Development of Our Camp Properties
Support Our Camps
The GSNMT Board of Directors worked closely with the council Property Committee and consultants who advised us on addressing repairs, renovations, and improvements to both camps, Rancho del Chaparral and Camp Elliott Barker. Both camp properties support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by providing a place for high quality, safe, and meaningful outdoor program opportunities.
The GSNMT Board of Directors have approved a master development plan—a long-range plan for the management and development of GSNMT camp properties.
In partnership with our Board of Directors, we have recreated Camp Elliott Barker to meet the needs of today's girls while respecting it's 60 year legacy.
Our driving values for this labor of love were well crafted by the Board:
- Preservation of land and property
- Create a safe, welcoming, sustainable year-round camp where girls build outdoor skills, and experience, explore and celebrate the outdoors
- Create space that brings the outdoors in and inside spaces that invites girls to explore the outdoors
- Create space that allows the camp to be used during all season by girls, their families and troops, and the communities we live in
Building What Matters: Our goal is to build The Lodge, a year-round, modern multi-use space that will add the amenities necessary to build a state-of-the-art camp for Girl Scouts. The Lodge will be the centerpiece of camp featuring a grand hall, camp office, nursing station, laundry facilities, indoor restrooms, a rock-climbing wall and will have additional space to house up to 16 people.
Read our Barker Case Statement here.
The Leave a Legacy Campaign will revitalize and implement green environmental initiatives to ensure that Rancho del Chaparral, located in the Jemez Mountains, is around for future generations of Girl Scouts. Over the past several years, roofs were replaced on several buildings, drainage around buildings was diverted, and fire hydrants and water lines were repaired. Refrigeration and exhaust units in the dining hall were replaced. Future projects include continuing green initiatives and deferred maintenance. Read our Rancho Case Statement here.
There are various ways to join us in our camp development goals by providing support:
- Cash or check made payable to the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails.
- Credit card payments can be made online.
- Monthly, quarterly, or annual pledge payments over one- to three-years.
- Gift transfer, securities, and contributions to the GSNMT Capital Campaign through the Taos Community Foundation.
- Remember us in your will.
- For more information, contact Molly Garza, Director of Development.