News from Camp: September 1, 2017

It is much too quiet around camp The fields, hills, and lodges are filled with great memories from the summer of 2017, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to spend this time with so many outstanding campers and staff.

The beauty of a sunrise seen from a mountain top is a most wonderous sight.

The comraderie built at camp lasts long after.

One of our tasks during the weeks following camp is to collect and distribute all the lost and found items. We have now mailed every major article which has a name to the owner. We still have some jackets, boots, and other items of clothing which do not have names. Please let us know if your camper is missing something and we will do everything we can to track it down and send it to you.

Our outdoor education program staff has arrived and we will begin welcoming sixth graders to High Trails Outdoor Education Center on September 5. Among the summer staff who have returned to teach during this program are Mike Adler, Anne Shingler, Megan Blackburn, Oliver Fisher, Martie Adams, Nell Davis, Erin Dvorak, Ben Cole, Kevin Schilling and Emerson Underwood. Teresa Day has returned as a nurse and Sarah Krumholz, Carlotta Avery, Val Peterson, Logan Parr and Mike Adler will provide leadership for the program.

An outstanding hay crew led by Ranch Manager Jim Larsen has been working hard to bring in our hay crop this year. The cattle and horses are very grateful for their work because the hay will provide their nourishment through the winter months. Maren MacDonald, Sarah Slusher, and Brianna Roat have been vaccinating the horses, and preparing them for their winter pasture at Fishcreek.

Our maintenance staff has been busy since camp ended. They have put up a beautiful new over-the-road sign for High Trails, winterized all the buildings at Big Spring, and put in some new water lines at High Trails.

Year Round Directors Mike MacDonald, Ariella Rogge, Elizabeth Rundle-Marable, Mark Rutberg, Jessie Spehar, Jane Sanborn and Jerry McLain are hard at work making plans for the summer of 2018.

We are already thinking about next summer and have established our dates. The first term at Big Spring and High Trails will be Sunday, June 10 – Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The second term will be Friday, July 13 – Sunday, August 12. The four terms of Sanborn Junior will be June 10 – June 24, June 26 – July 10, July 13 – July 27, and July 29 - August 12. We have sent this information to current camp families and will send additional information in October to former camp families, and prospective camp families. If you would like to receive our catalog or know of someone who would, we will be happy to mail them at any time.

Each month we will post news from camp and photos from the summer of 2017 on the website, so keep checking it out! Right now, a few gold leaves are showing on the Aspen, and the sky is incredibly blue. A large herd of elk is hanging out at Potts Spring and the horses are wondering why no one comes each day to ride them. We wish all of our camp friends a great beginning to the school year and hope that everyone will keep in touch.

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Jane Sanborn
About Jane Sanborn

Jane began her career as a counselor at High Trails and has worked with the camps and COEC since graduating from Colorado College with a degree in English and Education. She served as the Director/Program Director of High Trails from 1970-99, and as the Executive Director of COEC for many years. She retired as Executive Director in October 2017, and assumed the role of Director of Development. Jane is also active in the American Camp Association and has served in many leadership roles. Currently, she is the Program Chair for the ACA National Conference and sits on the National Public Policy Committee.