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Camp News Update: June 26, 2011

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

What a busy week we’ve had!  On Monday-Tuesday and again on Thursday-Friday both Big Spring and High Trails had a wide variety of overnight and all-day trips on and off the Ranch.  A number of campers chose overnight horse trips while others went mountain biking, rock climbing, mountain climbing or canoeing.  Still others enjoyed tubing on the South Platte River, hiked on the west side of Pikes Peak, and fished for trout at Lost Lake. Some of our older campers chose the challenging and service-oriented SOLE (Sanborn Outdoor Learning Experience) and CORE (Community Outreach Experience) programs for the week—some worked with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative doing trail work on Mt. Elbert, while others hiked the Colorado Trail.  Two groups chose a rock climbing experience while three groups selected a horseback riding 5-day, all of which included service components.

On Wednesday, the boys enjoyed a Unit All-Day where each living group selected an activity to do together—fishing, horseback riding, games, the fossil beds, rock scrambling.  The girls had an active in-camp program as well as additional all-day trips.

The Juniors demonstrated outstanding outdoor skills when they camped out on Monday night at High Trails and Thursday night at Big Spring –they are experienced outdoors people by now!  High Trails Juniors had a great time tubing on the South Platte River on Thursday while the boys had fun on their Bat Caves/Fossil Beds All Day on Wednesday.  The Explorers and Mavericks were excited about their all-day horseback ride while the Pioneers and Roughriders saddled up for half-day rides.  Both groups also had time for swimming, crafts and Interbarn activities. We were sad to see this wonderful group of campers leave today but are grateful for our time together.  We look forward to greeting our Second Session Junior campers on Tuesday.

Highlights of the week’s evening programs at High Trails included a Crazy Utensil Mystery Dinner,  Silent Trails, a “Just Glow with It All Camp Sunset Hike” and a Drive-In Movie on the Lodge Lawn.  Big Spring had fun with “A Minute to Win It” and “How Well Do You Know Your Counselor? Nights, as well as games in the field and a Unit Activities Night..  Both camps enjoyed the “Hike the Pike” walk for charity on Saturday afternoon and the dance on Saturday Night.

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 four- and five-day high mountain backpacks into some of Colorado’s most pristine wilderness.  Other trips will be based in spectacular alpine areas like the Buffalo Peaks and Leavick Valley near Fairplay.  Many groups will have the opportunity to climb mountains.

Big Spring has planned an exciting program of overnights and all-day trips including mountain climbing trips to Pikes Peak, Mt. Princeton, Mt Ouray, Mt. Shavano and Tabeguache Mountain. The boys will also be horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping on the ranch and canoeing.  Their “long trips” are scheduled for the week of July 4.

Until next week….

A Parent’s Guide to a Sanborn Camper’s Letter

Friday, June 24th, 2011

SANBORNISMS: Over the years many words have crept into the camp language that are not found in Webster’s. If you are receiving letters from a camper this summer, here are a few definitions to help you with translation.

ABLE WAITERS. Campers at Big Spring who choose to come to each meal 30 minutes early, eat early, and then serve food to other campers when the main meal starts. Benefits include an excellent salary (chits which may be used at the camp store); special treatment from the cooks; and a high degree of prestige. MABLES are the servers at High Trails and everyone takes a turn. Benefits are the same.

ASSISTANT COUNSELORS. Commonly called ACs, these staff members wash the dishes after each meal and keep camp buildings clean. They also work in many areas of the camp program and add a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to every aspect of the camp community.

BOMBER. A long, day hike which can be chosen from the trip sign up sheet and sometimes from the in-camp program. These hikes range in length from 5-25 miles and cover a lot of beautiful territory. Near the end of the term there is even a Bomber Hike to climb Pikes Peak offered to older campers.

CHIT. The currency at Sanborn Camps, chits are accepted at the camp stores. They may be earned by excellence in tent or cabin clean-up, able or mabel waiting, and a variety of other good deeds.

CHIPPY DIPPY BARS. A delicious chocolately homemade dessert.

FLUBBER. A magical substance which is a solid one minute, a liquid the next. Named after the amazing goo which starred in several Walt Disney movies, this stuff is lots of fun to experiment with.

GORP. A high energy trail snack which is used on camp trips.  It usually consists of M&M’s, raisins, and peanuts although creative trip leaders may also add granola and other special treats.

