Big Spring Summer Staff 2018

Big Spring Ridge Leaders

Emerson Underwood

My name is Emerson and I’m spending my 4th summer at Sanborn this year. I was born and raised in North Carolina then went to school at the University of South Carolina where I studied environmental science. This past Fall and Spring I worked for the High Trails Outdoor Ed Center and spent the winter back at home in Charlotte. I enjoy dancing and laughing and listening to loud music and trying to make other people laugh and also reading and hiking and exploring. I’m jacked to gills for some sunshine and to take some campers and counselors to some cool places they’ve never been before at Sanborn. Excited for another summer with the boiz!

Ayden Bolin

My name is Ayden and I am out at Sanborn for my third summer. I am from Wichita, Kansas, but am going into my third year of college at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington where I am majoring in Biology and minoring in Sociology and Anthropology. I enjoy biking, hiking, and music of every kind. I am so stoked to enjoy the great outdoors with old and new friends, and to learn and grow with everyone out here.

Walker West

Howdy! My name is Walker West and I am incredibly excited to be spending another summer at Big Spring. Although this is my third summer on staff, I was a long-time camper back in the old days (well not that long ago). Originally from Denver, I currently call Salt Lake City home where I am studying Global Health at the University of Utah. When I am not at the library studying, I enjoy powder days on the Wasatch front, relaxing with friends, volunteering with my fraternity, and running. I am happy to hang up the hat of a clinical Advanced EMT in the Emergency Department and join in on the brotherhood back at Big Spring this summer. I am most looking forward to the crazy camp traditions like counselor hunt, vespers, and long trips! It is only a matter of time before we are hiking, riding horses, and taking a run-down “Jaws.” Looking forward to seeing old friends and make new ones!

Mikey Rainey

Hello! My name is Mikey, and this will be my third summer at Big Spring! I am currently working on getting my elementary education degree in Denver, CO. I also work as a Paraprofessional and assistant coach of cross country and track at a K-8 school in the Denver area. When I am not busy with all of that, I enjoy running, hiking, reading a book, or just being out and about trying new things! Already I can smell the campfires, and the amazing food in lodge! I am greatly looking forward to getting out on the trail, camping out under the Colorado night sky, and seeing what Sanborn 2018 has in store! See you all at camp!

Tijler deJong

Hey everyone! My name is Tijler deJong this will be my fourth year at Big Spring and i cannot wait to see all of the new and returning faces. For the last year i have been working in an elementary school helping the special needs kids mostly and i have had so much fun. I was taking a break from my own education to make sure that I did in fact want to work in schools as a therapist or counselor. Since I loved working at the school so much I will be going back to school to finish my degrees in social work and psychology. I am a generally laid back person and I try to always keep a calm and level head. I love games of all kinds from board games to card games to just making up something on the go. I am so excited to see what this summer will offer! I know that everyone coming to camp is bringing something new and fun with them and i can’t wait to learn and share with everyone. See you all soon!


Andrew Essig

Hey whats up! My name’s Andrew Essig and I’m a previous camper of three years and I’m ridiculously excited to become a first-time staff member as an assistant counselor! I’ve been described as playful, a walking hug and an absolute hippie by my friends. Probably because I’m all about being in nature, connecting with others, and having a good, fun time!I’m originally from Denver but I’ve been attending my first year of college at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon where I’m goin for a degree in Psychology (I’m hoping to become Counseling Psychologist eventually). Usually when I’m not “college-ing” I’m hopping around campus talking with friends, exploring the temperate rainforest that surrounds my campus, going on trips to the Oregon coast, hikes and bike rides in the wilderness, listening to or playing music, or nerding out about movies (I’m super into film analysis). As born adventurer, I’m always down for new experiences, a bunch of which have come from going to Sanborn. At the same time I do enjoy taking some time to myself for self reflection and meditating. That’s what I love about nature, it gives me the opportunity to adventure as well as the opportunity to center myself and reconnect with the Earth I’m excited have an awesome time getting to know everyone as well as go on adventures with the campers maybe learn or thing or two (who knows!) It will be good to be back with my Big Spring Warriors! Not to mention be re-connected, finally, with the Colorado Rockies, the nature that encompasses it, and the crisp mountain air Looking forward to a great summer!!!

