News from Camp: July 27, 2014

July 28th, 2014

Hiking out together as a living unit for the first camping trip of the summer, builds friendship bonds and creates memories!

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 enjoyed fishing trips, canoeing trips, technical rock climbing trips, mountain biking trips, and several extremely fun horseback riding all-days.

We had several trips to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and campers found many leaves and insects at the special digging site we visit after seeing the huge Sequoia stumps at the Monument. The Big Spring Junior campers enjoyed this trip on Friday.
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 “Retro” and there were many fun 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.
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, canoe 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.
Our photographers are hard at work uploading this week’s photos.  You can check them out tomorrow morning.  We are working with our website hosting company but so far they have not been able to fix the problem with uploading photos to our website so all of the photos will not appear at www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/photos.  However, if you log in to the Online Community at https://mycampminder.com/MyAccount.aspx you will be able to see the full collection of photos from the past week.
We are looking forward to another great week!

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 enjoyed fishing trips, canoeing trips, technical rock climbing trips, mountain biking trips, and several extremely fun horseback riding all-days.
We had several trips to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and campers found many leaves and insects at the special digging site we visit after seeing the huge Sequoia stumps at the Monument. The Big Spring Junior campers enjoyed this trip on Friday.
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 “Retro” and there were many fun 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.
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, canoe 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.
Our photographers are hard at work uploading this week’s photos.  You can check them out tomorrow morning.  We are working with our website hosting company but so far they have not been able to fix the problem with uploading photos to our website so all of the photos will not appear at www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/photos.  However, if you log in to the Online Community at https://mycampminder.com/MyAccount.aspx you will be able to see the full collection of photos from the past week.
We are looking forward to another great week!

News from Camp: July 20, 2014

July 21st, 2014

Opening Campfire at High Trails was led by the full rainbow of Junior Counselors!

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 our new Nine Square in the Air game.  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, fishing, 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 chose from many exciting possibilities including mountain climbs, horseback trips, tubing 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.  And, we had real campfires this year!  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. On Tuesday, 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 choose from 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.  Both Big Spring and High Trails Juniors also have a great all-day trip to the river for tubing planned this week.  In addition, 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 Sunday evening we will post photos of activities taken during the previous week on our website and the Online Community (CampInTouch Portal). 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.
Note: The website is struggling to accept new photo uploads this week, so not all the photos will appear at www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/photos. However, if you log in to the Online Community at https://my.campminder.com/MyAccount.aspx you will be able to see the full collection of photos from Opening Day and the first 2 days of camp.
We’re looking forward to an exciting week!

News from Camp: July 13, 2014

July 14th, 2014

After Gymkhana, the whole camp participated in the Cha Cha Slide line dance in the arena!

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, Mt. Harvard, Mt. Yale, Mt. Columbia, Mt. Antero, Mt. Shavano, Pikes Peak, West Buffalo Peaks, Mt. Silverheels, 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, mountain climbs (La Plata and Antero), 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.
Some major special events took place this week including the JC Dinner on Monday nigh, 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 “Space” 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 Green Gremlin, a Ninja Squirrel, and two care packages.
Our final weekend has been packed! On Friday evening, Big Spring enjoyed their Super Counselor Hunt, while High Trails had an inspirational all-camp hike to Top of the World.  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…

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, Mt. Harvard, Mt. Yale, Mt. Columbia, Mt. Antero, Mt. Shavano, Pikes Peak, West Buffalo Peaks, Mt. Silverheels, 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, mountain climbs (La Plata and Antero), 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.
Some major special events took place this week including the JC Dinner on Monday nigh, 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 “Space” 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 Green Gremlin, a Ninja Squirrel, and two care packages.
Our final weekend has been packed! On Friday evening, Big Spring enjoyed their Super Counselor Hunt, while High Trails had an inspirational all-camp hike to Top of the World.  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…

High Trails Summer Staff 2014

July 13th, 2014

Sara Vinson, Morgan Battaglia, & Catherine Pringle

Juniper West

Catherine Pringle

Hi you guys!  My name is Catherine Pringle and I am a past camper here at Sanborn a couple years back.  I am currently a sophomore at Oklahoma State University and am studying Human Development and Family Sciences and am specializing in Pre-Health and minoring in Nutritional Sciences.  I would love to be a future hospice nurse or just a regular nurse for the elderly when I am older and graduate from all my schooling.  I absolutely love to workout, stay healthy, and have personal and deep relationships with people.  Sanborn is the perfect place where you can establish these lifelong friendships.  I love responsibility and have recently loved to speak in public which is really scary because I never thought that would happen.  Colorado is one of my favorite places on Earth and I am beyond joyful to be here this summer, this is such a lucky opportunity for me!  Mountain biking, hiking, running, yoga, learning about the environment, and going to the Nature Place are just a few of my favorite things that Sanborn has for fun.  Cheers to Sanborn 2014!

Sara Vinson

Coming Soon!

Morgan Battaglia

Hey campers, my name’s Morgan! I am a Colorado native; born in Pueblo West, moved to Colorado Springs, and will be moving to Gunnison in August after camp to go to school at Western State Colorado University to study environmental sciences and outdoor leadership. I am SO excited to get to be a part of the High Trails gang this summer! I go to school just a couple hours away in Gunnison, CO. I am very excited about getting to be outdoors, getting to be around a lot of happy people, getting to experience a ton of new adventures this summer, and getting to know all of you new and returning campers!

Sarah LeBrun, Mary Boyd, and Kylie Vande Mheen

Juniper East

Kylie VandeMheen

Hola chicas! This is my first summer at High Trails and I am absolutely ecstatic to get started on the shenanigans with all of you wonderful girls. I’m originally from the great city of Omaha, Nebraska but spend the school year out in Maryville, Missouri. When I’m not studying for International Business you can usually catch me on the dance floor jamming out to Taylor Swift. I love making new friends and adventuring, so I have a feeling this is going to be a summer for the books!!!

Sarah LeBrun

Hey ya’ll! I am super excited for the adventures in store for us this summer! I go to Eastern Kentucky University and I am studying Public Health. I have been a camp counselor the past two summers at a tiny camp located in the hills of KY BUT I am looking forward to the change of scenery in CO (for the first time!). I love playing soccer, running, yoga, crafting and being outside and I am super excited to do all of this with kids this summer! I love being silly, doing loud camp cheers and eating S’MORES WITH PEANUT BUTTER! I have recently gotten into rock climbing and love each new challenge it brings. I CANNOT wait for this summer!! OH YEahhh!

