939. The Wagon Wheel Council named Crowder the nation's oldest Girl Scout after it conducted a nationwide search and sifted through council archives.
Girl Scouts of Colorado
The Girl Scouts of Colorado was formed in 2007 by a realignment of the five councils that had been serving the state, and the incorporation of nine counties that were previously served by councils in border states. The five previous Colorado councils were Mile Hi (Denver), Wagon Wheel (Colorado Springs), Columbine (Pueblo), Mountain Prairie (Fort Collins), Chipeta (Grand Junction); and the eight Colorado counties previously served by councils in other states were Archuleta, Dolores, Jackson, La Plata, Las Animas, Montezuma, Prowers and San Juan. The council serves 40,500 girl members and 11,000 adult volunteers.
Girl Scouts of Colorado has service center locations in Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Pueblo. There are also staff members who work in other areas of the state such as Bailey, Breckenridge, Estes Park, Crowley, Greeley, Johnstown, Longmont, Merino, Monte Vista, Parachute, Sterling, Trinidad, Red Feather Lakes, Sanford, Steamboat Springs and Woodland Park. Additionally, Girl Scouts of Colorado has divided the state into eight regions.
The council maintains three resident camp properties:
- Magic Sky Ranch, near Red Feather Lakes, Larimer County is 750 acres (3.0 km2)
- Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park, Teller County established in 1952 has 880 acres (3.6 km2)
- Tomahawk Ranch, near Bailey, Park County is 480 acres (1.9 km2)
And some regular camps:
- Meadow Mountain Ranch, near Estes Park, Boulder County is at 8,600 feet (2,600 m) above sea level.
- Kiwa Korral, near Lyons, Boulder County
- Hamp Hut, in Garden of the Gods Park, El Paso County. Built in 1953.
- Lazy Acres, near Pueblo, Pueblo County established in 1945
- Pawnee Lodge, near Sterling, Logan County
- Twisted Pine, 20 miles (32 km) west of Denver
International Scouting units in Colorado
- ^ Denver Area Council Scout Shop
- ^ Larson, Keith (2000). "Girl Scout Senior Roundups". Scouts on Stamps Society International. http://www.sossi.org/girls/roundup.htm. Retrieved 2006-09-08.
- ^ "Oldest Living Girl Scout". http://www.fox21news.com/Global/story.asp?S=6217363.
- ^ "Century-old Girl Scout says lessons have served her well". http://www.gazette.com/onset?id=20112&template=article.html.
- Denver Area Council
- Big Horn NYLT Course
- Longs Peak Council
- Pikes Peak Council
- Rocky Mountain Council
- Western Colorado Council
- Girl Scouts of Colorado Council
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