Archive for August, 2012

News from Camp

Monday, August 13th, 2012

August 12, 2012

The summer has flown by and we are saddened to see it come to a close.  We have valued the time we were able to spend with this wonderful group of young people and are thankful for all the fun, energy, and enthusiasm they brought to the camp community.

We had a great last week.  The boys returned Thursday and Friday from their long trips exuberant 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, Mt. Democrat, Mt. Sherman, and Pikes Peak.  Others backpacked and fished in the beautiful Tarryall Mountains, on Mt. Silverheels, and in the Buffalo Peaks. Committed horseback riders explored the spectacular ranching country to our west.

The girls had a full week of all-day trips, and overnight trips including horse trips, a climb of La Plata Peak, and the Pikes Peak Bomber Hike.  After four weeks of outdoor living, the girls were excited to spend Thursday shopping in the resort town of Breckenridge.

The Junior campers enjoyed a campout with good weather, 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 River Trip to the South Platte River.

Our final weekend has been packed!  On Friday evening, Big Spring, High Trails and Sanborn Junior met together for the Drama presentation, “Once Upon a Time in the West”, on which talented actors and actresses have been working throughout the term.   On Saturday, we packed and enjoyed last chance activities.  Saturday evening, the last night of camp, was a highlight with our special dinners and Closing Campfires.

Throughout the year, we will be updating our website monthly with news from camp and photos from this summer.  So, continue to keep us on your bookmark….

News from Camp

Monday, August 6th, 2012

August 5, 2012

We have had a great weekend!  Everyone was so excited to return to camp after our many trips and adventures last week.  Yesterday, everyone enjoyed their Saturday special activities in the morning and then had a relaxing time at the pool during the afternoon.  The dance last night was a lot of fun!  It was a Western Glowdown—a hoedown with neon colors and many, many glowsticks.  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. Big Spring also had a banana split party this afternoon and both camps had special Sunday Rocks services this evening.

Next week, Big Spring will head out on three-, four-, and five-day backpacking trips, mountain climbs and horse-pack trips.  Multiple Fourteener climbs are on their agenda.  High Trails has a variety of overnights and all-days planned including a trip to the resort town of Breckenridge on Thursday.  High Trails will also be holding several special evening programs including the JC (Junior Counselor) Dinner and the Miss Sanborn Pageant, where campers get to create a character, costume, and talent for their counselors.

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.

Our photographers will be posting last week’s photos on our website tonight and they will be available tomorrow morning.  Jane

vespers :: outbackers

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

“I have been a lucky man. To feel the intimacy of brothers is a marvelous thing in life. To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life. But to feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know, from those unknown to us, who are watching over our sleep and solitude, over our dangers and our weaknesses – that is something still greater and more beautiful because it widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things.”

- Pablo Neruda