Mary Boyd

Coming Soon!

Carly Holthaus, Heather Hatcher, & Bri Bader

Ponderosa West

Carly Holthaus

I’m the new kid, Carly & I’m from Kentucky. My university is in Louisville, & home is suuuuper close to Cincinnati. I root for the Redlegs & Bengals, hang out on the riverfront with the live music, sell bread & coffee at a farmers’ market or work at a bike shop, watch documentaries, & drag my friends around doing new sometimes weird things. I study environmental studies & Spanish, & have camped my entire life, although I haven’t done much on the summer camp circuit as of yet. I like the color olive green, my favorite vegetable’s a tomato, & I like random facts. I’ve been outside of the states for a bit so Colorful CO will be such a welcome treat! Soooo ready for fresh mountain air, campfire smellgood smoke, & hanging out with some cool kids.

Bri Bader

Heather Hatcher

Hello Folks! My name is Heather and I currently attend Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff studying Early Childhood and Special Education. I have been a swim instructor for ten years ad karate in structure for two, so I love teaching and constantly seeing my student grow. I love drawing, photo/videography, backpacking, and anything pertaining to the outdoors. My stoke-o-meter is out the roof, and I can’t wait to have fun and travel with everyone with summer! Don’t be afraid to talk to me about anything, I love making friends and helping out in any situation.

Annie McDevitt, Jenna Howard, and Makenzie Goldstein

Ponderosa East

Makenzie Goldstein

I am so excited to be returning to camp for my second summer on staff! I will be starting my junior year at Knox College after this summer, where I am currently studying Anthropology and Sociology. I love to do anything artsy, whether it’s music or drawing you can count me in!  I love being in the outdoors, doing many different activities like sitting under a tree and reading a good book, going on long hikes, and exploring new places. I can’t wait for all of the amazing adventures and memories that will be created this summer!!

Annie McDevitt

Hi everyone!! I am so excited to return to High Trails this year, after being a 4 year camper! I study at St. Lawrence University in the middle of nowhere, New York. At school, I am the captain of the Dance Team and a member of SLU Buddies where I mentor middle school students. When I’m home in Connecticut, I am a volunteer at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center where I help people with disabilities ride horses. I am so unbelievably excited for camp this summer and I can’t wait to go on trail rides, hike to the bat caves, watch shooting stars at Sunday Rocks and eat endless amounts of Chippy Dippy bars!!

Jenna Howard

Hi, everyone! I’m Jenna and I’m super excited for this summer! I grew up in Wisconsin but now I’m a freshman at Colorado State University studying Civil Engineering and International Studies. I think my 7 summers as a camper at Sanborn may have had an impact on my college choice– I love Colorado! This summer I’m hoping to climb some mountains, ride some horses, sleep under the stars, and laugh ’til my stomach hurts. And, who could forget those s’mores? It’s going to be great; I can’t to see all the friendships built!

Shannon Gardner, Meghan Rixey, and Genevieve Gregory

Silver Spruce West

Shannon Gardner

Hi guys! I’m from Rochester, NY but this year my family moved to Columbus, OH which has been super exiting! I’m a psychology major at Ohio State, as well as a Buckeye football fan! I love the outdoors, photography, traveling, working with kids & meeting new people! I’ve never been to Colorado & I’m so excited to have an adventure this summer at High Trails :)

Genevieve Gregory

Someone once asked me if I could live off of chocolate for the rest of my life. Without hesitation I looked at them and whispered “I already do”. And so here I am, Genevieve Gregory, the chocolate lover extraordinaire! Not only am I a connoisseur of all things cocoa but I also love being outdoors and going to school. Lucky for me, at my college Gonzaga University, I can do both. Some of my favorite activities are sneaking away to study out by the majestic Spokane River as well as going on crazy beautiful hikes and snowshoe trips in the Inland Northwest’s version of the Rocky Mountains! Next year, though, I will be bidding Spokane, Washington goodbye and heading off to Pune, India where my study abroad expeditions are sure to take me on some thrilling adventures. Many would say Camp is my middle name and I am so excited for this upcoming summer at Sanborn! Let’s just say, I will bring extra chocolate to share.

Meghan Rixey

Hello! My name is Meghan Rixey and I’m originally from Cabin John, Maryland (just outside of DC). I just finished up my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh and I am counting down the days to head back to Colorado! This will be my first year as a staff member after two years as a camper and I couldn’t be more excited to be back. I love being active, being outdoors, being active outdoors, and working with kids. Can’t wait to meet you all!

Zena Daole, Erika Davidoff, & Emily Gajewski

Silver Spruce East

Zena Daole

I’m Zena, like the warrior princess, but spelled with a Z instead of an X. I am so super excited to be spending my summer in a new place! I have never traveled out of the south and am ready for the new adventures that the summer will offer. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and as much as I love city life, I love to be outdoors even more! I am currently a third year at GSU and am studying Social Work. I can’t wait for campfire smells and s’more makin!

Emily Gajewski

Hi all!  Like everyone else I am so super pumped for this summer.  This will be my first time in Colorado and I can’t wait for this new adventure.  I love to travel (Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and London are crossed off the list already), doing agility with my dog, theatre, horseback riding, photography, learning new things and anything outside.  I just graduated from the University of Findlay in Ohio, I don’t quite know where my life is taking me yet, but I’m enjoying the journey.

Erika Davidoff

I spent seven summers as a camper at High Trails and I have been looking forward to my eighth summer, this time as a staff member, for years! I just finished my first year at Princeton University, where I’m majoring in chemical/biological engineering and minoring in neuroscience. I work in a research lab where we’re trying to figure out how addiction is represented in the brain using lasers, mice, and a whole bunch of fancy stuff, and I love talking about science. I’m also the head of the percussion section in the Princeton Band and am constantly drumming on tables, which will serve me well at camp lunches. My favorite things include climbing 14ers, writing, drawing, and hiking around my absolutely beautiful home state of Colorado. My favorite camp memories are my SOLE trip, where we helped CFI cover up an old trail on Mt. Massive, and River All-Days spent tubing and relaxing on the South Platte! I can’t wait to spend a summer eating Chippy Dippy bars, riding horses all around camp property, leading campers on trips and adventures, and, most importantly, deep-cleaning the lodge.