Luis Gonzalez

Howdy partner! I’m Luis, I’m from Colima, Mexico and this will be my first time at Sanborn Western Camp as a Counselor. I am currently an undergraduate but almost there to get a BA in Language teaching. I am eager to meet y’all and be friends with to make lifetime memories. Some fun facts I can say about me are that sometimes I like to dance when no one is around because I can’t let nobody steal my random dance moves, I love food so much that when I serve myself a big portion of food, I feel like everyone is staring at me like Kevin Hart giving a grandpa stare and I have got a good memory so I won’t forget y’all. I like to be outdoors as much being indoors with good company to talk about interesting topics and funny things to laugh at. When it comes to do anything do it with patience and dedication because it can be really rewarding at the end. I look forward to instill that this summer!

Andrew Chiles

Hey y’all! My name is Andrew Chiles and I’m from New Bern, North Carolina. I go to UNC Chapel Hill with hopes of being a doctor one day. This will be my first summer at Sanborn and I am super excited for camp. I’ve always loved the outdoors and spent my childhood fishing along the coast of NC. I also spent a month with NOLS, backpacking and canoeing, in the Yukon which really made me fall in love with the mountains. Im excited to hopefully bring a little of the coast to Sanborn, teach some campers this year how to fly fish and have a lot of fun!

Aaron Spratt

My name is Aaron Spratt. Frederick, Maryland I was born and raised. At UMBC is where I spend most of my days. I am studying Biochemistry, so I am just as at home in the lab as I am in the outdoors. I love everything about the outdoors, but my favorite activity is climbing. All types of climbing with all types of people. It’s fun to just get out there and touch some rocks. This is going to be my first year out at Sanborn. I think the best part of the summer is going to be meeting people from all across the country. Also, I do not like the cold, so thinking of laying out under the stars on a warm night at camp is the thought that is helping me finish this semester strong.


Robert Glenning

Hey everyone! My name is Robert Glenning and I’m from Rochester, NY (so I’m a huge Buffalo Bills fan). This summer is my FOURTH year at camp, however it’s also my first time as an employee and I cannot wait to start. I’m a rising sophomore at Boston College and in my free time I love playing pick-up sports with my friends, especially soccer and basketball! I am very excited to be back at Sanborn this summer and I cannot wait to be back in the mountains with all of you.

Davis Tripp

My name is Davis and I’m from Omaha, Nebraska. I love basketball, mountain biking, and going on rock climbing trips with my friends. I’m currently getting my Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Anthropology.

Colin Wharton

Hey I’m Colin Wharton, I’m from Johnson City, Tennessee and just finished my freshman year at Belmont University located in Nashville, Tennessee where I am studying Music Business. I am extremely excited for what this summer has to offer with each and every one of the campers in such an amazing place like Sanborn!


Steven Bossman

Howdy! My name is Steven Bossman, and yes, my last name is really Bossman. This will be my first summer at Sanborn, and I am beyond excited! I was born and raised in Conifer, CO (30 miles outside Denver). I am a avid hiker and backpacker. I love being outside and experiencing what it means to be in the wilderness. I also enjoy kayaking, even though I don’t get to do it very often. Before leaving for Sanborn I was employed at a small business in Conifer called Taspen’s. I worked with essential oils and herbs to craft different concoctions and recipes. I have a passion for creating creams, and I hope to return to this wonderful craft after camp. I cannot wait to explore the forest and mountains this summer! I have a passion for the outdoors and all the benefits that it brings. I can’t wait to see you all soon!

