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Unpacking at Camp

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Unpacking and organizing at camp tends to be a very different experience from your room at home with a full sized closet, dresser, major floor space. To that end, we figured we’d consult with the leading experts and find out exactly what are some of the tips and tricks that make living at camp, with all your gear, as organized as possible. Depending on which type of dwelling you live in at camp, the process will also change a bit! So you will see this blog divided into High Trails and Big Spring, with Big Spring divided into each type of dwelling.

HIGH TRAILS

Locker at High Trails

Plastic Drawers give you more individualized storage.

Every High Trails lady will have her very own locker (approximately 21”w x 22”d x 34”H to the hanging bar and each shelf is 11”H), a cubby in the bathroom, and access to the shared space under the bathroom sinks. Keep in mind that by no means is the following advice mandatory to be followed, nor is it impossible to live an organized life at camp without doing these things. We just figured we’d hit on some of those, “Oh! That’s a great idea!” moments.
Each locker includes two shelves and a bar for hangers. One great idea is to bring the skinny size plastic drawers to create more containment spaces, for stationary and accessories, hats, gloves, or undergarments. If plan on driving to camp, this is an easy thing to even pack those items in while at home and then deposit straight in your locker upon arrival. Many campers ship luggage to camp and these can pack up easily in a box. (I wouldn’t recommend carrying one on an airplane. Yikes!)
Something easy to pack into airplane luggage would be a hanging shelf apparatus, usually intended for sweaters or shoes, but can hold many things. The one shown happens to be much longer than you can see, but all that excess just bunches up quite nicely on the locker floor and stays out of the way underneath. This way you have lots of compartments and they are easy to see. Shoe boxes can also be easily packed into suitcases and used to store
undergarments and things.

High Trails Lockers

Hanging shoe organizers are also great options for organizing your locker.

The top shelf of the locker is quite deep, with room to stack extra sheets
behind pants and sweatshirts where they stay out of the way and clean and folded until they are needed. Above the lockers is ample room for hiking packs, sleeping bags, and other overnight paraphernalia.
When it comes to life in the bathroom, think awesome learning experience for college dorm life! We have hanging cubbies provided in each bathroom with room in them for toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair accessories. Having a plastic caddy to hold all those other hygiene items under the sinks makes finding your stuff really easy.
So now that you’re unpacked and organized what about making it feel like home. Pictures from home and small posters and everyone’s colorful pillowcases quickly make the cabins look like they belong to each group of girls living there.

BIG SPRING

At Big Spring the type of living unit you live in depends on your age. The Junior Boys (ages 7-9 years) live in one of 2 cabins, Massive or Red Cloud. The youngest month long campers (ages 9-11 years) live in the Yurts. The rest of the guys (ages 12-16 years) live in the big green tents! This means that the best unpacking strategies are different for each type of summer home!

Junior Cabins at Big Spring

Lockers in the Junior's Cabins

CABINS (Junior Boys)
Each guy in the cabins will have his own locker that can hold all your things. The lockers are 21”W, 22”D, three shelves 11”H each and lots of floor space for shoes and backpacks. Shoe box sized Rubbermaid totes can be great to keep socks and other small items in. You can also store sleeping bags and daypacks on top of your locker. There are cubbies in the bathroom for all your toiletry items.

YURTS (month long campers ages 9-11)
In the Yurts using your luggage as a “closet” works best. There is room at the end of your bunkbed to sit your trunk or duffle. The yurts also have lattice work around the walls that jackets and other items can be hung from and tucked into, so if you have a couple of those hangers that fit over the door at home – these work really well.

Yurts at Big Spring

Yurts at Big Spring


Things can also be hung from the beams in the ceiling. Hanging shoe organizers can make good cubbies when hung from the bunkbed or the ceiling. In the washhouse, you’ll have a cubby for all your toiletries and other smelly items.

Tents at Big Spring

Tents at Big Spring

TENTS (month long campers ages 12-16)
In a tent using the space under your bed is ideal! Store your backpack, shoes, sports gear under there. Using your trunk or duffel for your other clothes keeps them all in your space.
The tops of trunks can also be used as table tops for games and your waterbottle. Each tent is held to the frame with straps and clips – you can hang your calendar and mail in the clips next to your bed. In the washhouse you’ll have your own cubby for all your toiletry items.

