Bundle up and get ready to climb! During this weekend, we will be staying at Sky High Ranch and going ice climbing with Front Range Climbing Company. At camp, we will have a mix of winter activities and indoor games & crafts and will be traveling offsite to take on the ice wall! We will be staying in heated cabins with outdoor latrines nearby.
Ever wanted to climb in Moab, Utah? On this adventure, the Outdoor Adventure Club takes on Moab for an amazing weekend of climbing and canyoneering*. Transportation will be provided with carpool locations from Golden and Grand Junction to Moab, additional details will be provided in the event letter available upon registration. We will be sleeping in tents at a campsite with vault toilets for the weekend. We are excited for you to rock out with us! *Note: once you have entered a canyon, the only way to exit is by rappelling down. Campers must feel comfortable with climbing/heights before going canyoneering.
Learn more about canyoneering here.
Get ready for an epic mountain camping trip! OAC is heading to Buena Vista for a rafting adventure. On night one, we will settle into camp for the weekend before a full day of white-water rafting on day two. On the second night you’ll enjoy plenty of time hanging out with your friends at camp. Participants will be dropped off and picked up at our campsite in Buena Vista.
Howdy and yippee ki yay! The Outdoor Adventure Club will be going up to Meadow Mountain Ranch for a weekend of horseback riding, ziplining, low ropes, archery, and geocaching. We will be staying in canvas covered cabins with outdoor latrines. Don't miss this action-packed weekend!
"Cave in" to this fun adventure! Bring your headlamp and get ready to navigate and explore Fulford Cave with your friends. After caving, soak up the sun on a stand-up paddle board at Sylvan Lake! Participants will camp in tents with vault toilets for the weekend. Campers will be dropped off and picked up at our campsite at Sylvan Lake State Park.
The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a GSCO staff-led program offering monthly or bi-monthly outdoor adventure and recreation events for Girl Scout members in 6th – 12th grade across the state. Our program is designed to support Girl Scouts in challenging themselves to try new activities, taking healthy risks, growing their outdoor skills, and connecting with peers and supportive adults. Campers participate in the OAC individually and it is intended to supplement the troop experience to offer exposure and depth of outdoor activities beyond what they might get with their troop.
No! We welcome all Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to join the Outdoor Adventure Club, regardless of their prior experience. Participants should come prepared to challenge themselves to learn new outdoor skills and connect with other Girl Scouts.
One thing to expect in the OAC is variety! Some events may have all participants together and other events may have two different days with the participants split into smaller groups. Events may be single day only and or one or two nights overnight. An event letter will be available in your CampInTouch account upon registration with more information about the specific event structure. Upon arrival at the event we meet with all campers about what to expect in the day(s) ahead.
The OAC is supported administratively by Elizabeth Hill, Outdoor Program and Property Administrator (email@example.com) and programmatically by Kalyn O’Donnell, Outdoor Adventure Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). OAC events are designed to be individual Girl Scout drop-off events outside of normal troop activities. Troop leaders do not attend/chaperone members of their troop. Events are staffed by GSCO staff, with some additional programming provided by outdoor vendors (ex: rock climbing guides).
No! In fact, many Girl Scouts participate in OAC attend on their own without other members of their troop. Girl Scout Juliettes are welcome to particpate! All OAC participants must have a current Girl Scouts membership.
Large group are split into smaller groups to rotate through different activities. Groups are often split up by age and occasionally by experience/skill level. Participants are not able to request to be in a specific group during the day at OAC events, but you may complete a Buddy Request Form in your CampInTouch account under the Forms and Documents section to be placed in the same bunk as your buddy. This buddy request is good for ONE buddy and each buddy must request each other for it to be honored.
We are unable to provide transportation to or from OAC events. Transportation costs and geographic diversity of families in the program makes this a challenge to coordinate. Events have been planned intentionally in different regions -- you may have a longer drive one month and a shorter drive the next. If there is ever an exception to this it will be mentioned in the program description and more information provided in the event letter.
