Happy New Year to all of our friends across the world. As we reflect on the happy moments and blessings of 2016, we are so grateful for the wonderful campers, staff members, friends and alums who are such an important part of our lives. And, as we look ahead to 2017, we are especially excited about the friendships and adventures that will occur at Big Spring, High Trails, and Sanborn Junior next summer.
Mike, Elizabeth, and Big Spring Assistant Directors Mike Adler and Mark Rutberg will be heading out in mid-January with the new digital slide show about a summer at Sanborn Western Camps and look forward to seeing many of you as they tour the Midwest. On January 10, they will visit Denver; beginning January 21, they will be in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Santa Fe. Those of you who are on our mailing list will receive information in the mail and all the details are posted on the website. It is a great program and takes less than an hour so plan to join us!
We have a lot of projects underway to make 2017 great! We are looking at every aspect of our program and pursuing ways to make it better. We’re ordering the equipment we will need and hiring the staff who will become our outstanding counselors, wranglers, assistant counselors, and ridge leaders next summer. We have already had an excellent response from our 2016 staff and are looking forward to working with many of them again next summer.
Our maintenance crew is hard at work on facility improvement projects including the interior of the High Trails Lodge and a major plumbing renovation at the STUW Ridge washhouse. We have a long list of things we hope to accomplish before next summer!
We just received our brand new camp brochure from the printer, and will be mailing it out to current camp families this month. We’re also working hard on a new website which we hope to unveil early in the new year.
We have a nice layer of snow on the ground right now and are looking forward to more moisture throughout the winter. The horses are still finding plenty to eat as they
enjoy their winter vacation at Fishcreek. There are still lots of elk and deer around the ranch, and we are seeing wild turkeys every day.
Enrollment is well underway for 2017 and several age groups are full or nearly full. We are always happy to send our brochure, DVD and references to interested families.
We hope that your holidays have been wonderful and that each of you will have the happiest New Year ever!