We are excited for opening day and everyone to move in, we hope this this helps give some quick ideas that will make it easier to keep track of every sock you bring to camp! If you have any other questions about unpacking at camp please send us an email or give us a call: Contact us

or call (719) 748-3341   We can’t wait to see you and all your stuff soon!

Camp News: March Update

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

The Iconic Aspen Grove

The last days of February brought two really good snowstorms, and we are really happy to have the moisture. The longer days and increased activities of our wild animal friends remind us that Spring is just around the corner, and this makes us even more excited about the coming camp season.

We have many projects underway in preparation for camp next summer. One of the most exciting is that we are building a new health center at High Trails. This new state-of-the art facility will be light and airy and will be convenient and comfortable both for our nurses and campers/students. It will be open by the time our First Term campers arrive this summer. You can follow the progress on our Facebook page.

Our maintenance crew is working on a variety of projects to improve and update our facilities in both camps. These include new roofs on cabins at High Trails, new tent frames at Big Spring, new Gaga pits for both camps, and many others.

Mike, Ian, Ariella, and Elizabeth have been hiring some outstanding staff members for next summer. We have some great returning staff as well as some super new staff signed up for the summer of 2013. We are working on many areas of the program, too, which will provide some exciting new activities and trips this summer.

Ian, Kelly, Ariella and others are keeping our Facebook site fresh and active with new posts every day. You can also check out our blog which has valuable information for families, alums, and youth development professionals.

Camp is only three months away and we can’t wait. Already we have campers and staff from 41 states and 10 countries—and we’re adding more every day. The fun and friendship which occurs when all of these great people get together is what makes camp so special! We are happy to send our brochure and DVD to anyone interested in learning more about the exciting programs at Big Spring, High Trails, and Sanborn Junior.

Sanborn Western Camps News Update: July 31, 2011

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Working on our Adopted Peak: Mount Missouri

What a busy week we’ve had! Big Spring and High Trails had a wide variety of all-day and overnight trips both on and off the camp property. A number of campers chose overnight horse trips while others selected rock-climbing, canoeing, fishing or mountain climbing adventures. All-day trips included hikes to the Florissant Fossil Beds and to Pancake Rock, as well as tubing on the South Platte River and fishing. Some of our older campers signed up for the challenging SOLE (Sanborn Outdoor Learning Experience) and CORE (Community Outreach Experience) programs for the week. They were enthusiastic about their experiences and felt great about the service components of the trips.

Sanborn Junior campers also had a full week. High Trails Juniors were excited about their all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. All the Juniors enjoyed a second camping trip and a wide variety of in-camp programming. We were sorry to see them leave on Friday.

We were happy to greet a new group of Sanborn Junior campers today and look forward to a campout, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, and many fun activities with them next week. The fourth term of Sanborn Junior living unit photos will be up on our website on Wednesday or Thursday this week.

Special events last week included the Sanborn Carnival for both camps on Saturday. This was followed by a theme dance. Big Spring spent Wednesday on a Unit All-Day where each living group selected an activity to do together—mountain biking, high ropes course, fishing, horseback riding, rock scrambling, etc. The boys also enjoyed a Kangaroo Court evening, and a “How Well Do You know Your Counselors” Game Show. A favorite evening program at both camps was the Counselor Hunt. High Trails also had fun with their “Minute to Win It” program on Friday.

CORE Horse Ambassadors clearing trees on SWC property

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 4 or 5-day high mountain backpacks into some of Colorado’s most pristine wilderness. Other trips will be based in spectacular alpine areas such as Leavick Valley at the base of Mt. Sherman and Kite Lake at the foot of Mt. Democrat. Many groups will have the opportunity to climb mountains.

Big Spring has planned an exciting program of overnights including mountain climbing trips to Mt. Princeton, Mt. Huron, La Plata Peak, and Mts. Oxford and Belford. The boys will also be tubing on the river, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, and enjoying some overnights on the ranch. BS long trips will take place the week of August 8.

Until next week….

A Film From the Big Spring Craft Shop: “As it Happens”

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Movie: "As it Happens"

Movie: "As it Happens"

Our campers have sure been creative this session! They’ve worked with clay, fired pots, painted posters, carved wood, and the list goes on

Throughout this session, a group of four campers worked diligently to create a stop-motion video. Using clay, paper, cardboard, and wire, they put this film together during the Arts and Crafts Saturday Special.

