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Remembering Camper Stories

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Camp has sadly come to an end for the summer of 2011. Things are very quiet at Big Spring and High Trails! While we are already looking forward to next summer, we want to share a few more stories from this summer…

Today we went horseback riding. We all put on our jeans and boots and walked to the barn. First we talked to our wrangler about how to saddle our horses before our ride. The sun was blazing hot, but luckily we all finished saddling quickly. My horse was named Popcorn. She is dark brown and pretty tall. We walked through all the pretty trees and mountains. At about noon we stopped for lunch. YUM! We tied our horses to trees and enjoyed a delicious meal. Turkey sandwiches and fruit. After we ate, we got back on our horses and started to head back to camp. On the way back we took a different trail and saw colorful flowers and lots of trees. After an all-day ride, we got back to the barn and untacked our horses. This was probably the best horseback riding trip ever all because of SANBORN!!
Abby G.

One day early in the morning we got up and dressed to go on our all-day horse ride. It was really fun! When we got to the barn I looked on the sheet and I got Rafter. Rafter was a tall horse. He was really sweet and listened to everything I told him to do, and he loved to trot fast. I loved him so much. When we got back, we put the horses in the pen. Rafter dropped on the ground and started to roll in the dirt. I said “Rafter I just brushed you” and he just looked up at me, stood up, and came up to the fence and licked my hands.
Alexandra D.

There are lots of fun things to do at Sanborn. The fun thing I just did was the Artsy Overnight. It is a hike to Tie Cabin and we make art. It took us about twenty minutes to get ready with our backpacks full of food and tents. And then we were ready to go. It took about two hours to get there and set up our tents. Then we started to draw, make key chains, rock necklaces, and so much more. The day went by so fast. It was time to go to bed. I was sad to leave the fun things that we were doing, but I knew that a bunch more fun things await me and my campmates!
Addie T.

We just got back from our very fun overnight, the Artsy Overnight. When we got back, we went to outcamp to wash dishes and put away the food. We had a delicious lunch of hamburgers, french fries, and root beer floats. We met at the lodge for our afternoon activities – I chose blogging. I know we are going to be very sad to leave our new friends we made at Sanborn. But most of us are coming back for another summer of fun!
Taylor L.

Campers’ Summer Stories

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

CORE (Community OutReach Experience) Horse was a very educational, growth encouraging, and fun-filled experience for me. A lot of people think riding a horse is very simple. But it takes a lot more work than just sitting in a saddle and pushing the horse forward. My group learned things from how to scoop manure to how to do Key Hole in gymkhana. You learn how to face your fears of riding bareback on a horse and how to communicate with your horse through your body, not just your actions. We learned how everyday wranglers, like Jessie, Will O., and Maren, wake up at 5am to feed and pull horses for us campers throughout the day. And then they don’t get to sleep until 10pm. CORE is a great experience and I will never forget it. Thank you Sanborn!
Mimi C.

Sanborn is the BEST camp ever! You meet lots of great people here and they are very nice to you. My favorite part of camp is the good. The chefs are amazing! And nice. :) The one thing that is great about this camp is that you get to choose almost everything you do here! I can’t wait to climb a 14er! The view is beautiful everywhere you go. There are trees everywhere! We follow a practice that is “Leave No Trace.” That basically means don’t litter, leave stuff behind, or carve your name into trees. I most certainly can’t wait for my 2nd year in 2012!
Lauryn G.

There are so many things to do at High Trails, and fishing is one of them! We went fishing and it was so much fun! We learned how to fish in 3 simple steps. Cast, reel, and viola! You probably have a fish. We used marshmallows as bait. There were a lot leftover, so we ate them. We heard that the boys caught a 19in fish in the pond, so we were hopeful! In the end, everybody had caught something – reed, sticks, themselves. Overall everybody enjoyed themselves and were full of marshmallows!
Mia M.

I am a junior at HIgh Trails, but I wish I were here for a month because it is so much fun here. One of my favorite things is the horseback riding, which I absolutely love, but everything at Sanborn is fantastic so I’m not picking favorites! Today we came back from our last overnight at Tie Cabin, which was awesome. It’s amazing that eleven days have done by because it feels like two days. I am definitely coming back to Sanborn!!!
Katherine S.