Dylan Morris

Hey guys! My name is Dylan Morris, and this will be my fourth summer at camp. I also spent a ton of time up at Sanborn throughout my high school years, and I can’t get enough of it. When not at Sanborn, I’m studying at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. There I’m double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Physics, and I’ll be starting my last year right after camp! Woo! I love being outdoors, be it hiking, climbing, swimming, horseback riding, or anything really. I’ll be working mostly with the horse program this summer as our Junior Wrangler, and I’m very excited to meet all of our new riders, and help them hone in on their skills and get to know the horses!

Keegan Scherdin

Hi, my name is Keegan Scherdin and I am the oldest of three boys in my family and I’m from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. I recently just finished my first year at Texas Tech University with a major in biochemistry! At Texas Tech I am also involved with Young Life which is a group that helps high schoolers in the area by giving them a place to come together and hang out. Some hobbies of mine include skiing, shooting/hunting, hiking, and pretty much anything to do with water whether it be a day at the pool or a relaxing river trip. My goal is to bag at least three 14ers this summer as I have never summited one before and I’m ready to make this summer memorable for your kids and myself. Overall, this summer is looking to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to show our campers just how beautiful the world can be when we take our faces away from technology.

Riley Wood

Hi y’all I’m Riley wood and im from Austin Texas! This will be my first summer at sanborn and I am super excited for the summer. I love to climb, slackline, and be in the outdoors. I look forward to being outdoors and teaching campers all about nature and the outdoors!


Steven Allison

What Up campers!!! My name is Steve Allison and I am super stoked to work at Sanborn. All. Summer. Long. It’s gonna rock! I have never been to camp before, but I have driven by it dozens of times on my way to ski Breck and A Basin and know just how stunningly beautiful the area is. I grew up in Colorado Springs and attended college at Bucknell University where I majored in Chemistry and minored in Physics and German (immer gut, jah?). My plan following this summer is to teach abroad for a couple of years – first stop, South Korea – then attend grad school. Beyond academic pursuits, I’m always up for trekking the great outdoors, and my favorite activities include: running, swimming, biking, climbing, volleyballing, snowboarding, smiling, breathing that crisp Colorado air, waking up others at oh-god-in-the-morning and just being around friends and family. I can’t wait to rock climb, horseback ride (although hopefully not bareback), make s’mores and get to know my fellow campers. See you at camp!

Scott Morgan

Hey there! My name is Scott Morgan and I’m a city boy from Chicago. I’ll be enjoying life as an AC this summer, as I am returning after being a camper for four years including being an Outbacker. Sanborn has touched me personally and has inspired me to pursue a degree in environmental engineering at Colorado State University this coming year. I am constantly active and compete in Cross Country and Track, while I also enjoy coming to Colorado to hike, climb, ski, and reminisce in the wild. My favorite music genre is classical and I have also played the cello for 12 years. Also to note is that I have two crazy younger brothers. I love being goofy, playing games, and having a good time and am beyond excited for camp to start!

Dennis Clutter

Hey y’all! I’m Dennis Clutter, and this is my first summer at Sanborn! I’m from Houston, TX but currently live in New Orleans, LA where I study Environmental Biology at Tulane University. I currently play on Tulane’s water polo team and help lead outdoor trips through the university’s recreation center. I love studying different ecosystems and figuring out how different plants and animals interact with each other, and I’m definitely looking forward to spending a summer outside of the SE United States and getting to live in a mountain ecosystem for the first time. I love backpacking, fishing, and biking around and exploring New Orleans. Additionally, I’m a big proponent of outdoor education and believe it offers a unique opportunity for growth and development that other settings can’t. Even though camp is 8700 ft above sea level, I’ll be traveling 8708 ft up to get there since New Orleans is 8 feet below sea level! I look forward to meeting everyone and having an incredible summer!


Kyle Gilbert

Hello my name is kyle gilbert! i am from Austin Texas and have been coming to camp for three years, this being my forth. thi syear i am working with the outbackers! im currently in trade school for welding with just little under a year to go. im super excited to be back at sanborn this summer and cant wait for all the memories! my favorite costume to wear at camp has to be my overalls with my red wig and my speed boots (cowboy boots with the tops cut off) i love meals the most beacuse everyone comes togehter in a family styale enviorment where it can be rowdy at times but always fun! see you soon!!