INTERBARN, THE. A large science center located between Big Spring and High Trails, the Interbarn houses fun, creative displays like the giant walk-in replica of a living cell and the Talking Rock. A lot of fun activities take place here during the summer—including flubber-making bubble-blowing, “Mad Scientists”, hot air balloon making and much more.

JUNIOR COUNSELORS. Commonly called “JCs”, these are the oldest campers at High Trails. In addition to participating in an advanced activity program, their program includes leadership training and opportunities.  OUTBACKERS are the same campers at Big Spring.

RIDGE LEADER. A senior staff member who supervises several tents/cabins. They are here to support staff and campers, lead trips, organize program areas, and many other behind the scenes jobs.

SCHMERLTZ “THE WORLD’S GREATEST GAME”. Invented at Big Spring, in the 1950s, this game which began with socks packed with dirt has achieved fame as the “Foxtail” game which is now commercially sold. Although we’ve replaced the dirt with a ball, we still use a sock. Two teams face each other on the playing field and throw the schmertlz toward a goal — there are a wide variety of ever-changing rules — but it is always “the world’s greatest game”!

SIERRA CUP. A metal cup with a handle which is used on camping trips for eating and drinking. Easy to clean and carry, it is the only dish you’ll ever need!

VESPERS or SUNDAY ROCKS. On Sundays Big Spring and High Trails each hike to a high point to watch the sunset, reflect on the week, sing songs, and share inspirational quotes. This is a non-sectarian service that celebrates camp values and the beauty of the natural world.

WRANGLER. A staff member who specializes in teaching horseback riding. They lead great horse trips and are exceptionally good at helping everyone from beginning to advanced riders improve their horsemanship skills. They are renowned culinary artists of the back-country.

Written by High Trails Campers

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

packing up for cabinside overnights

A few days back so of our ladies took a morning to write about their cabinside overnight adventures! I’m sure the adventures that have occurred during the last few days will be written about as well. So check back, and happy reading!

My overnight was very exciting! Our hike was very exhausting, but when we got to horse pasture it was a very nice place. I personally love the overnight food, ham and cheese bagels, pita pizzas, no bake Oreo cheesecake and breakfast crepes with peanut butter, brown sugar and chocolate chips, YUM! Sleeping under the stars is very relaxing, seeing the constellations and a full moon. Sanborn High Trails is very fun with lots of adventures and making new friends.
Anonymous Cedar Lodge West Camper

Dear Journal,
The canbinside overnight was very fun! It took us two hours to get there, but it was worth it. We all slept outside and nobody got cold. The food was good. We went on an awesome hike. You could take nice pictures from the top of the hill! It was fun!!!
By Hannah

Sanborn is awesome. You get yummy food, and get to do fun things. All of the girls are nice.
Anonymous

Yesterday, Cedar Lodge East hiked to Horse Pasture. When we first arrived, we found the spine, ribs, skull, shoulder bones, hip bones, and one leg of a dead deer. It was fascinating. We played many games, hung out, and had pita pizzas for dinner. At night, we slept out under the stars, and there was a full moon. We saw the Big Dipper, and the moon looked beautiful. The next morning we had crepes for breakfast, packed up our backpacks and made sure we left no trace. The entire cabinside bonded, and the experience was unforgettable.
By Dana C.

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Overnight – Our overnight was really fun. We all slept underneath the stars. We had an hour long hike there and when we got there, we spend most of our time playing games. Then, we had pita pizzas. Overall, our overnight was REALLY fun!
Anonymous

High Trails is in Sanborn Western Camps. I am in Cedar Lodge West, which is the oldest cabin on the North Ridge of High Trails. My cabin is ¼ of a mile away from the lodge. Even though my cabin is far away from the lodge. I love it!
By Kelsey M.

Hey Everyone!
Today is the 16th of June and everyone just got back from their overnights. My cabin, Kinnikinnik East, went to Potts Springs. It was very dusty, but everyone had a really good time. We put on Henna, told riddles, and for the first time, we actually have a really good song for our skit. This afternoon I was supposed to go on a hike to Witchers to rock scramble and get more miles for the 50 mile club. After I write this I am going to eat some ice cream!
Love, Abby K.

