Archive for July, 2011

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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…

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

News and Views (and funny stories): from High Trails Campers
July 20, 2011

After cabinside overnights, a few campers spent a few moments writing about their adventures. Others created word lists and traded them with their friends. Then, with the word list they had to write a funny story. We thought we’d post a few for your enjoyment. Happy Reading!

My favorite thing to do at camp is horseback riding! It’s REALLY fun! You get to learn how to brush your horse, put the saddle on, and learn how to ride. You can ride on horse trails! All the horses are really sweet! I like riding Corona! Corona is really nice! You can ride on the ranch too! Every wrangler is nice! Everybody at camp is nice!
My second think I like to do at camp is swim! You get to swim a few times at the pool! The slide is really fun! All the activities at camp are fun! I like going to the Art Barn and making stuff! I like making bracelets!
By Katie

My First Overnight by Stephanie
Once we woke up, we put on our huge backpacks and went over to the lodge to have breakfast. After breakfast we loaded all the tents, food, pots, and pans into our backpacks. We started hiking to our camping location, but after about two minutes we stopped to take a break. We took about an hour worth of breaks before we got Bull Springs. Right away we set up our tents and had some lunch. We chatted for hours and hours about movies and celebrities. Once all of us couldn’t speak anymore, some girls went rock scrambling. Grace and I stayed at the campsite and played a game where you would sing a song and the other person would have to guess what song it was and who it was by. When the girls came back we played games and make friendship bracelets until we heard… Thunder! First time I ever heard thunder. I was scared, but my counselors made sure we were all safe. In the morning we went hiking back to camp.

Directions: use these words (the bold ones) to create a make-believe story, be as creative as possible!

BS Boys met at their lodge to go to spooky campfire while they were there they put on slimey bug spray and long underwear. It also started pouring rain and they saw a bear, when it stopped raining they made marshmallow pie and the counselor said, “AWOOGA” because he burned himself!

Camp is really fun! I love getting letters from my grandma “Meme”, my mom, and my dad. We went hiking with my cabin! We had to bring our backpack. I wish we had strawberries at the campsite. I wish I brought gum to camp. Melon lost her voice at the camp site. Something smelled at the campsite. Some people did a trick. There were some pretty flowers. I kept on saying “Hooyah!” I felt something slimey on the ground. I like going to the pool at the camp.

Some campers were hiking up a big cheese mountain. It was a stinky, moldy cheese mountain. At the top of the mountain they met a “peace man”. He was playing his guitar with his cat Fruffy on his shoulder. “Meow”, the cat said; suddenly … the cat farted and tumbled onto the ground. The package on the ground spilled open and was filled with socks. The cat laid down in them and took a rest period.

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….

Yee-Haw Namaste, Part I

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Written by Jessie Tierney, Certified Yoga Instructor and Summer 2011 Wrangler.

By far the most gratifying part of my third summer at Sanborn has been the opportunity I’ve been offered to teach girls yoga on (and off) horses.

On our four-day pack trip, seven ladies and two counselors joined me in a quest to find a deeper connection to Horse and Self through yogic principles.

Many people associate yoga with postures and flexibility (the asanas), which, while an important part of this practice (and especially photogenic), is not the entire picture. Through four days of waking up early to let the horses out to graze, practicing breathing, long rides on and off-trail, technical riding practice and games in the arena, discussing qualities of exceptional humans and horses, practicing patience and persistence, we began to explore some of the more subtle aspects of Yoga and how Yoga can apply to our lives on and off the horses.

I was inspired by this group of ladies–they were eager to learn more about their mounts and had a deep commitment to strengthening their bond with their horse over a short four days. They all succeeded. One of the horses who was often skiddish and would often pull back on the lead rope, shying away when approached by a human, seemed to settle into his skin, so to speak, and actually watched for his rider, following her with calmer eyes than I had seen on him since I met him. Another horse who is known for prancing on the trail and rarely flat-walking seemed to melt under his rider as she practiced slow, long breaths. The sweet mule on our trip who did have a mule-like stubbron tendency when she was away from her buddy in the herd seemed to replace that horse-partner with her human-partner, nickering when her rider walked near. These were subtle differences that might not be noticed if we weren’t watching for them, but the nature of this long trip allowed for us the extra time and space for observation and reflection.

