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Girl Scout Family,

We have some sad news to share with you. Many of you are aware that our beloved Rancho Del Chaparral Camp is completely surrounded by the Santa Fe National Forest. This year, as we are all aware, the state of New Mexico is experiencing an unusually extreme drought. I have attached a chart demonstrating how very dry it is.

Unfortunately we will be delaying the opening of Rancho Del Chaparral until the end of June as well as delaying the Big Clean until later in the summer.

As always, in anticipation of the camp season, we prepare in the following ways:

  • Arrange for buses to be on site in the event of the need to evacuate girls
  • Train our staff over a week period to prepare for all emergencies
  • Bring in all jurisdictions charged with fire suppression, forest preservation and emergency responders. Firefighters from Sandoval, Cuba, La Cueva along with the emergency helicopter from Los Alamos, Game and Fish and state and national foresters provide the training and know first hand the layout of our camp.
  • Conduct a mock evacuation.

We care most importantly about the safety of your daughters, granddaughters, nieces and sisters.

But this year’s drought is different - it is worse in the Santa Fe National Forest and the area is abnormally high risk for wildfires. We anticipate that the Santa Fe National Forest will be closed in the next few weeks.  In a discussion with the Santa Fe National Forest District Ranger and chief fire fighter, we made the decision to delay opening Rancho this summer.

We do not have the same concerns at Camp Elliott Barker. To date the Carson National Forest which abuts the camp has never been closed and there was quite a bit more snow/rain at this camp than Rancho.

What does that mean for you?

  • We will be rescheduling Big Clean to June 29 - July 1
  • Providing the opportunity for girls and troops registered at Rancho during the period of June 7 – July 1 to move their registration to a later date at Rancho.
  • Providing the opportunity for girls and troops registered at Rancho from June 7 – July 1 to attend camp during that period of time at Camp Elliott Barker
  • Request a refund of 100% by July 1, 2018

If you want to take advantage of a another camp session at Rancho for later in the summer and/or transfer your registration to Barker, you must submit your request via email to no later than June 1, 2018 so that we can attach them to your online account.

We will do our absolute best to accommodate the girls, troops, and families who have registered for Rancho into our camp program at Camp Elliott Barker.

For Groups, Troops and Families

We will have additional tent camping at Barker, ask troops/families to bring their own tents and will arrange alternative sleeping arrangements as they evolve. If you are amendable to the tent camping for your group (troop or family) we will provide you $5 off per person or refund that amount if you have already paid. Please make all requests through by June 11, 2018 with the understanding that cabins and tent platforms fill up rapidly and pitching your own tent, while less expensive, will be your last option.

If you used Cookie Sale Vouchers to pay for camp they have been extended. All request for refunds or vouchers must be made via email to no later than July 1, 2018 so that we can attach them to your online account.

When we are in a Stage 1 Fire Restrictions this means that campfires are only allowed in contained and designated rings; all fires must be dead out (no heat, no smoke, cold to the touch); propane stoves must have a safety radius of at least 20 feet; there are minor vehicle restrictions; and smoking is allowed within personal vehicles only (butts must be kept inside the vehicle).

When we are in a Stage 2 Fire Restrictions this means that no fires of any kind are allowed; no smoking of any kind is allowed; no fireworks or explosives are allowed; there are major vehicle restrictions; no chainsaw work is allowed between 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; no propane stove use of any kind; no off-roading, and no use of open flames (welding tools, etc).

The third step in fire restrictions is a closure of the forest to the public.

We are in constant communication with the NM Forest Service, US Forest Service, and other firefighting and law agencies around Rancho del Chaparral. The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails takes pride in the safety standards of our organization and will keep everyone informed as new information becomes available. If you have any concerns about transportation or programming please contact the Camp Director, Molly ‘Charli’ Murphy, at or by calling 505-923-2524.

And finally, Camp Elliott Barker which is located in Angel Fire, has had much more moisture this winter and is currently only under Stage 1 fire restrictions. This camp is a lovely camp for those who haven’t been there and will provide a great new experience for the girls.

Please click HERE to view pictures of Camp Elliott Barker.

I am sorry to have to share this news but as always our girls safety is most important.


Peggy Sanchez Mills

Read our 2018 camp book online (flipbook or downloadable pdf) and make plans to make summer camp memories that will last a LIFETIME!

Our council has two fun-filled summer resident camp properties:

  • Camp Elliott Barker in Angel Fire
  • Rancho del Chaparral in Cuba, NM

Each camp offers unique experiences and are special places where girls create memories that will last a lifetime. 

