The Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) decided to close three of their camps on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Magic Sky ranch, which is 46 miles northwest of Fort Collins, has canceled its resident camps and troop camping due to the now-contained High Park wildfire that has burned 191 homes west of Fort Collins. Sky High ranch, near Woodland Park, Colorado, has also closed its resident and troop camping due to the 70 % contained Waldo Canyon fire in the western part of Colorado Springs, which has destroyed more than 300 houses. Lazy Acres, another Girl Scout property near Rye, Colorado, has closed troop camping due to a now-contained wildfire close to Pueblo.
Sky High and Magic Sky ranches will reopen resident camping next summer, while troop camping at these two locations will possibly reopen in September. Lazy Acres only offers troop camping, which may also open again in September.
GSCO posted on their blog about these unfortunate closures. They are disappointed that they were required to make these decisions. Girl Scouts all over Colorado planning to attend a camp at these three properties have been affected and are forced to change their plans.
Parents and girls feel similar to GSCO. Suzanne McClung, a Girl Scout troop leader, commented, “I’m disappointed for my daughter, but I understand that they need to make decisions to keep everyone safe.”
Greta Gurdikian, who just completed her final year of Brownies, expressed that she feels “angry, upset, and disappointed.” Greta was very excited to go to camp with her friend, and was very sad when it was canceled.