Hannah Blackwood, Brittany Scharmer, & Cheyenne Smith

Cedar Lodge West

Hannah Blackwood

Why, hello! I’m Hannah! I grew up in Chicago but currently live in Grand Rapids, Michigan where I am finishing up my sophomore year and studying Elementary Education and Spanish. I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee, climbing, and just about anything active, but I also love curling up with a good book. I love travelling and was lucky enough to get the chance to study abroad in Peru this past fall which was a blast. I absolutely love camp and the outdoors and I am super stoked to be spending my summer in Colorado. I’ve never been to Sanborn as a camper or on staff, but I’m really excited to see what this summer has in store!

Brittany Scharmer

Hello ya’ll! This will be my first time at High Trails but I could not be more excited! I have worked at summer camps before but none with so many outdoor adventures. I grew up on a hobby farm outside of Winona MN so I am all about the outdoors. When I would not be out with all the animals such as the 22 dogs we own or driving around on four-wheeler s I am running, playing soccer, basketball or volleyball or even swimming! I am very much a sporty girl.  I have never been to Colorado but I have heard nothing but good things. I can’t wait to go on so many adventures and eat my weight in s’mores!

Cheyenne Smith

Greetings! My name is Cheyenne Smith. I have many catchphrase (you just saw one in the first sentence) I’m turning twenty year young this summer, and I don’t know how I feel about that. I’m a 5th generation Coloradan and I’m very proud of that. I went to Sanborn for eight summers and I could not be more excited to come back. I love Sanborn more than any place in the entire world and I truly consider it my home. I think there is something so special about Sanborn, and I can’t wait not to only experience that special something again but also it with new and returning campers and staff.

Barrett Donovan, Alexis Ehrlich, & Blayne Cross

Cedar Lodge East

Barrett Donovan

Hi there folks, Barrett here!  I could not be more excited to be back at Sanborn for my second summer to climb a few mountains, craft a few new pairs of fairy wings, and get to know all of the new campers and staff as well as reconnect with old faces!  Currently I am studying Environmental Science at Colorado College, raising chickens, and working to start a new Environmental Education program with Colorado College.

Alexis Ehrlich

Hello! I am very excited to be spending my summer in the beautiful mountains of Colorado with all of you! I am from Rye, NY, which is a small town just outside of New York City, but I have lived in Wilmington, NC for the past four years while attending school. I recently graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a double major in Communication Studies and Sociology and a minor in Leadership Studies. I have an obsession with traveling, meeting new people, eating different foods, and being outdoors. I am eager to move across country and I cannot wait to see what the summer has in store for us!!!

Blayne Cross

Though I was born and raised in the Lone Star State, I am currently a student of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, pursuing a degree in Business Management with a focus in Human Resources. In my free time I like to hike in the state parks in both Texas and Arkansas. Was a Sanborn camper for 5 summers and loved every moment of it. My favorite camp activities are hiking to Top of the World, climbing 14er’s in Colorado, and Vespers every Sunday evening. I love being outside and traveling.

Top to Bottom: Alice Woods, Emmy Johnson, & Hannah Szabo

Crystal Palace East

Emmy Johnson

Hey y’all, I’m a brand new staff member from Maryland. I grew up outside of DC, but while I love the urban jungle, I love the mountains more! I go to school down in good ol’ North Carolina, studying public policy and gender studies. I can’t wait to make it back to the mountains, where the air is clear, the bugs are tasty (just kidding), the trails make me strong, and I go to bed exhausted every night. True to my DC upbringing, I love politics and debate, and I won’t let anyone hold me down. This summer can’t come fast enough!

Hannah Szabo

I moved from Wisconsin to Colorado 2 years ago for college, and I completely fell in love with the mountains. Wisconsin is a great state, but the only thing I miss from home is my family and my 2 crazy doggies- Butterscotch and Sarge. When I’m not outside enjoying the Rocky Mountains you’ll find me in the library studying Arabic and French or volunteering with my church. I recently completed my second year at the University of Denver, where I work as a residential assistant in the dorms. After spending last summer living and working in the French Alps, I realized how much I love cheese, (dark) chocolate, and espresso. I am beyond excited for this summer at Sanborn and cannot wait to meet everybody!

Alice Woods

Hi Sanborn community! I am so excited to finally be working at High Trails after six amazing summers as a camper. I have missed camp so much the past two summers but have filled them with some life-changing travel; I spent one traveling around and living with families in Rwanda and the past summer backpacking through France, Spain, and finally arctic Scandinavia. I love traveling on foot with everything I could ever need in my backpack and I hope to continue to see the world this way. Currently I am a student at the University of Miami but I grew up in St. Louis and the British Virgin Islands where I learned to swim before I could walk. One of my favorite things about hiking and backpacking is stopping to swim in a clear mountain lake (although sometimes in Scandinavia I had to break through some ice before I jumped in). I am over-the-top excited for this summer at camp; I fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning thinking about vespers, reading in an aspen grove, hike-the-pike, chacos, and chippy-dippy bars.

Mary Loomis, Melody Reeves & Mady McVey

Crystal Palace West

Mary Loomis

Heyoo! I can’t tell you how excited I am for my first season at Sanborn!! I took a gap year which I spent backpacking, traveling and farming before attending college. I am now currently at the University of Vermont where I am studying Environmental Studies and Education. I’m super involved in the outing club at school, so I get to spend plenty of time exploring the great Green Mountains and the Adirondacks in my free time! I think sunflowers are the greatest, you can probably find me wearing a pair of crocs, and I am still waiting for my Hogwarts acceptance letter!! Looking forward to a sunny and fun-filled Colorado summer!!!

Melody Reeves

Hello Hello Hello! My name is Melody Reeves, and this is my second summer at High Trails! I am from East Tennessee and am in love with the state of Colorado. Laughter, weird faces, accents, costumes, and dancing come with the territory of living the Melody life. I love to have fun and have learned that embracing change, being thankful, eating great food, staying true to who you are and smiling often are what make life genuine. I am a Chaco wearing enthusiast with a constant need for fresh air. My passions in life come from working in the out of doors, helping others, and traveling. I am currently exploring my options of a future career in social work, environmental studies, or non-profits. My biggest fear is of snakes, my favorite color is yellow, and I have been a runner since I was 9 years old.  My hobbies are kayaking, pottery, hiking and mowing the lawn (this last one may or may not be because of my dad’s constant persuasion). I am so ready to dream, laugh, challenge, teach, and create with your children! Cannot wait to meet each and every one of you! Bring it on summer 2014!!

