November 1, 2013
After a long and beautiful Indian Summer, with golden and red aspen trees lasting into late October, winter arrived last week in the form of wind and colder temperatures. We still have not seen much snow, however.
Our maintenance crew has made excellent use of the good weather and has built four new tent frames on STUW Ridge at Big Spring, completing all the tents on that ridge. We have a few more tent frames to build on ABC Ridge and then all of Big Spring will have new tent frames! They have also put new roofs on the ABC washhouses and the Big Spring Office. Their winter projects include building a new campfire circle at High Trails and interior remodeling in the ABC washhouses.
Maren reports that the horses are very happy grazing in Four Meadows. They have appreciated taking it easy and munching sweet mountain grass to their heart’s content after their busy summer in the Big Spring and High Trails Riding programs.
We will be again be hosting the American Camp Association—Rocky Mountain Region Annual workshop in mid-November. Attended by camp leaders from several states, this is a wonderful educational and networking opportunity and many of our year round staff will be attending and, in some cases, presenting programs. Big Spring Director Mike MacDonald is just finishing his term as the Chair of the Rocky Mountain Region.
We are all looking forward to the relative calm of the winter season and the opportunity it provides to improve our programs and our facilities. We met last week to select dates for some of our exceptional trips next summer. These include four- and five-day backpacking trips on Mts. Elbert and Massive, Mts. Harvard and Yale, Pikes Peak, the Colorado Trail, Buffalo Peaks, the Tarryall Mountains and several more spectacular wilderness areas. We will also plan mountain climbing trips to Mt. Huron, Mt. Ouray, Mt. Oxford and Belford, La Plata Peak, Mt. Quandary, Mt. Democrat, Mt. Princeton and ten more Colorado “Fourteeners”. We are already anticipating the fun and challenge of these amazing adventures.
Mike and Elizabeth will head out soon for their first camp shows of season. They will be in the Philadelphia area on November 12 and in Falls Church, VA on November 13. All details for these shows are on our website. They are also planning their January trip to the Midwest. A schedule of their travels will be posted on the website in December, and early in the new year we will be sending information about the shows to camp families, alums, and those who are interested in exploring the opportunities at Big Spring, High Trails and Sanborn Junior.
Many of you have received enrollment information in the past month, and we are always happy to send our brochure and DVD to new families. We offer an early bird tuition discount for enrollments we receive before December 1. We have already received a significant number of enrollments for 2014 and are excited to watch the High Trails and Big Spring communities take shape.
We’ve also posted some fun photos from the summer on the website, so enjoy reliving those summer memories as winter comes knocking on your door.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!