Hi everybody. My name is Emma Williams, and I’m from Kinnikinnik East. Today is the fourth full day of camp. Last night, we went on our cabinside overnight. Kinnikinnik East hiked to Potts Springs. We put on Henna tattoos and made up our skit for skit night tonight. We also played a bunch of games and did riddles. Our counselors are Pippa and Darcy, our AC is Liat, and our JC is Lane. I had a lot of fun with everybody and I’m so excited for the rest of camp!

By Emma W.

My cabinside over night was AWESOME! The hike was long. Our backpacks seemed heavy, but it was worth the hike. We had so much fun! We played Capture the Flag, Taridactle, Mafia, and 2Truths and a lie. For dinner we had Mac and Cheese and Chicken. GOOD! There was this house that my friend and I changed in. The rest of my cabin scared us by making noises. Our whole side of the cabin slept outside. We also danced in the moon shadow. It might sound weird but it is fun! Then we went to bed, I woke up in the middle of the night and I saw 2 shooting stars. It was AWESOME! When we woke up we are breakfast then went on the hike back. YEA! It was fun!
By Ame Frank-Baca

All ready to go!

Hi, my name is Jaime. Today is the 5th day of camp. Yesterday was our cabinside overnight. We got really dirty. We put henna on, it’s so cold! I got a heart and a flower. We wrote a song for our skits tonight. We changed the words of Teenage Dream by Katy Perry. We played so many games and solved many riddles. It’s been such a fun time so far.
By Jaime T.

Camp News Update: June 19th, 2011

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Unit Overnights: Hiking in the CO High Country

What a great week!  As always, we feel so fortunate to work with such a wonderful group of young people, and enthusiasm has been high for all of our trips and activities.

We have enjoyed sunny skies and warm temperatures throughout the week, perfect weather for our many outdoor activities.  Monday and Tuesday included many introductory activities as groups headed out for hikes and horseback rides, learned archery or fly-tying, practiced rock climbing, and worked on creative projects at the Arts and Crafts buildings, the Interbarn, and the photo-darkroom.

Watching the sunset at Top of the World

On Wednesday, High Trails put on their backpacks for cabinside overnights and hiked to campsites around our property to spend the night camping out.  Big Spring left for their unit overnights on Thursday.  Campers and staff returned in high spirits and shared excited stories of their adventures.  On Friday, the girls began their all-day trips with a river trip,  technical rock climbing, rock scrambling, and horseback rides.

Chatting with Ranger Will at the Florissant Fossil Beds

Junior campers also participated in overnight camp outs during the week.  In addition, they went horseback riding twice, enjoyed several hikes, and spent time at the swimming pool, the crafts shop and the Interbarn.  The girls visited the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument while the boys were enthusiastic about their all-day tubing trip at the South Platte River.

Everyone enjoyed several all-camp events throughout the week.  Both camps celebrated the arrival of campers with opening campfires on Monday evening.  At High Trails, the Adventure Race on Tuesday afternoon and the Counselor Hunt on Tuesday evening were great fun.  Big Spring’s wild and crazy Bomber Relay was also held on Tuesday night.  Both camps held skit nights where each living unit dramatized their adventures on the overnights.  On Saturday evening, the camps came together at Big Spring for an ice cream social and Decades Dance.

Campers in both camps have been offered a wide variety of all-day and overnight trips and a number of these are scheduled for next week.  Horseback overnights, tubing on the South Platte River, fishing all-days, mountain climbs and hikes to several spectacular locations are only some of the adventures that await. There will also be a busy in-camp program and some of our favorite special events.  Juniors at both camps will experience another campout, more horseback riding, swimming, tennis, and a number of fun, creative in-camp activities.  High Trails Juniors are looking forward to their trip on the South Platte River while Junior Campers at Big Spring will enjoy the Bat Caves/Fossil Beds All Day.

Many of our older campers have signed up for SOLE (Sanborn Outdoor Leadership Experience) or CORE (Community Outreach Experience) next week—these 5-day adventures include service projects as well as challenging activities.  One group will work with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to build trails on Mt. Elbert, while another will hike along the Colorado Trail and work with CFI on Oxford/Belford.  Two separate trip groups have chosen a rock climbing focus.  During the week they will learn climbing skills and build trails at our climbing site on Wild Goat Mountain. Both the CORE and SOLE programs are also offering 5-day Horsemanship experiences–these will emphasize improving horseback riding skills as well as community service.