Mady McVey

This will be my first summer at High Trails and my first summer at any camp for that matter. I am from Golden, Colorado and just finished my first year of college at the University of Denver. Oftentimes, you can find me hanging out in “neature” and soaking up Colorado’s sunshine. I like to test my artistic abilities by crafting with my sorority sisters too. Summer could not come any sooner because I am so excited to meet you all!

Emma Goldstein, Grace Barrett & Evy Royther

Kinnikinnik East

Emma Goldstein

Hey Everyone! I’m Emma Goldstein, an East Asian Studies major at Occidental College in Los Angeles. I originally hail from North of the “center of the universe” (haha), New York City. My favorite activities are drawing, studying Buddhism and discovering new music. My favorite art project thus far has been a concentration on “Naturally occurring patterns in fruits and vegetables”, where I spent a semester in High School discovering the intricacies of these life giving foods. I’m super excited for this summer!!! I’m ready to meet some really special people, spend time outside of the two big cities I call home, and channel my wacky side.

Evy Royther

Hi y’all! I was a camper at Sanborn for 7 years and I cannot wait for my second summer on staff. Some of my most amazing memories come from campfires and mountain summits at camp so I am so excited for another summer at my favorite place on earth. I am from North Carolina and go to college in Tennessee, where I am studying to be a veterinarian. At school I am also on the varsity field hockey team. So in summery I love the outdoors! Animals, games, trees, basically all my favorite things. I cannot wait for another gorgeous summer in Colorado with beautiful skies and amazing views!

Grace Barrett

Hey Sanborn! My name is Grace and I’m so excited to be back at camp for the fifth summer. I just finished a NOLS course where I mountaineered through the Himalayas which was life changing and fantastic and I’m getting ready to start my sophomore year at the college of Charleston. My favorite things to do at camp are mountain biking, climbing, dancing, giggling, and of course cleaning the lodge with my fellow ACs. This summer I am excited to practice more yoga, hike everywhere on the ranch, and master spatula spinning.

Megan Blackburn, Liana Hudson & Jane Canter

Kinnikinnik West

Megan Blackburn

As an accidental model in a German Coca-Cola ad, I think I have found my passion in life–appearing in obscure ads in other countries. Actually, it’s just a picture of me cliff jumping in Yellow National Park and my true passion is really adventure (and pizza). Therefore, I cannot wait to begin my new adventure at Sanborn. From Idaho, to Oregon, to Colorado, I think it’s safe to say I’m very excited for my first summer in Colorado, and at camp! I am currently a Junior at Colorado State University, studying Food Science & Nutrition. I thoroughly enjoy cooking, running, hiking, and laughing at my own jokes. Get ready for a great summer!!

Jane Canter

Coming Soon!

Liana Hudson

Hi! I’m Liana from Kansas City, Missouri and currently attending college in Colorado Springs at Colorado College. I run Cross Country and Track for CC and I absolutely love it. In between my Math major and Neuroscience minor, I like to go running (trail running!), ski and do anything active!   As an animal lover, one of the hardest parts about college is not being able to have pets! When I got the AC position, I was absolutely stoked! I can’t wait to spend my eight summer there in a community I love. Returning to Sanborn is so exciting and I can’t wait to share my enthusiasm!

Iska Nardie-Warner, Sammi Burrell & Becca Park

Columbine East

Sammi Burrell

Hello friends! I am beyond excited for another amazing summer of adventures here at Sanborn! Though the Rockies are a home away from home to me, my real home is Columbus Ohio. There, I lead Younglife at a local high school, and recently just finished my third year at Ohio State studying environmental science. Some things I love: music and playing guitar, ALL food, Harry Potter, my family, coffee, a good adventure, and also some good rest in my hammock. But most of all, I love being outside, laughing, and enjoying life surrounded by friends, so I am so pumped to get to do all of that all summer long.

Iska Nardie-Warner

Hey there! I’m so stoked to be returning to Sanborn for my second year on staff after this, my sophomore, year at Whitman College. I grew up in St. Louis summers where you melt if you’re not submerged in a pool, but it lead me to develop my secret talent: making my fish face. Apart from studying, at school I spend my time hiking, cooking, playing ultimate, and relaxing out in sun. This summer you’ll find me keen for any adventure, especially if it includes a mountain of some sort! I always like to keep in mind that you can always tell how much fun you’ve had in a day by how much dirt you rinse off and how hungry you are! Can’t wait for all the adventuring to begin, here’s to the summer!

Becca Park

Hello! I was born in Memphis, Tennesse, but have spent the past year studying in Atlanta, and couldn’t be more excited about spending my first summer in Colorado- I’ve almost forgotten what a mountain looks like! My favorite pastimes are recreational running, rock climbing, and traveling, and I also have a passion for sushi! Mmmm. At school, I am involved in the Outdoor Club and my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. One of my proudest accomplishments is running a marathon with my dad last year, and I plan on doing even more. I am beyond stoked to meet all of the fabulous high trails ladies in the lovely Colorado wilderness. Can’t wait for this summer’s adventures!

Avery Katz, Ellen Cromack, & Kaiti Kinshella

Columbine West

Ellen Cromack

HI! My name is Ellen Cromack and I grew up in San Antonio, Texas. I am a junior at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado with a major in Psychology. I was a camper at High Trails for nine years and am now on staff for my second  summer!   Whenever I think of camp, I think of singing Good Old Mountain Dew at Sunday lunch while banging on the tables. Sanborn has helped me form some of the strongest and most important friendships of my life.  I hope to climb many mountains, tube the river and go horseback riding to the Top of the World!

Kaiti Kinshella

Coming Soon!

Avery Katz

Hi! I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota and am currently attending school in Ann Arbor, Michigan.   I’ve worked at an art after school and summer program for children for 4 years, which has been an incredible experience.  I also volunteered at a Kenyan orphanage and taught art lessons, which was unbelievably fun and rewarding.  I’ve gone to Sanborn for 7 years, and am ecstatic to return as a staff member.   Some random fun facts about me are that I love cats (in case you were unsure because of my last name), I love to craft, and the TV show I’m currently hooked on is Freaks and Geeks.  Anyway, I look forward to yet another incredible summer with wonderful people!  I have been mountain deprived for far too long in the midwest – can’t wait!