Due to the variety of program years in the OAC, we may work on portions of some outdoor badges, but may not complete every step. We indicate what badge we are working on, if any, and what steps of the badge we will complete in the event letters.
In general, OAC events run regardless of weather. Learning to prepare for and navigate various weather conditions is a life skill and is an important part of choosing an active, outdoor lifestyle. Prior to every event, letters with packing lists are available. We encourage caregivers to set up their Girl Scout for success at the event by thorougly reviewing the packing list and helping them dressing appropriately to be comfortable outside all day. If GSCO deems conditions make travel to or participation in programs unsafe, we will cancel the program and refund your program fee.
The Outdoor Adventure Club has a closed Facebook group for families in the OAC program. A link to request to find this group is included in every event letter.
Whenever possible we encourage Girl Scouts to share in decision-making and gain leadership skills through challenging programmatic experiences. The OAC is not currently designed to have participants as Program Aides (PAs) or CITs working in a leadership capacity. There is an abundance of ways for Older Girl Scouts to get involved in leadership opportunities through GSCO.
Contact Girlexperience@gscolorado.org for more information and other ways to get involved in leadership programs as a Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors.
OAC registers through our CampInTouch system.
Event registration will open two months prior to the event. At that time, you may secure your space by paying the event fee. Once registered, all required forms and waivers will be in your Forms & Documents section of your CampInTouch account. Registration closes two weeks prior to the event, and all required forms are due on that date.
Between eight weeks and three weeks prior to event, families can fill out the Outdoor Program Grant Form to request a grant. Within a week of submission, families will hear from GSCO alerting them of the grant amount and how to proceed in registration.
Applying for a grant does not register you for the event or hold your space. Please submit your grant request as early as possible. If you are concerned about securing your space, you can register for the event and pay the fee in full, and if you are awarded the grant it will be given to you as a refund. If the grants end up not being enough, we will refund you in full.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions or need any additional assistance with this process.
In order to use Cookie Credits to pay for an OAC event, families will need to pay for the event in full, and will then complete our Cookie Credit reimbursement form.
You will need a copy of your invoice showing your balance paid in full when submitting the reimbursement form. This can be found in your CampInTouch account in the “Financial Management” section. Cookie Credit reimbursements will be processed within two weeks of submitting and the funds will be directly sent to the bank account connected to your CampInTouch account.
We do not manage waiting lists for any of our events or camps. All spaces are first come, first served. Spaces may become available due to a cancellation, especially closer to the registration close deadline. You can log into your CampInTouch account at any time and see if spots have opened up.
Families must complete forms for their Girl Scout before they will be allowed to participate in Outdoor Adventure Club events. These forms include but not limited to Girl Scouts of Colorado permission forms, health history forms, and any waivers required by program vendors. All required forms can be found in the Forms and Documents section in your CampInTouch account. Most forms will only need to be completed once for the full Outdoor Adventure Club year. Some additional forms may be required for specific events.
The event registration fee includes all activities for the program. Participants may be asked to bring their own lunch for day-only programs. This will be noted in each event letter. We will provide all specialized gear for an outdoor activity (ex: climbing harnesses, climbing shoes, helmets) but participants are responsible for their own appropriate outdoor clothing such as warm winter boots, water-resistant pants, mittens/gloves, etc. After registering for an OAC session you will have access to an event letter with more detailed packing list specific to the event.
If you cancel at least two weeks before an event, you will receive a full refund minus a $5 processing fee. If you cancel with less than two weeks notice before an event you will not receive a refund. If you must cancel due to illness or injury, we will refund your total registration fee minus a $5 cancellation fee. If your Girl Scout tests positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed within the current CDC quarantine guidelines, a full refund will be provided. Girl Scouts of Colorado reserves the right to request a doctor’s note. All other cancellation requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.