Camp Elliott Barker

Camp Elliott Barker One of two properties owned by the Girl Scouts of NM Trails, Elliott Barker summer camps focus on high adventure activities (ropes course, rafting, etc).
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Camp Elliott Barker is located in the beautiful Moreno Valley, at the base of Palo Flechado Pass, 26 miles east of Taos, New Mexico. The Carson National Forest, Angel Fire Resort, and the village of Angel Fire are the camp’s nearby neighbors. Camp Elliott Barker is a high-altitude retreat, with elevations ranging from 8,680 feet on the western edge to 8,350 feet on the eastern meadows. One of the oldest log homes in the Moreno Valley stands on camp property and is still used today as the camp ranger’s residence. The oldest working bard in the entire valley is also on site and is used to house horses year round. In December of 1962, a tract of 536 acres of land was purchased by the Sangre de Cristo Girl Scout Council. The site had been located by a search committee headed by Elliott Barker, a renowned New Mexico conversationalist. The land was purchased using proceeds from Girl Scout cookie sales. In 1963, the camp opened as “Girl Scout Camp near Eagle Nest”. It wasn’t until 1975 that the camp received a real name, Camp Elliott Barker.

Mission: Empower girls and help them become G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders) through outdoor education and adventure activities.

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05/20/2020
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💚 This week’s Heart of a Ranger Series will get you an inside look at a Critter Cam at City of Rocks and a geology lesson of the Cerrillos volcano at Cerrillos Hills State Park. Also, challenge your brain to a great word find. Remember, we’re still here, and we hope to see you soon on YOUR next adventure at a NM State Park! http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/heartofaranger.html

03/25/2020

The Unit Leaders oversee the direction, supervision, and organization of campers (via the unit counselors) in their living unit, within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes. Unit Leaders directly supervise 2-4 Unit Counselors and aid in program planning, and general supervision. Group leadership, youth development experience and program development skills needed. Knowledge of Girl Scout program desired. Promote high standards in all aspects of the camp program. Serve as a role model to campers and staff by your actions, appearance, manners, language, and general conduct. Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned. Wilderness First Aid certification desired. Will be assigned to a living unit and is responsible for all staff in that living unit. Duties concerning those staff vary based on their job descriptions and will be elaborated on at staff training.

Minimum age: 21

Work Dates: May 19 - Aug 10

Please apply through our online application!! Once that's received we'll reach out with further questions and to set up an interview.
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03/25/2020

The Unit Counselors are the primary caregivers for each camper. Assist the Unit Leaders in planning and coordinating the campers time based on the Camp Program Book. Responsible for teaching and carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills (personal hygiene, interpersonal skills, etc). Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their living unit, within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes. Group leadership, youth development experience and program development skills gained through hands on learning. Knowledge of Girl Scout program desired. Promote high standards in all aspects of the camp program. Serve as a role model to campers and staff by your actions, appearance, manners, language, and general conduct. Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned.

Minimum age: 18

Work Dates: May 25 - Aug 10

Please apply through our online application!! Once that's received we'll reach out with further questions and to set up an interview.
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03/25/2020

The Art Supervisor develops and delivers arts and crafts activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ ages and abilities. They are responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating and carrying out art activities that guide campers in their personal growth and skill development. In charge of the management of the art center and related equipment and supplies. Knowledge of Girl Scout program desired. Promote high standards in all aspects of the camp program. Serve as a role model to campers and staff by your actions, appearance, manners, language, and general conduct. Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned. May be assigned to a unit for coverage, supervision, and additional support of Unit Counselors.

Minimum age: 21

Work Dates: May 19 - Aug 10

Please apply through our online application!! Once that's received we'll reach out with further questions and to set up an interview.
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03/25/2020

The Aquatics Supervisor is responsible for coordination and supervision of a comprehensive, educational, safe, and fun aquatics program. They oversee all aspects of the waterfront program including training, facilitation (primary or delegated) of program, and maintenance of equipment. The Aquatics Supervisor assists in overseeing the Program Specialist-Lifeguards and Unit Counselors during waterfront activities (canoeing, swimming, and kayaking).

Minimum age: 21

Work Dates: May 19 - Aug 10

Requires: Swim instructor, boating, or watercraft certification (or equivalent experience); supervisory experience.