Tully Sandbom, Katie Gibbons, & Natalie Peppercorn

Gold Hut East

Katie Gibbons

Hi! My name is Katie Gibbons. I hail from the state of Kentucky and I am excited to spend the summer in Colorado. I recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in English Literature. I spent this past Spring as a teacher for the High Trails Outdoor Education Center at Sanborn and couldn’t stay away! I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, running, and reading books. I am tiny, nimble, and like to giggle! Woohoooo summer!!

Tully Sandbom

Natalie Peppercorn

Hey I’m Natalie, an AC at Sanborn! I enjoys long walks (up mountains), fine cuisine (cooked on cabin-side overnights), and dancing all night (atop Vespers).  I was a camper at Sanborn for 5 years and it is without a doubt the best/most beautiful/peaceful/awesome/crazy place in the world!  I’m in my first year at the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk) but I’m originally from Denver and a mountain mama at heart.  When I’m not studying for my journalism courses, I’m usually going for a run, listening to music, or trying to convince my friends to let me come over and play with their dogs.  I’m super excited to meet everyone so we can go on cabin side over nights, tube down the river, explore the bat caves, and watching for shooting stars! It will be a blast and I’m super stoked!

Katie Erb & Haley Schreier

Gold Hut West

Katie Erb

Hey! This will be my first summer at Sanborn, and I am already super excited to spend an entire summer growing, learning, and playing in the beautiful Rocky Mountains! I recently graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in science education and Hispanic studies, and I am ready to find a new home in Colorado.  I love being outside and can’t wait to spend a summer outside.  I enjoy the challenges of outdoor sports such as whitewater kayaking and rock climbing.  I love sports in general and played five years of competitive rugby, and I hope to introduce more people to the wonderful sport.  On the other hand, I am always down to relax at camp by reading a book or making friendship bracelets all while soaking up the sun.  Finally, I have two rubber ducks that come everywhere with me named Dwight and Shadow who help remind me that life is not that serious!

Haley Schreier

Hey, lovely ladies!  I’m so elated to be returning to High Trails for my second summer because, as you know, it’s truly the best place on Earth!  I grew up in Wisconsin and return frequently to visit my little sister Sadie, my cat Smokey, and my family’s lake home where I use the beach as an excuse to take naps in the summer sun and read nonfiction novels.  I’m currently studying Women’s and Gender Studies and Race and Ethnic Studies up in the coldest state in the continental U.S.- Minnesota… And more specifically at St. Olaf College.  I spend my free time doing an assortment of the following things: going for runs through the Natural Lands on campus, doodling while I should be studying, watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix, relaxing with friends, practicing yoga headstands, eating chocolatey desserts, writing in my journal or on my blog, and adding travel fantasies to my “post-graduation” bucket list.  I think I speak for all Sanbornians, when I say that I’m the best version of myself when I’m breathing the mountain air and exploring the infinite wonders that Colorado has to offer!

Cara Mackesey, Maribeth Olsen, Lucy Stockdale, & Nora Philbin

Aspen

Cara Mackesey

Hey Hey! I am so pumped to be spending my first summer at Sanborn in beautiful Colorado! I am from Wisconsin and attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse studying Recreation Management and Spanish. I love to travel and plan on studying abroad in the near future. I also love spending time in the sun, goofing around, and adventuring. Neon is my favorite color and a few of my favorite things are my ukulele, my cat, and dance parties! I’m so excited for summer to start, see you all soon!

Maribeth Olsen

Hey all y’all short and tall!! My name’s Maribeth and I’m super stoked to be joining the ladies at High Trails this summer! Chasing waterfalls, catching newts, and climbing things were my specialty while earning a Music Education degree in rural upstate NY at Houghton College (2013). (Like, “small college town in the booniest of boonies” rural. Fantastic for exploring!) I’ve been a facilitator at Houghton’s high ropes course and led trips with their Wilderness Adventures team since I was a wee sophomore. I’ve hiked, climbed, kayaked, canoed, swam and spelunked about 500 miles in the past two summers in the Adirondacks, and can’t get enough of it!! Indoors, I’m a K-12 teacher, certified in New York and Michigan. I currently own a private music studio primarily for high school students and have performed as both professional musician and casual coffee shop entertainer throughout this past year. At camp, my 3 favorite things are out-nose-spaghetti-spewing laughter, good ‘ol late night campfire talks, and all the spontaneous tomfoolery that ensues!  Can’t WAIT to make some memories!!

Nora Philbin

Coming Soon!

Lucy Stockdale

Well hey there! I am so unbelievably excited to be back at camp for my eighth summer! Yes… eighth- I can’t believe it either. Being both a previous camper and counselor has shown me all the amazing things Sanborn has to offer and it makes me that much more stoked to get back there and share it with everyone! I am coming back from Cape Town, South Africa, where I have spent the semester learning about multiculturalism and human rights, living with four different families, and exploring the land, the animals, and the people that constantly took my breath away. While I had the time of my life, I am ready to get back to my roots at Sanborn, sharing my stories and my love for the outdoors and this amazing camp with my co-counselors and the JC’s of 2014! I’m ready to get a couple more mountain climbs under my belt, to ride some crazy horses, and to sleep under the indescribably beautiful stars. Being from Colorado, I always love to come home, and no place is better to call home for me than Sanborn!

Sara Everhart, Erica Wilkins, Hannah Flink & Valerie Peterson

Ridge Leaders

Erica Wilkins – Juniper

My name is Erica and I am 24 years old. I have just finished up my graduate program and will be teaching High School Chemistry and Biology next fall – Chlorophyll more like Borophyll. I have a cat named Snow Princess and he’s pretty handsome. I enjoy reading and have recently finished the Island of Dr. Moreau. I am an Army brat but I have been primarily raised in West Virginia and I consider myself a Mountain Mama. Summer 2014 Woohhoo!

