News from Camp: September 1, 2016

September 1st, 2016

Hammocks are some of the best places for quiet moments!

It is much too quiet around camp The fields, hills, and lodges are filled with great memories from the summer of 2016, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to spend this time with so many outstanding campers and staff.

One of our tasks during the weeks following camp is to collect and distribute all the lost and found items. We have now mailed every major article which has a name to the owner. We still have some jackets, boots, and other items of clothing which do not have names. Please let us know if your camper is missing something and we will do everything we can to track it down and send it to you.

Our outdoor education program staff has arrived and we will begin welcoming sixth graders to High Trails Outdoor Education Center on September 6. Among the summer staff who have returned to teach during this program are Mike Adler, Val Peterson, Anne Shingler, Mark Rutberg, Martie Adams, Nick Jordan, Blake Carr and Jalen Bazile. Sarah Robinson has returned as a nurse and Patrick Perry, Carlotta Avery, Sarah Ulizio, and Sarah Krumholz will provide leadership for the program.

An outstanding hay crew consisting of Jim Larsen, Joe Lopez, Matthew Huffman, Kevin Fernandez, Jordan Unger, Ben Cox, Evan Zitt and Joe Sisk has been working hard to bring in our hay crop this year. The cattle and horses are very grateful for their work because the hay will provide their nourishment through the winter months.

Our maintenance staff has been busy since camp ended. They have put a new roof on the HT Lodge, winterized all the buildings at Big Spring, and stained the tent platforms at Big Spring.

We are already looking forward to the new friends and new adventures that Summer 2017 has in store for us!

High Trails Directors, Ariella Rogge and Elizabeth Rundle, Big Spring Director, Mike MacDonald, Office Manager, Jessie Spehar, and our new Office Assistant, Megan Blackburn, are hard at work making plans for the summer of 2017.

We have several exciting events this Fall in addition to our traditional schedule. On September 2 we will be providing leadership training for students from School District 20 high schools. We have developed this outstanding program over the past few years and are always excited to work with these motivated teens. On September 24, we will again join with the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to celebrate “No Child Left Inside Day” by hosting an open house. We will be offering a program of nature-based activities and hikes for families who would like to get their children outdoors for the day. There is no cost for the event.

We are also looking forward to celebrating the wedding of High Trails co-director, Elizabeth Rundle, to Levi Marable on September 17. The couple will be married at camp.

We are already thinking about next summer and have established our dates. The first term at Big Spring and High Trails will be Sunday, June 11 – Tuesday, July 11, 2016. The second term will be Friday, July 14 – Sunday, August 13. The four terms of Sanborn Junior will be June 11 – June 25, June 27 – July 11, July 14 – July 28, and July 30 – August 13. We have sent this information to current camp families and will send additional information in October to camp families, former camp families, and prospective camp families. If you would like to receive our catalog or know of someone who would, we will be happy to mail them at any time.

Each month we will post news from camp on the blog and keep an eye out on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat for photos and moments from the summer of 2016! Right now, a few gold leaves are showing on the Aspen, and the sky is incredibly blue. A large herd of elk is hanging out at Potts Spring and the horses are wondering why no one comes each day to ride them. We wish all of our camp friends a great beginning to the school year and hope that everyone will keep in touch.

News from Camp: August 7, 2016

August 7th, 2016

Ecstatic smiles from the summit of Mt. Sherman!

Gymkhana is an opportunity for the campers who've spend time at the barn improving their riding to show off the skills they've learned.

We have had another great week at camp. This morning’s gymkhana was a real highlight—riders from Big Spring and High Trails competed in horseback games in the arena and everyone from both camps cheered them on. Saturday night’s dance with a Country to Country Club theme was also a lot of fun.

Long trips at High Trails returned Thursday and Friday enthusiastic about their adventures and accomplishments. The four-day Elbert-Massive Backpack climbed Colorado’s two tallest mountains, 14,433’ Mt Elbert and 14,428’ Mt. Massive; and the 4-day Pikes Peak Backpack reached the 14, 115’ summit of one of our state’s most famous mountains. The four-day Oxford (14,153’)-Belford (14,197’) Backpack, reached both of its summits, and the five-day Colorado Trail Backpack hiked along the spectacular Continental Divide and summited 14,073’ Mt. Columbia along the way. The Kite Lake trip climbed 14,148’ Mt. Democrat on Wednesday and the two groups from the Alpine Valley 3-day trip reached the top of 14,036’ Mt. Sherman. Backpack trips into the Tarryall Wilderness Area, Mt. Silverheels and the Buffalo Peaks enjoyed spectacular scenery during their four days in the wilderness, and the Silverheels group also climbed 13,822’ Mt. Silverheels, while the Buffalo Peaks group reached the 13,332’ summit of West Buffalo Peak. The four- and five-day horse trips had great experiences exploring wilderness areas south and west of camp as well as some of the more remote parts of the ranch. The Pikes Picasso trip produced some impressive art while engaging in exciting hiking explorations, and the Canoe four-day paddled 18 miles around the perimeter of Eleven-Mile Reservoir. All of the girls were excited about the beauty of their campsites and the fun they had together.