As described by our Arts and Crafts Director, Falcon Craft, “This is what happens when you get a group of creative campers, staff, and just the right amount of magic working together like a fine delicacy.”

Click here to see the video!

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: The ABC Ridge

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-A-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

This time, the counselors of ABC Ridge! (Antero, Blanca, and Crestone)

Walt Craig

Walt Craig

Walt Craig
Your Name? – Walt Craig
Where do you call home? – New Jersey
Where do you go to school? – Rutgers
What are you studying? – Civil Engineering
What year are you? – Senior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – The Internet — I found Sanborn on Coolworks
How long have you been here? – This is my second year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Antero
What are you most excited for this summer? – All sorts of fun stuff!
Favorite Hobby: – I mostly just go to school :(
Favorite Camp Activity? – Marshmallow Baseball
Favorite Camp Meal? – Raisin Bran
I never leave home without….. – A bunch of awesome campers in tow

Chuck Stephens being goofy

Chuck Stephens being goofy

Chuck Stephens
Your Name? – Chuck Stephens (AKA ‘Chuck Norris’)
Where do you call home? – Little Rock, Arkansas
Where do you go to school? – Colorado State University
What are you Studying? – Parks and Recreation.
What year in school are you? – I just finished my Junior year.
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff.
How did you hear about Sanborn? – The internet… But there’s a funny story about this, too — a classmate in Economics class turned out to also be going to Sanborn — Will-O! We’re best friends now.
Something you might not know about me? – I’ve worked for the Breckenridge Adaptive Ski Program — It’s awesome!
Goal for this summer? – Trying my best to avoid Chuck Norris jokes.
Amount of Facial Hair? – A lot.

Jon Weiser in a dress

Jon Weiser in a dress

Jon Weiser
Your Name? – Jon Weiser (AKA ‘The Beard’)
Where do you call home? – Chicago, IL
Where do you go to school? – Colorado College
What are you studying? – Environmental Policy
What year are you? – Sophomore
How did you hear about Sanborn? – I went here as a camper for many years
How long have you been here? – 6 years as a camper; this is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Antero
What are you most excited for this summer? – Being staff, after having been a camper
Favorite Hobby: – Theater, hockey, poetry, and singing
Favorite Camp Activity? – Counsleor Hunt
Favorite Camp Meal? – Burgers, Grilled Cheese (Not necessarily at the same time)
I never leave home without….. – My hats

Taylor Lenon

Taylor Lenon

Taylor Lenon
Your Name? – Taylor Lenon
Where do you call home? – America
Where do you go to school? – KU
What are you studying? – Communication and business
What year are you? – Junior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – My mom worked here
How long have you been here? – First year
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Blanca
What are you most excited for this summer? – climbing Pikes
Favorite Hobby: – Making duck noises
Favorite Camp Activity? – Hiking to Top of the World
Favorite Camp Meal? – dessert
I never leave home without….. – chapstick (only the blue kind)

Sam Sadler

Sam Sadler

Sam Sadler
Where are you from? – Tulsa, Oklahoma
What’s your favorite sport? – Frisbee!!!!! Both Ultimate and Frisbee Golf. Any kind of disc-throwing, especially cool trick shots.
Where do you go to school? – Oklahoma University
What year in school are you? – I’m going to be a Junior
What unit are you working with this summer? – Blanca
What are you most excited for this summer? – Helping kids learn about themselves, and other kids.
What you might not know about me? – I’m a tap-dancing FIEND

Kurt Blose

Kurt Blose

Kurt Blose
Your Name? – Kurt Blose
Where do you call home? – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Where do you go to school? – Pikes Peak Community College.
Where were you born? – Florida
What are you doing this summer? – Working with Crestone, AND heading up the Photo program
How long have you been here? – 6 summers as a camper, this is my 3rd on staff.
Something you might not know about me? – The nurse over at High Trails is my relative!
I am an expert in: Egg-Drop Contests from the Four-Story Treehouse.