Valerie Peterson – Ponderosa & Silver Spruce

Hannah Flink – Cedar Lodge, Crystal Palace & Kinnikinnik East

Hi! I am so excited to be back for my third summer at Sanborn! I just graduated for CU Boulder and love working with kids, especially outside! I love my family, fly fishing, hiking, Harry Potter, and of course, reaching the summit of Colorado’s peaks! I am a positive person about anything and everything and love to laugh. My family means the world to me and I don’t know where I would be without them! I’m so excited to have some great experiences with campers and have them remind me just how awesome life is! I am so lucky to have the best job in the world to be a kid again for three months! But let’s be real, I act like a kid 24/7 anyway. This summer is going to be so awesome! I can’t wait!

Sara Everhart – Kinnikinnik West, Columbine & Gold Hut

Kahunas

Mary Talbot – Outcamp

Hey ya’ll! I’m a rising junior at Vassar college in Poughkeepsie, NY, where I study Women’s Studies, lead trips for the Outing Club, and am on my dorm’s House Team. I’m originally from Greensboro, North Carolina–right in the middle of the state. I’m so excited to be coming back as this year’s Outcamp Coordinator. As an obsessive list maker, food lover, and trip planner, it’s right up my alley. This summer you can find me in Outcamp, listening to podcasts or jamming to tunes and packing your trips with a smile on my face! A little more about me–I love cooking, taking walks, camping, and school. This will be my ninth (or tenth?) summer at High Trails (I’m a creature of habit), and I can’t wait to ditch my final exams and the oncoming humidity and run for the mountains!

Hilary LeBlanc – Kitchen Coordinator

Hello all! My name is Hilary LeBlanc, this is my first summer at High Trails, but I have taught for two seasons of Fall Weeks through HTOEC.  For the past 5 summers I have worked for a company called Overland, leading bike tours for high school students. Overland is a place near and dear to my heart, but I had been feeling left out hearing everyone speak so passionately about summers at Sanborn, so I decided to get on board.  I have spent the past 3 winters in Crested Butte teaching skiing and coaching alongside a great crew of Sanborn folks. This will be my first summer in Colorado and I am beyond excited!!

Zelda Sherwood – Art Barn Gal

I am a full time botanist and an artist as hobby, the two go hand in hand, much of botany is categorizing new plants and illustrating them. I have been attending/affiliated with High Trails since 2006, last summer was my first summer on staff and I am overjoyed to be coming back. I can’t wait to create with all my friends in the art barn and on the trails of Sanborn. I draw inspiration from every aspect of camp and have family all over! I love to dance, draw, cook (vegan food ;]), and play. Can’t wait to meet you all and make treasures and memories, as well as discover new things!

Wranglers

Jaime Olivette

Hey! I’m Jaime and am so excited for my third summer at Sanborn! I graduated from Syracuse University in 2012 with a major in Elementary and Special Education. I am originally from Central New York and have always had a love for the outdoors from growing up going to summer camps and my family’s cabin in the Adirondacks. I also grew up riding horses for most of my life, so I was so excited to find my dream job working with children and horses in the outdoors. I feel so blessed to be spending yet another summer with such wonderful people in the most amazing place on the earth.

Jenny Hartman

I am so stoked to have my 7th summer at Sanborn! It is going to be the best one yet! Once again, I will be leading horseback rides for the Junior girls. I just can’t wait for them to get here! I am wrapping up my first year of teaching at Guffey Community Charter School where I have been teaching Kindergarten, 1st, AND 2nd grade in one classroom. I am excited to get out of the classroom and into the outdoors where I can teach the girls how to ride!

Taylor Indrebo

Coming Soon!

Meghan Lemli

Coming Soon!

Annamaria Viazzo

Coming Soon!

Lindsay Varnadore

Hi there! I’m Lindsay and I will be a wrangler this summer. I’m actually from North Carolina, so I am excited to see just how crazy camp can get out west! I graduated from a women’s college a few years ago and I have been all over the map since then. When adventure calls, my ears begin to tingle… and let me tell ya… they are straight up ringin’ right now. Saddle up, gals… it’s gonna be a good one!!!!!!!

Maggie Kittner

Howdy y’all! I’m so thrilled to be returning to Sanborn for my seventh summer, this time as a wrangler! I’m a rising senior at Elon University in North Carolina, pursuing a BFA degree in Acting and a minor in Women’s/Gender Studies. I can’t wait to memorize all the crazy personalities of the many horses at camp, and see if any of them have some acting potential, so I can take them back to school with me for auditions in the fall! I’m extremely excited to be down at the barn every day, teaching y’all how to have a fun and safe summer-long experience with our beautiful Sanborn steeds. I’ve been counting down the minutes to get back to Sanborn, my home away from home, and look forward to yet another summer with a truly amazing group of people, staff and campers alike. YEEHAW!

Katie Metz & Molly Radis

Nurses

Molly Radis

Hi there! This will be my first summer at Sanborn and I can’t wait to get started! I grew up on a tiny island off the coast of Maine and have spent most of my life in the Northeast. I graduated from Bates College in 2010, worked at a boarding school in the White Mountains as a sports coach and dorm parent, and now I’m half way through my master’s degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Yale. I can’t wait to meet you all!!!!

Katie Metz

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be coming to Sanborn this summer for the first time as a nurse. I am originally from Harrisburg, Pa and just graduated from Penn State University. I fell in love with Colorado during a recent trip and now am so excited to call it home! Nursing is my passion and I am excited to make sure everyone is safe and healthy this summer! Some of my favorite things to do include playing Frisbee, kayaking, soccer, and trying new tricks on the indo board!

News from Camp: July 6, 2014

July 7th, 2014

Saturday was a gorgeous day for Hike the Pike, a Sanborn tradition!

We have had another great week at camp!  Big Spring and High Trails both had special 4th of July celebrations on Friday night.  Unfortunately, we were unable to have fireworks but we had lots of decorations, singing, games, and costumes.  On Saturday, many campers joined in our “Hike the Pike” in which campers and staff walk up to six miles to raise money for charity.  We then continued the 4th of July theme with a Patriotic Dance.

