Sibley Girl Scouts in Colorado

Last month sixth-grade Girl Scouts from Sibley went on a six-day trip to Colorado. Each family paid for part of the trip, and the rest was funded through fundraisers and donations.

The group left Sibley on Wednesday afternoon and spent their first night in Grand Island, Neb. and arrived at Colorado Springs the next day. During the next few days, they visited many interesting places, including Seven Falls, a lighted waterfall; the Cave of Winds; the Manitou Cliff Dwellings in Manitou Springs, ancient dwellings of the Anasazi Indians; the United States Air Force Academy, where they attended church services at the cadet chapel; United States Olympic Training Center, where they caught a few minutes of the women’s volleyball team training; and Historic Manitou Springs, where the girls tasted the “gross” natural spring water. The group also rode the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway to the summit and spent a morning at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, where they rode an aerial tram across the gorge, took an incline railway to the bottom of the gorge, and walked across the bridge.

One of the more adventurous activities was whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River.  What were supposed to be “family level rapids” looked scary to the group, but they all made it to the end. They had an exciting trip down the river, paddling when the guides told them to paddle and wondering how big the next set of rapids would be.

Other highlights included horseback riding through the Garden of the Gods and visiting the Flying W Ranch, where the Flying W Wranglers kept them entertained after the group’s Chuckwagon Supper. The girls also enjoyed campfires, grilling, and spending time in the hot tub at the lodge.

“We had an amazing trip, and would like to thank all of you who helped us go on this trip in any way – from buying cookies and wreaths to eating at the Sibley Super Foods stand when we were there. Special thanks goes to the Boors for loaning us their van, the Mehls for the use of their pickup, Russ Kasch and the Van Name Trust for their donation, and Suzette VanderVeen for her donation (we’re sorry you weren’t able to come with us at the last minute!). We learned some new things and we came home with some cool souvenirs and some great memories.