About Us

Why Camp? Why Now?

Summer camp can be a transformational experience for children and it is an antidote to many societal issues. Young people thrive in our tech-free community, spend days exploring the natural world with friends and nurturing staff, and have plenty of time to relax and play. They practice social and emotional skills by living with others and by challenging themselves in our adventure-based program. Camp is good for kids! THE VALUE OF CAMP, CHILDREN IN NATURE, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES, & FREE PLAY.

Meet the Directors

The year-round leadership team at Sanborn Western Camps is recognized as one of the most experienced, professional, and personable teams in the camping industry. With directors who value education, youth development and connecting children to the natural world, the Sanborn Western Camps staff are committed to creating the best possible experience for every child at camp.

Our Philosophy

Grounded in our mission, “To live together in the outdoors, building a sense of self, a sense of community, a sense of the earth and a sense of wonder through fun and adventure,” the Sanborn Western Camps’ philosophy for the last sixty years has been to provide a quality, safe experience for children in the outdoors.As youth development professionals, we teach life skills that are necessary for the creation of healthy, productive adults.

Our History

Established in 1948, Sanborn Western Camps in Florissant, CO is part of the Colorado Outdoor Education Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Other COEC programs include: High Trails Outdoor Education Center, a residential outdoor experiential education program; The Nature Place, an adult conference and retreat center; and Sanborn Western Camps, residential, single-gender boys’ and girls’ camps located in central Colorado.