Sanborn Western Camps News Update: August 7, 2011

Monday, August 8th, 2011

We have had another great week at camp. Rainy evenings have not dampened our spirits and the sunny days have been perfect for our many activities and trips. This morning’s gymkhana was a real highlight—riders from Big Spring and High Trails competed in horseback games in the arena and everyone from both camps cheered them on. Saturday night’s dance with a Western Hoedown theme was also a lot of fun.

Long trips at High Trails returned Thursday and Friday enthusiastic about their adventures and accomplishments. The four-day Elbert-Massive Backpack climbed Colorado’s two tallest mountains, 14,433’ Mt Elbert and 14,421’ Mt Massive. The five-day Colorado Trail Backpack hiked along the spectacular Continental Divide and summited 14,073’ Mt. Columbia on the fourth day. The five-day Harvard-Yale Backpack hiked in the beautiful Collegiate Peaks and climbed Mt. Harvard (14,420’) in the same day. The Kite Lake three-day climbed 14, 148’ Mt. Democrat on Wednesday and the Alpine Valley 3-day trip reached the top of 14,036’ Mt. Sherman. Backpack trips into the Tarryall Mountains, and Mt. Silverheels enjoyed spectacular scenery during their four days in the wilderness. The four- and five-day horse trips had great experiences exploring wilderness areas south and west of camp. All of the girls were excited about the beauty of their campsites and the fun they had together.

Big Spring campers enjoyed many exciting overnights and all-days last week including climbs of Mt. Huron, Mt. Princeton, La Plata Peak, and Mts. Oxford and Belford. The boys also had fun on horseback overnights, rock climbing overnights, river overnights, fishing trips, a canoe overnight, and several trips which camped out on the ranch.

The Sanborn Juniors have been enthusiastic and energetic about their activities this week. They have enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, crafts, hikes and nature programs at the Interbarn. Their group photos have been posted on the website with the tent and cabinside photos.

Next week, Big Spring will head out on three-, four-, and five-day backpacking trips, mountain climbs and horse-pack trips. High Trails has a variety of overnights and all-days planned including a trip to the resort town of Breckenridge on Thursday. Sanborn Junior campers are looking forward to another campout, more horseback riding, a hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds, and an all-day tubing trip on the South Platte River. The term is flying by and we plan to make the most of our last week together.

Camp History Scavenger Hunt

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Would YOU be able to locate Humpty Dumpty Rock? Do you know where to find the ORIGINAL swimming pool at camp?

These are some of the questions that were asked on a recent “Camp History Scavenger Hunt” that based out of High Trails and meandered all over camp–allowing campers and staff to learn more about both the area’s western history and the legacy of Laura and Sandy Sanborn.

After picking the brains of an Original High Trails Camper (Julie Richardson) and locating one half of a Sanborn marriage (Maren MacDonald), the girls hiked to Big Springs to find Jerry McLain–our resident historian, current Director of Alumni Relations, and general know-it-all (in the most positive sense of the phrase). He told a few excellent stories from the original “dining hall” (the main room of the current Big Spring office, and the former dining room in Laura and Sandy’s original house) and told the ladies about the evolution of camp.

How would you have done? Check out the questions and the great photos the girls took on their scavenger hunt.

1. Find Humpty Dumpty Rock
2. Locate the place where a sit-in occurred to keep a pipeline from being constructed
3. Locate the original lodge
4. Find the original swimming pool
5. Identify a square of Laura’s quilt
6. Find a person who was a camper the first year of the girls camp
7. Find the two halves of a Sanborn marriage
8. Find the newest cabin at High Trails
9. Find the oldest camp building
10. What is the actual name of the “treehouse trail”
11. Which were the original four cabins at High Trails
12. Locate the original dining hall
13. Find someone who can tell you a story about Quicks Homestead or the Witcher Ranch
14. Locate the first tennis courts
15. Find the original “Leo’s”–the 1st auto maintenance shop

Ready for some answers? Check out the photos below and see if they trigger any memories…and right answers!