Matt St. Germain

Gooooood morning, Campers! That’s right folks - I’m the classic counselor that’ll wake you up when all you want is just a few more hours of sleep! But hey - WE’RE AT CAMP! It’s time to rise and shine! My name is Matt St. Germain, but many just call me Smiley. Truth is, you’ll probably hear me before you see me. This will be my first summer adventuring with the Sanborn Team, and I could not be more excited! I’m a tried-and-true Michigander, and I received both my BA in Communication as well as my MA in Communication from Michigan State University (Go Green!). My plan this summer is to brainstorm delicious new s’mores recipes, hike some trails, climb some mountains, (did I mention s’mores yet?), and maybe even practice some yoga with some awesome-sauce-GOAT (greatest of all time) campers!

Luke Brasfield

Hello, My name is Luke Brasfield. This will be my first Summer at Big springs and I’m extremely excited to meet and have an amazing summer with you all. A little about me is I’m from Trussville Alabama. Yes Roll Tide Roll but I joined the military right out of high school and was stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana. I love to Fish and go on hikes and sports is kinda my thing so if your looking for a competition you don’t have to look any further.

Nicholas Hall

Hello! My name is Nick and this will be my very first summer at camp. I am from Saratoga, New York and have studied Adventure Sports/Outdoor Education at SUNY Adirondack. Through this program I rekindled my love for the outdoors and passion for adventure. Some of my favorite activities include climbing, hiking, stargazing backpacking/camping and canoeing. I also work at my local climbing gym, Rocksport, as a gym attendant and youth climbing team helper. I am very excited to spend the summer exploring Colorado and sharing incredible & educational experiences with the campers in the natural environment! See you all soon!


Ashton Regard

What’s cracking everybody!? My name is Ashton Regard and this is actually going to be my first summer ever at Sanborn! If you are also new to camp, then it looks like we have something in common(; I go to the University of South Alabama but reigning from Birmingham, Alabama originally. I am studying psychology and I dream to be a traveling Life Coach. I love teaching positivity and experiencing the imagination that comes from the outdoors. Yoga, skateboarding, and lacrosse are totally my go-to’s when it comes to my idea of fun, but do not be surprised if you see me climbing a tree when we have some free time. I cannot wait to share some laughs and smiles with all of y’all! Peace and love, Namaste.

Ben Miller

Hello! I am Ben Miller, counselor of Huron 2. Super excited to get my second year on staff here at camp underway, but don’t be fooled, I’ve spent many summers here as a camper as well. Being a Colorado native, I spend a lot of time in the mountains year round. This year I’m planning on spending a fair amount of time bringing the hype to the horse program here at Big Spring. Just finishing my freshman year at University of Colorado, I’m super stoked to have an amazing summer in the great outdoors; Sko Buffs!

Austin Prenger

Hello! My name is Austin and this will be my first year at Big Spring. I am currently attending Missouri State to earn my bachelors in Recreation, Sport and Park Administration. I love being outdoors, hiking, climbing, hammocking or anything else that gets me close to nature. This summer, I hope to teach a lot, but I also hope to learn even more! I can’t wait to meet you guys. See you soon!


Kado Marino

Hailing from Saratoga Springs, NY, I’m going into my Senior year as an Outdoor Recreation Major at SUNY Cortland. I work at a climbing wall and help run a student trip leader program. My hobbies include backpacking, paddling, climbing, snowyaking and folding socks on a Friday night! My favorite type of cheese is Parmesan!

Chris Herrera

What’s up y’all! My name is Chris Herrera and I’m excited to say this will be my first summer at Sanborn, yet another promising summer in the great outdoors. I’m from the 505, Albuquerque New Mexico and currently study kinesiology at New Mexico State University. I enjoy doing anything active or outdoors and love a challenge. In my free time I like working out and running so don’t be surprised if you see me on an early morning run! I’m most excited not only to share my skills and knowledge with campers and staff, but learn as much as possible from you all as well!