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 (Colorado’s highest peak).  The Colorado Trail five-day trip backpacked 25 miles along the Continental Divide.  Two 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 reached the top 13,326’ West Buffalo Peaks, and the four-day Oxford/Belford backpack trip summited 14,197’ Mt. Belford.  The four-day Pikes Peak Backpack was turned back from the summit by heavy fog, but they reached the Mother Ridge and had a great time. 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. The four- and five-day horse trips had a great time exploring wilderness areas south and west of camp.
Big Spring campers enjoyed many exciting overnight and all-day trips last week including climbs of Quandary Peak (14,265’), Pikes Peak (14,115’),  Mt. Princeton(14,197’),  Mt. Oxford (14,153’) and Mt. Belford (14, 197’. The boys also had fun on horseback overnights, river trips, canoe all-days and overnights, technical rock climbing overnights, a mountain biking overnight, and fishing all-days and overnights.
The Second Term of Sanborn Junior campers arrived Tuesday; they have been enthusiastic and energetic about their activities this week.  They had outstanding overnight campouts on Thursday night and have also enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, crafts, hikes and nature programs at the Interbarn.
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 tubing trip on the South Platte River, and an all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
Until next week…

We have had another great week at camp!  Big Spring and High Trails both had special 4th of July celebrations on Friday night.  Unfortunately, we were unable to have fireworks but we had lots of decorations, singing, games, and costumes.  On Saturday, many campers joined in our “Hike the Pike” in which campers and staff walk up to six miles to raise money for charity.  We then continued the 4th of July theme with a Patriotic Dance. 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 (Colorado’s highest peak).  The Colorado Trail five-day trip backpacked 25 miles along the Continental Divide.  Two 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 reached the top 13,326’ West Buffalo Peaks, and the four-day Oxford/Belford backpack trip summited 14,197’ Mt. Belford.  The four-day Pikes Peak Backpack was turned back from the summit by heavy fog, but they reached the Mother Ridge and had a great time. 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. The four- and five-day horse trips had a great time exploring wilderness areas south and west of camp.
Big Spring campers enjoyed many exciting overnight and all-day trips last week including climbs of Quandary Peak (14,265’), Pikes Peak (14,115’),  Mt. Princeton(14,197’),  Mt. Oxford (14,153’) and Mt. Belford (14, 197’. The boys also had fun on horseback overnights, river trips, canoe all-days and overnights, technical rock climbing overnights, a mountain biking overnight, and fishing all-days and overnights.
The Second Term of Sanborn Junior campers arrived Tuesday; they have been enthusiastic and energetic about their activities this week.  They had outstanding overnight campouts on Thursday night and have also enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, crafts, hikes and nature programs at the Interbarn.
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 tubing trip on the South Platte River, and an all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
Until next week…

News from Camp: June 29, 2014

June 30th, 2014

The CORE Tech Rock trip hiked all 14 miles of trails at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to help promote their use by teens!

We climbed our first mountains of the season last week!  Groups from Big Spring reached the summits of Mt. Elbert and Huron Peak on Tuesday morning.  High Trails groups successfully climbed Quandary Peak and Mt. Ouray on Friday morning. In addition to the climbs, we enjoyed many other amazing trips last week— fishing adventures, canoeing and river trips, horseback rides, fossil digging, wonderful hikes, rock climbing, bike riding, and much more.  Everyone returned to camp Friday night excited by their adventures and happy to be back with friends at camp for the weekend.

We have had a busy weekend.  Yesterday’s Saturday Special Activities were fun in the morning and in the afternoon we had an extremely exciting coed carnival that included cotton candy,  sno cones, and popcorn in addition to many games and carnival events.  It was so warm that Mike even started up the fire truck in order to let everyone cool off in the spray. The dance had a Luau theme which was appropriate for such a warm day.  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 First Term Juniors depart today—they have been a wonderful group and we are grateful for our time together.  We look forward to greeting our Second Session Junior campers on Tuesday.
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, Pikes Peak, Mt. Princeton and Mts. Oxford and Belford.  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 July 7.
We will post photos from the week on our website later tonight.  Keep watching our Facebook page too—we have posted some stunning photos lately.

News from Camp: June 22, 2014

June 23rd, 2014

Opening Campfires were jubilant affairs at both camps!

What a great week!  As always, we feel so fortunate to work with such a wonderful group of young people, and enthusiasm has been high for all of our trips and activities.

Following our busy week of campouts and activities, we were happy to once again be all together on Friday evening for dinner, and the Lodges were exciting (and noisy) places to be.  On Saturday mornings we offer Saturday Specials—these are activities which continue every Saturday morning during the camp term.  Campers may choose to work on the coed Drama which they will present at the end of camp, take riding lessons, learn technical rock climbing, hike to different parts of the ranch, learn how to throw pots on the wheel in ceramics, and many other fun activities.  On Saturday evening, the camps came together at Big Spring for an ice cream social and Decades Dance.
Campers in both camps have been offered a wide variety of all-day and overnight trips and a number of these are scheduled for next week.  Horseback overnights, tubing on the South Platte River, fishing all-days, mountain climbs and hikes to several spectacular locations are only some of the adventures that wait. There will also be a busy in-camp program and some of our favorite special events.  Juniors at both camps will experience another campout, more horseback riding, swimming, rock-scrambling, and a number of fun, creative in-camp activities.  High Trails Juniors are looking forward to their trip on the South Platte River while Junior Campers at Big Spring will enjoy the Bat Caves/Fossil Beds All Day.
Many of our older campers have signed up for SOLE (Sanborn Outdoor Leadership Experience) or CORE (Community Outreach Experience) next week—these 5-day adventures include service projects as well as challenging activities.  One group will work with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to build trails on Mt. Elbert, while another group will work with CFI on Oxford/Belford.  Two separate trip groups have chosen a rock climbing focus.  During the week they will learn climbing skills at our climbing site on Wild Goat Mountain and then venture off our property to climb at Turkey Rocks and Red Rock Canyon. These groups will come together on Wednesday to become the first group ever to hike the entire 14-mile trail system of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Both the CORE and SOLE programs are also offering 5-day Horsemanship experiences–these will emphasize improving horseback riding skills as well as community service.  We also have a CORE mountain biking trip which will bike around the ranch, work on our biking trails, and then complete the Salida Downhill bike ride.
The Junior Counselors at High Trails and Outbackers at Big Spring are also looking forward to their special 3-day trips this week.  The girls leave tomorrow for Great Sand Dunes National Monument; on Wednesday they will meet the Outbackers in Buena Vista for an exciting day of rafting on the Arkansas River.  The girls will then return to camp while the boys head to the Sand Dunes for two-days of sand surfing and exploration.
If you haven’t already done so, check out the living unit photos taken early last week by visiting our website Photo Gallery.  Our photographers also are hard at work posting new photos taken at camp last week.  They will be available for viewing Monday morning.  Photos from either Big Spring, High Trails, or Sanborn Junior will load automatically in the photo gallery.  To access photos from the other camps, click on the gallery button on the bottom left of the photos and choose the photos you would like to see.
Beyond reading these e-mails and our Sanborn blog online, you can follow Sanborn Western Camps on Facebook. We would love to have parents, friends, and family follow our updates about camp events, trips and activities.
Until next week…

News from Camp: June 15, 2014

June 16th, 2014

When the buses arrive from the airports, it's a celebration at both camps!