John Norville

John Norville

John Norville
Your Name? – John Norville (Much like George Costanza, I am trying to start the nickname ‘Pitbull’)
Where do you call home? – Jacksonville, Florida
Where do you go to school? – University of South Carolina
What are you studying? – Business
What year are you? – Junior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – My Brother, Charlie Norville
How long have you been here ? – This is my second year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Crestone (AKA The BEST-one)
What are you most excited for this summer? – Frito Pie
Favorite Hobby: – Chinese Checkers
Favorite Camp Activity? – Playing games with the campers
Favorite Camp Meal? – I’m a meat-a-tarian… Anything involving meat.
I never leave home without….. – A pack full of snacks

Tucker Adams

Tucker Adams

Tucker Adams
Your Name? – Tucker Adams
Where do you call home? – Rutherfordton, NC
Where do you go to school? – Appalachian State University
What are you studying? – Recreation Management, with a concentration in Outdoor/Experiential Education
What year are you? – Senior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – I googled the top summer camps in the country… Sanborn sounded the best!
How long have you been here? – 3 days! (I just got here)
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Crestone
What are you most excited for this summer? – Being outdoors, and all the funny times kids make me have!
Favorite Hobby: – snowboarding and mountain biking
Favorite Camp Activity? – hiking and adventuring
Favorite Camp Meal? – Frito Pie
I never leave home without….. – A Watch.. And a Nalgene full of water

Kyle Coon And Tyrone

Kyle Coon And Tyrone

Kyle Coon

Your Name? – Kyle Coon
Where do you call home? – Jacksonville, Florida
What school do you go to? – University of Central Florida
What unit are you working with this summer? – Crestone
How did you hear about camp? – My friends, the Norvilles, told me about Sanborn.
Something you might not know about me? – I climbed up Mt. Kilimanjaro!
I’m an expert at? – Climbing — I can climb a 5.11 route, with no problems.
Sports I play? – I wrestle for my college team.
Family? – I have 1 brother, and 1 sister.
Other good stuff about Kyle? – He’s an absolutely amazing guitar player… and an inspiration to us all!

Max Gurley

Max Gurley

Max Gurley
Your Name? – Max Gurley
Where do you call home? – Louisville, KY
Where do you go to school? – University of Louisville
What are you studying? – Undeclared…. so far.
What year are you? – Sophomore
How did you hear about Sanborn? – The internet
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – ABC Ridge
What are you most excited for this summer? – Being outdoors!
Favorite Hobby: – Any kind of sport, Watching movies
Favorite Camp Activity? – Kick the Can
Favorite Camp Meal? – Every Meal is WONDERFUL!!
I never leave home without….. – My Common Sense

Andrew Morton and His Saxophone

Andrew Morton and His Saxophone

Andrew Morton
Your Name?  - Andrew Morton (AKA ‘Uncle Mort’)
Where do you call home? – Omaha, Nebraska
Where do you go to school? – University of Nebraska
What are you studying? – Music
What year are you? – Freshman
How did you hear about Sanborn? – My family has been coming forever
How long have you been here? – 3 years on staff; my first on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Crestone (AKA The BEST-one)
What are you most excited for this summer? – All of camp!
Favorite Hobby: – Saxophone
Favorite Camp Activity? – Horses!
Favorite Camp Meal? – Spaghetti
I never leave home without….. – My Saxophone (& sometimes a pocket knife)

Keep an eye out for more posts in our Meet-a-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: Jerry McLain

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-A-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

This time, Jerry McLain!

Jerry McLain doing the 'Fountain' at the BS Lodge

Jerry McLain doing the 'Fountain' at the BS Lodge

Jerry McLain
Your Name? – Jerry McLain (AKA ‘Apollo’)
Where do you call home? – Woodland Park, CO
Where do you go to school? – I already went to school!
What are you studying? – n/a
What year are you? – n/a
How did you hear about Sanborn? – Sandy and Laura Sanborn
How long have you been here? – I’ve worked here 53 summers. I started out as a counselor, way back in the day.
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – All of them, including the Alumni.
What are you most excited for this summer? – Getting to know as many staff and campers as possible. Communicating the history and heritage of camp.
Favorite Hobby: – Birds, History
Favorite Camp Activity? – Sampling Vickie’s Cookies…. And Rice Crispy Treats
Favorite Camp Meal?: – Steak Fry…. And Rice Crispy Treats
I never leave home without….. – My binoculars

Keep an eye out for more posts in our Meet-a-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: The Outcamp Coordinator

