News from Camp: March 1, 2018

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Our days are alternating between cold winter and warm spring days—very normal for Colorado at this time of year! Our wildlife have been much more active as the warmer weather increases and we have seen herds of deer and elk, and even a bald eagle family near Potts Spring.

We have many projects underway in preparation for camp next summer. Mike A, Mark, Martie, Ariella, Elizabeth and Anne have been hiring outstanding staff members for next summer. We have some great returning staff as well as some wonderful new staff signed up for the summer of 2018.

We all returned from the American Camp Association National Conference last week bursting with new ideas for staff training, new programs, and more intentional ways to achieve our many youth development goals during the summer. We are excited about all of the possibilities a new summer brings!

We are working on many areas of the program, too, which will provide some exciting new activities and trips this summer. Everyone has been busy putting together plans and resources for each activity so by the time June arrives, we will have everything ready!

Maren, Sarah, and Bri have been making plans for our super horseback riding program, designing activities and trips that will be lots of fun and also allow everyone from beginner to advanced riders to improve their riding skills.

Our maintenance crew is working on a variety of projects to improve and update our facilities in both camps. In addition to the very exciting progress on the brand new Jumping Juniper cabin at High Trails, there will new roofs on MOPQ and HKL washhouses at Big Spring as well as interior improvements in both lodges.

Camp is only three months away and we can’t wait. Already we have campers and staff from 39 states and 9 countries—and we’re adding more every day. The fun and friendship which occur when all of these great people get together is what makes camp so special! We are happy to send our brochure to anyone interested in learning more about the exciting programs at Big Spring, High Trails, and Sanborn Junior.

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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.