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News from Camp: September 1st, 2010

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

All Quiet in the Western Grove

It is much too quiet around camp since second term campers left on August 15. The fields, hills, and lodges are filled with great memories from the summer of 2010, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to spend this time with so many outstanding campers and staff.

One of our tasks during the weeks following camp is to collect and distribute all the lost and found items. We have mailed every major article from High Trails which has a name to the owner. Lost and found items with names from Big Spring went out late last week and early this week, so they may still be in the mail. We still have some jackets, boots, and other items of clothing which do not have names. Please let us know if your camper is missing something and we will do everything we can to track it down and send it to you.

A fun event took place here August 20-22: the Newhoma Mountain and Music Festival. Terry Hayden, Assistant Director at The Nature Place, lined up some great bands that played from mid-day until the wee hours on a stage set up in the Big Spring field. A number of 2010 camp staff stayed around to help with the event and other alums returned to listen to the music, as well as other music lovers who experienced COEC for the first time. The weather was spectacular and everyone had a great time.

The Newhoma Stage

Sam and Scott Shepard have been out in the hayfields since camp ended, cutting and baling the nutritious mountain grass which keeps our horses in good health throughout the year. Big Spring counselors Ian Stafford and High Trails wrangler Lacey Ellingson have also been helping out. Meanwhile, the horses are enjoying a well-deserved vacation in Olin Gulch where there is plentiful grass for munching now.

Our outdoor education program staff will arrive on September 2 and we will begin welcoming sixth graders to High Trails Outdoor Education Center on September 14. Among the staff who will be returning to teach during this program are wranglers Jenny Hartman and Lacey Ellingson, High Trails ridge leadersReggie Cahalan and Maya Ovrutsky and counselor Dee Shiverdecker. Big Spring staff from the summer of 2010 include David Cumming, Andrew Jones, Jeff Krueger, Kevin Robinson, Andrew Tromey and Ian Wilson. HT nurse Suzie Bartley will serve as nurse. Former Big Spring ridge leader Chris “BC” Miller-McLemore will also return in a leadership position. Chris Tholl and Carlotta Avery direct the program; they are assisted by camp leaders Elizabeth Rundle, Johnny Domenico, and Ryan and Ashley McGowan.

Hiking During the 2009 No Child Left Inside Family Fun Day

We have two exciting events this Fall in addition to our traditional schedule. On September 25, we will join with the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to celebrate “Leave No Child Inside Day” by hosting a family fun day and open house. We will be offering a program of nature-based activities and hikes for families who would like to get their children outdoors for the day. There is no cost for the event.

2010 Stalking Education Theme=No Idea Left Inside

On October 15-17, we will again offer our outdoor education workshop, “Stalking Education in the Wild”. This weekend includes a wide variety of educational sessions led by experts in the field and is open to teachers, camping staff, parents, and anyone interested in learning more about living and teaching in the out-of-doors. Please let us know if you would like additional information on this event.

We are already thinking about next summer and have established our dates. The first term at Big Spring and High Trails will be Sunday, June 12 – Tuesday, July 12, 2011. The second term will be Friday, July 15 – Sunday, August 14. The four terms of Sanborn Junior will be June 12 – June 26, June 28– July 12, July 15 – July 29, and July 31 – August 14. We have sent this information to current camp families and will send additional information in October to camp families, former camp families, and prospective camp families. If you would like to receive our catalog and DVD or know someone who would, we will be happy to mail them at any time.

The First Ever Newhoma Mountain and Music Festival

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Moneypenny on the Newhoma stage

We had an incredible weekend at camp with the first ever Newhoma Mountain and Music Festival.

Festivities began early Friday morning with the arrival of vendors and musicians, and ended Sunday afternoon with an fantastic closing set from Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band out of Asheville, NC.

Families, couples and groups of friends all stayed at The Nature Place, rented Big Spring tents, or camped for the duration of the festival.  Delicious food and drink was provided by Amicas, Front Range BBQ, and Bristol Brewing Company.

The music of the festival appealed to all age groups, the groove beats of Saturday’s Tigercity contrasted the rock-a-billy of Friday afternoon’s Henhouse Prowlers, while the electric dance rhythm of Saturday playing Moneypenny mixed well with the down-home bluegrass riffs from the Sunday set of Grass It Up.

On Friday, Paperbird’s gorgeous vocals were followed by The Category Stompers’, led by fiddler Matt Combs, outstanding and flowing technical musicality.  Grayson Capps evening performance had everyone dancing under the moon…but S. Mob and Outformation’s Sam Holt had everyone howling with delight late into the evening.

Saturday began with a hearty dose of Broverdose, followed by the soulful singing of Jen Korte and The Loss.   Colonel Redbone wowed the crowd with their lyricism and rocking melodies.  Listener came back for an encore performance–minus the emblematic washing machine.   Outformation’s final performance, plus Surprise Me Mr. Davis and a rocking set from Oakhurst (with former Big Spring warrior, Max Paley, on mandolin) brought many fans to Florissant for a tremendous Saturday night jam.  Then Daniel Lawrence Walker brought us all, gently, back to earth with his beautiful solo guitar and folk singing.

Moonrise at Newhoma

Take time to sample all of the fantastic bands from Newhoma–they were new to many listeners…and everyone walked away VERY excited by what we had all heard.

Newhoma merchandise is still available.  Check out this post for more information.

Newhoma Music Festival Merchandise Available

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Get your Newhoma merchandise today!

Shipping and tax included in the cost.  Email terryhayden at thenatureplace dot net to place your order.

Please make your checks payable to “COEC” and mail to:

Newhoma Merchandise

PO Box 167

Florissant, CO  80816

All orders will receive a copy of the Newhoma Music Sampler produced in part by Peoples Bank.  We would like to thank People’s Bank, Colorado Outdoor Education Center, Sanborn Western Camps and all of our other tremendous sponsors for their financial support of this festival.

Newhoma T-Shirt: $15 Black or Blue, please specify M or W and Size

Newhoma Truckers Hat: $15 One Size Fits Most

Newhoma Visor: $12 Specify color: Slate or Natural

Newhoma Poster: $15

Newhoma Stickers: $2 each or 3 for $3

A Newhoma Music Sampler: Free with any Newhoma Merchandise Purchase