DENVER - Deciding which summer camp to send your child to isn't easy. Some of the most popular in Colorado are camps run by the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
While both have day camps throughout the state, they also have overnight camps. Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey and Magic Sky Ranch, northwest of Fort Collins, are run by the Girl Scouts. For Boy Scouts, there's Magnus Adventure Camp and Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch in Elbert County and Tahosa High Adventure Base is in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.
Both groups say overnight camp gives kids the opportunity to do things they never would have at home in the city. They can learn archery, go hiking, sing songs around a campfire, meet new friends and much more.
Girl Scout camps also offer arts and crafts, dance and drama and photography programs. Boy Scout campers can shoot BB guns, go on a five-day backpacking trek and learn to cook their own food. However, both groups say there is more to camp than just having fun.
"Girl Scout Camp is an excellent opportunity for a girl to just be a girl. You come to camp and you're experiencing friendships and getting to make a connection with other counselors and other girls," Monica Gray, Camp Director for Tomahawk Ranch, said. "It becomes a home away from home where girls are developing a passion for the outdoors and developing lifelong skills, such as independence and self-worth."
"They really learn leadership. The kids are in charge of their own troops when they are at these camps and so its boy run and they have patrols. Patrols have leaders , so they really learn about leadership," Jim Machamer, Deputy Scouting Executive for the Boy Scouts of Colorado, said. "Scouting is a great opportunity to learn citizenship, physical fitness, outdoors, leadership in a family setting."