Humpty Dumpty Rock on the way to Sandy and Laura's house

Standing above the water pipeline...and down the trail from Old Boys Sunday Rocks

The Pool that became The Depot that became The Rock House

Quilt Made By Campers and Staff for Laura's 80th birthday

Many generations of High Trails Ladies

Ashley McGowan=Half of Camp Marriage #58

Ryan McGowan=The Other Half (these hats were actually worn at the wedding)

The Big Spring Barn: One of the two original buildings on camp property

Jerry McLain Parkway

The Original Four HT Cabins=Juniper, Ponderosa, Gold Hut and Kinnikinnik

Jerry and the girls in front of the Big Spring office: aka, the Original Dining Hall

The Original Tennis the Ultimate Prison Ball Court

The Chalet of Auto Maintenance: The two bays for cars have become a) Outcamp and b) The Tent Room

Sanborn Western Camps News Update: July 31, 2011

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Working on our Adopted Peak: Mount Missouri

What a busy week we’ve had! Big Spring and High Trails had a wide variety of all-day and overnight trips both on and off the camp property. A number of campers chose overnight horse trips while others selected rock-climbing, canoeing, fishing or mountain climbing adventures. All-day trips included hikes to the Florissant Fossil Beds and to Pancake Rock, as well as tubing on the South Platte River and fishing. Some of our older campers signed up for the challenging SOLE (Sanborn Outdoor Learning Experience) and CORE (Community Outreach Experience) programs for the week. They were enthusiastic about their experiences and felt great about the service components of the trips.

Sanborn Junior campers also had a full week. High Trails Juniors were excited about their all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. All the Juniors enjoyed a second camping trip and a wide variety of in-camp programming. We were sorry to see them leave on Friday.

We were happy to greet a new group of Sanborn Junior campers today and look forward to a campout, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, and many fun activities with them next week. The fourth term of Sanborn Junior living unit photos will be up on our website on Wednesday or Thursday this week.

Special events last week included the Sanborn Carnival for both camps on Saturday. This was followed by a theme dance. Big Spring spent Wednesday on a Unit All-Day where each living group selected an activity to do together—mountain biking, high ropes course, fishing, horseback riding, rock scrambling, etc. The boys also enjoyed a Kangaroo Court evening, and a “How Well Do You know Your Counselors” Game Show. A favorite evening program at both camps was the Counselor Hunt. High Trails also had fun with their “Minute to Win It” program on Friday.

CORE Horse Ambassadors clearing trees on SWC property

Next week the girls will leave camp for three-, four-, and five-day trips. Some will head out on horse pack trips; others have chosen 4 or 5-day high mountain backpacks into some of Colorado’s most pristine wilderness. Other trips will be based in spectacular alpine areas such as Leavick Valley at the base of Mt. Sherman and Kite Lake at the foot of Mt. Democrat. Many groups will have the opportunity to climb mountains.

Big Spring has planned an exciting program of overnights including mountain climbing trips to Mt. Princeton, Mt. Huron, La Plata Peak, and Mts. Oxford and Belford. The boys will also be tubing on the river, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, and enjoying some overnights on the ranch. BS long trips will take place the week of August 8.

Until next week….

More Camper Stories

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Camp is like a home away from home. Every year is full of fun, adventure, and excitement. I have been with the same group of girls that now feel like family; I can be as crazy as I want to around them. Camps is also the only time I really get out into nature and no amount of technology can compensate for living with nature.

The Warrior Dash
The warrior dash was such a blast! We had all these different teams and challenges that we had to complete. These are just some of the things we got to do. First we went to the warrior sing and had to make up a song for our team. Next I went to the 4-story treehouse and had to save “King Arthur” by choosing the right silver cup. We tossed shrunken heads (water balloons) back and forth in front of the lodge.
Hope Pohlman

Sanborn Camp is not about sitting around. Sanborn is about determination, courage, and responsibility. Sanborn is about getting in touch with nature, hiking the tallest mountains, riding a horse as fast as you can, and pushing yourself to the extreme! Sanborn is a new beginning and it never has an end. Sanborn camp is happiness, pure happiness.
Victoria Mak

In the world,
we get lost in the commonality
we forget to look for the beauty
we miss the glow of life
Then we come to nature and
we are afraid to look, love, listen
we are afraid that something might be perfect and true
we are terrified that something is real
That’s why together we can accept that
this might be what we’ve been searching for
this might open up our eyes to it all
Then we go back to the world
never to be the same.