Big Spring campers enjoyed many exciting overnights and all-days last week including climbs of Quandary Peak, and La Plata Peak. The boys also had fun on horseback overnights, rock climbing overnights, river overnights, fishing trips, a mountain bike overnight and several trips which camped out on the ranch.

The Sanborn Juniors have been enthusiastic and energetic about their activities this week. They have enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, crafts, hikes and nature programs at the Interbarn, as well as their first campout. Their group photos have been posted on Camp-in-Touch.

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, a hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds, and an all-day tubing trip on the South Platte River. The term is flying by and we plan to make the most of our last week together.

Our photographers will be posting last week’s photos on Camp-in-Touch tonight and they will be available Monday morning.

News from Camp: July 31, 2016

July 31st, 2016

We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon Carnival and visiting day!

We had some fabulous trips last week, including six successful mountain climbs.  Groups from High Trails reached the summit of Huron Peak on Tuesday morning while two other girls’ groups stood on the tops of Quandary Peak and Mt. Princeton early Friday. A group from Big Spring summited Mt. Elbert on Tuesday, and one of our SOLE Mountain Trips made it to the top of Mt. Antero on Thursday, while another SOLE trip climbed Huron on Friday. Our third SOLE Mountain trip spent 3 days hiking the Colorado Trail; all of these trips also spent days working with the Colorado Fourteeners’ Initiative doing trail work on Mt. Elbert and in the Missouri Gulch.

All of our trips last week enjoyed warm, sunny weather and we had some amazing views of stunning clouds and a lightning show over Pikes Peak on Thursday evening. Horseback riders rode through fields of clover and camped out at several of the established spring tanks on our property and on the National Forest to our west; CORE tech rock experienced great climbing both on and off the ranch; mountain bikers glided along our trails and did the Salida Downhill bike trip. Other campers tubed on the river, fished in mountain ponds, visited the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and enjoyed some wonderful rock scrambling all-days.

The CORE and SOLE trips did some awesome trail work this week!

We have also had a busy weekend.  Yesterday’s Saturday Special Activities were fun in the morning; in the afternoon, we all enjoyed a coed Carnival with all kinds of games, as well as cotton candy, sno cones, and popcorn. The dance on Saturday night had a “Movie Character” theme and there were many creative costumes.  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 Third Term Juniors depart on Friday—they had been a wonderful group, and we are grateful for our time together.  We have had a lot of fun greeting our Fourth Term Juniors today.  They have a busy week planned including their first camp-out on the Ranch, horseback rides, exciting hikes, swimming, crafts and much more.

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, La Plata Peak, and Mts. Shavano and Tabeguache.  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 August 8.

Photos from this past week will be available tomorrow morning.  We’re looking forward to another adventure-filled week!

News from Camp: July 24, 2015

July 25th, 2016

Hike the Pike is a fun afternoon for everyone. Though it is not a race - there still seems to be a starting line!

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 took hiking trips to the Mueller Ranch State Park, canoeing trips, technical rock climbing trips, mountain biking trips, and several extremely fun horseback riding all-days. The Big Spring Junior campers enjoyed seeing the huge petrified Sequoia stumps at The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Friday and discovering leaf and insect fossils at the special digging site we visit.

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 “80’s Neon Workout/Jazzercise” and there were many colorful 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.

The sunset tonight was a truly WONDERful sight!

The sunset tonight was a truly WONDERful sight!

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, fishing 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.

The Junior Campers at both camps will have another fun overnight and Juniors at High Trails are looking forward to their trip the fossil beds on Wednesday. Riding, hiking explorations, swimming, crafts, and special closing activities will round out the week for the Juniors.

Our photographers are hard at work uploading this week’s photos. You can check them out tomorrow morning.

We are looking forward to another great week!

News from Camp: July 17, 2016

July 18th, 2016

Opening Campfire is an exciting event at both camps and include counselor skits and singing favorite camp songs!

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 the swimming pool. 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, swimming, 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 choose from many exciting possibilities including mountain climbs, horseback trips, tubing/rafting 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. 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. The older boys, living on STUW Ridge will also leave tomorrow for a two-night camping trip. On Tuesday, the rest of 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 participate in 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. They also have a great all-day trip to the river for tubing planned this week. 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 Monday morning photos of activities taken during the previous week will be available 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. Early this week, we will also post living unit photos.

We’re looking forward to an exciting week!

News from Camp: July 10, 2016

July 10th, 2016

Out in the high mountains is the best place to be.

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, Pikes Peak, Mt. Silverheels, Mt. Antero, Shavano and Tabeguache, 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, and mountain climbs (La Plata and Ouray). They also enjoyed canoeing trips, technical rock climbing trips, and river tubing trips. Two different groups challenged themselves at our High Ropes Course. 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 a 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 also all loved their trip to the South Platte River for tubing.