Please apply through our online application!! Once that's received we'll reach out with further questions and to set up an interview.
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03/25/2020

Working in our riding stables, riding staff/wranglers are responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive horseback riding program that is safe, fun and appropriate for campers’ ages and abilities. Riding staff are also responsible for the care of the horses and burros. Must be able to catch, groom, tack, mount, and ride proficiently at the walk and trot at a minimum. Knowledge of Girl Scout program desired. Promote high standards in all aspects of the camp program. Serve as a role model to campers and start by your actions, appearance, manners, language, and general conduct. Participate enthusiastically in other camp activities as assigned. May be assigned to units as needed for coverage and supervision.

Minimum age: 16

Work Dates: May 20 - Aug 10

Please apply through our online application!! Once that's received we'll reach out with further questions and to set up an interview.
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03/25/2020

The Adventure Specialist works with the Ropes Course supervisor (at Barker) to provide programming that is safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ ages and abilities on the ropes course and also directly in the unit with the unit counselors. At Rancho they will work directly with the Assistant Directors. They are responsible for assisting in the management of the physical operation of the ropes or challenge course, archery range, overnights, and related equipment. They will manage the planning and supervision of overnight camping and backpacking trips, as assigned. Knowledge of Girl Scout program desired. Promote high standards in all aspects of the camp program. Serve as a role model to campers and staff by your actions, appearance, manners, language, and general conduct. Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned. Will be assigned to a unit for coverage, supervision, and additional support of Unit Counselors.

Minimum age: 18

Work Dates: May 20 - Aug 10

Please apply through our online application!! Once that's received we'll reach out with further questions and to set up an interview.
https://goo.gl/forms/66Lj5zIPgygJMKkd2

03/25/2020

The Health Supervisor is responsible for assisting in providing physical and mental health and safety services to campers and staff; such as taking care of sick campers, managing and distributing daily and as needed medication, keeping an organized health center, administering emergency first aid, performing daily/weekly checks of living units, conferring with the admin team on staff and camper behavior, and assisting in other daily programming. Knowledge of Girl Scout program desired. Promote high standards in all aspects of the health and wellness. Serve as a role model to campers and staff by your actions, appearance, manners, language, and general conduct. Participate enthusiastically in camp activities, assisting in those other duties as assigned.

Minimum license: EMT-B or EMT-P; CNA, LVN, or RN preferred

Minimum age: 21

Work Dates: May 19 - Aug 10 (need an alternate schedule to work around your full time job? we're happy to work with you to create a schedule for every other week or one month instead of two. Please let us know in your online application)

Please apply through our online application!! Once that's received we'll reach out with further questions and to set up an interview.
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03/17/2020

Hey all!

I've seen a lot of posts in my camp and ACA groups about doing "virtual camp" while schools are closed to help parents. These would just be videos of songs to learn, craft or campcraft tutorials, tips for camping, etc. Obviously they would vary in length.

My question to YOU is, if we were able to do something like this, what topics/songs/skills do you most want to see and share with your girls? I'd love to hear from them too!

02/19/2020

*Program Highlight*
Program Name: Fantastic Beasts

Description: Discover all of the magical creatures living at camp! Make faerie homes, avoid the trixy pixies, craft your own wand, adopt pygmy puffs, play Quidditch, make your own butterbeer, and hunt for hippogryph eggs.

Why we love it: Is it science or is it magic? Maybe it's both! Girls get to put on their imagination magic hats and camp transforms into the summer home away from home for wizards and witches throughout New Mexico (and Texas and Colorado)!

02/12/2020

*Program Highlight*
Program Name: Paddles, Saddles, and Arrows (Barker Only)

Description: Get ready for the ultimate adventure. Canoe on the pond at Barker or at Eagle Nest Lake State Park then pack up your backpacking equipment and head off on a 1-2 night backpacking trip in the Carson National Forest.

Why we love it: A little bit of everything, even time to nap when you get too tired from trying so many new things. Have a girl that can't make up there mind about picking a new hobby? Let them try it all and make a decision after hands on experience.

02/05/2020

*Program Highlight*
Program Name: HORSE CAMPS!!!

Description: We have horseback riding camps for all ages and most levels. Girls will learn about horse safety, grooming, western tack, how to saddle, how to lead, and more. They'll practice their skills in the saddle through trail rides or arena lessons. Girls must be mature enough to listen and follow directions in groups of 6 - 10. Boots and helmets can be provided by camp. Long pants are required (jeans, leggings, etc).
Pony Pals: Grades 1-3
Take the Reins: Grades 3-5
Giddy Up: Grades 5 - 7
Trailblazers: Grades 7 - 9
Horsewomen: Grades 9 - 12

Why we love it: This year we're offering two different types of horse camps: beginner and experienced. This way girls who are more experienced get to learn and practice more skills!