Grab your towel, grab your goggles, bring your smile, and run to the pool. Cruise down the slide, and splash in the water. There’s so much to do at the POOL! Paddle around in the blow-up tubes! Use the noodles as any sea creatures. Adventure through the whole pool, there’s so much to do! You can play in the pool or out of the slide. I love the swimming pool! My favorite thing is to hang out in the sun and talk to my friends! Mis loves to go down the slide on a sleeping pad because it goes so fast! Addie loves to go down on a tube! I love the pool! There’s so much to do!
Emily Driscoll

Camper Posts

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I was new at camp the year. When I came I was scared and got homesick. Then everything got better, everyone was really nice!! My counselors were nice too! One of my favorite activities is horseback riding! You get to learn how to put the saddle on and learn how to brush your horse. Skit night was fun. It’s where you and your cabin make up a skit and perform it and everybody at High Trails watches. I like singing songs here like “Rocky Mountain High.”
Katie Neal

High Trails is like a second family to me. We all come here from different parts of the county and come from different backgrounds. But once we are surrounded by all of these beautiful mountains and trees and nature, none of that matters. Every new person is welcomed with hugs and smiling faces. And old friends are never forgotten. You are never bored because there are a variety of things to do. You can horseback ride, mountain bike, technical rock climb, rock scramble, swim, arts and crafts, and much more! High Trails gives me something to look forward to every summer and when it is over I know there are more girls enjoying the Rocky Mountain High.
Mimi Chapman

High Trails at Sanborn Camps is a summer worth of fun. There is something for everyone. Horseback riding, drama, hiking, climbing, pottery, and so much more. Sanborn is a safe environment where kids can learn and grow in the outdoors. We welcome new campers with open arms. Sanborn has become a second home to some and hopefully to you too. Sanborn is an experience you do not want to miss. Have you ever heard the wind dance in the aspen leaves? Have you ever slept out under the stars? Have you climbed to the top of a mountain peak? Have you ever gone tubing down a river? We guarantee you will have a blast! Throughout the term you will learn new things, meet new people, and do things you may not have. I tried Sanborn and I know I am a better person for it. Sanborn is the camp to go to. We hope to see you here next summer!
Kate Ratliff

It’s only the first week of Sanborn, and I can already tell you that walking uphill is A LOT easier. I’m sure by the end I will have gained so much muscle! Hiking a mountain will be a breeze. Then I will spend more time actually seeing the beauty of the Rockies. The hills gently roll, and the mountains…Oh the mountains! Last year when I was hiking up Quandry we got up at 3 in the morning. I can tell you it was well worth the early rise. In the light of the moon, the dew on the pines sparkles and glistened. It was probably one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen.
Not using technology was hard at first, but when you get to know how many things you can do without it, it gets easier. There is so much to do here, you really don’t have time for technology. If there’s anything to be said of Sanborn, it’s that you never get bored!
At Sanborn there are 2 sections. One is Big Spring, where the boys live. And I live at High Trails with the girls. It actually makes camp more enjoyable to be separate, you spend less time worrying about looks and boys and more time enjoying the outdoor experience. There are coed events where you get to see the boys. Best of both worlds!
Coming to Sanborn is a wonderful experience, and the people you meet always become your friends. It’s like a family away from family. Cliques don’t exist here. Everyone is there to help you out. If I could spend every summer here, I would say yes without even batting an eye.

Sanborn Camps News Update: July 24, 2011

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The first full week of camp has flown by! The enthusiasm of the campers and staff for the activities and events of the past week has been exceptional. As always, we feel so fortunate to work with such a wonderful group of young people.

Groups returning from the unit overnights were exuberant about their adventures while camping out on the Ranch on Monday or Tuesday. On Thursday and Friday we began some exciting all day trips. Some campers from Big Spring and High Trails chose to explore Pancake Rocks, or The Crags, spectacular rock formations on the west side of Pikes Peak. Others enjoyed mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, tubing on the South Platte River and canoeing at Eleven-Mile Reservoir. We’ve also had a varied in-camp program with crafts, sports, hikes, half-day rides and Interbarn activities among others.

