Camp is a community built on responsibility and freedom in a wholesome, outdoor environment. Building a respectful community is a key goal of Sanborn Western Camps, and our campers and their parents depend on you to demonstrate the responsible way children and adults live and think. Your actions will help set standards for their lives -- for what kind of individuals they will be. It is no small responsibility.
The following camp Policy Statements should be clear and easily understood. Should you find that you are unable to accept these policies, we ask you not to join our staff.
Drugs: Possession or use of Federally illegal drugs, including marijuana, or misuse of prescription drugs is prohibited for the entirety of employment (including time off) and is justification for immediate termination of employment. Staff will be subject to random drug testing during their employment and a positive result will result in immediate termination.
Alcohol: Use of alcohol is prohibited on camp property or on camp trips and will result in immediate termination of employment. Possession of alcoholic beverages or returning from time-off showing the effects of alcohol is justification for immediate termination.
Safety and Security: Creating and maintaining a physically and emotionally safe environment for campers and staff is essential for a successful summer
Tobacco: Camp is a non-smoking, vaping or dipping environment. This includes all areas of the camp property and while out on off-camp trips. Any tobacco product must be stored securely in your vehicle.
Technology at Camp: Staff use of technology (cell phones, computers, music with headphones, etc) is limited to specific places and times delineated during staff training. Being "unplugged" is an essential part of the camp experience and is a top expectation of parents. Staff members will collect such items from campers and are expected to limit their own use of tech devices to the specific places and times of camp.
Staff Relationships: Dating among staff members is possible during time-off periods. While at camp, staff members are to maintain a professional relationship with other staff members and should not let their personal relationships be evident.
Separation of Camps: Big Spring Ranch for Boys and High Trails Ranch for Girls are separate camps by design. Mature staff leadership and judgment are necessary to support each camp in this. There are coed events scheduled occasionally during the week and regularly on the weekends. Apart from these scheduled activities it is important that the camps operate on their own. Developing and maintaining a respectful relationship between the camps is the responsibility of all staff members.
Offensive Language: There is no place for offensive language at camp. Staff members must be vigilant about their language choices and help campers with theirs.
Personal Appearance: As a camp, we are judged officially and unofficially on our collective and personal appearance. Living quarters, camp facilities and persons (campers and staff) are to be kept reasonably clean and maintained in an acceptable manner.
Acknowledgement of Risk and Release of Liability: Camp is an exciting and dynamic place that involves elements of risk and the possibility of personal injury. A separate RISK AND LIABILITY form will be sent to you that will require your attention and signature. Please review it carefully and return it prior to your arrival to camp.
Employment: Colorado is an ‘at-will’ state and employment at Sanborn Western Camps is ‘at-will’. If, for any reason, including unsatisfactory performance of duties, employment is terminated by the camps before the stated end of the employment period, the staff member will be paid for the amount of time worked on a scale which is proportional to the entire salary.
Camper Communication Guidelines: This complex topic will be discussed during staff training and all staff members are expected to use proper judgment in this area after camp ends.
Photo Release: I understand the camps will be taking photographs and videos of the campers, staff and activities for historical and promotional purposes during their time at camp. I agree to allow the camps to use photos or videos of me, or photos and videos I provide to camp, for such purposes. If I DO NOT AGREE to a photo release, I will notify the directors in writing prior to my arrival at camp.
Child Abuse Affidavit: In order to satisfy requirements for working with children in the State of Colorado, Sanborn Western Camps will require the following affidavit to be acknowledged by all hired staff: "I have never been convicted of or charged with the commission of an act of child abuse, unlawful sexual offenses, or a felony."
Background Check: If hired, Sanborn Western Camps will procure all necessary background check. This includes but is not limited to Motor Vehicle Records, The Colorado TRAILS System Check and CBI/FBI checks.
Drug Testing: I understand that Sanborn Western Camps conducts random drug testing throughout the summer season, and I may be subject to a drug test during my employment. I also understand that a positive drug test result will result in immediate dismissal from the staff.