If you haven’t already done so, check out the living unit photos taken early last week by clicking on “Check out photos from Summer 2011” under “Camp Dates” on our home page.  We’ve also posted some new activity photos taken last week.  Photos from either Big Spring, High Trails, or Sanborn Junior will load automatically in the photo gallery.  To access photos from the other camps, click on the gallery button on the bottom left of the photos and choose the photos you would like to see.

Beyond reading these weekly updates and our Sanborn blog online, you can follow Sanborn Western Camps on Facebook. We would love to have parents, friends, and family follow our (almost!) daily updates about camp events, trips and activities.  We also post links to great “children and nature’ organizations and activities.

Until next week…

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: The ABC Ridge

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-A-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

This time, the counselors of ABC Ridge! (Antero, Blanca, and Crestone)

Walt Craig

Walt Craig

Walt Craig
Your Name? – Walt Craig
Where do you call home? – New Jersey
Where do you go to school? – Rutgers
What are you studying? – Civil Engineering
What year are you? – Senior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – The Internet — I found Sanborn on Coolworks
How long have you been here? – This is my second year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Antero
What are you most excited for this summer? – All sorts of fun stuff!
Favorite Hobby: – I mostly just go to school :(
Favorite Camp Activity? – Marshmallow Baseball
Favorite Camp Meal? – Raisin Bran
I never leave home without….. – A bunch of awesome campers in tow

Chuck Stephens being goofy

Chuck Stephens being goofy

Chuck Stephens
Your Name? – Chuck Stephens (AKA ‘Chuck Norris’)
Where do you call home? – Little Rock, Arkansas
Where do you go to school? – Colorado State University
What are you Studying? – Parks and Recreation.
What year in school are you? – I just finished my Junior year.
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff.
How did you hear about Sanborn? – The internet… But there’s a funny story about this, too — a classmate in Economics class turned out to also be going to Sanborn — Will-O! We’re best friends now.
Something you might not know about me? – I’ve worked for the Breckenridge Adaptive Ski Program — It’s awesome!
Goal for this summer? – Trying my best to avoid Chuck Norris jokes.
Amount of Facial Hair? – A lot.

Jon Weiser in a dress

Jon Weiser in a dress

Jon Weiser
Your Name? – Jon Weiser (AKA ‘The Beard’)
Where do you call home? – Chicago, IL
Where do you go to school? – Colorado College
What are you studying? – Environmental Policy
What year are you? – Sophomore
How did you hear about Sanborn? – I went here as a camper for many years
How long have you been here? – 6 years as a camper; this is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Antero
What are you most excited for this summer? – Being staff, after having been a camper
Favorite Hobby: – Theater, hockey, poetry, and singing
Favorite Camp Activity? – Counsleor Hunt
Favorite Camp Meal? – Burgers, Grilled Cheese (Not necessarily at the same time)
I never leave home without….. – My hats

Taylor Lenon

Taylor Lenon

Taylor Lenon
Your Name? – Taylor Lenon
Where do you call home? – America
Where do you go to school? – KU
What are you studying? – Communication and business
What year are you? – Junior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – My mom worked here
How long have you been here? – First year
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Blanca
What are you most excited for this summer? – climbing Pikes
Favorite Hobby: – Making duck noises
Favorite Camp Activity? – Hiking to Top of the World
Favorite Camp Meal? – dessert
I never leave home without….. – chapstick (only the blue kind)

Sam Sadler

Sam Sadler

Sam Sadler
Where are you from? – Tulsa, Oklahoma
What’s your favorite sport? – Frisbee!!!!! Both Ultimate and Frisbee Golf. Any kind of disc-throwing, especially cool trick shots.
Where do you go to school? – Oklahoma University
What year in school are you? – I’m going to be a Junior
What unit are you working with this summer? – Blanca
What are you most excited for this summer? – Helping kids learn about themselves, and other kids.
What you might not know about me? – I’m a tap-dancing FIEND

Kurt Blose

Kurt Blose

Kurt Blose
Your Name? – Kurt Blose
Where do you call home? – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Where do you go to school? – Pikes Peak Community College.
Where were you born? – Florida
What are you doing this summer? – Working with Crestone, AND heading up the Photo program
How long have you been here? – 6 summers as a camper, this is my 3rd on staff.
Something you might not know about me? – The nurse over at High Trails is my relative!
I am an expert in: Egg-Drop Contests from the Four-Story Treehouse.

