Archive for July, 2016

News from Camp: July 31, 2016

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon Carnival and visiting day!

We had some fabulous trips last week, including six successful mountain climbs.  Groups from High Trails reached the summit of Huron Peak on Tuesday morning while two other girls’ groups stood on the tops of Quandary Peak and Mt. Princeton early Friday. A group from Big Spring summited Mt. Elbert on Tuesday, and one of our SOLE Mountain Trips made it to the top of Mt. Antero on Thursday, while another SOLE trip climbed Huron on Friday. Our third SOLE Mountain trip spent 3 days hiking the Colorado Trail; all of these trips also spent days working with the Colorado Fourteeners’ Initiative doing trail work on Mt. Elbert and in the Missouri Gulch.

All of our trips last week enjoyed warm, sunny weather and we had some amazing views of stunning clouds and a lightning show over Pikes Peak on Thursday evening. Horseback riders rode through fields of clover and camped out at several of the established spring tanks on our property and on the National Forest to our west; CORE tech rock experienced great climbing both on and off the ranch; mountain bikers glided along our trails and did the Salida Downhill bike trip. Other campers tubed on the river, fished in mountain ponds, visited the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and enjoyed some wonderful rock scrambling all-days.

The CORE and SOLE trips did some awesome trail work this week!

We have also had a busy weekend.  Yesterday’s Saturday Special Activities were fun in the morning; in the afternoon, we all enjoyed a coed Carnival with all kinds of games, as well as cotton candy, sno cones, and popcorn. The dance on Saturday night had a “Movie Character” theme and there were many creative costumes.  Today, we prepared for next week’s trips, and both camps will end the day with our traditional vespers services.  The boys climb to the top of Little Blue for this special celebration and the girls go to “Sunday Rocks” on B-Bluff.

We were sad to see our Third Term Juniors depart on Friday—they had been a wonderful group, and we are grateful for our time together.  We have had a lot of fun greeting our Fourth Term Juniors today.  They have a busy week planned including their first camp-out on the Ranch, horseback rides, exciting hikes, swimming, crafts and much more.

Next week the girls will leave camp for three-, four- and five-day trips.  Some will head out on horse pack trips; others have chosen four- and five-day high mountain backpacks into some of Colorado’s most pristine wilderness.  Other trips will be based in spectacular alpine areas like Silver Heels and Kite Lake near Alma.  Many groups will have the opportunity to climb mountains, and we know that our summit count will grow.

Big Spring has planned an exciting program of overnights and all-day trips including mountain climbing trips to Quandary Peak, La Plata Peak, and Mts. Shavano and Tabeguache.  The boys will also be horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping on the ranch and tubing on the river.  Their “long trips” are scheduled for the week of August 8.

Photos from this past week will be available tomorrow morning.  We’re looking forward to another adventure-filled week!

News from Camp: July 24, 2015

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Hike the Pike is a fun afternoon for everyone. Though it is not a race - there still seems to be a starting line!

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 took hiking trips to the Mueller Ranch State Park, canoeing trips, technical rock climbing trips, mountain biking trips, and several extremely fun horseback riding all-days. The Big Spring Junior campers enjoyed seeing the huge petrified Sequoia stumps at The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Friday and discovering leaf and insect fossils at the special digging site we visit.

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 “80’s Neon Workout/Jazzercise” 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.

The sunset tonight was a truly WONDERful sight!

The sunset tonight was a truly WONDERful sight!

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 High Trails are looking forward to their trip the fossil beds on Wednesday. Riding, hiking explorations, swimming, crafts, and special closing activities will round out the week for the Juniors.

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 17, 2016

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Opening Campfire is an exciting event at both camps and include counselor skits and singing favorite camp songs!

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, swimming, 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 choose 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. 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. The older boys, living on STUW Ridge will also leave tomorrow for a two-night camping trip. On Tuesday, the rest of 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 participate in 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. They also have a great all-day trip to the river for tubing 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 our website. 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 10, 2016

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Out in the high mountains is the best place to be.

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. Antero, Shavano and Tabeguache, 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 Ouray). They also enjoyed canoeing trips, technical rock climbing trips, and river tubing trips. Two different groups challenged themselves at our High Ropes Course. 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. They also all loved their trip to the South Platte River for tubing.

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 “Toy Story” 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 the Hairbrush Fairy, the Leave No Trace Guerilla, and the SOW – Sense of Wonder pig.

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.

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,

Jane Sanborn

Executive Director

News from Camp: July 3, 2016

Monday, July 4th, 2016

All of camp enjoyed a beautiful display of fireworks on Saturday night!

We have had another great week at camp! We celebrated Fourth of July yesterday with a fun dance and spectacular fireworks! The day began with Saturday Specials and our traditional “Hike the Pike”. Many campers and staff chose to walk up to six miles to raise money for charity.

High Trails had an amazing long trip week, and Big Spring is planning some awesome trips for next week!

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’). Three 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 summitted 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’), Pikes Peak, Mt. Princeton (14,197’), and Mt. Belford. The boys also had fun on horse overnights, river overnights, technical rock climbing overnights, all-days to the Fossil Beds and Cripple Creek, and a fishing all-day.

The Second Term of Sanborn Junior campers arrived Tuesday; they have been enthusiastic and energetic about their activities this week. They enjoyed their first campout on Thursday and Friday, and have also enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, crafts, hikes and nature programs at the Interbarn. They were extremely excited about our Fourth of July fireworks.

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 another campout, more horseback riding, an all-day trip tubing on the South Platte River, and an all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

We will post photos from the week on Camp in Touch tomorrow morning. Keep watching our Facebook page too, as we will post a few highlights throughout the week.