Greg Ludwig

My name is Greg Ludwig. I was a camper at Sanborn for 6 years making this year my 7th summer. I currently attend Colorado Meas University and I am studying the fascinating subject of the undeclared major. Outside of school I mainly enjoy sports that end with “board”. I love snowboarding and long boarding. I also enjoy going for hikes and general adventures. I have a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. However, my abilities are highly ineffective against bears encounters so don’t look at me if that were to happen. I am excited to share all my knowledge and keep the traditions of camp going this summer. I can’t wait to see everyone at camp this summer!


Ben Thatcher

My name is Ben Thatcher. This summer will be my first working at Sanborn. I go to school at the Colorado School of Mines. I am studying electrical engineering there. I enjoy practically all aspects of the outdoors and have experience with most of the activities Sanborn offers. I can’t wait to do some of them with you all.

Edwin Zumbado

Hey guys and girls, (or friends if you choose to identify otherwise!), my name is Edwin Zumbado! You say it “zoom-bah-doe.” You can call me whatever you choose, I have no preference:) This will be my first year at Sanborn and I am incredibly stoked to meet all of you and to do all sorts of fun stuff with ya’ll this summer! I am a first year at Willamette University which is in Salem, Oregon. I am majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, so I LOVE science. I am planning on becoming a doctor and hope to become a surgeon someday. I’m from West Linn, Oregon which is just a little under 50 miles north of my college. I have never been to Colorado so I am incredibly excited to come explore it with all of you. I was born in the United States but have dual citizenship in Costa Rica, this means a couple of things: first I can speak Spanish fluently, and my parents are from Costa Rica! Lastly here are two truths and a lie: I have bungee jumped the deepest bungee jump in all of central America, I got into Harvard but decided I wanted to stay close to home, and my cousins stuck an iguana in my suit case and I didn’t notice until I was home. Come find me at camp to find out which is the lie, I’m looking forward to seeing you all super soon!

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Jerome Martinez

Hi, my namee is Jerome. I am from Austin, Texas. This is my first year as a counselor at Sanborn. I am an avid rock climber, and I’m hoping to instill a passion for the outdoors and climbing in the kids here at Sanborn. I also appreciate creating art in my downtime and petting nearby dogs.


J.D. Rinehart

Heyo! My name is John David and this is my first summer at Sanborn. I’m from good ol’ South Cackalacky and study Global Supply Chain and Business Operations at the University of South Carolina. I grew up a camp kid, and this will be my 15th summer at a summer camp. I love to read, cook, and spend time outside. Rock climbing, mountain biking, and roaming the North Carolina hills has been my life for the past few years, I am so excited to explore, teach, and grow around the “slightly” bigger rocks out West! Woot Woot!

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Brendan de Greve

Kia Ora everyone, my names Brendan and I’m super excited to be joining the Sanborn team this summer! I’ll be flying to Colorado from Wellington New Zealand where I’ve lived and loved since I was 5 years old. (Originally from New Jersey). I’m 18 years old and have just graduated High School at St. Patricks College Silverstream. Growing up in NZ has made me a real nature and outdoors fanatic. Hiking, camping, fishing and many other things outdoors I love doing here and I can’t wait to do them at Sanborn! I’m keen to make friends and maybe make plans with others for after the camp! See y’all there.


Joel Pixley

My name is Joel. This will be my first summer at camp. I just graduated from Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs. This fall I will attend Colorado State University, majoring in Biology. I hope one day to make it into medical school! I love dogs especially Chocolate Labradors. In my spare time I do photography, robotics, video games, and math tutoring. This Summer I hope to learn and do a lot of cool things. I am especially excited for the all day trips.

