One hundred and fifty boys ages 9-16 at Big Spring are divided into living units according to age and grade level. Campers and staff annually come from over forty states and a dozen countries, creating a community of richness and diversity.
Under the guidance of Mike MacDonald, director of Big Spring Ranch for Boys, the senior leadership team oversees every camp program and trip, aided by a full-time staff of thirty educators and support personnel.
Mike has been at Big Spring since 1991 and has served in a wide variety of roles. He can usually be found outside with the campers.
One staff member for each four campers assures individual attention and outstanding leadership in every aspect of the camp program. Cabin counselors must have at least two years of college and are selected each summer for their experience and interest in working with children as well as for their skill in outdoor activities. Many return to camp for several summers, and all attend a week-long training prior to the arrival of campers.
Ridge Leaders are older staff members with extensive camp experience. They lead trips taken off the ranch and help with many other programs at Big Spring.
Each camp has two full-time nurses staffing its health center. Working with doctors in Woodland Park and Colorado Springs, nurses provide excellent medical attention.
Each camp has four wranglers who work with the horseback riding program. They have lots of experience with horses and love teaching campers how to ride.
Assistant Counselors are staff members who are entering their sophomore year in college. In addition to helping out with the program and trips, A.C.s set the tables and wash the dishes.