May is a busy, exciting month here at camp. In a week or so, the tents will go up along the Big Spring ridges. All the Big Spring buildings will be opened up, cleaned, and prepared for summer. There are some new tent frames and a new yurt on ABC Ridge this year, the ABC washhouses have new plumbing and updated fixtures and floors, and the staff cabins on the hill have been completely renovated.
At High Trails, the cabins and Lodge are already open, but everything will be cleaned and given a fresh coat of paint. In addition we will put up tennis nets, order crafts supplies, and put the final touches on all of our facilities and programs. The Lodge has new paneling, windows, cabinets and countertops-we think the girls will love the new look!
Maren, Rachel, and Oliver will bring in the horses from the pastures at Fish Creek and get them fixed up with new shoes for all the great rides this summer. There are plenty of things to keep us busy, and everyone is excited about these projects because they mean that a new season of camp is almost here!
The Aspen are showing catkins now and we’ll begin to see the first leaves later in the month; the bluebirds and robins are back, there have been geese and ducks at High Trails Lake, and a herd of deer has been hanging around Big Spring and High Trails. We have had a wonderful amount of moisture during the past two months—the High Trails Lake is filling and the grass is green. We anticipate spectacular wildflowers as we move into summer. The Pasque Flowers have already bloomed; it won’t be long before we begin to see Indian Paintbrush and the spectacular wild Iris in the field in front of the Witcher house. The first hummingbird has been sighted and a couple of porcupines have been seen lumbering along the road at night.
Late this month, we will begin staff training for our ridge leaders and trip leaders. During the Memorial Day weekend (not a holiday here) we will do a leadership training session with our senior leadership team. On Monday and Tuesday, any members of our trip-leading staff who do not have current certification in Wilderness First Aid will take that class taught by instructors from the Wilderness Medicine Institute. On Wednesday, we’ll be providing more first aid instruction and a full day of driver training. On Thursday, June 2, our entire staff will arrive for a 10-day training period before the first campers arrive. And on June 12, first term campers arrive and we’ll be off…
We are still accepting enrollments in some age groups in the Second Term so let us know if you are interested in receiving our brochure and DVD. Summer—2016 promises to be a fantastic experience for everyone!