Girl Scout Camp is not only about gaining outdoor skills and friendships - it’s about helping girls discover who they are and exploring the world around them. At camp girls realize that anything is possible…and that their next great adventure is just around the corner.

2018 Registration & Forms
2018 Camp Book   
Important Dates
  • February 1:  Resident Camp registration opens
  • March 1: Troop / Family Camp registration opens
  • March 31:  Early Bird deadline
  • May 1:  Campership deadline
  • May 31:  Registration deadline
  • June 1:  Late registration

How to Register.  Follow these simple steps for your ultimate Girl Scout summer camp memories:

  1. Select your camp session!
  2. Fill out the Resident Camp Registration Form.
  3. Remember! If you register before March 31, you receive the Early Bird rate, so don’t delay!
  4. Not a Girl Scout? Register at now to make the camp registration process easier!
  5. Email, mail, fax, or drop off your completed registration form to GSNMT’s council office with a minimum deposit of $100 per camp session.
  6. Once your registration form is received and payment is processed, you will get an email confirmation with all required forms and important camp info!
  7. Fill out your forms! You’ll need a health history form, photo release, camper contract, and camper release form filled out and handed over to camp staff when your camper is dropped off at camp.
  8. Make sure you’re paid in full at least three weeks before your session starts to guarantee your spot.
  9. Pack for camp! Check your packing list twice to 
  10. make sure you bring everything you need.
  11. Head to camp. Take the bus, carpool, get a ride with your family--however you come to camp, we’ll be happy to see you!
  12. Enjoy Camp! Take pictures! Make friends! See nature!
  13. Go home a happy camper.
  14. Get ready to do it all again next summer!
2018 Resident Camp

The outdoors is calling--are you ready for adventure? Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails has not one, but two!, incredible summer camps ready to take your summer from “meh” to “a-mah-zing!” From the traditional summer camp experience at Rancho del Chaparral to high adventure getaways at Camp Elliott Barker, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails has a summer experience for every girl.

Camp is a great place to make new friends, experience new challenges, and just be yourself. Camp is an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of our screen-filled lives and enjoy the wonder of being outdoors. To playing games and explore nature. To ride a horse and try archery and canoeing and ropes courses. To do things you don’t typically do everyday. Camp is a place to build courage, confidence, and character. Camp is for G.I.R.L.s: Go-getters. Innovators, Risk-takers. Leaders. 

Camp is for YOU!

2018 Equestrian Program
About the Equestrian Program

For the camper who loves horses, our New Mexico Trails Equestrian Program is for you! Our horse programs at both Camp Elliott Barker and Rancho del Chaparral have been re-calibrated to offer a more dynamic experience for campers of all experience levels.

Campers in each session will be placed in groups based on a skill level assessment determined by the Equestrian Director upon arrival at camp. Whether you’ve never ridden a horse before or you are a seasoned horsewoman, our well-trained staff look forward to working with each group to ensure lessons are fun and challenging. horses each full day of camp including mounted and ground lessons. Lessons vary based on the skills, progression, and interests of each group.

Campers need long pants, boots with at least a 1/2-inch heel, and shirts that cover the shoulders. Well fitted gloves are optional. Helmets will be provided at camp. Campers must possess sufficient physical coordination and balance to participate in riding. They must also be mature enough to understand and practice safety procedures, to use good judgment in reacting to situations, and to take responsibility for themselves and their horses.

Rancho del Chaparral Equestrian Program

Pony Pals
Days: 6 Cost: $400/$425.  Grades 1-3
June 17-22
July 22-27

Days: 4 Cost: $225/$250.  Grades 1-3
July 5-8

Get to know the horses of Rancho. Paint the ponies, take a ride in the arena, learn how to groom and feed the horses, participate in your favorite camp activities. (All riding levels welcome.)

Take the Reins
Days: 6 Cost: $425/$450.  Grades 4-6
June 10-15
June 24-29
July 8-13

Learn to take care of horses, learn about breeds, get to know your way around the barn, take a trail ride or two, sing songs, and do arts & crafts. (All riding levels welcome.)

Days: 6 Cost: $425/$450.  Grades 6-8
July 15-20
July 22-27

Slide into the saddle and onto the trail. Spend time in the barn everyday, learn about tack and bridle, plan a lunchtime trail ride, relax in your bunk with new friends, and try your hand at archery. (All riding levels welcome.)

