News from Camp: July 14, 2013

Big Spring Summit Pride

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. Massive, La Plata Peak, Mt. Columbia, Pikes Peak, and Mt. Democrat and Mt. Sherman. One group backpacked and fished in the spectacular Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area for four days while another backpacked along the Colorado Trail for five days.  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, mountain climbs, and technical rock climbing.  They also enjoyed tubing/rafting trips on the South Platte River 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 another 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 were especially enthusiastic about their all-day tubing trip on the South Platte River.

Gertrude and her cleaning crew

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 “Harry Potter” 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 Gertrude, the Sanborn Cleaner, a coffee mug and Uncle Sanborn.

Our final weekend has been packed! On Friday evening, Big Spring enjoyed the Counselor Hunt, while High Trails had an energetic girls only dance party.  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.  However, we are looking forward to the arrival of our Second Term campers on Friday.
Until next week…

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