Level 1: Beginner
These camps are for girls who have ridden less than 20 times by themselves. This includes in the arena, on the trail, taking lessons, etc. Girls will learn the basics from the ground up and spend time in the saddle getting comfortable with the horses. These camps are primarily offered at Barker as this property is better suited to beginner riders.

Level 2: Experienced
These camps are for girls who have ridden more than 20 times by themselves. Most likely they have taken or are taking lessons and are ready to try something new. Review the basics, practice in the arena, hit the trails, and maybe even take a horse overnight. Girls will spend barn time learning more about stable maintenance (feed, jobs, horse health, etc) in addition to riding. These camps are primarily offered at Rancho as this property is better suited to experienced riders.

02/05/2020

What is your favorite Girl Scout Camp tradition?

01/29/2020

*Program Highlight*
Program Name: Art Attack

Description: Art isn’t just drawing! Flex your creative muscles and try your hand at tie-dye, crocheting or knitting, making paper, water colors, and more.

Why we love it: What comes to mind when you think of camp? Crafts! Girls will create many mini masterpieces (and a few mistakes :)) to bring home with them. As volunteer schedules come in we'll also be able to schedule specialized crafts for different sessions to try. Interested in volunteering to teach an art or craft related activity just for a day? Email [email protected]!

We're looking for ideas!!We are searching for input on activities to make our first ever Alumni Camp special by providin...
01/29/2020
Alumni Camp Activity Ideas and Volunteers: June 12 -14 , 2020

We're looking for ideas!!

We are searching for input on activities to make our first ever Alumni Camp special by providing unique activity options that are geared towards adults. We're excited to see what people are interested in doing! Classic camp activities or something more?

Activities are not set yet, we'll have a more concrete scheduled by Mid April. We will have regular camp staff to teach horseback riding, archery, hikes, outdoor cooking, etc.

Camp is happy to provide some materials within reason. This must be discussed and agreed upon prior to any materials being purchased.

Confirmed volunteers are eligible to receive a $15 discount for their registration. The Camp Director will contact you to confirm your participation and issue the discount. The discount must be applied BEFORE your submit your registration.

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Thank you for choosing to volunteer at one of our Alumni camps this summer! We're extremely excited to have your help and/or suggestions :) Because this is the first time we're offering an adult only event like this at camp we want to make it special by providing unique activity options that are gea...

01/22/2020

*Program Highlight*
Program Name: MACH II

Description: Time to take it up a notch, this camp is for experienced adventures craving something more. Spend 7 days at camp canoeing, doing high ropes, rafting on the Rio Grande, rock climbing or bouldering, learning a new campfire cooking recipe and cap it all off with a 2 night backpacking trip in the Santa Fe National Forest or up Wheeler Peak.

Why we love it: NEW this year. We're excited to have enough interest to finally offer longer and more extreme adventures for older girls. Prior camping and backpacking experience is not required but is suggested. Need the experience? Check out our other hiking and backpacking camps!

01/21/2020

It's too late to change the print version but we wanted to let everyone know of a mis-worded sentence in the 2020 Camp Book.

On page 6 under the Big Clean information, it states that "GSNMT will not be providing any meals, programming, or childcare services".

The CORRECT version of this sentence is as follows "GSNMT will not be providing any programming or childcare services and will ONLY be providing meals on Saturday and Sunday".

Please share this information with all of your families!

01/15/2020

*Program Highlight*
Program Name: S’mores & Snores

Description: Snuggle up next to the campfire on more than one night for songs, stories, and s’mores. Hike to the mystery tree or underworld to make a wish for the summer. Make up your own camp legends and try out gourmet recipes for s’mores!

Why we love it: This camp is perfect for first timers at summer camp. Available as a mini or full length session you get to practice campfire building and safety, outdoor cooking, and stargazing skills. Plus there is no end to the fun songs and games you learn in between making tasty snacks!

Thank you to everyone that came out for our Brownie, Junior, Cadette Extreme Fun Ski and Snowboard weekend at Barker! We...
01/14/2020

Thank you to everyone that came out for our Brownie, Junior, Cadette Extreme Fun Ski and Snowboard weekend at Barker!

We love hosting this event and can't wait to see our Cadette, Senior, Ambassador group in 10 days 🏕️🏂⛷☃️

01/09/2020

Are you tired of being cold yet? We are!

As much as we love our Winter Camps we're looking forward to summer. To help keep the hype up we'll be highlighting our favorite and most popular camp programs! Registration is currently open for all camps, just download the registration form from our website and submit to council with your deposit.

