Archive for July, 2015

News From Camp: July 26, 2015

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

We all enjoyed a beautiful warm day for Hike the Pike! Many campers walked the full 6 miles!

We had some fabulous all-day trips on Thursday and Friday.  The weather was warm and sunny and the High Trails Juniors loved their Thursday tubing trip on the South Platte River as did a group of older girls who chose this adventure on Friday.  A group from each camp climbed on the fabulous rocks at The Crags and Pancake Rocks on the west side of Pikes Peak, and others enjoyed rock scrambling on the camp property.  We also enjoyed fishing trips, canoeing trips, technical rock climbing trips, mountain biking trips, and several extremely fun horseback riding all-days.

We had several trips to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and campers found many leaves and insects at the special digging site we visit after seeing the huge Sequoia stumps at the Monument. The Big Spring Junior campers enjoyed this trip on Friday.

We have had a full weekend with Saturday Special Activities yesterday morning and Hike the Pike in the afternoon.  For Hike the Pike, campers may choose to hike up to 6 miles, and the camp makes a donation to charity for each mile walked.  Many campers participated and most chose to do the entire 6 miles!  Last night we had a coed ice cream social and dance; the theme of the dance was “Neon Space Rave” and there were many colorful and creative costumes.

Sunday is always a day to clean-up, organize and get ready for upcoming adventures.  During the afternoon we had a fun in-camp program which included all kinds of games and swimming.  Tonight, each camp will celebrate our traditional Sunday Rocks service at dusk.

We have a lot going on next week.  Both camps have many overnight and all-day trips including mountain climbs, horseback 2-days, Capture the Flag Overnights, River trips,  fishing trips and much more.  This is also the week for our SOLE (Sanborn Outdoor Learning Experience) and CORE (Community Outreach Experience) Trips, offered to campers who have completed the 8th and 9th grades.  Campers choose from trips specializing in mountain climbing, horseback riding, technical rock climbing, and mountain biking.  Each 5-day adventure includes a service component as well as a great deal of learning in the chosen activity area.

The Junior Campers at both camps will have another fun overnight and Juniors at Big Spring are looking forward to their River Trip on Monday. High Trails Juniors will visit the fossil beds on Thursday.

Our photographers are hard at work uploading this week’s photos.  You can check them out tomorrow morning.

We are looking forward to another great week!

News from Camp: July 19, 2015

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Opening Campfire at both Big Spring and High Trials are full of songs, counselor skits about all the fun camp activities, laughter and fun!

Opening Day is always exciting, and we were extremely happy to greet our Second Term campers on Friday.  Luggage was barely unpacked before camp activities began.  The stables were busy with Ride-Out and Basic Preparation, and shouts came from the volleyball courts, the Gaga Pits, and the swimming pool.  The sounds of old friends reconnecting and new friendships forming were everywhere.  Tent and cabin groups played “Getting Acquainted” and “Team Building” games to facilitate the formation of these important living unit communities.  The energy and enthusiasm is contagious.

This weekend our program began in earnest and we have had half-day hikes to A-Bluff, Top of the World, the Crystal Beds and other favorite destinations.  Basic Preparation has continued at both stables, and we have had introductory sessions in rock climbing and camping skills.  We’ve also begun crafts projects, activities at the Interbarn science center, tennis, fishing, and sports.  Junior campers have been hiking, riding, swimming, and learning camping skills at the Mountain Odyssey program during their first two days.
Campers have also signed up for trips throughout the term.  High Trails and Big Spring campers chose from many exciting possibilities including mountain climbs, horseback trips, tubing/rafting on the South Platte River and wilderness backpacking trips.  Counselors and senior staff members were on hand to help campers select those trips which best fit individual interests.  Sanborn Junior campers do not sign up for trips; their program includes two all-day trips in addition to their overnight camping trips.
Opening Campfires were held at both camps last night with great singing and Broadway quality skits.  And, we had real campfires this year!  Tonight we will celebrate our first Sunday Rocks services at both camps.
Tomorrow, High Trails, including Sanborn Junior girls, will head out for their cabinside overnights on the ranch. On Tuesday, Big Spring and the Sanborn Junior boys will camp out on 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, hiking and crafts. High Trails Juniors also have a great all-day trip to the river for rafting planned this week. On Friday, the Big Spring Juniors will hike through the Bat Caves (which don’t really have any bats) to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
Each Monday morning photos of activities taken during the previous week will be available on the Camp In Touch Portal.  Although we can’t promise to show every camper or every activity, we hope these photos will provide a glimpse into life at camp for families and friends.  Early this week, we will also post living unit photos.
We’re looking forward to an exciting week!