David Kunkle

Hey! My name is David Kunkle, and I am thrilled to begin my first summer as a camp counselor at Big Spring! I grew up as a missionary kid in Bolivia, South America and on the Texas/Mexico Border. I am currently attending Asbury University in Kentucky, where I plan to graduate this semester with a bachelors in Recreation/Adventure Leadership. You may find me hiking in the woods, canoeing, rock-climbing, playing soccer, exploring or - as my friends call it - “kunkling!” I know Spanish, and I also love to bake! I am pumped to mentor kids this summer through hands-on adventure/outdoor activities and be apart of their development as maturing individuals!

Jackson Spradlin

Hey, my name is Jackson Spradlin, and this is my second summer as a counselor at Big Spring! I hail from Alabama, and I just finished my first year of pharmacy school at Auburn University. When I’m not hitting the books I love running, cooking, traveling, and getting outside to enjoy the world around me. I am so beyond excited to be back in Colorado living, learning, and exploring alongside my Big Spring Brothers!


Oscar Kelly

Hi! My name is Oscar Kelly and I am super excited to have my first summer at camp this year! I am most excited about working with the campers and getting to the mountains! I was born in Sweden, but spent most of my life in Vermont. I am currently a Junior studying Exercise Science at the University of Delaware and am hoping to go the Physical Therapy school. I am an Outing Club Officer at UD and am on the Club Triathlon team. I have a nutrition minor, but absolutely love burritos with lots of cheese so that is my go to food. I can’t wait to adventure with some great campers this summer!

Brendon Riley

What’s up everyone, my name is Brendon and this will be my second summer at Sanborn. I live in Burleson, TX and I work at a 5th/6th grade campus as one of the PE coaches. I also coach both our girls and boys soccer team in our intramural league. I am super stoked to get back to camp and see all those returning as well as getting to meet the new guys! It’s gonna be an awesome summer!! BOOM!!

Charlie Jones

Hey, my name is Charlie Jones and I am from Alexandria, Va. I currently go to the University of Virginia and have no clue what I am going to study yet. I’ve been a camper at Sanborn for 7 years, and can not wait to return as a part of staff. I love doing all things outdoors and just exploring the world we live in. I am on the rugby team here and have played throughout high school. I’m itching for the beautiful Rocky Mountain summer weather and the energy of Sanborn!


Conner White

Hey everyone! My name is Conner and I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. I am currently going to Arkansas State University and majoring in International Business. Growing up on a small family farm is what initially sparked my interest in the outdoors, and since then I have always enjoyed anything in nature. Really looking forward to spending the summer in Colorado and exploring the great outdoors as well as sharing my love for nature with the next generation of outdoorsmen!

Manny Muller

Hello future campers! My name is Enmanuel muller I am from Miami, Fl. I’ve been working at different summer camps in Miami since my senior year in highschool. I’ve worked at water based summer camps for two years now and I’m excited to do a third year in a new, very unique summer camp. I graduated high school early and attended Santa Fe college for a year. Now I’m currently studying Hospitality in Miami Dade college. I love playing sports like volleyball and tennis. I also enjoy many water sports and hiking. I have always lived by the water, so I can definitely say I was born with gills. I can’t wait to meet a diverse group at Sanborn I can share wonderful memories with and go on memorable trips where we can reach amazing heights of self discovery and exploration. I’m excited to put myself in a completely different environment from my daily city living. Can wait for this summer!!!!


Isaac Iglesias

My name is Isaac Iglesias, I’ve lived my entire life in Rialto, Ca. I enjoy hiking and riding my bike. I also enjoy dazing off into the sky and imaging the wonders space has to offer. I use to coach U-7 soccer team and won 3rd place with them. I felt like a big brother rather than a coach just because I’d take care of the kids and let them have fun. Instead of being all strict and putting more pressure on them. Im glad to be here at Sanborn and look forward to what the campers can teach me.

Logan Qualls

I’m 24, grew up in Wichita, KS. Went to Pittsburg State University where I studied communication with a theatre emphasis and a minor in marketing. This is my first summer at Sanborn.


