June is the most exciting month at camp and everyone here is excited for the arrival of campers in less than two weeks. We had some great moisture in May, (mainly in the form of snow!) and the grass is green, the Aspen are leafing out, and the wildflowers are beginning to appear. We see deer every day in the immediate camp area, the Mountain Bluebirds are settled in for the summer, the hummingbirds are back, and the Abert’s squirrels are exceptionally fat and sassy.
We have been preparing the facility and are almost ready for everyone’s arrival. The Big Spring tents are up, the BS Lodge is getting a facelift, and fresh paint is being applied in many places. The flowers are planted, the horses have new shoes, and the swimming pools are filling. Although we are still finishing a few last minute facility projects, we are now turning our attention to staff training.
The leadership staff has already arrived and we completed a special training for our Senior staff team over the weekend. Several staff also completed a lifeguard training course over the weekend. Last Thursday and Friday, our rock climbing staff enjoyed a two-day training at our Wild Goat Mountain climbing site. On Monday and Tuesday, many of our trip leading staff completed a two-day Wilderness First Aid course taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute. Today, we’re conducting an all-day driver training as well as CPR and First Aid classes. And that is just the beginning…on Thursday our entire staff will be here for a nine-day staff training period.
As always, we are excited about bringing together our wonderful summer community. We are looking forward to the mountains we will climb, the horseback trips we will take, the sunsets we will share and the friendships we will make. We especially anticipate opportunities we will have to learn more about ourselves, our companions and the natural world.
We again plan to post weekly updates and photos on the website and our blog once camp begins. Although we cannot promise to show every camper or every activity, we think these photos will help parents, friends, and family members to get a peek into life at Big Spring, High Trails, and Sanborn Junior. So visit us again on June 13!