News from Camp: Opening Day 2nd Session

Opening Day is always exciting, and we were extremely happy to greet our Second Term Campers today.  Although we had clouds for much of the day we only had two brief rain showers and they did not dampen our activities at all.  Luggage was barely unpacked before camp activities began.

When the buses arrive you can hear the elated cheers from reunited friends from one end of camp to the other!

The stables were busy with Ride-Out and Basic Preparation, shouts came from the volleyball courts and the new Gaga Pits, and 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.

Tomorrow and Sunday, our program will begin in earnest and we will have half-day hikes heading out to A-Bluff, Top of the World, the Crystal Beds and other favorite destinations.  Basic Preparation will continue at both stables, and we will have introductory sessions in rock climbing and camping skills.  We’ll also begin craft projects, activities at the Interbarn science center, tennis, fishing, and sports.  Junior campers will be hiking, riding, swimming, playing tennis, and learning camping skills at the Mountain Odyssey program during their first two days.

Over the weekend, we will be signing up for trips that go out throughout the term.  High Trails and Big Spring campers will choose from many exciting possibilities including mountain climbs, horseback trips, tubing on the South Platte River and wilderness backpacking trips.  Counselors and senior staff members will be 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 several exciting all-day trips in addition to their overnight camping trips.

Tomorrow night, Opening Campfires will be held at both Big Spring and High Trails.  These are always lots of fun and include great singing and Broadway quality skits.  On Sunday evening we will celebrate our first Sunday Rocks services at both camps.

We’ll begin trips on Monday and Tuesday with our living unit overnights on the ranch, and will provide more detailed information on those and all of next week’s activities in our regular e-mail and website update on Sunday.  Each Sunday evening, we will also send an e-mail to camp families about our activities and we will post photos of activities taken during the previous week 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.  Our photographers will also post some photos from today which will be available for viewing tomorrow morning.  Until Sunday……..

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