Girl Scout Troops 70179 and 73928 joined forces and spent the weekend at Sky High Ranch in Woodland, Colo., competing at the 32nd annual competition, Reach for the Peak. Six Boulder girls Gracie Summers, Sophia Jones, Kennedy Banks, Karissa Murra, Claire Arveson, and Bennett McDannell joined 20 other teams in a test of scouting skills that included first aid, orienteering, lashing, fire building, campsite set-up, survival skills, knots, blade skills, and a cooking competition. Their 50s themed dinner included five cooking methods and a "TV dinner" menu of Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, biscuits on a stick, and cookies baked in a cardboard oven.
It was the first year these 12-year-olds competed against other girls ages 11 to 19. Their months of preparation and years of studying paid off as they had a great finish, winning the Marmot award. They utilized teamwork and tapped into their strong leadership skills without any assistance from adults to "Reach for the Peak." The girls all plan to return to the competition next year.