The deadline for Camperships (camp scholarships) is May 1, 2020.

*Program Highlight*
Program Name: Packs & Paddles (available at Barker only)

Description: Get ready for the ultimate adventure. Canoe on the pond at Barker or at Eagle Nest Lake State Park then pack up your backpacking equipment and head off on a 1-2 night
backpacking trip in the Carson National Forest.

Why we love it: Girls get the opportunity to get the best of camp magic, off camp trips, and spending time deeply immersed in nature! No prior camping skills or experience are required, just a can do attitude

Girl Scouts of NM Trails’ offices will be closed 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18th for our annual staff holid...
12/16/2019

Girl Scouts of NM Trails’ offices will be closed 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18th for our annual staff holiday gathering. We’ll reopen again on Thursday, December 19th at 8 a.m.

We will also be closed Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1 for our holiday break/office closure, opening on Thursday, January 2, 2020, for regular business hours.

"The level of responsibility necessary to be a camp counsellor is often undermined by the image of camp that pops into a...
12/10/2019
American Camp Association

"The level of responsibility necessary to be a camp counsellor is often undermined by the image of camp that pops into an employer’s mind when they see it on a resume...Skills learned at camp include personal development, confidence, emotional intelligence, social integration and citizenship, and environmental awareness."

"The role of camp counselor qualifies as a bona fide summer job—the kind a post-secondary graduate should be proud to have on their resume." -Cohen
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Camp Elliott Barker is located in the beautiful Moreno Valley, at the base of Palo Flechado Pass, 26 miles east of Taos, New Mexico. The Carson National Forest, Angel Fire Resort, and the village of Angel Fire are the camp’s nearby neighbors. Camp Elliott Barker is a high-altitude retreat when not in use as a high adventure summer camp; the property has elevations ranging from 8,680 feet on the western edge to 8,350 feet on the eastern meadows. One of the oldest log homes in the Moreno Valley stands on camp property and is still used today as the camp ranger’s residence. The oldest working barn in the entire valley is also on site and is used as the base of operations for the horse program in the summer and during the winter for anyone who needs to board their horses in our pasture and store their tack. In December of 1962, a tract of 536 acres of land was purchased by the Sangre de Cristo Girl Scout Council. The site had been located by a search committee headed by Elliott Barker, a renowned New Mexico conversationalist. The land was purchased using proceeds from Girl Scout cookie sales. In 1963, the camp opened as “Girl Scout Camp near Eagle Nest”. It wasn’t until 1975 that the camp received a real name, Camp Elliott Barker.

The camp is still in use seasonally as a Girl Scout summer camp that is owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails (GSNMT). Girls can come to camp and participate in classic activities such as crafts, games, singing songs, going and hikes, and overnight camping. In addition, Camp Elliott Barker is the the “High Adventure” camp of two properties owned by GSNMT. Girls are able to participate in a low and high ropes course, canoeing, archery, horseback riding, rafting on the Rio Grande, and rock climbing. All of the camps that are offered at Camp Elliott Barker are open to girls in Girl Scouting and those that are not. Counselors come from all over the state of New Mexico, across the country, and from international exchange agencies to help empower the G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders) of today and tomorrow.

In the ‘off season’ for summer camps the property is also available for rentals. Individuals or groups can rent cabins, barn space, the dining, hall or the kitchen. Our cabin unit boasts 6 units with electricity and wood stoves for winter heating; they are also winterized with glass windows. The cabin unit it also home to our brand new (installed in 2017) bathroom and shower facility.

We are currently in the middle of a capital campaign to raise funds for a shiny, new “Welcome and Retreat Center”. This new building will sit facing the beautiful Moreno valley and serve as building space that was seriously lacking previously. The uses of the building will include: some staff housing to make room for more girls, an executive office for camp administrative staff, an infirmary, additional kitchen and dining space, and as an off season rental for groups.

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I need to contact the person in charge of the camp, the top person in charge. Please provide the contact information asap. My daughter got off the bus with an injured ankle,, that was injured on Wednesday, today is Friday. None of the counselors on the bus provided the information, even though they knew about the injury. Not one person from camp leadership or organization, bus counselors or anyone called me or her mother about the injury. We learned of the injury from our daughter two days after the injury. Please provide me with the contact information for the person in charge of the camp asap. I will also, email the camp. Thank you.
Really missing this place, totally having a run of FOMO. Can we have a reunion weekend next year?
Troop 10471 will see you this weekend!