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-a-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

This time, the Outcamp Coordinator:

Logan Furer

Logan Furer teaching staff about Outcamp

Logan Furer
Your Name? – Logan Furer
Where do you call home? – Breckenridge, CO
Where do you go to school? – Wyoming Tech
What are you studying? – Motor Sports and Chassis Fabrication
What year are you? – sophomore
How did you hear about Sanborn? – “From Blue Mountain Ranch…”
How long have you been here? – 1st year on staff, but many as a camper.
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I’m working outcamp (Where the food and equipment for trips stays)
What are you most excited for this summer? – Warm Weather!
Favorite Hobby: – Snowboarding
Favorite Camp Activity? – “The Rock Haus”
Favorite Camp Meal? – Chippy Dippy Bars
I never leave home without….. – A full water bottle

Keep your eyes peeled for more in our Meet-A-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

News From Big Spring: June 1st

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

First Breakfast at Big Spring

First Breakfast at Big Spring

Today marks the inaugural meal on the new wooden floor at the Big Spring lodge!

This spring, the old floor was replaced with a great looking wooden floor. Over the last week, the staff have been working diligently to get the lodge set up for staff week. Today, all that work paid off — breakfast was a delicious meal of french toast, bacon, cereal, and orange juice.

We have a bright new crew of staff that are working all around the ranch, doing work projects, CPR training, and van driver training before Staff Week officially kicks off tomorrow.

We can’t wait for the summer! See you soon!

June 1st Update: Getting Ready For Summer 2011

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Senior Staff Leadership Scenarios

June is the most exciting month at camp and everyone here is excited for the arrival of campers in less than two weeks.  We had some great moisture in May, (mainly in the form of snow!) and the grass is green, the Aspen are leafing out, and the wildflowers are beginning to appear. We see deer every day in the immediate camp area, the Mountain Bluebirds are settled in for the summer, the hummingbirds are back, and the Abert’s squirrels are exceptionally fat and sassy.

We have been preparing the facility and are almost ready for everyone’s arrival.  The Big Spring tents are up, the BS Lodge is getting a facelift, and fresh paint is being applied in many places.  The flowers are planted, the horses have new shoes, and the swimming pools are filling.  Although we are still finishing a few last minute facility projects, we are now turning our attention to staff training.

The leadership staff has already arrived and we completed a special training for our Senior staff team over the weekend. Several staff also completed a lifeguard training course over the weekend. Last Thursday and Friday, our rock climbing staff enjoyed a two-day training at our Wild Goat Mountain climbing site.  On Monday and Tuesday, many of our trip leading staff completed a two-day Wilderness First Aid course taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute.  Today, we’re conducting an all-day driver training as well as CPR and First Aid classes.  And that is just the beginning…on Thursday our entire staff will be here for a nine-day staff training period.

As always, we are excited about bringing together our wonderful summer community.  We are looking forward to the mountains we will climb, the horseback trips we will take, the sunsets we will share and the friendships we will make.  We especially anticipate opportunities we will have to learn more about ourselves, our companions and the natural world.

We again plan to post weekly updates and photos on the website and our blog once camp begins.  Although we cannot promise to show every camper or every activity, we think these photos will help parents, friends, and family members to get a peek into life at Big Spring, High Trails, and Sanborn Junior.  So visit us again on June 13!

Camper Posts

Monday, August 9th, 2010

I can’t believe it is already the last week of camp! It has flown by with lots of great memories. The girls had long trips last week and were able to reach the summit of 8 14,000ft mountains! The boys are heading out today and tomorrow and we hope they have just as great of a week. Below are some questions and answers from interviews the campers conducted amongst themselves.

1. How has you camp experience been?

It has been very fun because you can pick your own activities. And the counselors and food are both delightful and enjoyable.

Sanborn is the best experience I’ve had. Everybody seems to be enjoying themselves.

2. Have you made any friends here?

Yes, I have. I’ve made friends here because so many people here are so kind. I’ve made many friends!

YES!!!

3. Do you think you’ll come back next year?

Yes. Because I’m having lots of fun!

I hope I will. I probably will. Sanborn is soo fun!

4. What is your favorite thing about Sanborn?

Friendship and the activities. THANK YOU SANBORN!

By: Stella, Simms, Aiden, Ali, Ally