Archive for September, 2013

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Don't let the week get your goat...head outside, play and enjoy the fall!

No Child Left Inside Family Fun Day…and MORE!

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Out is the NEW In: Come out and explore!

Though you never REALLY need a reason to head outside with your friends and family, this weekend’s No Child Left Inside Family Fun Day at Sanborn Western Camps and High Trails Outdoor Education Center is an excellent opportunity to head to the hills and spend the morning hiking, exploring, crafting, and learning about the natural world.  Hikes will be led by our fabulous (and famous) High Trails Outdoor Education Staff–many of whom were Sanborn staffers this last summer–and there is fun for the whole family!

Research has demonstrated that connecting with the natural world makes kids (and adults!) happier, healthier and smarter.  As part of the national Take a Child Outside Week , there will be outdoor activities and fun throughout the Pikes Peak Region…including a Fee Free Day on Sept. 28th at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.  (ALL National Parks and Monuments are FEE FREE on Saturday, September 28th as part National Public Lands Day.)

Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of your mountain adventure–head over to 11-mile canyon to wade in the river or check out the rock climbers, stop by the Autumn Market at Idlewild Ridge–a market of artisans, antiques, and food–and check out their eclectic offerings, pick up a new end table at the Lake George Charter School‘s GIANT Community Yard sale, then end the day at Woodland Park’s very own Oktoberfest (discount admission coupons available) with great live music, food, and family fun!

See you in the hills!

News from Camp: September 1, 2013

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

It is much too quiet around camp; the fields, hills, and lodges are filled with great memories from the summer of 2013, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to spend this time with so many outstanding campers and staff.

Alum Vespers on Boys Old Sunday Rocks

We really enjoyed our Alum Reunion August 22-25 and were happy that so many of our alums were here to help us celebrate our 65th anniversary.  We had a great time riding, hiking, biking, mountain climbing, and renewing many friendships as well as making new ones.

One of our tasks during the weeks following camp is to collect and distribute all the lost and found items.  We have mailed every major article from High Trails which has a name to the owner.  Big Spring lost and found is still at the laundry and items with names will be mailed next week. We still have some jackets, boots, and other items of clothing which do not have names.  Please let us know if your camper is missing something and we will do everything we can to track it down and send it to you.

Our outdoor education program staff has arrived and we will begin welcoming sixth graders to High Trails Outdoor Education Center on September 10.  Among the staff who will be returning to teach during this program are wrangler Will Ostendorff, ridge leaders Sara Everhart, Janie Cole, and Mike Piel as well as and kitchen coordinator Ayla Nett.  Other staff from the summer of 2013 include Mary Gigliotti, David Cummings, Jack Ostrand, McLane Grow, Ian Stafford, Kelly Muedeking and Nurse Catherine Cappozzola.  Chris “BC” Miller McLemore, Carlotta Avery, and Sarah Ulizio direct the program.

We have several exciting events this Fall in addition to our traditional schedule.  On September 6 we will be providing leadership training for students from School District 20 high schools.  We have developed this outstanding program over the past few years and are always excited to work with these motivated teens. And on September 21, we will again join with the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to celebrate “No Child Left Inside Day” by hosting an open house.  We will be offering a program of nature-based activities and hikes for families who would like to get their children outdoors for the day.  There is no cost for the event.

We are already thinking about next summer and have established our dates.  The first term at Big Spring and High Trails will be Sunday, June 15 – Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  The second term will be Friday, July 18 – Sunday, August 17.  The four terms of Sanborn Junior will be June 15 – June 29, July 1– July 15, July 18 – August 1, and August 3 – August 17.  We have sent this information to current camp families and will send additional information in October to camp families, former camp families, and prospective camp families. If you would like to receive our catalog and DVD or know someone who would, we will be happy to mail them at any time.

Each month we will post news from camp and photos from the summer of 2013 on the website, so keep checking it out!  Right now, a few gold leaves are showing on the Aspen, and the sky is incredibly blue.  A large herd of elk is hanging out at Potts Spring and the horses are wondering why no one comes each day to ride them.  We wish all of our camp friends a great beginning to the school year and hope that everyone will keep in touch.