Archive for January, 2013

Need a Mantra? Think CAMP!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Growing Stronger...above 14,000 feet

The following note is from former 2012 High Trails staff member Alex Tilsey. Congratulations, Alex, on your second marathon!

Hope you are doing well! A quick story I wanted to share with you: I ran my second marathon a little while ago, and as I was lining up at the start, I realized I had forgotten to pick a mantra — a short phrase I could repeat to myself when the running got tough and even thinking became difficult. Having a mantra basically saved me in my first marathon, so I knew it was important to have something to fall back on. I tried to come up with a phrase quickly, but couldn’t think of anything short, memorable, but powerful enough to

keep me going — until, finally, I remembered Grow Strong. I repeated those words to myself through the last four miles of the race, trying to focus on the meaning and not on how hard the race was, and I ended up placing third in my age division. I was so grateful to have had such a meaningful phrase to push me through the run — and all the camp memories it brought back certainly didn’t hurt, either.

Have YOU ever had a moment from camp that has helped you overcome a challenge? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page, comment on our blog, or send us an email at explorer at sanbornwestern

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Sunday, January 27th 2013 Chicago Road Show Cancelled

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Hello from St. Louis,

Elizabeth and I have been making our way across the country and have been looking forward to getting to Chicago and our show tonight at the Winnetka Community House. However, Winter Storm Luna is also making her way across the country and is moving across Illinois toward Chicago. All of central Illinois is currently receiving freezing rain and the same is forecast for the Chicago area this afternoon and evening.

With great reluctance and disappointment, we feel it is best to cancel our show tonight. Our getting there is very much in question, and if it hits the Chicago area as predicted, your travel to the show will be difficult at best, as well.

Just as when we are making the final push to summit a mountain and see the developing clouds circling the peak, we look at all the options and keep the best interest of everyone at the top of our priority list. When we turn back from the summit attempt, we are disappointed, but know that we made the best decision we could with the information at hand. We also know it will still be there for a future attempt. Same, too, with our show. We have already begun looking to see if we can come back to Chicago in late February or March. We will keep you posted on how those plans develop.

We appreciate your understanding as we cancel a camp road show for the first time in anyone’s memory. And, if you helped us spread the word beyond the Sanborn community, will you reach out to those folks and let them know of the change. If evening travel is not greatly affected in the area, our Chicago representative, Cathy Burnham, plans to go the the Winnetka Community House to meet those who didn’t get the word of the cancellation.

If you or anyone you know who is interested in learning more about camp, please contact us at camp.

Thanks for your understanding,

Elizabeth and Mike

January News Update

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Happy New Year to all of our friends across the world.  As we reflect on the happy moments and blessings of 2012, we are so grateful for the wonderful campers, staff members, friends and alums who are such an important part of our lives.  And, as we look ahead to 2013, we are especially excited about the friendships and adventures that will occur at Big Spring, High Trails, and Sanborn Junior next summer.

Mike and Elizabeth will be heading out in mid-January with the new digital slide show about a summer at Sanborn Western Camps and look forward to seeing many of you as they tour the Midwest.  Beginning January 16, they will visit Denver, Santa Fe, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, Omaha, and Boulder.  Those of you who are on our mailing list will receive information in the mail and all the details are posted on the website.  It is a great program and takes less than an hour so save the date!

We have a lot of projects underway to make 2013 great!  We are looking at every aspect of our program and pursuing ways to make it better.  We’re ordering the equipment we will need and hiring the staff who will become our outstanding counselors, wranglers, assistant counselors, and ridge leaders next summer.  We have already had an excellent response from our 2012 staff and are looking forward to working with many of them again next summer.

Our maintenance crew has already completed some new tent frames on STUW Ridge at Big Spring and some new roofs on High Trails cabins.  During the winter, they will continue to work on facility improvement projects at both camps.

We do have a nice layer of snow on the ground right now and are looking forward to more moisture throughout the winter.  The horses are still finding plenty to eat as they
enjoy their winter vacation at Fishcreek.  There are still plenty of elk and deer around the ranch as well, and wild turkeys have been spotted from time to time.

is well underway for 2013 and several age groups at High Trails are full or nearly full.  We are always happy to send our brochure, DVD and references to interested families.

We hope that you have the happiest New Year ever!