2017
Camp Dates

Month Long Sessions

First Term:
June 11-July 11

Second Term:
July 14-Aug 13


Sanborn Junior

First Term:
June 11-June 25
Second Term:
June 27-July 11
Third Term:
July 14-July 28
Fourth Term:
July 30-Aug 13

Parents→Why Camp? Why Now?

Why Camp?  Why Now?


In this global community, "movements" and "trends" happen at lightning fast speeds.  As parents, we are constantly inundated with what will help our kids become the most successful, self-aware yet selfless, wise yet fun, highly functioning, service-oriented, self-motivated, team-inspired, green-conscious, non-partisan, and just darn happy individuals in society. 

We read books, magazines, blogs, newspapers, op/ed pages, newsletters from school, online community posts, our mother's mind, and more on what our kids should be doing, when they should be doing it, where they should be, how it will make them better people.

What we have learned after sixty years is that some of those "new theories" are "old camp hat" to us and to our pool of alums.  Spending unstructured time in the natural world is important?  Try building a fort in the woods behind your cabin.  Kids are losing the ability to have "authentic" relationships with others because of their dependence on technology?  Have them live with and create friendships within a group of peers and supportive, caring adults in a technology-free community for one month a year.  "Going Green" is a movement that is becoming more money driven than outdoor ethics driven?  Provide children the opportunity to become stewards and advocates for the Earth's wild, backcountry places.  Our college students are lacking the preparation and the perseverance needed to be successful because they haven't experienced hardship or failure?  Try being within 30 yards of a mountain summit, only to be turned away because of weather that may (or may not) be headed for the mountain. 

These experiences are real.  These experiences are necessary.  These experiences help children define themselves within the turmoil of a busy world.  They help our children become the adults we desperately hope they will be.

Please use these links and take time to find out how Sanborn Western Camps remains committed to developing our future generations by utilizing the most progressive, up-to-date research available, while continuing to recognize and teach the core values of camp that have been creating happy, successful, and wise adults and children for the past sixty years.