Some major special events took place this week including the JC Dinner on Monday night, the High Trails Talent Show on Wednesday, and the Miss Sanborn Competition at High Trails on Thursday night. The theme of the JC Dinner was “Toy Story” 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 the Hairbrush Fairy, the Leave No Trace Guerilla, and the SOW – Sense of Wonder pig.

Our final weekend has been packed! On Friday evening, Big Spring enjoyed their Super Counselor Hunt, while High Trails had a fun all-camp game. 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. Thank-you for sharing your children with us!

Best Regards,

Jane Sanborn

Executive Director

News from Camp: July 3, 2016

July 4th, 2016

All of camp enjoyed a beautiful display of fireworks on Saturday night!

We have had another great week at camp! We celebrated Fourth of July yesterday with a fun dance and spectacular fireworks! The day began with Saturday Specials and our traditional “Hike the Pike”. Many campers and staff chose to walk up to six miles to raise money for charity.

High Trails had an amazing long trip week, and Big Spring is planning some awesome trips for next week!

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 and 14, 428’ Mt. Massive (Colorado’s two highest peaks). The Colorado Trail five-day trip backpacked 25 miles along the Continental Divide and climbed Mt. Columbia (14,077’). Three 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 climbed 13,326’ West Buffalo Peaks, and the four-day Oxford/Belford backpack trip summitted 14, 160’ Mt. Oxford and 14,197’ Mt. Belford. The four-day Pikes Peak Backpack reached the top of 14, 115’ Pikes Peak and impressed all the tourists who had driven up the mountain or taken the cog railway. 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, achieving the 13,822’ summit. The four- and five-day horse trips had a great time exploring wilderness areas south and west of camp, and the Canoe/Paddleboard Trip successfully canoed around the perimeter of Eleven-Mile Reservoir.

Big Spring campers enjoyed many exciting overnight and all-day trips last week including climbs of Quandary Peak (14,265’), Pikes Peak, Mt. Princeton (14,197’), and Mt. Belford. The boys also had fun on horse overnights, river overnights, technical rock climbing overnights, all-days to the Fossil Beds and Cripple Creek, and a fishing all-day.

The Second Term of Sanborn Junior campers arrived Tuesday; they have been enthusiastic and energetic about their activities this week. They enjoyed their first campout on Thursday and Friday, and have also enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, crafts, hikes and nature programs at the Interbarn. They were extremely excited about our Fourth of July fireworks.

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 trip tubing on the South Platte River, and an all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

We will post photos from the week on Camp in Touch tomorrow morning. Keep watching our Facebook page too, as we will post a few highlights throughout the week.

News from Camp: June 26, 2016

June 27th, 2016

We climbed our first mountains of the season last week! Two groups from High Trails reached the summit of Quandary Peak on Tuesday and Friday mornings. A Big Spring SOLE Mountain trip climbed Mt. Antero on Thursday and a coed SOLE Mountain trip stood on the top of Huron Peak on Friday. An intrepid group of High Trails climbers also made the long climb up Mt. Princeton on Friday. Climbing a Fourteener is never easy and all of these successful summits are a tribute to excellent staff leadership and enthusiastic, persistent campers.

In addition to the climbs, we enjoyed many other amazing trips last week— fishing adventures, canoeing 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.

The Carnival is a highlight of the summer with all the fun games and snacks!

We have had a busy weekend. Yesterday’s Saturday Special Activities were fun in the morning; in the afternoon, we had an extremely exciting co-ed carnival that included cotton candy, sno cones, and popcorn in addition to many games and carnival events. The dance had a Space theme so it was an out-of-this-world affair. 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 visiting Cripple Creek. Their “long trips” are scheduled for the week of July 4.

We will post photos from the week on Camp in Touch tomorrow morning. Keep watching our Facebook page too, as we will post a few highlights throughout the week.

News from Camp: June 19, 2016

June 20th, 2016

Preparing for overnight trips is a team effort.

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. We had spectacular weather for our unit overnights last week and everyone had a great time on these first camping-out adventures.

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 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, fishing all-days, mountain climbs and hikes to several spectacular locations are only some of the adventures that await. 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 a tubing trip on the 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 two other groups will work with CFI in Missouri Gulch. All three groups then plan to climb a Fourteener to complete their week. 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. These groups will come together on Wednesday to work with the Coalition for the Upper South Platte to complete environmental service projects. 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.

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 Camp-in-Touch portal. Our photographers are also hard at work posting new photos taken at camp during the past week. They will be available for viewing early Monday morning.

For more news of camp, 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.

News from Camp: June 12, 2016

June 12th, 2016

The High Trails ladies head up to B-Bluff after dinner for their first Sunday night Vespers.

The Opening Day of camp is the most exciting day of our year and we enjoyed a great one today. We have had a lot of moisture over the winter and spring 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 all the camp trails. 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 crafts 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.

Each living unit gets together the first evening of camp to begin to create a respectful living community.

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/rafting 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.

Jane Sanborn