John Norville

John Norville

John Norville
Your Name? – John Norville (Much like George Costanza, I am trying to start the nickname ‘Pitbull’)
Where do you call home? – Jacksonville, Florida
Where do you go to school? – University of South Carolina
What are you studying? – Business
What year are you? – Junior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – My Brother, Charlie Norville
How long have you been here ? – This is my second year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Crestone (AKA The BEST-one)
What are you most excited for this summer? – Frito Pie
Favorite Hobby: – Chinese Checkers
Favorite Camp Activity? – Playing games with the campers
Favorite Camp Meal? – I’m a meat-a-tarian… Anything involving meat.
I never leave home without….. – A pack full of snacks

Tucker Adams

Tucker Adams

Tucker Adams
Your Name? – Tucker Adams
Where do you call home? – Rutherfordton, NC
Where do you go to school? – Appalachian State University
What are you studying? – Recreation Management, with a concentration in Outdoor/Experiential Education
What year are you? – Senior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – I googled the top summer camps in the country… Sanborn sounded the best!
How long have you been here? – 3 days! (I just got here)
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Crestone
What are you most excited for this summer? – Being outdoors, and all the funny times kids make me have!
Favorite Hobby: – snowboarding and mountain biking
Favorite Camp Activity? – hiking and adventuring
Favorite Camp Meal? – Frito Pie
I never leave home without….. – A Watch.. And a Nalgene full of water

Kyle Coon And Tyrone

Kyle Coon And Tyrone

Kyle Coon

Your Name? – Kyle Coon
Where do you call home? – Jacksonville, Florida
What school do you go to? – University of Central Florida
What unit are you working with this summer? – Crestone
How did you hear about camp? – My friends, the Norvilles, told me about Sanborn.
Something you might not know about me? – I climbed up Mt. Kilimanjaro!
I’m an expert at? – Climbing — I can climb a 5.11 route, with no problems.
Sports I play? – I wrestle for my college team.
Family? – I have 1 brother, and 1 sister.
Other good stuff about Kyle? – He’s an absolutely amazing guitar player… and an inspiration to us all!

Max Gurley

Max Gurley

Max Gurley
Your Name? – Max Gurley
Where do you call home? – Louisville, KY
Where do you go to school? – University of Louisville
What are you studying? – Undeclared…. so far.
What year are you? – Sophomore
How did you hear about Sanborn? – The internet
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – ABC Ridge
What are you most excited for this summer? – Being outdoors!
Favorite Hobby: – Any kind of sport, Watching movies
Favorite Camp Activity? – Kick the Can
Favorite Camp Meal? – Every Meal is WONDERFUL!!
I never leave home without….. – My Common Sense

Andrew Morton and His Saxophone

Andrew Morton and His Saxophone

Andrew Morton
Your Name?  - Andrew Morton (AKA ‘Uncle Mort’)
Where do you call home? – Omaha, Nebraska
Where do you go to school? – University of Nebraska
What are you studying? – Music
What year are you? – Freshman
How did you hear about Sanborn? – My family has been coming forever
How long have you been here? – 3 years on staff; my first on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Crestone (AKA The BEST-one)
What are you most excited for this summer? – All of camp!
Favorite Hobby: – Saxophone
Favorite Camp Activity? – Horses!
Favorite Camp Meal? – Spaghetti
I never leave home without….. – My Saxophone (& sometimes a pocket knife)

Keep an eye out for more posts in our Meet-a-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: Jerry McLain

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-A-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

This time, Jerry McLain!

