On Monday, June 17, 2019, the Denver Area Council (DAC) celebrated the expansion and upgrade of the Scout Center – Dining Hall at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch in Elbert, Colorado, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The ceremony marked the successful completion of Phase I of the Growing Future Leaders capital campaign. The first phase of the campaign secured funding for capital improvements at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch (PV), endowment funds for maintaining camp properties, and infrastructure and program enhancements at Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point (CAP).
The new Scout Center – Dining Hall at PV now seats 700 campers and allows growth for future generations of Scout Campers. Our Scouting market has doubled in size over the past year with girls joining Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA. With this, youth membership could double in 5-10 years, an increase of about 20,000 Scouts. Outdoor adventures provided by our camp facilities are a primary attraction for Scouts and investing in our camp facilities is more important now than ever.
The DAC offers overnight adventure camps, as well as day camps. Scouts and families can join the adventure at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch and Tahosa High Adventure Base as they camp under the stars and participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, shooting sports, white water rafting, rock climbing, and much more! DAC camp counselors are highly experienced and work to provide fun, hands-on activities designed to keep youth physically active while they gain confidence and build camaraderie through teamwork.
DAC also offers day camps at Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point, including Cub Scout Day Camp, STEM and Makers Camp. Cub Scout Day Camp provides Cub Scouts with rank advancement opportunities and activities that offer character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. STEM camp offers a week of dynamic adventure plus new hands on experiments in the fields of chemistry, biology, geology and physics. Makers Camp inspires creativity and confidence, and teaches art concepts, such as color theory, and the logistics of working in the creative industry.
In June of 2019, Phase II of the campaign launched and will secure $1.6 million to fund the development of the Program Center, Innovation Lab, Adventure Valley Obstacle Course, and Colorado Adventure History Area.