The Opening Day of camp is the most exciting day of our year and we enjoyed sun and a brilliant blue sky most of the day.  We have had more moisture over the winter and spring than we had the past two years, and our green grass and abundant wildflowers are thriving.  After almost two weeks of staff training, we are excited to have campers running down the paths and filling the lodges with laughter.  They seem as happy to be here as we are to have them.

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 our new game 9 Square in the Air.  The sounds of old friends reconnecting and new friendships forming were everywhere.  Tonight, tent and cabin groups are playing “Getting Acquainted” and “Team Building” games to facilitate the formation of these important living unit communities.  The energy and enthusiasm is contagious!

Tomorrow, 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, and learning camping skills at the Mountain Odyssey program during their first two days.

On Wednesday morning the girls will backpack out for their Cabinside Overnights at campsites on our property.  The boys will camp-out on Thursday night.  These first overnights with the living unit accomplish some important goals.  They introduce everyone to the fun of camping out; outdoor skills are learned or reviewed; and close bonds are created among the members of each living community.   Sanborn Junior campers will also experience their first overnight on Wednesday or Thursday.

Tomorrow night, Opening Campfires will be held at both Big Spring and High Trails, and this year we can have “real” campfires!  These are always lots of fun and include great singing and Broadway quality skits.  Other special events planned this week include the All Camp Adventure Race, the Counselor Hunt and Cabinside Skit Night at High Trails.  At Big Spring the boys will enjoy the Bomber Relay and Unit Skits.  Later in the week, we will all get together for a coed ice cream social on Saturday night.

The High Trails ladies headed up the path to their Vespers spot this evening to sing some songs together, listen to quotes and enjoy the beauty of where we are!

Early in the week, we will be signing up for trips 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 two exciting all-day trips in addition to their overnight camping trips.

We will be taking group photos early in the week and will post them on our website—so check us out again late in the week!  We’ll also be mailing you a copy of your camper’s group photo with the counselor letter next Sunday.  Each Sunday evening, we will 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.  Until next week……..

News from Camp: June 1, 2014

June 2nd, 2014

Pikes Peak looks very blue when there is so much green below it!

June is finally here and we are all excited for the arrival of campers in two weeks! We had a significant amount of moisture in May, which has made the Ranch more beautiful than ever. The grass is green, the Aspens 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 open for business, and fresh paint is being applied in many places. The flowers are planted, the horses have new shoes, and the swimming pools are full and heating. We are also moving into the newly renovated High Trails Lodge Office and adding the final touches on the new central campfire circle at High Trails. Although we are still finishing a few last minute facility projects, we have now turned our attention to staff training.

The leadership staff arrived last week and we are conducting a special training for our Senior staff team over the weekend. Several staff are also taking a lifeguard training course over the weekend. On Thursday and Friday last week, our rock climbing staff enjoyed a two-day training at our Wild Goat Mountain climbing site, while several staff completed a riflery instructor course. Our wranglers have been here for two weeks now and have been busy getting our horses ready for the summer and completing their specialized training.

The wranglers enjoyed their 4-day pack trip around 39-Mile Mountain.

On Monday and Tuesday, many of our trip leading staff will complete a two-day Wilderness First Aid course taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute. On Wednesday, we will hold an all-day driver training course and also will conduct First Aid and CPR courses. Our entire staff of more than 100 will arrive on Thursday. For the following nine days, we will hold sessions on youth development, outdoor skills, our mission and core values, leadership tools, and health and safety, as well as trainings in our many program areas.

It is always special when our wonderful summer community comes together. We are looking forward to the mountains we will climb, the horseback trips we will enjoy, the sunsets we will share and the friendships we will make. We especially anticipate the 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 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 15!

Happy, Healthy and Moving

May 29th, 2014

Staff Gaga Ball...Practicing Best Practice!

Just yesterday, there was a piece on NPR that basically said our teenagers are getting fatter.  Based on the nation’s recognition of the childhood obesity epidemic and PSA’s from the NFL, the First Lady, and a wide variety of Sesame Street characters, our kids should be moving more right?

Maybe.

As the pendulum has swung, and children have been spending less and less time outdoors (this generation has spent less time in the outdoors than any generation in human history)—I will posit—that they have actually FORGOTTEN how to play.

During a recent training session with the High Trails Ridge Leaders, we actually had to look up the rules to “Kick the Can” (granted, it was because there were competing theories…and we realized it is a much easier game to play in an urban environment where there are a lot of cars and basement stairwells to hide in).  Active play has been endangered by hyper-vigilant playground monitors, fear of strangers, children’s access to and us of technology, and a lack of adults who model outdoor play.

Yet, at camp, all of that changes.  Kids walk everywhere.  They hike, they bike, they look at the stars instead of screens, they carry saddles long distances (ask any Sanborn Junior camper what is the hardest thing they do at camp and it is carrying those gigantic, awkward saddles).  It isn’t hazing, it is helping—we help these campers recognize the potential of their bodies.

Our staff are wildly active—pick-up Frisbee games after every meal, Gaga ball, riding bikes to commute to work, walking up and down the High Trails hill and back and forth from the ridges to the lodge and all of these crazy games.  During our afternoon training, our comprehensive pack-packing clinic was a bit rushed because we couldn’t stop playing games (my new personal favorite is a tag game where everyone is trying to tag everyone on the backs of their knees, and when the person who tagged you gets out, then you are back in again…ran and laughed so hard I thought I was going to throw up…which was NOT an unpleasant feeling in this case).

Adults love to run and play, too, and when we model it for our own children, students and campers…AND TEENS, we WILL help the pendulum shift back to an understanding that play might be the job of childhood, but it is a requirement of of healthy, happy adulthood, too.