Jerry McLain doing the 'Fountain' at the BS Lodge

Jerry McLain doing the 'Fountain' at the BS Lodge

Jerry McLain
Your Name? – Jerry McLain (AKA ‘Apollo’)
Where do you call home? – Woodland Park, CO
Where do you go to school? – I already went to school!
What are you studying? – n/a
What year are you? – n/a
How did you hear about Sanborn? – Sandy and Laura Sanborn
How long have you been here? – I’ve worked here 53 summers. I started out as a counselor, way back in the day.
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – All of them, including the Alumni.
What are you most excited for this summer? – Getting to know as many staff and campers as possible. Communicating the history and heritage of camp.
Favorite Hobby: – Birds, History
Favorite Camp Activity? – Sampling Vickie’s Cookies…. And Rice Crispy Treats
Favorite Camp Meal?: – Steak Fry…. And Rice Crispy Treats
I never leave home without….. – My binoculars

Keep an eye out for more posts in our Meet-a-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: The Outcamp Coordinator

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-a-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

This time, the Outcamp Coordinator:

Logan Furer

Logan Furer teaching staff about Outcamp

Logan Furer
Your Name? – Logan Furer
Where do you call home? – Breckenridge, CO
Where do you go to school? – Wyoming Tech
What are you studying? – Motor Sports and Chassis Fabrication
What year are you? – sophomore
How did you hear about Sanborn? – “From Blue Mountain Ranch…”
How long have you been here? – 1st year on staff, but many as a camper.
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I’m working outcamp (Where the food and equipment for trips stays)
What are you most excited for this summer? – Warm Weather!
Favorite Hobby: – Snowboarding
Favorite Camp Activity? – “The Rock Haus”
Favorite Camp Meal? – Chippy Dippy Bars
I never leave home without….. – A full water bottle

Keep your eyes peeled for more in our Meet-A-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: The MOPQ Counselors

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-A-Big-Spring Counselor Series!

This time, the counselors of the MOPQ (Massive/Oxford/Princeton/Quandary) Ridge:

Christian DeLeo

Christian DeLeo

Christian DeLeo
Your Name? – Christian DeLeo
Where do you call home? – Jacksonville, Florida
Where do you go to school? – Florida State University
What are you studying? – Business Management
What year are you? – I’m a junior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – From a friend of mine, John Norville
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – The Juniors, up in Massive
What are you most excited for this summer? – Climbing some 14ers
Favorite Hobby: – Surfing, Fishing
Favorite Camp Activity? – Technical Rock Climbing
Favorite Camp Meal? – Lasagna
I never leave home without….. – It depends on the day and what I’m doing….

Ian McDavid

Ian McDavid

Ian McDavid
Your Name? – Ian “iMac” McDavid
Where do you call home? – Either Manitou Springs, or Big Spring Ranch
Where do you go to school? – University of Denver
What are you studying? – Spanish Language and Literature
What year are you? – Junior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – I was to young to remember
How long have you been here? – I first came to the ranch when I was eight or nine
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I have the honor of being with the fine, upstanding gentlemen in Oxford II
What are you most excited for this summer? – I am most excited to see both my campers and myself grow and learn from each other. I love sharing what I know about the outdoors with the kids, and they remind me that there is always something to learn about myself.
Favorite Hobby: – Photography
Favorite Camp Activity? – Counselor Hunt
Favorite Camp Meal? – Pita Pizza
I never leave home without….. – my sense of wonder.

Ryan Lawler

Ryan Lawler

Ryan Lawler
Your Name? – Ryan Lawler
Where do you call home? – Wisconsin
Where do you go to school? – University of Wisconsin – Stout
What are you studying? – Human Development and Family Studies
What year are you? – Senior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – The Internet
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Princeton
What are you most excited for this summer? – Everything!
Favorite Hobby: – Any kind of sport
Favorite Camp Activity? – Eating at the lodge with a ton of cool kids
Favorite Camp Meal? – Chippy Dippy Bars
I never leave home without….. – A hat

Ben Reid

Ben Reid

Ben Reid
Your Name? – Ben Reid
Where do you call home? – Columbia, Missouri
Where do you go to school? – University of Missouri (Mizzou)
What are you studying? – Parks, Recreation and Tourism
What year are you? – I’m a junior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – From a family friend, Ben Scott
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Princeton, Redcloud
What are you most excited for this summer? – Riding some horses with the kids
Favorite Hobby: – Floating on the river, and camping
Favorite Camp Activity? – Horses! (Eating comes in a close second)
Favorite Camp Meal? – Grilled Salmon / Asparagus / Cornbread with Honey Butter…. mmm!
I never leave home without….. – my Brain

Josh Feldman

Josh Feldman

Josh Feldman
Your Name? – Josh Feldman
Where do you call home? – Palatine, IL
Where do you go to school? – Colorado College
What are you studying? – Physics and Spanish
What year are you? – I’m a sophomore
How did you hear about Sanborn? – My dad was a camper
How long have you been here? – I started out as a camper in 2002
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Princeton
What are you most excited for this summer? – Getting to get to know the kids!
Favorite Hobby? – Soccer, Skiing
Favorite Camp Activity? – a 14er Bomber trip
Favorite Camp Meal? – Frito Pie
I never leave home without….. – Sunscreen!