News from Camp: July 12, 2015

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

A post Gymkhana Line Dance (the Cha Cha Slide) has become a tradition for 1st Session campers.

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, Mt. Massive, Pikes Peak, Mt. Silverheels, Mt. Democrat and Mt. Sherman.  Committed horseback riders spent the week exploring much of the beautiful National Forest to our West, including 39-Mile Mountain and Puma Hills.

The girls had a full week of all-day trips and overnight trips including two-day horseback rides, and mountain climbs (La Plata and Shavano). They also enjoyed fishing trips 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, many of the girls were excited to spend Thursday shopping in the resort town of Breckenridge.

The Junior campers enjoyed a super campout, some great hikes and horseback rides, swimming, and crafts, as well as an all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument followed by the opportunity to dig for their own fossils.

Some major special events took place this week including the JC Dinner on Monday night, 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 “Once Upon a Time” 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 a Beetle, No-Bake Ninja, and The Sock Stealing Unicorn.

Our final weekend has been packed! On Friday evening, Big Spring enjoyed their Super Counselor Hunt, while High Trails had a fun all-camp game.  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.  On Sunday both camps celebrated their final vespers service.

Enjoy seeing photos from the week in the Camp In Touch Portal!

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.  Thank-you for sharing your children with us!

Best Regards,


News from Camp: July 5, 2015

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Hike the Pike was a very patriotic event this session!

We have had another great week at camp! Our Fourth of July celebration yesterday was especially festive because we were able to have fireworks for the first time in several years due to the welcome moisture we have had during the past two months. The day began with flag raising ceremonies in both camps, followed by Saturday Specials and our  traditional “Hike the Pike”.  Many campers and staff chose to walk up to six miles to raise money for charity.  We then continued the 4th of July theme with a Patriotic Dance, followed by the fabulous fireworks.

Long trips at High Trails returned Thursday and Friday exuberant about their adventures and accomplishments. The four-day Elbert-Massive Backpack climbed 14,443’ Mt. Elbert and 14, 428’ Mt. Massive (Colorado’s two highest peaks).  The Colorado Trail five-day trip backpacked 25 miles along the Continental Divide and climbed Mt. Columbia (14,077’). The Harvard-Yale 5-day backpack hiked many miles and stood on the top of 14,421’ Mt Harvard. Two groups of climbers reached the top of 14,036 Mt. Sherman and another group summited 14,036 Mt. Democrat.  The Buffalo Peaks four-day backpack climbed 13,326’ West Buffalo Peaks, and the four-day Oxford/Belford backpack trip summited 14, 160’ Mt. Oxford and 14,197’ Mt. Belford.  The four-day Pikes Peak Backpack reached the top of 14, 115’ Pikes Peak and impressed all the tourists who had driven up the mountain or taken the cog railway. The girls on the four-day backpack trip in the beautiful Tarryall Mountains were elated by their experience, and another group backpacked for four days on Mt. Silverheels, achieving the 13,822’ summit. The four- and five-day horse trips had a great time exploring wilderness areas south and west of camp, and the Canoe/Paddleboard Trip successfully canoed around the perimeter of Eleven-Mile Reservoir.
Big Spring campers enjoyed many exciting overnight and all-day trips last week including climbs of Quandary Peak (14,265’), La Plata Peak (14,343’), Mt. Princeton (14,197’), and Mt. Shavano (14,235’). The boys also had fun on horseback overnights, canoe overnights, technical rock climbing overnights, a mountain biking overnight, and fishing all-days and overnights.
The Second Term of Sanborn Junior campers arrived Tuesday; they have been enthusiastic and energetic about their activities this week.  They had outstanding all-days at the Tipi Village and Quicks Homestead on Thursday and have also enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, crafts, hikes and nature programs at the Interbarn.  They were extremely excited about our Fourth of July celebration.
Next week, Big Spring will head out on three-, four-, and five-day backpacking trips, mountain climbs and horse-pack trips.  High Trails has a variety of overnights and all-days planned including a trip to the resort town of Breckenridge on Thursday.  Sanborn Junior campers are looking forward to a campout, more horseback riding, an all-day fishing trip, and an all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
Photos from the week are on the Camp In Touch Portal, and we hope you enjoy getting a glimpse of all the fun we are having.
Best Regards,