Not only the horses benefited from this trip. Each girl in turn seemed to more willingly take on the responsibility for her horse than I have seen in the my years of leading horse trips. Her investment in the welfare of her horse was great, and I heard not one single “are we done yet?” while we let the horses graze for four hours (instead of three) each morning and each evening, under steady watch of their riders. Girls willingly volunteered to contribute to our small community’s well being–”Should I take down these tents?” “Do you want me to collect the dishes?” “Can I let my horse graze some more?” “Do you need to borrow my headlamp?” The counselors and I honored these qualities in the girls by awarding them aspen leaves, a GROW STRONG tradition at Sanborn, naming qualities like Leadership, Helpfulness, Optimism, Great Attitude in each girl and writing the instance down on a leaf. The ladies cheered for one another in our evening circles, and we discussed ideas like Community, Leadership, and Integration.

The entire feeling of this long trip was serene. I don’t remember ever feeling over-tired or stressed (common sentiments on any typical long trip). Yet it was not any small feat; this four-day trip that took the ladies and their mounts off-campus. I think what made the difference between this trip and others I have led was our strong, unified Intention that we took the time to set at the beginning of our journey. I think it helped that we practiced yoga in various forms throughout the trip: Meditation, an active Asana Practice, Partner Yoga, “Hawking Yoga” (in the field next to a grazing horse), Bareback Yoga. We had an excellent discussion on GRATITUDE, and how the simple act of waking up in the morning and listing off five things we are grateful for can totally set the stage for the day or pull us out of any funk. We spoke about how attitude is a choice and that we can choose, literally, to be joyful. One of the girls started out the trip rolling her eyes at a lot of these ideas, but after our Attitude discussion, she was all smiles and seemed to get a lot out of the activities she’d previously felt were juvenile.

I am so proud of these girls. They trusted one another, they slowed down and allowed themselves time for reflection, they became vulnerable to one another and shared their inner and outer observations. These are all things that our culture rarely allows time for. Even camp, which is meant to provide for these opportunities, can feel cramped for time and space when we have so many objectives and goals in mind. I am so grateful to the folks “in charge” at Sanborn for allowing such a trip to happen, for their encouragement!, and for trusting that it is truly not the destination but the journey that matters.


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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!

Sanborn Western Camps News Update: July 10, 2011

Monday, July 11th, 2011
Big Spring on Mt. Columbia

Big Spring on Mt. Columbia

Another great week has come to a close.  The boys returned Thursday and Friday from their long trips excited about their adventures. Many of them backpacked through alpine wilderness and climbed some of Colorado’s highest peaks—Mt Elbert and Mt. Massive, La Plata Peak, Mt. Columbia, Pikes Peak, and Mt. Silverheels. One group backpacked and fished in the spectacular Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area for four days while another backpacked along the Colorado Trail for five days.  Committed horseback riders spent the week exploring the rugged terrain on the Black Mountain in South Park or the Puma Hills.

The girls had a full week of all-day trips, and overnight trips including two-day horseback rides, mountain climbs, and technical rock climbing.  They also enjoyed tubing/rafting trips on the South Platte River and challenged themselves at our High Ropes Course.  One exceptional group of hikers climbed Pikes Peak in one day!  After four weeks of hardy outdoor living, the girls were excited to spend Thursday shopping in the resort town of Breckenridge.

The Junior campers enjoyed another super campout, some great hikes, swimming, crafts, archery and tennis as well as an all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument followed by the opportunity to dig for their own fossils. They were especially enthusiastic about their all-day rafting trip on the South Platte River.