Jacob Benson

Super stoked to be working alongside the juniors. Interests are mountain biking, star gazing, camping and working on classic cars. Glad to be spending my summer in such a beautiful place and with such amazing campers and staff.

Cameron Racelis

Well hello campers! My name is Cameron Racelis and I am super excited for my first year as a junior counselor at Sanborn. I am from Chicago, Illinois and I just finished my first year at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. I am currently majoring in audio-engineering with a minor in education. My interests include lacrosse, cross country, ultimate frisbee, guitar and board games. For the past 5 years I have worked with kids at various summer and day camps. As a camper veteran myself, I cannot wait to be have a lead role as a staff member here at Massive North.

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Nick Lewis

My name is Nick Lewis and I’m studying Statistical and Data Sciences and Applied Math with a specialization in computer science at the University of Evansville in Indiana. I enjoy running, biking, hammocking, and playing music! This is just my first summer at Sanborn, but I’m an Eagle Scout and fell in love with mountains at Philmont Scout Reservation. I can’t wait to spend my time hiking, canoeing, and enjoying nature with campers!

Kyler Prisk

My name is Kyler Prisk and this will be my first summer at Camp Sanborn. I currently go to school at Missouri State University in Springfield Mo. I am studying radiography at that school, hopefully I get accepted into the radiography program. I really like sport climbing and teaching people how to do what I am passionate about. I also like naps… a lot. I am most excited just to be outside and make connections with the kids and help them try new things.

Tyler Kurten

Hey there! My name is Tyler Kurten and this will be my 9th summer as a member of the Brotherhood of Outdoorsmen, with 7 years spent being a camper and going into my 2nd year as part of the Big Spring counseling staff. I am a Biomedical Engineering Student at the University of Iowa working towards a career in designing and manufacturing prosthetics. I can’t wait for the summer to kick off so that I can get the chance to pass on some of the skills that I learned as a camper onto the next generation of Big Spring Warriors!

Jerry McCarty

Often referred to as “Jerr-Bear”, I am 21 years of age and hail from the mean streets of Lufkin, Texas. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and camping in the great outdoors, and will be attending Texas A&M at Corpus Christi in the fall to study management. This is my first year at Sanborn and I am ready to get this summer kicked off with some great campers eager to learn about the backwoods.


Max Silverman

Hello all, I’m Max, and this will be my first summer as a counselor at Sanborn. I was born in Chicago, but have spent most of my life out west in Tucson, AZ. I’m a huge sports fan and enjoy playing basketball, baseball and tennis. I also find myself spending a lot of time outdoors, mainly hiking and fishing. Throughout high school, I’ve enjoyed being active in several extracurriculars including traveling economics and science clubs as well as playing for the basketball and tennis teams. Next year I look forward to starting college at Arizona State University, (Forks Up!) where I plan to major in Environmental Engineering. This summer I look forward to spending time in the cool Colorado weather and making sure everyone has an incredible time!

Kyle Nastasi

Hi, my name is Kyle Nastasi and this will be my first summer with Sanborn! I graduated from Montclair State University last year with a business degree and since then I have been working as a math instructor for a wide age range of kids. I love converting indoor gym climbers into outside trad enthusiasts. This summer I’m super excited to share and pick up outdoor and community building skills with everyone!

Ian Anderson

Hey Guys, My name is Ian! This is going to be my second summer at Big Spring. Currently, I’m keeping it weird in Austin, Texas Where I attend Texas State University. I study Physics and Applied Mathematics and do research in Physics Education. When I am not at school doing a ton of math, I enjoy playing soccer, backpacking, reading and listening to music. I cannot wait to get out of the Texas heat (even though it is the best state) and into the cool Colorado mountain air and go on some awesome adventures with you guys! See Y’all in June!