The Junior campers had a full week, too. After returning from their overnight camping trips, they went horseback riding, enjoyed several hikes, and spent time at the swimming pool, the crafts shop and the Interbarn. Juniors at both Big Spring and High Trails spent a great day tubing on the river last week, while Big Spring Juniors also enjoyed an all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

Everyone participated in several all-camp events throughout the week. At High Trails, the All-Camp Adventure Race on Wednesday afternoon was great fun. High Trails also had a special “Lucky Dinner” and Bingo Party on Friday night.

At Big Spring, the boys loved the Bomber Relay on Thursday night. Following the unit overnights both camps held skit nights where campers dramatized their adventures. On Saturday, many campers chose to participate in “Hike the Pike”, an annual event to raise money for a worthwhile charity. Campers and staff hike up to six miles, and the camp makes a contribution for each mile walked. Saturday evening everyone came together for an evening which included an ice cream social and dance.

We are looking ahead to next week’s adventures, which will include a wide variety of overnight and all-day trips. Several different “Fourteener” mountain climbs are scheduled at High Trails and Big Spring as well as 2-day horseback trips, canoe trips, rock climbing trips, fishing trips and much more. The Juniors have another overnight planned as well as horseback riding and several special events. High Trails Juniors will also visit the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

Many of our older campers have signed up for SOLE (Sanborn Outdoor Leadership Experience) or CORE (Community Outreach Experience) next week—5-day adventures include service projects as well as challenging activities. Two groups will work with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to build trails in Missouri Gulch on Mts. Oxford and Belford. Another trip has a rock climbing focus. During the week they will learn climbing skills and build trails at our new climbing site on Wild Goat Mountain. Yet another trip will focus on improving horseback riding skills as well as working on trails around the ranch.

If you haven’t already done so, check out the living unit photos as well as activity photos from this week in camp on our website.

Until next week…

Sanborn Camps News Update: July 15, 2011

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The opening day of camp is always exciting and it is wonderful to greet so many old friends and to begin to get to know first-time campers.  After almost two weeks of training and a successful first term, our staff members are seasoned veterans and we are proud of their enthusiasm, their skill, and their caring attitude. The campers have already made themselves at home; they seem as happy to be here as we are to have them.

Activities begin immediately.  This weekend some campers will be horseback riding; others will enjoy hikes to A-Bluff, the Crystal Beds, or Top of the World.  Crafts, sports, nature and geology explorations and preparatory training for everything from rock climbing to canoeing will contribute to a busy schedule for everyone.  Tomorrow night’s opening campfires at each camp are always fun and memorable.

During the weekend, campers at Big Spring and High Trails will sign up for their trips.  We are really anticipating the backcountry adventures we will share during the upcoming weeks—mountain climbs, backpacking trips, horsepack explorations and many more.

Sanborn Junior campers will spend Saturday and Sunday hiking, riding, swimming, making crafts and learning camping skills for their first campouts.  Sanborn Junior girls will join everyone at High Trails and leave Monday for their cabinside overnights on the ranch.  On Tuesday, the boys will all head out for their unit overnights.  Goals for these first campouts include getting to know cabin and tent mates, learning to work together as a group, enjoying the beauty of the Colorado mountains, getting acquainted with part of the spectacular 6000 acres owned by the camps, testing equipment and honing camping skills, as well as having a lot of fun!

Later in the week Big Spring and High Trails campers will choose from an exciting program of all-day hikes, horseback rides, river trips, ropes course challenges, and rock climbing as well as a varied in-camp program.  The Juniors will do more riding, swimming, archery, tennis and crafts.  They also have a great all-day trip to the river for tubing/rafting planned.

We have already posted photos from today.  Each weekend we will update these.   We will post cabin and tent unit photos later in the week.  We’re looking forward to a great week….

A Film From the Big Spring Craft Shop: “As it Happens”

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Movie: "As it Happens"

Movie: "As it Happens"

Our campers have sure been creative this session! They’ve worked with clay, fired pots, painted posters, carved wood, and the list goes on

Throughout this session, a group of four campers worked diligently to create a stop-motion video. Using clay, paper, cardboard, and wire, they put this film together during the Arts and Crafts Saturday Special.

As described by our Arts and Crafts Director, Falcon Craft, “This is what happens when you get a group of creative campers, staff, and just the right amount of magic working together like a fine delicacy.”

Click here to see the video!