Some major special events took place this week including the JC Dinner on Monday nigh, the High Trails Talent Show on Wednesday, and  the Miss Sanborn Competition at High Trails on Thursday night.  The theme of the JC Dinner was “Princesses” and each cabinside came in costume and presented a song or skit.   The Miss Sanborn Pageant is a spoof in which campers choose a character for their counselor, dress them, and help them prepare a “talent”.  Contestants this year included The Super Rugby Player, Oscar the Grouch, and Miss Dessert.

Our final weekend has been packed! On Friday evening, Big Spring, High Trails and Sanborn Junior met together for an energetic Hoedown.  Our annual Gymkhana took place on Saturday morning  This series of games on horseback is fun for both the participants and their cheering squads.  On Saturday evening everyone enjoyed the all-camp Drama Presentation, “Harry Potter at Camp ”. On Sunday both camps celebrated their final vespers service.

Tomorrow will bring packing, last-chance activities, closing dinner and closing campfires at each camp.  On Tuesday, we will be sad to see this wonderful group of campers leave.  However, we are looking forward to the arrival of our Second Term campers on Friday.

Until next week…

Camp is NOW

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Camp Builds Authentic Relationships in and through the Outdoors

Time Magazine Editor Nancy Gibbs wrote an article in this week’s Time Magazine called “To the Time Machine!”  As she prepared her daughter for camp she recognized that “the real luxury travel of the modern age is not through space; it’s through time.”  Her daughter, she felt, would be traveling back in time to a simpler age “No wi-fi. No grades.  The world as it was, or maybe just as we imagined it was, 100 years B.S. (before screens)”

Richard Louv, the founder of the Children and Nature movement, and a passionate spokesman for environments such as camp where young people live within the natural world, calls his writings “Field Notes from the Future”.  He believes that humans will learn to achieve a healthy balance between nature and technology and will therefore create stronger communities based on the natural world.

The camp environment is the past and the future, and, perhaps, more than these, camp is Now.  Standing on the summit of a Fourteener, riding a horse through an Aspen grove, tubing on the South Platte River, watching the sunset from Sunday Rocks.  These are intense moments which require us to be wholly in the present.

Summit of Mount Ouray

And maybe that is the greatest activity of all—standing still in time long enough to appreciate the moment.  These are the moments which create memories that really do last a lifetime and provide meaning in life long after the moment has passed.

True Talent

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Lots of talent at High Trails!

At last night’s High Trails Talent and Art Show, our High Trails ladies demonstrated their guitar playing, charcoal sketching, pastel-drawing, popsicle stick building, skit-making, knitting, song singing, hand-building, dance-creating, laughter-inducing, dramatic reading, flash mobbing and piano virtuoso prowess.

All of the 2nd Term Sanborn Juniors shared their talents with the audience. One of those ladies, Claire Lang, read a poem she had written to the group of over 150 people in Heisler Hall. We wanted to share it with you.

Sanborn Poem

What Sanborn has is clear blue skies and pine needles sewing the earth,
with the ground tanning in the sun and campers gathered around a hearth.

Children wish on polished stones that they skip across the lakes,
for the water reflects off into the sky, making the stones into stars, that make sure in the morning the sun wakes.

Claire Reading Her "Sanborn Poem"

With blue mountain sunrise and Colorado fresh air,
you know you’ll always keep that Colorado feeling with you and everywhere.

With dirt trails covered in horseshoe tracks,
and people waiting for the Ninja squirrel to attack.

Lots of moss covered rocks and games to teach,
and the beautiful horizon just beyond your reach.

Wildflowers dancing in the morning breeze,
and counselors laughing so much they’re about to sneeze.

With yellow finches flying on golden rays,
and starlight streaming throughout all of your days.

But what Sanborn has is Familyhood,
bunched all together in one big wood.

-Claire Lang, age 10

Impressive and Impressionistic Works at the HT Art Show

Familyhood. We couldn’t say it better ourselves. Thank you, Claire.