Caleb Lenon

Caleb Lenon

Caleb Lenon
Your Name? – Caleb Lenon
Where do you call home? – Hiawatha, Kansas
Where do you go to school? – Oklahoma Christian
What are you studying? – Mechanical Engineering
What year are you? – Sophomore
How did you hear about Sanborn? – From my brother
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Oxford, up on MOPQ
What are you most excited for this summer? – Being outdoors all summer, and sharing it with the campers
Favorite Hobby: – Playing Music
Favorite Camp Activity? – Rock Climbing
Favorite Camp Meal? – Lasagna
I never leave home without….. – A clean pair of socks!

Keep an eye out for more posts in our Meet-A-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: The Art Dude

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-A-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

This time, Falcon Craft, the ‘Art Dude’ and ABC Ridge Leader

Falcon Craft

Falcon Craft

Falcon Craft
Your Name? – Falcon Craft (Yes, that’s my real name!)
Where do you call home? – San Antonio, Texas
Where do you go to school? – University of Texas – San Antonio
What are you studying? – Education
What year are you? – I’m a junior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – the internet
How long have you been here? – This is my 4th summer on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I’ll be the ABC ridge leader, but also co-ordinating the craft shop!
What are you most excited for this summer? – Everything!
Favorite Hobby: – Telling entertaining stories through video
Favorite Camp Activity? – Basketball
Favorite Camp Meal? – Any kind of chicken, or pizza
I never leave home without….. – My camera, chapstick, and my lucky bracelet

Keep an eye out for more posts in our Meet-A-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: The Outbacker Counselors

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-a-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

This time, the Outbacker Counselors:

Adam Beard

Adam Beard

Adam Beard
Your Name? – Adam Beard
Where do you call home? – Minneapolis, MN
Where do you go to school? – University of Minnesota
What are you studying? – Kinesiology
What year are you? – Graduated
How did you hear about Sanborn? – Mike and Maren are family
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – During the first session I will be working with the Outbackers
What are you most excited for this summer? – The chance to experience some awesome places with some awesome people
Favorite Hobby: – Anything that gets my endorphins pumping
Favorite Camp Activity? – I really enjoy singing around the campfire or at Vespers
Favorite Camp Meal? – All the food has been superb
I never leave home without….. – putting on my shoes

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper
Your Name? – Pete Cooper
One thing you might not know about me? – I have a strong aversion to dirt in my tent
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I am working with the Outbackers.
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff.
What are you most excited for this summer? – The chance to improve many camper’s lives via a good, solid Outbacker crew.
Favorite Hobby: Buying Car Air Fresheners
Favorite Camp Activity? – Keeping my tent clean!
Favorite Camp Meal? – Anything involving spinach
I never leave home without…. – My sense of humor!

Austin Coffey

Austin Coffey

Austin Coffey
Your Name? – Austin Coffey
One thing you might not know about me? – I take a lot of pictures for my Campus newspaper.
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I am working with the Outbackers. In fact, I am the Outbacker Co-Ordinator this summer.
How long have you been here? – This is my second year on staff.
What are you most excited for this summer? – Catching some rays on my hammock
Favorite Hobby: Taking some awesome photos
Favorite Camp Activity? – The Bomber Relay
Favorite Camp Meal? – Peanut-Butter & Banana Sandwiches
I never leave home without…. – Flannel

Jackson Blackburn

Jackson Blackburn

Jackson Blackburn
Your Name? – Jackson Blackburn
One thing you might not know about me? – I love teaching.
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I am working with the Outbackers
How long have you been here? – About 2 weeks! I’m excited for this summer.
Favorite Hobby: Getting to know different campers
Favorite Camp Activity? – Archery
I never leave home without…. – My Water Bottle, a bandana, and sunscreen.