RANCHO DEL CHAPARRAL DELAYED DUE TO FIRE RISK
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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.