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Girl Scouts of Colorado history

In 1917, Wagon Wheel Council in Colorado Springs was established beginning the nearly 100-year journey of Girl Scouting in Colorado. Mile Hi, Columbine, Chipeta and Mountain Prairie Councils formed in all corners of the state, eventually combining in 2007 to form Girl Scouts of Colorado, a statewide council that serves 24,000 girls and 10,000 adult volunteers annually.

1919 – Colorado Springs Council of Girl Scouts chartered; Camp Vigil costs $4/week

1928 – 14th National Girl Scout Convention held at Broadmoor, presided by Lou Henry Hoover

1930 –Girl Scouting begins in Grand Junction and Montrose

1932 – Girl Scouts of Denver chartered

1935 – Pueblo Council of Girl Scouts chartered

1936 – Hot cross bun sale nets $480 in Denver

1938 – First African-American troop formed in Colorado Springs

1941 – Wing Scout Troop forms in Pueblo, the 2nd in the United States

1945 – Girl Scouts of Estes Park chartered

1947 – Lodge opens at Lazy Acres; Twisted Pine and Flying G acquired

1951 – Sky High Ranch acquired

1952 – Tomahawk Ranch acquired; Mountain Prairie Council formed from Northern Colorado Local Councils

1954 – Hamp Hut opened

1956 – Columbine Council formed from Southern Colorado Local Councils

1957 – Mountain Prairie Girl Scout attends the very first session at Our Cabana in Mexico

1959 – 10,000 Senior Scouts from 26 countries attend National Senior Roundup in Colorado Springs; Denver Council becomes Mile Hi Council

1960 – Meadow Mountain Ranch acquired

1962 – Chipeta Girl Scout Council formed from Western Slope Local Councils; Colorado Springs Council becomes Wagon Wheel

1967 – First Special Needs Troops formed at Fletcher Miller School in Golden and at Fort Logan; Mountain Prairie Girl Scout attends the very first session at Sangam in India

1970 – Magic Sky Ranch acquired

1978 – National Girl Scout Convention held in Denver; Bilingual membership materials available

1979 – Aurelia Anderson (Longmont) and Chula Morel-Seytoux (Fort Collins) received Juliette Low World Friendship medal

1980 – Denver Girl Scout Troop participates in Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Lake Placid

1981 – Wagon Wheel Council gives first Colorado Gold Award

1986 – Girl Scout membership is $4/year

1989 – Reach for the Peak outdoor skills competition starts at Sky High Ranch

1996 – 6,400 Girl Scouts attend Sing a Mile-Hi at Red Rocks

1997 – 1st Colorado Women of Distinction event held in Denver

2002 – Hayman Fire destroys 30% of Flying G

2002-2007 – Campaign for Magic Sky Ranch

2005 – Senior Girl Scout Anna Ellis is named a National Young Woman of Distinction

2007 – Girl Scouts of Colorado formed from realignment of five local councils

2016 – Girl Scouts of Colorado kicks off its 100th year of Girl Scouting in Colorado with a celebration

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