Posts Tagged ‘outbackers’

The Good Earth

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Our First Session Big Spring Outbackers refitted this old horse coral right above the BS Barn (used to be called the Elephant Pit, according to Mr. Jerry) into our very own garden plot!

The combination of horse poop, hay and shade made for great soil conditions. The Outbackers were stoked to be able to create something that will be turned into a Sanborn summer gardening program as well as curriculum on high altitude farming for our new Sanborn Semester. We created a low-flow irrigation system for such hot days, as well as rows to separate such vegetables as beets, carrots, radishes (mainly rooty items, due to our altitude). It’s a fun project for the kids to see progress in just a few weeks (with help from our friendly skies of late) and they can go home knowing there is something growing here that they planted.

Fresh cilantro, arugula and beets (with help from worms churning soil and creating better organic material underneath) growing in an ol’ water tank.

Our compost bin (full of 2 lbs. of red wiggler worms) is filled with vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and other brown, carbon-rich material (eaten by the worms–crazy) to make this lovely, four-week-old compost! This will be spread as a top layer over our garden plot to add sufficient nutrients to our crops.

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: The Outbacker Counselors

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

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

This time, the Outbacker Counselors:

Adam Beard

Adam Beard

Adam Beard
Your Name? – Adam Beard
Where do you call home? – Minneapolis, MN
Where do you go to school? – University of Minnesota
What are you studying? – Kinesiology
What year are you? – Graduated
How did you hear about Sanborn? – Mike and Maren are family
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – During the first session I will be working with the Outbackers
What are you most excited for this summer? – The chance to experience some awesome places with some awesome people
Favorite Hobby: – Anything that gets my endorphins pumping
Favorite Camp Activity? – I really enjoy singing around the campfire or at Vespers
Favorite Camp Meal? – All the food has been superb
I never leave home without….. – putting on my shoes

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper
Your Name? – Pete Cooper
One thing you might not know about me? – I have a strong aversion to dirt in my tent
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I am working with the Outbackers.
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff.
What are you most excited for this summer? – The chance to improve many camper’s lives via a good, solid Outbacker crew.
Favorite Hobby: Buying Car Air Fresheners
Favorite Camp Activity? – Keeping my tent clean!
Favorite Camp Meal? – Anything involving spinach
I never leave home without…. – My sense of humor!

Austin Coffey

Austin Coffey

Austin Coffey
Your Name? – Austin Coffey
One thing you might not know about me? – I take a lot of pictures for my Campus newspaper.
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I am working with the Outbackers. In fact, I am the Outbacker Co-Ordinator this summer.
How long have you been here? – This is my second year on staff.
What are you most excited for this summer? – Catching some rays on my hammock
Favorite Hobby: Taking some awesome photos
Favorite Camp Activity? – The Bomber Relay
Favorite Camp Meal? – Peanut-Butter & Banana Sandwiches
I never leave home without…. – Flannel

Jackson Blackburn

Jackson Blackburn

Jackson Blackburn
Your Name? – Jackson Blackburn
One thing you might not know about me? – I love teaching.
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I am working with the Outbackers
How long have you been here? – About 2 weeks! I’m excited for this summer.
Favorite Hobby: Getting to know different campers
Favorite Camp Activity? – Archery
I never leave home without…. – My Water Bottle, a bandana, and sunscreen.