Camp Elliott Barker Equestrian Program

Giddy Up
Days: 6 Cost: $425/$450 (Resident Camp)
Cost: $325/$350 (Day Camp).  Grades 4-6
June 17-22
July 15-20
July 22-27

Learn to ride or hone your skills. Spend time working in the barn, learn how to care for the horses, take arena lessons, enjoy songs & games, and play gaga ball. (All riding levels welcome.)

Days: 6 Cost: $425/$450 (Resident Camp)
Cost: $325/$350 (Day Camp).  Grades 6-8
June 10-15
June 24-29
July 8-13

Get ready to spend some serious time in the saddle. Groom and saddle your horse, go for long trail rides, learn about horse anatomy, and make a horse journal. (All riding levels welcome.)

Rough Riders
Days: 6 Cost: $425/$450 (Resident Camp)
Cost: $325/$350 (Day Camp).  Grades 9-12
July 8-13

The horses at Camp Barker are ready to ride. Get small group lessons everyday, take trail rides, learn to care for your horse, go to the low ropes course, cook your own outdoor meal. (All riding levels welcome.)

2018 Leadership Program
About the Outdoor Leadership Program

The Outdoor Leadership Program series is designed for Girl Scouts ready to take on an active leadership position in an outdoor setting. Outdoor Leadership programs focus on developing leadership and outdoor skills and learning how to teach and lead camp activities like making a campfire, planning a cookout, leading songs & games, program creation, and the principles of Leave No Trace. Girls in this program often work alongside camp staff to help with all-camp activities or take the lead in girl-selected camp service projects. Girls also learn the basics of backcountry camping and go on an overnight camping trip.

Outdoor Program Aid I

Days: 6 Cost: $275/$300.  Grades: 6-8
Rancho: June 10-15
Barker: July 8-13

Learn basic outdoor skills and how to work with younger girls. Plan and lead various activities including arts & crafts, songs & games, and service projects. Take an overnight camping trip to put your new skills to the test. Work with your fellow OPAs on team development and communication skills. 


Outdoor Program Aid II

Days: 6 Cost: $275/$300.  Grades: 9-10. 
Rancho: June 17-22. 
Barker: July 15-20

Work closely with camp staff to plan and implement program for younger girls. You will take the lead by planning closing campfire and overseeing morning songs & games. Work on a service project or plan your entire overnight from menu to campsite selection. Learn about leadership styles and positive communication techniques.


Counselor-In-Training I

Days: 13 Cost: $450/$475.  Grades: 10-11
Rancho: June 10-22
Barker: July 8-20

Discover your leadership style while working side-by-side with camp staff. Practice teaching camping techniques to younger campers. Help plan and carry out a full day’s activities. Learn new songs and games and how to work with groups. 


Wrangler-In-Training I

Days: 13 Cost: $450/$475.  Grades: 10-11
Rancho: June 10-22
Barker: July 8-20

Work with the barn staff and learn what it takes to care for our camp horses day-to-day. Practice teaching horse care techniques to younger campers. Help teach ground lessons. Learn about tack work, arena maintenance, and trail riding. Prerequisite: OPA I/OPA II and horse experience (or equivalent*). 


2018 Troop Camp
Girl Scout Troop Camp

Girl Scout Camp isn’t complete without Troop Camp! Troop Camp is offered at both Rancho del Chaparral and Camp Elliott Barker nearly every weekend of the summer. Your troop can select its desired level of programming: Bring Your Own Program or Choose Your Adventure!

These special sessions are open to Troops and their leaders. Safety Wise adults only. Please ensure your Troop has the proper ratios according to Volunteer Essentials. If your Troop requires additional adults for medical or behavioral reasons, please contact the camp director at 505.343.1040 to make arrangements.

No bus transportation will be provided to/from Troop Camp.

“Bring Your Own Program”

We provide food and lodging for your Troop, as well as evening activities (such as campfire). Your troop selects two camp activities led by our camp staff from activities like archery, arts & crafts, hikes, or outdoor cooking. The rest of the time, it’s up to you and your girls to design your program.

Nights: 2 Cost: $65 per person

  • Barker: June 15-17
  • Barker: June 29-July 1
  • Rancho: June 8-10
  • Rancho: July 13-15
  • Rancho: July 27-29

Nights: 3 Cost: $90 per person

  • Barker: July 5-8
“Choose Your Adventure”

Bring your troop and we’ll do the rest. In addition to food and lodging, our camp staff provides a full day of programming options (minus a few hours to rest!) including arts & crafts, archery, hikes, as well as all your nighttime activities like campfire, barn dance, or counselor hunt.