PJ Ruder

Shalom! My name is Payton or PJ. This will be my first year at Sanborn, but man oh man am I excited. I am currently in my second year at a little private school in Kansas called Baker University where I am majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in math and chemistry while being on the golf team as well! I work at a country club waiting tables when I’m not in class or at tournaments and I am also an ambassador for an outdoor/hammock company called Madera Outdoor. In my limited free time, I try to make it west to the Rockies as much as possible to go backpacking, hiking, rafting, kayaking, trail running, four-wheeling, and just about everything else in between! Just like every other person at Sanborn, I love taking advantage of any excuse to be outside and I can’t wait to share that love with all the campers and staff this summer! BOOM!


Noah Williams

Noah Williams, budding geologist and mountain lover- I cannot wait to spend a full summer at Big Spring! I never attended this camp as a camper, but have grown to love spending time with youth in the Rockies over the past year. I grew up in Vermont and was on skis as soon as I could walk. After a childhood full of running, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking I earned my BA at Williams College in Massachusetts where I studied geology. Since graduating in June 2017 I have been living outside as much as possible, southbound thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and working at the High Mountain Institute, a semester school in Leadville, CO. We work with high school juniors both in the classroom (I teach science) and on three two-week expeditions to the Sawatch Range and the canyons of Utah. My favorite campfire snack is bread on a stick: bread dough wrapped around a stick, which is cooked over the fire, then stuffed with chocolate before eating. Hopefully I have the honor of bringing this snack to Big Spring if it has not already been established already. I am so thrilled to lead backpacking and biking trips around 14ers, climb them too, tube down rivers, and camp among the aspens this summer at Big Spring Ranch!

Thomas Goodman

Hi! My name is Thomas, and this will be my first summer at Sanborn! I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a degree in Ecology, and currently am back in school to get a second degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. While in school in Knoxville, I was introduced to rock climbing and backpacking, and spent as much time exploring the mountains bordering Tennessee and North Carolina as possible. I moved to Colorado in the summer of 2015, and began checking off 14ers as soon as possible! I love being in the mountains, and especially doing 4th class scrambling or 5th class climbing. I work as a ski instructor in the winter, and am looking forward to bringing my passion for the outdoors to camp this summer! I just recently wrapped up a long, but fun month of canyoneering in Zion National Park, sea kayak touring in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington, acquiring my Wilderness First Responder certification, and a 3-day trad climbing trip! I can’t wait to begin working all the exciting programs this summer and seeing the campers go through incredible experiences that will last a lifetime!

Jason Marquardt

Hey Guys! My name is Jason Marquardt and I am from Mokena, IL. This will be my first summer at Sanborn and I am beyond stoked to be spending time outside and sharing my passion for the outdoors with others. In the fall, I’ll be attending Brevard College in North Carolina to pursue a degree in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education. As long as I can remember, I’ve spent time outside, whether it be fly fishing, mountain biking or backpacking. Illinois is not the most geographically interesting place but I’ve spent time all over the Midwest and the Appalachians and I’m super excited to spend some time in Colorado this summer. I’m looking forward to this summer and the memories I’ll be making.

Ruben Ramirez-Castillo

Hey, what’s up, hello!! I’m Ruben, counselor for Wetterhorn 2. I grew up here in CO, and love all this amazing state has to offer. I have a passion and love for photography and image making, and love going out to shoot. This is my first year at camp, and I’m really excited to go on adventures with my campers. I also can’t wait to get better at working with and riding horses this summer. I love EDM, lollipops, burgundy colored hair, my best friends, and wing Wednesdays. I have a cat named Shark and another littler cat named Phoebe. Adventure is out there, and I’m off to find it.

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Arts Coordinator

Kody Maynard

Howdy! I’m Kody and I’ll be splattering paint, throwing clay, and crafting up a storm in Big Deal Hall at Big Spring this summer. This is my first summer at camp, but I have enjoyed bringing groups of students to camp from my school in Colorado Springs over the last several years. I live a life full of laughing, acting, directing and teaching theater to middle and high school students. Last summer I traveled all over the country, and I am excited to spend this summer crafting and creating all sorts of art with campers from all over the world!

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