Special ProgramsAt Big Spring Ranch, campers create their personalized camp experience by signing up for the trips and activities that are most interesting or appealing to them. If your interest focuses on horseback riding, then you can sign up for plenty of half-day and all day rides (offered almost daily), plus—depending on your age—at least a two day horse “pack” trip. If you are more interested in a variety of activities, then you can sign up for activities and trips that span the spectrum of the Big Spring experience.
Beyond the “primary-focus” and “well-rounded” types of activity and trip choices some boys make during the camp session, we also provide special age-specific programming that provides campers with everything from a greater physical challenge to community service to leadership skills to a significant increase in “hard skills” in certain areas (rock climbing, general camping/backpacking, horseback riding, etc.). The following are some of the special programs we offer our campers.
Brotherhood of Outdoorsmen
Big Spring Ranch's Brotherhood of Outdoorsmen program is an over-arching program that seeks to incorporate the values of Growth, Teamwork, Awareness, Integrity and Leadership into the camper's everyday activities as well as trips. By using local history as a guide, campers are able to connect their activities to the adventures and legacies of cowboys, explorers, local Ute tribes, mountain men and the 10th Mountain Division, of which founder Sandy Sanborn was a member. At the end of each session, every camper is recognized for the quality of an Outdoorsman which they best exemplified during the session.
Saturday SpecialsA Saturday Special meets four times during a camp session. Some of the activities are group projects that progress from an idea to a finished project (i.e. Drama, Arts & Crafts), others develop more in-depth skills in a given program (Tech Rock, Bouldering, Bit and Spur , Archery, and more), and then there are those that are just a whole lot of fun ( all of them).
A place to showcase your knowledge of living outdoors as well as a fun introduction to Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and camping in
general. During this program, third, fourth and fifth grade campers meet characters such as Herman the Bear and Barney Badpacker who will help them learn some new camping techniques. You also practice packing your packs, setting
up tents, building one match fires, and more!
Lone VigilCampers take a training course and prepare to camp out on the ranch solo. They must demonstrate that they can read a map, use a compass, handle a stove, pitch a tent, and enjoy solitude. It’s a unique opportunity. Staff are stationed within a reasonable distance from each camper to maintain their safety, while still allowing the campers to experience what it's like to be immersed in nature on their own.
Below are listed all of the desired outcomes and expected behaviors for the “Peaks to Performance” program. To help us understand the priorities -- of what knowledge Sanborn wants to provide -- we’ve categorized all of these desired outcomes into three groups, each of equal importance.
The Three Groups are:
- Individual development = self confidence, virtue & courage, sense of self, leadership roles & styles, establishing trust
development = how to work
with your team, encouragement & helping others, interdependency, membership
- Problem solving = managing others, creativity & innovation, environmental awareness