Nights: 2 Cost: $85 per person

  • Barker: June 15-17
  • Barker: June 29-July 1
  • Rancho: June 8-10
  • Rancho: July 13-15
  • Rancho: July 27-29

Nights: 3 Cost: $110 per person

  • Barker: July 5-8
Troop Camp Registration

Follow these simple steps for your ultimate Troop Camp memories:

  1. Select your Troop Camp session date and program: “Bring Your Own Program” or “Choose Your Adventure”
  2. Complete and turn in the the Troop Camp Registration Form before May 31.
  3. Remember: Payment for Troop Camp is due in full at time of registration.
  4. You’ll receive a confirmation packet via email with important forms for your Troop to complete.
  5. Work on your “Program Selection Worksheet” at a Troop meeting to plan your camp visit.
  6. Come to camp! Have fun!
  7. Go home a happy camper. 
  8. Plan for next summer!
2018 Family Camp

Family Camp provides a great way for girls to get to know camp before they are ready to come on their own. Family Camp is also an awesome way to spend some family time together during the summer! You come to camp, we do the rest!

Family campers get lodging, food, and full programming for a weekend of stress-free fun. Adults are responsible for supervising their children during Family Camp. No bus transportation will be offered for Family camp.

Family Camp Sessions:

Family Camp.  Time for everyone in the family to enjoy a variety of camp activities: grandma, grandpa, sister, auntie, mom, dad, everyone! At least one family member must be a registered Girl Scout.

Nights: 2 ☁ Cost: $65 per person (under 5 free)

  • Barker: July 27-29
  • Rancho: June 5-10, June 29-July 1, July 13-15

Just Us Girls (Me & My Gal). Enjoy a weekend with the girls hiking, making crafts, trying archery, or just taking in the sun. For a registered girl Girl Scout member and female family member (18 years or older): mom, auntie, grandma, adult sister, etc.

Nights: 2 ☁ Cost: $65 per person.  Barker: July 13-15

Me & You (Me & My Guy).  A special weekend for girl members and an adult male in their family (18 years or older): dad, uncle, adult brother, etc. Get ready for the ultimate chili cook-off and our annual staff vs. guys volleyball tournament.

Nights: 2 ☁ Cost: $65 per person.  Rancho: June 15-17

2018 Day Camp

Day camp allows campers to experience the adventure of camp during the day while returning to the comforts of home at night.  This year, day camp will be offered at Camp Elliott Barker! 

2018 Big Clean

Spend a free weekend at camp and help us get ready for the summer! Come as a Troop, family, or as an individual adult and help clean the shelters, dining halls, put up tents, and generally prepare for camp! Lodging and meals will be provided. GSNMT will not be providing any programming or childcare services.

  • Rancho Spring Big Clean: May 18-20, 2018
  • Barker Spring Big Clean: May 25-27, 2018
  • Rancho Fall Big Clean: September 21-23, 2018
  • Barker Fall Big Clean: September 28-30, 2018

Plan to arrive by 5 p.m. on the first day of Big Clean and depart by 10 a.m. on the last day. Please call 505.343.1040 if you have any questions.

2018 Open Houses

Come see our resident camp facilities for yourself! Visit our living areas, tour the camp property, meet key camp staff, get a glimpse into what camp life is all about! Registration is not required but is recommended.

All registrants will receive a confirmation with directions to camp.

  • Rancho del Chaparral Open House: Sunday, May 20 (1-4pm)
  • Camp Elliott Barker Open House: Sunday, May 27 (1-4pm)
2018 Work at Camp

Girl Scouts New Mexico Trails is now accepting applications to work at Rancho del Chaparral and Camp Elliott Barker for the summer of 2018! We are looking to fill the following positions ... are you ready for a summer full of memories at the best job ever?!

  • Counselor
  • Horse Wrangler
  • Riding Instructor
  • Kitchen staff (Head Cook, Asst. Cook)
  • Unit Leaders
  • Lifeguard/Counselor
  • Art Program Specialist
  • Nature Program Specialist
  • Adventure Program Specialist

Check out our GSNMT Summer Camp Staff opportunities, here. Spend your summer in the outdoors providing New Mexico’s girls an incredible summer camp experience. Contact Molly "Charli" Murphy at 505.923.2524 or for more information. 


In the off-season, both camps are available for rent for all events including, but not limited to troop and service unit gatherings, company retreats, family reunions, and vacations.