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….